Executive Branch

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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President Obama Invites Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to Lunch

March 7, 2013

“President Barack Obama –seeking to sell Republicans on a revival of “grand bargain” talks — has invited 2012 GOP veep candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, over to the White House for lunch on Thursday.”

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Success: GOP Senator Rand Paul’s Filibuster Provokes Letter Response From White House

March 7, 2013

“Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Sen. Rand Paul,R-Ky., to confirm that President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in a non-combat situation.”

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Documents: U.S. Allowed Iraq’s Special Police Commando Unit to be Primarily Violent Shia Iraqis Beginning in 2004

March 7, 2013
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Documents: General David Petraeus and Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Linked to Secret Torture Centers in Iraq

March 7, 2013

“The Guardian/BBC Arabic investigation was sparked by the release ofclassified US military logs on WikiLeaks that detailed hundreds of incidents where US soldiers came across tortured detainees in a network of detention centres run by the police commandos across Iraq.”

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Obama Administration Weighing Loopholes in Authorization for Use of Military Force to Expand War on Terror

March 7, 2013

“A new generation of al-Qaeda offshoots is forcing the Obama administration to examine whether the legal basis for its targeted killing program can be extended to militant groups with little or no connection to [al-Qaeda].”

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President Obama Has Dinner With Republican Senators, Doesn’t Discuss Filibuster

March 7, 2013

“Two of the twelve senators at the dinner — Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., — aided Paul in the filibuster by asking “questions” that allowed him to take a rest from speaking.”

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Republican Senators Block Washington D.C. Court of Appeals Nominee Caitlin Halligan

March 7, 2013

“Obama still has not secured Senate approval for a single nomination to the D.C. Circuit. The court has four vacancies on its 11-member panel.”

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U.S. General James Mattis Confident in Middle East Presence Despite Sequestration Budget Cuts

March 6, 2013

“Gen. Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the effects of spending cuts on his command. NavyAdm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, also testified Tuesday.”

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House Passes Republican-Proposed Stopgap Spending Bill

March 6, 2013

“It would keep in place automatic spending cuts known as the sequester for all federal agencies, while giving the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments more flexibility in setting their spending priorities.”

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FBI Monitoring State Investigation Into Brutal Murder of Openly-Gay Mississippi Mayoral Candidate

March 6, 2013

““The FBI is aware of the case, has been monitoring the state investigation, and will assess evidence to determine whether federal prosecution is appropriate,” FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said Wednesday in a statement.”

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) Enters 8th Hour of Filibuster Against CIA Director Nominee John Brennan

March 6, 2013

“Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, began an old-school, speak-until-you-can-speak-no-more filibuster on Wednesday just before noon, and was still going strong hours later.”

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U.S. Department of Education Opens Investigation Into UNC’s Handling of Sexual Assault Cases

March 6, 2013

“Their complaint accuses UNC-Chapel Hill of under-reporting sexual assault cases for 2010 in an annual report to the federal government on campus crime. It also alleged that campus officials allowed a hostile environment for students reporting sexual assault.”

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