Executive Branch

State of the Union Address: President Obama Calls for Tax Reform

February 13, 2013

“To hit the rest of our deficit reduction target, we should do what leaders in both parties have already suggested, and save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and well-connected.”

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State of the Union Address: President Obama Proposes Raising Minimum Wage to $9 an Hour

February 13, 2013

“President Barack Obama wants an increase in the minimum hourly wage from the current $7.25 to $9 by the end of 2015. Obama also proposes the minimum wage be required to keep pace with inflation.”

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State of the Union Address: President Obama Proposes Medicare Reforms, Including Making Wealthy Seniors Pay More

February 13, 2013

“”And I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement. Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.”"

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U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Approves Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel’s Nomination

February 12, 2013

“The committee’s 14 Democratic members voted to recommend that the full Senate confirm Mr. Hagel’s nomination, while 11 Republicans voted against it. One Republican, Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana wasn’t present for the vote.”

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President Obama State of the Union Address Excerpt: Job Creation Without Increasing the Deficit

February 12, 2013

“The president said his proposals to increase spending on manufacturing, infrastructure and clean-energy technologies would be fully paid for, though he did not specify in the excerpts how he would offset the cost of his proposals.”

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Pentagon Releases Memo Outlining Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

February 12, 2013

“The Department will immediately proceed with the planning and implementation of these changes and provide the Secretary of Defense an implementation plan within 60 days.”

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President Obama to Announce a Troop Reduction in Afghanistan During his State of the Union Address

February 12, 2013

“The highly anticipated announcement on the next phase of the Afghanistan troop withdrawal will cut the size of the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan by more than half by a year from now.”

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President Obama Condemns North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test, Promising “Firm Action” in Response

February 12, 2013

“We will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our Six-Party partners, the United Nations Security Council, and other UN member states to pursue firm action.”

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U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee to Vote on Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel on Tuesday

February 11, 2013

“Hagel, 66, a Republican and former Nebraska senator, has been the target of harsh criticism from senators in his own party, who raised questions over whether he is sufficiently supportive of Israel and tough on Iran.”

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Preview of President Obama’s State of the Union Address

February 11, 2013

“He’ll pay lip service to bipartisanship, but don’t expect anything like the call for peaceful collaboration that defined his first address to a joint session of Congress in 2009, they say.”

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Will Oppose the Nominations of John Brennan and Chuck Hagel

February 11, 2013

“Until there are answers regarding the terrorist attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham plans to block two of President Obama’s top national security nominees.”

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Treasury Secretary Nominee Jack Lew’s Cayman Islands Investment Fund Raises Questions

February 9, 2013

“The investment has been in public documents for years and drew no attention when Mr. Lew was confirmed to be deputy secretary of state in 2009 and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in 2010.”

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White House Issues Dire Warning About Sequestration Spending Cuts

February 8, 2013

“The White House said on Friday that government spending cuts due to take effect March 1 would have harsh consequences for ordinary Americans and the U.S. economy, seeking to turn up pressure on Congress to come up with a plan to avoid what Washington calls “sequestration.”"

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U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta Endroses Arming the Syrian Rebels For the First Time Publicly

February 8, 2013

“In testimony to Congress, Leon Panetta said he still supported the supply of weapons to rebels fighting forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”

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Defense Secretary Panetta: U.S. Government Still Working Towards Unified Health Record For Soldiers and Veterans

February 8, 2013

“Health records of military personnel are not automatically transferred to the VA once those personnel leave active duty and enter the VA healthcare system.”

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