Executive Branch

Chinese General Who Threatened the United States With a Nuclear Strike Visits the Pentagon

March 5, 2013

““If the Americans draw their missiles and position-guided ammunition on the target zone on China’s territory, I think we will have to respond with nuclear weapons,” Zhu told a Financial Times reporter in 2005.”

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Attorney General Holder: U.S. Can Kill Citizens With Drones on U.S. Soil

March 5, 2013

“The two possible examples of such “extraordinary” circumstances were the attack on Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. An American president ordering the use of lethal military force inside the United States is “entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no president will ever have to confront,” Holder wrote.”

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U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Approves John Brennan’s CIA Director Nomination

March 5, 2013

“Although Brennan’s nomination still has to go before the whole Senate, Brennan looks set to join defence secretary Chuck Hagel, secretary of state John Kerry and Treasury secretary Jack Lew in Obama’s new cabinet.”

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E-Mail Reveals White House Pressuring Federal Officials To Make Sequester “As Painful As Possible”

March 5, 2013

“In the email sent Monday by Charles Brown, an official with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office in Raleigh, N.C., Mr. Brown asked “if there was any latitude” in how to spread the sequester cuts across the region to lessen the impacts on fish inspections.”

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman: Documents Reveal ICE Plans to Release 5,000 Immigrant Detainees Due to Sequester

March 5, 2013

“The ICE document contains a table that proposes “reduc[ing] invoiced daily population by 1,000 weekly.” Between February 22 and March 31st, this plan would drop the number of detainees from 30,748 to 25,748.

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Transportation Security Administration: U.S. Passengers Soon Allowed to Carry Small Knives on Planes

March 5, 2013

“Starting April 25, passengers going through U.S. airports can bring on board Swiss Army-type knives — specifically, ones with blades no longer than 2.36 inches.”

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White House Cancels Public Tours Due to Sequestration Spending Cuts

March 5, 2013

“The notice comes as both the White House and Congress try to find cuts to their own budgets as part of $85 billion in cuts to the entire government.”

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Secretary of State John Kerry: Iran Moving Closer to Possessing a Nuclear Weapon

March 5, 2013

“At the end of his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, John Kerry acknowledged that despite the continued diplomacy and tough sanctions being leveled against Iran, the regime continues to get closer to possessing a nuclear weapon.”

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White House Responds to Petition Expressing Support For Cellphone Unlocking

March 5, 2013

“Responding to a petition on WhiteHouse.gov, the executive branch stated, “The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties.””

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Navy Spokesman: U.S. Navy Frigates Will Stop Patrolling For Drug Runners By April Due to Sequestration

March 5, 2013

“With the frigates out of the picture, the amount of drugs entering the country will increase, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp told USNI News following Tuesday’s State of the Coast Guard address.”

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Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano: Several Hundred “Low-Risk” Immigration Detainees Released Due to Budget Uncertainty

March 5, 2013

“Napolitano said that “several hundred” detainees were released — not “thousands,” as news reports from last week had indicated. She stressed that those moved from detention centers were low-risk, and that the process would continue “for the foreseeable future.””

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Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano: Immigration is the Department’s No. 1 Legislative Priority This Year

March 5, 2013

““…I would say, frankly, that our No. 1 priority in terms of legislation is immigration,” Napolitano told POLITICO’s Mike Allen at a breakfast marking the 10th anniversary of the agency. “It is high time for immigration reform.””

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Major Airports Deny Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano’s Claims About Sequester Causing Long Lines

March 5, 2013

“”We haven’t had any slowdowns at all,” said Marshall Lowe, a spokesman for LAX. Mr Lowe said that he had been on duty over the weekend and received no reports of unusual security delays.”

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Vice President Biden to AIPAC: President Obama Isn’t Bluffing on Iran

March 5, 2013

“”The president of the United States cannot, and does not, bluff. President Barack Obama is not bluffing,” Biden told the audience in Washington.”

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Congressional Budget Office: 2013 Tax Revenue Projected at Record $2.7 Trillion

March 4, 2013

“Tax revenue will total 16.9 percent of gross domestic product this year, the CBO predicts, compared with 18.5 percent of GDP in 2007. It looks as if it will take another year, until 2014, for tax revenue to get back to 18 percent of GDP, which has been the average level since 1973.”

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