Executive Branch

White House: President Obama Supports Pentagon’s Decision Allowing Women to Serve in Combat

January 24, 2013

“Ahead of the Pentagon’s formal announcement later on Thursday, Carney told reporters Obama is “very pleased” with the decision and “fully supports this effort to expand opportunities for women.”"

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White House: North Korea Threats Are “Needlessly Provocative”

January 24, 2013

“White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters any such action by North Korea would violate U.N. resolutions and would increase Pyongyang’s diplomatic isolation.”

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and African Leaders Announce Full Support for Military Intervention in Mali

January 24, 2013

“Voicing U.S. backing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the internationally-backed intervention in Mali as a response to “a very serious, ongoing threat” posed by the regional affiliate of al Qaeda and its local allies.”

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White House Spokesman: President Obama Opposes a Carbon Pollution Tax Regulation

January 24, 2013

“White House spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday confirmed that Mr. Obama would pursue stricter carbon-pollution regulations through the Environmental Protection Agency, expanding rules on carbon-emitting plants so they cover existing power plants, as well as newly built ones.”

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Senator John Kerry (D-MA) Pledges to Divest Some Investment Holdings if Confirmed as Secretary of State

January 24, 2013

“Senator John Kerry and his wife intend to divest holdings in dozens of companies, including oil company Exxon Mobil Corp and drug maker Pfizer Inc, to avoid conflicts of interest if he is confirmed as U.S. secretary of state.”

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Bipartisan Group of 53 Senators Sign Letter Urging President Obama to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

January 24, 2013

“The State Department said on Tuesday that it has delayed a decision on whether to approve the pipeline beyond the first quarter of this year. Previously, State had said it would make a decision by that time.”

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President Obama Proceeds With Nomination of General John Allen for NATO Commander in Europe

January 24, 2013

“Allen, the outgoing commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was ensnared in the scandal that prompted retired General David Petraeus to resign as CIA director last year after his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, was exposed.”

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Diplomatic Cables Requesting More Security in Benghazi Did Not Come to My Attentino

January 24, 2013

““Any of the requests, any of the cables that have to do with security did not come to my attention,” she said.”

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Denies Any Involvement in U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s Sunday Morning Show Talking Points

January 24, 2013

““Nothing could be further from the truth” that Rice mislead the public with her comments, Clinton said, adding that she “wasn’t involved in the talking points process.””

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Testifies Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Benghazi

January 23, 2013

“Testifying before Congress for the first time since the September 11 attacks in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today took responsibility for the failures that led to those deaths, citing a “personal” commitment to improving diplomatic security abroad. But even while conceding ongoing “deficiencies and inadequacies” within the State [...]

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Testifies Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Benghazi

January 23, 2013

“Secretary Clinton’s long-awaited testimony about the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, began Wednesday morning in an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.”

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Ohio Woman Suing the FBI, TSA, and Frontier Airlines for Removing Her From Her Flight on 9/11/11 By Gunpoint

January 23, 2013

“The lawsuit seeks damages for “unreasonable search and seizure prohibited by the Fourth Amendment, and discrimination prohibited by the federal civil rights laws.”"

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U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta Removes Military’s Ban on Women Serving in Combat

January 23, 2013

“The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule prohibiting women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units.”

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President Obama “Will Not Oppose” House Republicans’ Plan to Raise the Debt Ceiling Until May 18th

January 23, 2013

“The president has called for a long-term extension of the Treasury Department’s borrowing authority, which he argues would “increase certainty and economic stability.””

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Justice Department Joins Lawsuit Against New Jersey’s Proposed Sports Betting Law

January 23, 2013

“In papers filed in a New Jersey federal court on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice said it wants to defend the constitutionality of a federal law that restricts sports gambling.”

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