Executive Branch

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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Security Threat Cancels Defense Secretary Hagel’s Press Conference With Afghan President Karzai

March 10, 2013

“Pentagon press secretary George Little said the cancellation was not due to Karzai’s earlier comments about the U.S. and the Taliban.”

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Stopgap Spending Bill Passed By the House of Representatives Includes Order to Disclose Drone Information

March 9, 2013

“The House voted this week on a lengthy appropriations bill that, tucked deep within, contained a provision ordering the Department of Defense to disclose information about a little-known drone program that could be collecting images of unknowing Americans.”

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U.S. State Department Delays Award For Controversial Egyptian Activist

March 9, 2013

“Ibrahim was named earlier this week as one of 10 winners of the International Women of Courage award, an honor to be given on Friday.”

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U.S. Air Force Deletes Data on Drone Deployments in Afghanistan

March 9, 2013

“The Air Force maintained that policy for the statistics reports for November, December and January. But the February numbers, released March 7, contained empty space where the box of RPA statistics had previously been.”

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Suicide Bomb Kills 8 Civilians Outside the Afghan Defense Ministry During U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Kabul Visit

March 9, 2013

“Pentagon spokesman George Little says the secretary was in a briefing at a U.S.-led military coalition facility in another part of the city when the explosion occurred.”

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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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Oops: CIA Director John Brennan Took Oath of Office on Constitution Missing the Bill of Rights

March 8, 2013

“”Director Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution that had George Washington’s personal handwriting and annotations on it, dating from 1787.”"

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U.S. Government Notifies 60,000 Border Security Workers of Furloughs Due to Sequestration

March 8, 2013

“Customs and Border Protection said it expects furloughs and other austerity will cause delays at ports of entry, including international arrivals at airports, and reduce the number of border patrol officers on duty at any one time.”

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Sources: President Obama to Issue “Clear And Direct” Challenge Against Iran During Upcoming Middle East Overseas Trip

March 8, 2013

“The comments do not represent a change in the Obama administration’s thinking, but come as the president prepares to travel in two weeks to the region where he is expected to be pressed over Iran by the Israeli government.”

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Export Enforcement Coordination Center Created Under President Obama Causing Investigative Overlaps

March 8, 2013

“The E2C2, part of the Obama administration’s export overhaul, was established in part to fix the overlap and conflicting priorities among multiple U.S. agencies that try to stop equipment with military uses and other banned items from being shipped overseas.”

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U.S. State Department Criticizes Ukraine For Politically-Motivated Punishment of Parliament Member

March 8, 2013

“State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell issued a statement scathing in its diplomatic language after a court expelled Serhiy Vlasenko from the legislature, revoked his parliamentary immunity from prosecution and banned him from traveling outside Ukraine.”

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President Obama Signs Renewal of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act

March 7, 2013

“The new bill extends coverage to women of Native American tribal lands who are attacked by non-tribal residents, as well as immigrants, gays and lesbians.”

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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 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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