American Politics

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): Democrats Will Not Allow Government Shutdown

March 10, 2013

“Last week, Pelosi opposed the House GOP version of a continuing spending resolution to keep funding the government, but reiterated that government shutdown is not an option, comments that come about two weeks before the deadline for a spending bill hits.”

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Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK): Scabs and Sores Still Healing Between Congressional Republicans and President Obama

March 10, 2013

“Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says President Barack Obama’s recent outreach to Republicans was genuine — but that old wounds between the president and the GOP were still healing.”

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush: I’m in Sync With Senate Republicans On Immigration

March 10, 2013

“Bush, a Republican, said he talked with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., part of the Senate group working on an immigration reform proposal, who last week criticized Bush for seeming to not support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.”

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI): Thursday Lunch Was First Time I’ve Ever Had a Conversation With President Obama

March 10, 2013

““This is the first time I’ve ever had a conversation with the president lasting more than, say, two minutes or televised exchanges,” Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the House Budget Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday.””

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Security Threat Cancels Defense Secretary Hagel’s Press Conference With Afghan President Karzai

March 10, 2013

“Pentagon press secretary George Little said the cancellation was not due to Karzai’s earlier comments about the U.S. and the Taliban.”

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai Accuses the U.S. and Taliban of Working Together to Convince Afghans That Foreign Soldiers Shouldn’t Leave

March 10, 2013

“Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave – an allegation the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as “categorically false.”"

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Former President Bill Clinton: Supreme Court Should Strike Down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

March 9, 2013

“Clinton says the Defense of Marriage Act is incompatible with the Constitution. He says he signed the law in 1996 to avoid legislation that would have been even worse for gays.”

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Stopgap Spending Bill Passed By the House of Representatives Includes Order to Disclose Drone Information

March 9, 2013

“The House voted this week on a lengthy appropriations bill that, tucked deep within, contained a provision ordering the Department of Defense to disclose information about a little-known drone program that could be collecting images of unknowing Americans.”

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Mexico Supreme Court Rules Anti-Gay Terms Are Hate Speech Not Protected By Freedom of Expression

March 9, 2013

“The court ruling says that “even though they are deeply rooted expressions in Mexican society, the fact is that the practices of the majority of society can’t validate the violations of basic right.””

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Mexican Authorities Arrest 21 Suspects in Connection to Drug Cartel-Linked Attacks on Journalists and Politicians

March 9, 2013

“Prosecutors in the northern state of Durango said the kidnap-killing of a local politician in February was among the gang’s alleged crimes. The victim, Mario Alberto Landeros, had been planning to run for mayor of a city in the state.”

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Arkansas Bans Abortions For Pregnancies of 12 Weeks or Longer

March 9, 2013

“On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled state legislature in Arkansas overrode a veto by Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, to enact the nation’s strictest state-level abortion restriction.”

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Longshoremen in New York and New Jersey Reach Labor Agreement With New York Shippers Association

March 9, 2013

“America’s ports have been the scene of a series of increasingly heated struggles between port workers and their employers on the East, West and Gulf coasts in recent months centering on pay, workplace efficiency and automation.”

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Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) Calls For the Drafting of Rules and Regulations For the Domestic Use of Drones

March 9, 2013

“She called it a “work in progress” and said that the Intelligence Committee is trying to draft legislation.”

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): Tax Cuts Are The Same As Spending

March 9, 2013

““Our whole budget is what, $3.5 trillion? So when we talk about reducing spending, we certainly must, and we certainly have — $1.6 trillion in the previous Congress, $1.2 of it in the Budget Control Act. But spending is also related to tax cuts,” Mrs. Pelosi, speaking to the press, said.”

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New Mexico Prisoner Accidentally Left in Solitary Confinement For 2 Years Wins $15.5 Million Settlement

March 9, 2013

“After being pulled over in Dona Ana County, N.M., on Aug. 24 2005, Slevin was arrested on aggravated DWI charges, and for driving a vehicle that he did not own.”

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