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New York City Mayor Bloomberg Calls Domestic Drones and Facial Recognition Technology “Inevitable” and “Scary”

March 22, 2013

“”It’s scary, but what’s the difference whether the drone is up in the air or on the building,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today during his weekly appearance on the John Gambling radio show.”

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski Resigns

March 22, 2013

“He will be leaving the FCC after a mixed tenure that has disappointed some of the consumer groups that were his earliest supporters, but that also sketched a plan to bring Americans more access to broadband Internet for years ahead.”

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Budget Sequester: Federal Aviation Administration to Close 149 Contracted Control Towers on April 7

March 22, 2013

“The Federal Aviation Administration spared 24 towers on its original list of 173 subject to closing, the Contract Tower Association, which represents companies running the facilities, said today in an e-mail. All towers being shut down are run by private companies.”

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman: No Americans Currently Marked For Death On White House Secret Kill List

March 22, 2013

““There is no list where Americans are on the list,” House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers told National Journal. Still, he suggested, that could change.”

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National Journal: Rick Perry, The Presidential Candidate Ahead Of His Time

March 22, 2013

“Perry also staked out a critical position on entitlement reform, memorably comparing Social Security to a Ponzi scheme in his book. Romney attacked Perry.”

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University of Tennessee Reverses Course, Pulls Funding From “Sex Week”

March 22, 2013

“The university’s turn-about came as Tennessee’s governor and a host of lawmakers voiced their public opposition. Several lawmakers had already announced plans to defund the university unless they defunded “Sex Week.””

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Upcoming U.S. Senate Vote on Assault Weapons Ban Puts Democratic Senators in a Tough Situation

March 22, 2013

“Democrats facing tough reelection races will either attract the ire of the National Rifle Association or prominent gun control activists such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I).”

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Report: Authorities in Standoff With Officer Candidate School Staff Member at Quantico Marine Corps Base

March 22, 2013

“A base spokesman says one person is dead after a shooting at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia and authorities are in a standoff with a suspect who’s barricaded himself in barracks.”

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Relationship Dispute Drives Marine to Kill Two Comrades, Self, at Quantico Base in Virginia

March 22, 2013

“Lt. Agustin Solivan says the shooting happened around 11 p.m. Thursday and authorities are in a standoff with the suspect that’s gone into early Friday.”

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Documents: Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee Appealed to Attorney General Holder For Restraint on Marijuana

March 21, 2013

“While U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder remains mum about how the federal government will respond to legal marijuana in Washington and Colorado, a document obtained by seattlepi.com shows Washington Gov. Jay Inslee eager to convince the feds to go easy.”

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U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) Becomes 14th Co-Sponsor of Marijuana Legalization Bill

March 21, 2013

“Polis’ bill, H.R. 499, would remove the federal Drug Enforcement Agency from the equation when it comes to marijuana and instead would put the drug under the auspices of the Food and Drug Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.”

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Tentative New York State Budget Includes Tax Credit to Bring ‘The Tonight Show’ Back to New York

March 21, 2013

“The iconic program is not identified by name in the documents, but reports are circulating that NBC is preparing to replace host Jay Leno with Fallon and move the granddaddy of late-night TV shows back to New York.”

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Gainesville, Florida, Mayor Arrested For Drunk Driving Less Than One Month Before Election

March 21, 2013

“The Gainesville Sun reports Lowe told authorities he had three beers earlier in the evening. He was charged with DUI with property damage and careless driving and taken to jail. On Tuesday, the mayor won a place in the April 16 runoff in a bid for re-election.”

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Republican Congressional Leaders Meet to Discuss the U.S. Consulate Attack in Benghazi, Libya

March 21, 2013

“While the three House Committees are conducting independent investigations of the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Government Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce and Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers agreed to now pool their findings in a single report that should be complete in “weeks not months.”"

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Gun Rights Advocates File Federal Lawsuit to Overturn New York Gun Control Law

March 21, 2013

“The lawsuit, filed in a Buffalo court, says the law’s ban on assault weapons and prohibitions against large-capacity magazines violate the Second Amendment.”

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