Federal Government

Republican Congressional Leaders Meet to Discuss the U.S. Consulate Attack in Benghazi, Libya

March 21, 2013

“While the three House Committees are conducting independent investigations of the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Government Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce and Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers agreed to now pool their findings in a single report that should be complete in “weeks not months.”"

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Gun Rights Advocates File Federal Lawsuit to Overturn New York Gun Control Law

March 21, 2013

“The lawsuit, filed in a Buffalo court, says the law’s ban on assault weapons and prohibitions against large-capacity magazines violate the Second Amendment.”

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U.S. Labor Department: Weekly Jobless Claims Increase to 336,000, Still Beating Expectations

March 21, 2013

“The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits edged higher last week, but a trend reading dropped to its lowest in five years and pointed to ongoing healing in the labor market.”

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Abandons Plan Requiring Graphic Tobacco Warning Labels

March 21, 2013

“Since the labels were proposed two years ago to get people to quit smoking, the nation’s largest tobacco companies … managed to halt implementation of the warning labels in the lower courts.”

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U.S. Spy Agencies Testifying Before the Senate Intelligence Committee: Cyber Attacks Surpass Terrorism as Greatest Threat to U.S.

March 21, 2013

“That stark assessment, in an annual “worldwide threat” briefing that covered concerns as diverse as North Korea’s belligerence and Syria’s civil war, was reinforced in remarks by the spy chiefs before the Senate Intelligence Committee.”

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U.S. Government Cybersecurity Expansion Includes Monitoring Private E-Mails and Web Traffic

March 21, 2013

“The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country’s private, civilian-run infrastructure.”

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U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel Praises France’s Military Intervention in Mali

March 21, 2013

“After initially hesitating, the United States has backed the French-led action with logistical support, sending transport planes, surveillance drones and refueling tankers to boost the campaign.”

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U.S. State Department Designates Mali Rebel Group Ansar al-Dine as a Terrorist Organization

March 21, 2013

“Ansar al-Dine, established in late 2011 and led by Iyad ag Ghali, cooperates closely with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, another terrorist group operating in North Africa, the State Department said.”

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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Re-Instate Military Tuition Assistance Program Cut By Sequestration

March 21, 2013

“Democratic Senator Kay Hagan, along with a Republican Senator from Oklahoma, passed a bill in the senate that would re-instate the tuition program cut by sequestration.”

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RT Publishes Full Release of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton E-Mail Memo Hacking

March 21, 2013

Algerian Gas Plant hostage-takers came from Mali, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Egypt.

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President Obama: Palestinians Deserve an Independent State

March 21, 2013

“President Obama met with Palestinian leaders in the West Bank on Thursday in search of hopeful signs for the stalled peace process and declared that a sovereign state of Palestine beside Israel is still viable.”

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U.S. House of Representatives to Vote on Senate Version of Stopgap Spending Bill on Thursday

March 20, 2013

“House leaders have indicated they are willing to accept the Senate’s version of the bill and are poised to pass it Thursday, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature.”

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U.S. Senate Passes Stopgap Spending Bill to Fund Federal Government Through September

March 20, 2013

“The U.S. Senate approved a $984 billion spending bill on Wednesday ensuring that the federal government will not shut down next week, but also cementing in place $1.2 trillion in unpopular across-the-board spending cuts affecting most reaches of the federal government.”

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Excerpts From Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Hacked E-Mail Memos Released

March 20, 2013

“The first excerpted Blumenthal e mail, dated September 12, 2012, reports that senior advisors told the President of Libya during the day of September 11 that the Benghazi and Tripoli attacks were sparked by the Cairo demonstrations and anger over an anti-Muslim video.”

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Hacked E-Mail Memos Reveal: Saudi Arabian Sunni Funding Behind Algeria Hostage Crisis

March 20, 2013

“The reader should be warned that these are first and partial accounts of hacked emails that may be fabricated by someone with a hidden agenda. Time will tell whether they have any credence.”

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