Federal Government

Group of Doctors and Health Experts Urges the FDA to Restrict Caffeine in Energy Drinks

March 19, 2013

“A group of 18 doctors, researchers and public health experts jointly urged the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to take action on energy drinks to protect adolescents and children from the possible risks of consuming high amounts of caffeine.”

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U.S. Senate Stopgap Spending Bill Excludes “Vital” Programs From Cuts

March 19, 2013

“The bill is a mixed blessing for President Obama and others, especially Democrats, who hope Congress will eventually reverse the recent cuts. “

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30,000 Websites State Opposition to Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) Reintroduced By Congress

March 19, 2013

“Reddit, Craigslist and more than 30,000 other websites are flying the flag of opposition to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, a controversial cybersecurity bill that was recently reintroduced in Congress.”

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Pentagon Indefinitely Bans Use of 60 mm Mortar Ammo Following Deadly Marine Accident Pending Investigation

March 19, 2013

“The Pentagon expanded a temporary ban to prohibit the military from firing any 60mm mortar rounds until the results of the investigation. The Marine Corps said Tuesday a “blanket suspension” of 60mm mortars and associated firing tubes is in effect.”

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Supreme Court Ruling: Copyright Law Allows Re-Sale Of Textbooks Sold Abroad (Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons)

March 19, 2013

“In a 6-3 opinion, the court threw out a copyright infringement award to publisher John Wiley & Sons against Thai graduate student Supap Kirtsaeng, who used eBay to resell copies of the publisher’s copyrighted books that his relatives first bought abroad at cut-rate prices.”

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) Endorses No-Fly Zone Over Syria

March 19, 2013

“Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) endorsed Tuesday the idea of establishing a no-fly zone inside Syria and attacking the air defenses and air power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Calls For U.S. Troops On The Ground in Syria To Secure Chemical Weapons

March 19, 2013

“”Absolutely, you’ve got to get on the ground. There is no substitute for securing these weapons… I don’t care what it takes. We need partners in the region.”"

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Assault Weapons Ban Not Included In Senate Democrat Gun Control Bill To Be Introduced Next Month

March 19, 2013

“In a tactical decision, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., concluded that including the prohibition in the gun bill would jeopardize the chances for passage of any firearms legislation at all.”

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Pentagon: U.S. B-52 Fighter Jets Conducted Simulated Nuclear Bombing Raids on North Korea During Military Exercises

March 18, 2013

“Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters that B-52 bombers from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a training mission over South Korea March 8 during war games known as Exercise Foal Eagle.”

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FBI Arrests Bo Jiang, a Chinese Scientist Working For a NASA Contractor, While Attempting to Flee to China

March 18, 2013

“He made Jiang’s name public for the first time last week during a subcommittee hearing where he also charged that Jiang had taken “voluminous sensitive” NASA documents back to China on a trip in 2012.”

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Hacker Guccifer Releases Memos Sent to Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Benghazi and Libya

March 18, 2013

“In a series of weekend e-mail blasts, the hacker known as “Guccifer” disseminated four recent memos to Clinton from Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant of the former Secretary of State.”

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U.S. Justice Department Investigating Wall Street Journal’s China News Bureau Over Bribery Allegations

March 18, 2013

“A search by the Journal’s parent company found no evidence to support the claim, according to government and corporate officials familiar with the case.”

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Report: Israel to Ask President Obama to Approve U.S. Air Strikes on Syria if There is Evidence of Missile Transfers to Hezbollah

March 17, 2013

“Israel will use President Obama’s visit on Wednesday to try to persuade the US to carry out air strikes on Syria if there is evidence that Syrian missiles are to be handed over to Hezbollah in Lebanon, or at least to give full support to Israeli military action to prevent the transfer.”

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House Speaker Boehner (R) Agrees With President Obama: No Immediate Debt Crisis

March 17, 2013

““We all know that we have one looming,” Boehner said on ABC’s “This Week”. “And we have one looming because we have entitlement programs that are not sustainable in their current form. They’re going to go bankrupt.””

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Deputy National Security Adviser Benjamin J. Rhodes Shaping President Obama’s Foreign Policy Strategy

March 17, 2013

“Mr. Rhodes is drafting the address to the Israeli people the president plans to give in Jerusalem, but his influence extends beyond what either his title or speechwriting duties suggest.”

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