United States of America

Flooding Damages 500 Homes in Atlantic City, New Jersey

March 8, 2013

“Foley said many of the homes that flooded in this storm were damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Damage to the bulkheads along the back bay during Sandy that have not yet been repaired also contributed to flooding in those low-lying areas, Foley said.”

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Proposed Bill in Texas Would Increase Mobile Phone Privacy, Requiring Police Warrants For Location Information

March 7, 2013

“Further, the bills would require an annual transparency report from mobile carriers to the public and to the state government.”

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Michigan Democratic Senator Carl Levin Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2014, Retires

March 7, 2013

“Levin becomes the seventh senator to announce his retirement so far this year, including Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who resigned in January.”

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Federal Judge Strikes Down 2011 Idaho State Law Banning Late-Term Abortions

March 7, 2013

“Idaho is one of at least eight states that have enacted late-term abortion prohibitions in recent years based on controversial medical research suggesting that a fetus feels pain starting at 20 weeks of gestation.”

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Federal Reserve: 18 Largest U.S. Banks Strongest Since Financial Crisis Began in 2008

March 7, 2013

“Under the stress tests’ most severe scenario, the United States would undergo a recession in which unemployment would reach nearly 12 percent, stocks would lose half their value and home prices would plunge 20 percent.”

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Federal Reserve’s Stress Tests: Ally Financial Only Bank That Would Have Losses

March 7, 2013

“Government-owned Ally Financial was the only bank that fell below a generally accepted regulatory capital standard based on initial Federal Reserve stress test results released Thursday seeking to find out if 18 of the largest financial institutions can withstand a deep recession.”

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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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New York Governor Cuomo (D) Asks Banks to Offer Hurricane Sandy Victims Relaxed Mortgage Repayment Schedules

March 7, 2013

‘”A homeowner who could come up with three months in mortgage payments all at once probably didn’t need forbearance in the first place,” he said. “Everyone else needs more time to repay.”"

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): Prosecute Banks That Launder Drug Money

March 7, 2013

“Regulators fined the company $1.9 billion over the laundering, but Warren questioned why no criminal prosecutions were aimed at the company or its employees.”

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Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Ends Bipartisan Gun Control Talks With Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)

March 7, 2013

“Sen. Chuck Schumer is ending the bipartisan gun control talks with Sen. Tom Coburn without a deal, a major setback to President Barack Obama’s effort to pass universal background checks.”

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Osama bin Laden’s Spokesman and Son-in-Law Abu Ghaith Captured by the United States

March 7, 2013

“A Jordanian security official confirmed that al-Ghaith was handed over last week to U.S. law enforcement officials under both nations’ extradition treaty.”

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Fox News Commentator Bill O’Reilly Apologizes For Calling Alan Colmes a Liar

March 7, 2013

“Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on Wednesday said he was “sorry” for accusing liberal radio talk show host Alan Colmes of “lying” during their heated exchange the night before.”

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Conservatives Criticize House Republicans For Not Including ObamaCare Repeal in Stopgap Spending Bill

March 7, 2013

“A Republican leadership aide countered that funding national security priorities through the CR is in line with conservative priorities.”

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ADP National Employment Report: 198,000 Jobs Added in February

March 7, 2013

“The BLS data on February’s employment and unemployment figures are due Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET.”

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U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Increase Punishments Against Gun “Straw Purchases”

March 7, 2013

“But looming votes on the controversial assault weapons ban, prohibition on high-capacity ammunition magazines and expanded background checks on gun sales will draw strong opposition from GOP senators and will likely be delayed until next week.”

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