Federal Government

President Obama to Nominate Mary Jo White as Head of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

January 24, 2013

“President Barack Obama will nominate Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, tapping an attorney with broad experience in prosecuting white-collar crimes to lead an agency that has a central role in implementing Wall Street reform.”

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President Obama Plans to Re-Nominate Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Head Richard Cordray

January 24, 2013

“Obama gave the job to Cordray on a temporary basis early last year, putting him at the head of the then-fledgling agency by making a recess appointment. That got him get around Senate Republicans’ objections holding up the 2011 nominee.”

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Labor Department: U.S. Jobless Claims Drop to 5-Year Low of 330,000

January 24, 2013

“The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 330,000. That’s the fewest since January 2008.”

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U.S. Mental Health Experts Urge Congress to Focus on Expanding Children Screening and Access to Care

January 24, 2013

“The U.S. mental health system has huge gaps that prevent many children with psychological problems from receiving effective treatment that could prevent tragic consequences later in life, experts told U.S. lawmakers on Thursday.”

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White House: President Obama Supports Pentagon’s Decision Allowing Women to Serve in Combat

January 24, 2013

“Ahead of the Pentagon’s formal announcement later on Thursday, Carney told reporters Obama is “very pleased” with the decision and “fully supports this effort to expand opportunities for women.”"

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White House: North Korea Threats Are “Needlessly Provocative”

January 24, 2013

“White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters any such action by North Korea would violate U.N. resolutions and would increase Pyongyang’s diplomatic isolation.”

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Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry: Our Policy on Iran is not Containment. It is Prevention

January 24, 2013

“Senator John Kerry stressed the need to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons as he described the “immediate, dangerous challenges” for the nation that he will deal with if confirmed as secretary of state.”

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and African Leaders Announce Full Support for Military Intervention in Mali

January 24, 2013

“Voicing U.S. backing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the internationally-backed intervention in Mali as a response to “a very serious, ongoing threat” posed by the regional affiliate of al Qaeda and its local allies.”

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U.S. Senate Holds its Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry on Thursday

January 24, 2013

“The former Democratic presidential candidate is expected to face questions about his military service in Vietnam, the crisis in Syria, and the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would run from Canada to the southern U.S. state of Texas.”

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White House Spokesman: President Obama Opposes a Carbon Pollution Tax Regulation

January 24, 2013

“White House spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday confirmed that Mr. Obama would pursue stricter carbon-pollution regulations through the Environmental Protection Agency, expanding rules on carbon-emitting plants so they cover existing power plants, as well as newly built ones.”

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Senator John Kerry (D-MA) Pledges to Divest Some Investment Holdings if Confirmed as Secretary of State

January 24, 2013

“Senator John Kerry and his wife intend to divest holdings in dozens of companies, including oil company Exxon Mobil Corp and drug maker Pfizer Inc, to avoid conflicts of interest if he is confirmed as U.S. secretary of state.”

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Bipartisan Group of 53 Senators Sign Letter Urging President Obama to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

January 24, 2013

“The State Department said on Tuesday that it has delayed a decision on whether to approve the pipeline beyond the first quarter of this year. Previously, State had said it would make a decision by that time.”

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President Obama Proceeds With Nomination of General John Allen for NATO Commander in Europe

January 24, 2013

“Allen, the outgoing commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was ensnared in the scandal that prompted retired General David Petraeus to resign as CIA director last year after his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, was exposed.”

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House Agriculture Committee Chairman: No Firm Date Set to Start Writing a New Farm Bill

January 24, 2013

“The House and Senate failed to pass a new five-year farm billion in 2012 but instead engineered a one-year extension to the now-expired law that will run until September 30.”

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Set to Propose a Bill to Ban Assault Weapons on Thursday

January 24, 2013

“The bill would grandfather in weapons legally owned on the day of enactment and exempts over 900 specific weapons “used for hunting or sporting purposes.”"

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