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White House Statistics: Nationwide Medicare Patient Readmissions Within 30 Days Declined to 17.8% in 2012

February 28, 2013

“Jonathan Blum, a top official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is scheduled to release the figures Thursday at a Senate Finance Committee hearing.”

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U.S. Senate Confirms Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary

February 27, 2013

“Jack Lew’s nomination was approved Wednesday on a 71-26 vote.”

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Speaker John Boehner to Fellow House Republicans: Let the Senate Get Off Their A** This Time

February 26, 2013

“House Republicans passed their plan to replace sequester cuts with cuts of their own in the 112th Congress, rendering it useless during this session. Boehner said his chamber will “be prepared to move quickly” if the Senate passes a bill.”

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Senate Republicans Circulating Draft Bill to Cancel Sequester Cuts and Have President Obama Choose Cuts

February 26, 2013

“The plan is being advanced by some conservative Republicans who don’t want the White House to continue using the sequester as a public relations hammer.”

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Report: House of Representatives Likely to Pass Senate Version of Violence Against Women Act

February 26, 2013

“With insufficient support for the GOP bill, the vote on the Senate bill appeared almost certain to pass with bipartisan support.”

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As Expected, U.S. Senate Votes to Confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

February 26, 2013

“The former Republican senator from Nebraska, who is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday, will take the reins at the Pentagon as some 66,000 Americans serve in the ongoing war in Afghanistan and just days before automatic, across-the-board spending cuts are set to kick in on Friday.”

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#2 Senate Republican John Cornyn (TX): Pentagon Exaggerating Sequestration Defense Spending Cuts

February 25, 2013

“Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said he plans to make the case to other Republicans and the public that despite warnings from the Pentagon that the mandated cuts will be devastating, the overall amount of defense spending will actually still rise.”

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Senator John McCain (R-AZ) Reiterates Threat to Place Hold on CIA Director Nominee John Brennan

February 24, 2013

““He needs to answer these questions,” McCain (R-Ariz.) said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I don’t want to put a hold on anybody, but the American people deserve answers.””

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Politico: Republicans Lack Unity in Dealing With the Upcoming Sequestration Spending Cuts

February 24, 2013

“There seem to be three distinct camps: Most congressional Republicans appear willing to let the sequester happen since they can’t replace it in time. Others want the cuts to be even deeper. And still others wish that House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama would just get in the same room and negotiate a deal.”

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Politico: Defense Industry Has Lost Most of Its Key Allies in Congress

February 24, 2013

“Of the 30 largest House recipients of defense industry campaign donations since the 1990 election cycle, only 11 are still serving in Congress, according to a POLITICO analysis of federal data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.”

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Bob Woodward: President Obama and the White House Initiated the Automatic Sequestration Spending Cuts

February 24, 2013

“Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). They did so at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011, according to interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved.”

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U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Estimates U.S. Drones Have Killed Over 4,700 People

February 21, 2013

““We’ve killed 4,700,” the lawmaker said. “Sometimes you hit innocent people, and I hate that, but we’re at war, and we’ve taken out some very senior members of al-Qaida.””

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President Obama Calls Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to Discuss Sequestration

February 21, 2013

“The outreach was Obama’s first in weeks to top Republicans in Congress. They came as both parties remained in a stalemate over how to avoid automatic, across-the-board cuts that would trim $85 billion from most government accounts.”

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President Obama: Leak of Immigration Draft Bill Didn’t Jeopardize Senate Negotiations

February 20, 2013

“President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to mitigate any damage from the leak of an immigration bill being drafted by the White House, telling a Spanish-language TV network he didn’t jeopardize negotiations with the Senate.”

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Pentagon Informs Congress That Sequestration Cuts Will Lead to 800,000 Civilian Job Layoffs

February 20, 2013

“Defense officials have warned lawmakers that sequestration will devastate the military and lead to a hollow force, but the civilian furloughs will be one of the first major impacts felt by the across-the-board cuts.”

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