Federal Government

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Reverses

March 15, 2013

“Podesta — the sister-in-law of John Podesta, who co-chaired President Obama’s transition team – appealed directly to the EPA’s second in command, Bob Perciasepe, pressing the agency’s highest-level administrators to get directly involved.”

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Defense Secretary Hagel Announces Missile Defense Expansion to Defend Against North Korea and Iran

March 15, 2013

“Still relatively new in his post, the Pentagon chief told reporters that 14 additional interceptors to be installed by 2017 would bring the total to 44. It is part of a package of steps expected to cost $1 billion, officials said.”

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President Obama: Iran is One Year Away From Developing a Nuclear Weapon

March 14, 2013

“Iran is about a year away from developing a nuclear weapon and the United States remains committed to doing everything in its power to prevent that from happening, President Barack Obama said in an exclusive interview aired Thursday on Israeli TV.”

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Federal Food Safety Inspectors Criticize New Mexico Company Seeking to Open Horse Slaughterhouse

March 14, 2013

“The complaints raise questions about whether the Agriculture Department, which oversees meat processing, will approve the company’s application.”

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Food and Drug Administration Announces Loosening of Rules for Approving New Alzheimer’s Treatments

March 14, 2013

“Drugs in clinical trial would qualify for approval if people at very early stages of the disease subtly improved their performance on memory or reasoning tests, even before they developed any obvious impairments. Companies would not have to show that the drugs improved daily, real-world functioning.”

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President Obama Meets With Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan

March 13, 2013

“A statement issued by the White House after the meeting on Wednesday said that Mr. Obama had “stressed the importance of Libya’s cooperation with the ongoing investigation” and added that he and Mr. Zeidan had also discussed ways to strengthen Libya’s institutions.”

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President Obama Nominates Deborah K. Jones as U.S. Ambassador to Libya

March 13, 2013

“Jones has previously served as U.S. ambassador to Kuwait and is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington.”

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President Obama Meets With House Republicans at Capitol Hill; No Progress Made

March 13, 2013

“Obama still won’t take any big risks on entitlement reform unless Republicans agree to raise taxes again, he declined to say whether he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and he still won’t slash discretionary spending.”

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Senate Democrats Block Republican Effort to Cut Off Funding to ObamaCare

March 13, 2013

“On a 52-45 vote, the majority quickly dispatched a tea-party-led bid to cut off funding for President Barack Obama’s signature health care reforms.”

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Veterans Testify Before U.S. Senate Panel Investigating Sexual Violence in the Military

March 13, 2013

“The hearing, the first the Senate has held in nearly a decade on sexual assault in the military, reflects the increasing attention to the issue because of revelations about pervasive sexual harassment at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and throughout the military.”

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Budget Committee Chairman Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Proposes New Budget Plan

March 13, 2013

“The major difference between the Ryan and Murray approaches has more to do with projected spending over the next 10 years, not revenue increases.”

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President Obama Meets With “Unaffiliated” Organizing For Action (OFA) Donors

March 13, 2013

“After years of rallying these people and their money to his side, he tried to get them fired up and ready to go — but now toward supporting the idea of working together and compromising with Congressional Republicans.”

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FBI and Secret Service Investigating Hacking of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Personal and Financial Information

March 13, 2013

“The website said it had posted Social Security numbers, credit reports, home addresses and personal banking information, although the veracity of the information has not been confirmed.”

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Obama Administration Proposes Plan to Allow All U.S. Spy Agencies Access to Personal Financial Information

March 13, 2013

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation already has full access to the database.”

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Securities & Exchange Commission: Illinois Budget Office Under Former Governor Blagojevic Misled Investors on Pension Risks

March 11, 2013

“The finding of securities fraud doesn’t subject Illinois to any fines or penalties, but it amounts to another fiscal black eye for a state burdened by the worst bond rating in the country and completely underwater by inaction in solving its $96 billion pension crisis.”

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