Federal Government

Defense Secretary Panetta Will Recommend Decreasing Military Pay Raises in 2014

February 6, 2013

“Three Pentagon officials have confirmed details of the plan to CNN. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have also agreed to Panetta’s proposed pay plan. Final approval for the pay would come from Congress in the form of the 2014 budget.”

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United States Postal Service to End Saturday Delivery Beginning August 5th

February 6, 2013

“The move would impact 22,500 jobs, Donahoe said, which he plans to achieve without resorting to layoffs. Rather, he would eliminate overtime, offer buy outs and rely more on the part-time workforce.”

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Report: At Least 5 Senate Republicans Pledge to Not Filibuster Vote on Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel

February 6, 2013

“The five are Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Mike Johanns of Nebraska -who both support Hagel taking over the top post at the Pentagon – and John McCain of Arizona, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma – who all oppose Hagel’s nomination but also disagree with blocking it by filibuster.”

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House Republicans Swiftly Reject President Obama’s Proposal to Delay Sequestration Spending Cuts

February 6, 2013

“The president’s proposal to put off mandatory spending cuts and push for more revenue through tax reform was the latest salvo in the never-ending fiscal battles, and Republicans have little appetite for any more revenue increases after the year-end tax-rate compromise.”

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Analysis: Assault Weapons Ban Inclusion Complicates Passage of Gun Reform

February 6, 2013

“Senate leaders — including Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — would prefer to see the assault weapons ban offered as an amendment to gun control legislation on the floor.”

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Federal Reserve Acknowledges Hackers Briefly Breached One Of Its Internal Websites

February 6, 2013

“The admission, which raises questions about cyber security at the Fed, follows a claim that hackers linked to the activist group Anonymous had struck the Fed on Sunday.”

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) Remains Ambivalent on a Pathway to Citizenship in Immigration Reform

February 5, 2013

“Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) called that proposal “a very difficult part of any of these bills” but went to great lengths to avoid uttering any possible opinion on the issue, which Senate Democrats and President Obama demand as a key plank of any immigration plan.”

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White House Press Secretary Carney: U.S. Drone Strikes Are “Legal”, “Ethical”, and “Wise”

February 5, 2013

““We conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats, to stop plots, to prevent future attacks and, again, save American lives. These strikes are legal, they are ethical, and they are wise,” he said.”

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) Endorses Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants

February 5, 2013

‘He also voiced support for a guest-worker program, increased border security, and an employment verification system as a part of a broader immigration reform effort.”

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White House Press Secretary Carney Deflects Questions About Memo Explaining Targeted Assasinations

February 5, 2013

““I am not a lawyer and these are the kinds of things that are probably best expressed and explained by lawyers,” Carney said during the press briefing. “There are issues here about . . . feasibility of capture that I think are pertinent to that question.””

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President Obama to Visit Israel in the Spring for the First Time as President

February 5, 2013

“The White House has not released the date of Mr. Obama’s trip or details about his itinerary, but Israel‘s Channel 10 reported that a visit had been scheduled for March 20.”

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Bipartisan Senators Urge President Obama to Appoint a State Department Inspector General

February 5, 2013

“While the department’s deputy inspector general Harold W. Geisel has overseen the IG office at State in recent years, President Obama allowed his entire first term, and now the beginning of his second term, to slide by without nominating someone to the post.”

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Moderate Group Republican Main Street Partnership Calls on Congress to Compromise on the Debt

February 5, 2013

“The Republican Main Street Partnership on Tuesday called on Congress to settle the nation’s fiscal troubles through comprehensive reforms and compromise. But gerrymandering and other factors have provided a megaphone to extreme voices within both parties, they said.”

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Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing for CIA Director Nominee John Brennan Expected to Focus on Drones

February 5, 2013

“Eleven senators from both parties wrote to President Obama this week, warning that the continued secrecy of the targeted-killing program might prove an obstacle to Mr. Brennan’s confirmation.”

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano Discusses Immigration Reform During a News Conference in El Paso

February 5, 2013

“In her second stop on a tour of the Mexican border, Napolitano is expected to discuss border security, a topic that has taken on particular importance among Republicans, at the Office of Air and Marine El Paso Air Branch at 5:45 p.m. ET.”

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