National Journal: Secret Republican Plan to Repeal ObamaCare Through Senate Budget Reconciliation

March 28, 2013

“Using the reconciliation process would be complicated and contentious. Senate rules would require Republicans to demonstrate to the parliamentarian that their repeal provisions would affect spending or revenue and Democrats were sure to challenge them every step of the way. So the meetings were small and secret.”

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Documents: Gruesome Photos, NIU Shooting Article, Gun-Related Material Found in Adam Lanza’s Room

March 28, 2013

“Affidavits included in the search warrant applications include references to an FBI interview with a witness (whose name is redacted) who described Lanza as a “shut in and avid gamer who plays Call of Duty, amongst other games.” The witness added that Lanza had attended Sandy Hook Elementary School and that the institution was his “life.””

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Defense Secretary Hagel: U.S. Didn’t Aggravate Tensions With North Korea By Flying B-52 Bombers in Test Flights

March 28, 2013

“”We have to take seriously every provocative, bellicose word and action that this new young leader has taken so far” since coming to power, Hagel told a Pentagon news conference, referring to Kim Jong-un.”

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North Korea Leader Kim Jong-Un Signs Order to Train Sights on American Military Bases in South Korea and the Pacific

March 28, 2013

“The move was followed by reports of increased activity at North Korea’s mid to long range missile sites, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.”

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President Obama Signs Stopgap Spending Bill to Fund Government Until September 30th

March 28, 2013

“White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the new bill extends funding levels that were agreed upon by both parties. Congress approved the measure last week. It maintains sequestration, which is the $85 billion worth of automatic budget cuts that took effect March 1.”

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Central African Republic Army Chiefs Pledge Allegiance to Rebel Leader Michel Djotodia

March 28, 2013

“Central African Republic’s army chiefs pledged allegiance to the country’s self-proclaimed president Michel Djotodia on Thursday as the ex-rebel leader consolidated control four days after his fighters seized the capital.”

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Chaos in Central African Republic: Looters and Gunmen Exploit Coup D’état

March 28, 2013

“Days after a coup plunged the Central African Republic into chaos, looters roamed the streets of the capital, robbing hospitals and preventing fearful residents from seeking treatment.”

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British Petroleum (BP) Editing Wikipedia Page to Improve Environmental Record

March 28, 2013

“The news broke just as BP obtained an emergency April 5 hearing in its Deepwater Horizon spill trial in New Orleans, to fight what it calls “fictitious claims” for victim compensation. At stake for the oil giant is blame and financial responsibility for the disaster.”

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Photographs Reveal North Korean Military Plans Targeting Hawaii, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Austin, TX

March 28, 2013

“The images show a chart marked “US mainland strike plan” and missile trajectories that the NK News web site estimates terminate in Hawaii, Washington DC, Los Angeles and what they claim is Austin, Texas.”

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Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) Proposes Bill to Break-Up “Too Big to Fail” Banks

March 28, 2013

“The 10 largest banks in the United States are bigger now than before a taxpayer bailout following the 2008 financial crisis.”

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U.S. Stocks: Dow Jones Industrial Average Posts Best First Quarter Since 1998

March 28, 2013

“The S&P finally surpassed its closing high level of 1,565.15 shortly after the market open after flirting with the milestone for weeks, recovering all its losses from the financial crisis.”

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Monsanto Protection Act Protects GMO Companies From Litigation Even If At-Fault

March 28, 2013

“The “Monsanto Protection Act” effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future.”

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Massive Landslide in Washington State Destroys at least One Home

March 27, 2013

“One home has only about 10 feet of its backyard left after the slide on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, CNN affiliate KIRO reported. That home’s resident was able to escape, said Ed Hartin, fire chief at Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue.”

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First Female Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Sworn-In at the White House

March 27, 2013

“The first female director of the U.S. Secret Service, Julia Pierson, was sworn in at the White House on Wednesday during a short ceremony that marked a historic shift for the agency charged with protecting the president.”

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Pope Francis Chooses to Stay in Simple Residence Instead of Regal Papal Apartments

March 27, 2013

“The former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina is still living in the Domus Santa Martha, a modern hotel-style residence inside the Vatican City where he stayed during the conclave that elected him on March 13.”

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