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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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Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK): Scabs and Sores Still Healing Between Congressional Republicans and President Obama

March 10, 2013

“Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says President Barack Obama’s recent outreach to Republicans was genuine — but that old wounds between the president and the GOP were still healing.”

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Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) Calls For the Drafting of Rules and Regulations For the Domestic Use of Drones

March 9, 2013

“She called it a “work in progress” and said that the Intelligence Committee is trying to draft legislation.”

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY): Filibuster Was Just The Beginning

March 9, 2013

“I hope my efforts help spur a national debate about the limits of executive power and the scope of every American’s natural right to be free. “Due process” is not just a phrase that can be ignored at the whim of the president.”

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U.S. Special Operations Commander Adm. William McRaven Requests Congress Ease Restrictions on Training Foreign Units With Human Rights Violations

March 9, 2013

“McRaven did not name specific countries, but in his testimony to the committee, he said that the US military is being “forced out at a time when we probably need to engage them more than ever before.”"

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Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK): White House Delaying Release of Embarrassing Federal Government Cybersecurity Assessment

March 9, 2013

“The annual report from the White House Office of Management and Budget was due March 1, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma told a joint hearing of the homeland security and commerce committees on U.S. cybersecurity.”

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Michigan Democratic Senator Carl Levin Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2014, Retires

March 7, 2013

“Levin becomes the seventh senator to announce his retirement so far this year, including Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who resigned in January.”

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): Prosecute Banks That Launder Drug Money

March 7, 2013

“Regulators fined the company $1.9 billion over the laundering, but Warren questioned why no criminal prosecutions were aimed at the company or its employees.”

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Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Ends Bipartisan Gun Control Talks With Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)

March 7, 2013

“Sen. Chuck Schumer is ending the bipartisan gun control talks with Sen. Tom Coburn without a deal, a major setback to President Barack Obama’s effort to pass universal background checks.”

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Criticizes Secretary of State John Kerry’s $250 Million Aid Pledge to Egypt

March 7, 2013

“This is an important point that some in Washington often forget — we don’t provide foreign assistance solely out of the goodness of our heart, we do so because it furthers our national interest.”

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U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Increase Punishments Against Gun “Straw Purchases”

March 7, 2013

“But looming votes on the controversial assault weapons ban, prohibition on high-capacity ammunition magazines and expanded background checks on gun sales will draw strong opposition from GOP senators and will likely be delayed until next week.”

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U.S. Senate Confirms CIA Director Nominee John Brennan By Vote of 63 to 34

March 7, 2013

“Senators cleared the 60-vote threshold required to bring Brennan’s nomination to a vote, with 81 senators voting to move forward. A final vote remains, but Brennan’s confirmation is all-but-certain.”

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Success: GOP Senator Rand Paul’s Filibuster Provokes Letter Response From White House

March 7, 2013

“Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Sen. Rand Paul,R-Ky., to confirm that President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in a non-combat situation.”

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Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ) Criticize Rand Paul’s Filibuster

March 7, 2013

“Mr. Graham said asking whether the president has the power to kill Americans here at home is a ludicrous question. “I do not believe that question deserves an answer,” Mr. Graham said.”

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