Executive Branch

Vice President Biden to Meet with the National Rifle Association (NRA) This Week

January 9, 2013

“Vice President Biden will meet with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a range of other groups this week as President Obama’s gun violence task force shifts into high gear.”

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President Obama Formally Nominates Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan For CIA Director

January 7, 2013

“Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser since 2009, Brennan faces less uncertainty going into his confirmation hearings than Hagel.”

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President Obama Formally Nominates Former Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

January 7, 2013

“The criticism stems from Hagel’s controversial past statements on foreign policy, including a 2008 reference to Israel’s U.S. supporters as “the Jewish lobby”.”

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Former CIA Officer Becomes the First Ex-CIA Employee Sent to Prison for Leaking Classified Information

January 7, 2013

“Mr. Kiriakou first stumbled into the public limelight by speaking out about waterboarding on television in 2007, quickly becoming a source for national security journalists.”

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President Obama Nominates French Economist Esther Duflo to the Global Development Council

January 6, 2013

“France’s Esther Duflo, a world renowned economist, has been nominated by US President Barack Obama to join a government body dedicated to advising the administration on global development policy.”

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White House Considering a “Comprehensive Approach” to Gun Control Reform

January 6, 2013

“A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors.”

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White House Publishes List of President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Donors

January 4, 2013

“The names of 417 “benefactors” to the 57th inaugural were quietly posted tonight on the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s website, including the names of seven companies. The committee said more names will be posted in coming days.”

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: 44 Children Rescued, 245 Pedophiles Arrested in a Child Pornography Investigation

January 4, 2013

“”U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents announced today they have rescued 44 children from sexual abuse as part of a child pornography investigation that netted 245 arrests over five weeks late last year.”

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Department of Defense Bans Access to Gay Websites

January 4, 2013

“The filter category used by the Pentagon, “LGBT,” also bans gay anti-bullying and suicide prevention sites.”

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President Obama to Formally Name his Nominees for Defense Secretary and Treasury Secretary Next Week

January 4, 2013

“Obama will name the replacement for outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as soon as Monday, sources told ABC News. Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is the likely nominee, they said.”

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President Obama Signs the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2013 into Law

January 3, 2013

“Civil liberties advocates had roundly criticized the bill over Guantanamo and a separate section that could allow the military to indefinitely detain American citizens on suspicions of supporting terrorism.”

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “Remains Committed” to Testify Before Congress on the Benghazi Consulate Attack

January 3, 2013

“Clinton remains committed to testifying, a State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the secretary’s health in greater depth, said this week. No dates for her testimony have been announced.”

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Department of Homeland Security Issues a National Cyber Alert Warning of Remote Attackers through an Internet Explorer Vulnerability

January 3, 2013

“Use-after-free vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 through 8 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted web site that triggers access to an object that (1) was not properly allocated or (2) is deleted, as demonstrated by a CDwnBindInfo object.”

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President Obama Signs the Fiscal Cliff Deal Legislation into Law

January 3, 2013

“The bill, which averts a looming fiscal cliff that had threatened to plunge the nation back into recession, also extends expiring jobless benefits, prevents cuts in Medicare reimbursements to doctors and delays for two months billions of dollars in across-the-board spending cuts in defense and domestic programs.”

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U.S. Federal Judge: Justice Department Does Not Have a Legal Obligation to Explain the Rationale Behind Killing Americans with Drones

January 2, 2013

“Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, both US nationals with alleged ties to al-Qaeda, were killed on September 30 of that year using drone aircraft.”

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