Democrats

Senate Republicans Expected to Challenge Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Nominee Richard Cordray

January 24, 2013

“Cordray will have to face the Senate Banking Committee, which will probably vote along party lines, as he seeks confirmation.”

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Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry: Clean Energy is a Job Creator

January 24, 2013

“He also talked about the importance of getting into the clean energy market, calling it a job creator.”

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During his Confirmation Hearing, Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry Defends Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel

January 24, 2013

“When questioned about Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense, Kerry lent his endorsement, saying Hagel was a “strong patriotic senator and will be a strong secretary of defense.”"

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Questions Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry on the “Unintended Consequences” of Libya

January 24, 2013

“Rubio said that the U.S. reaction in Libya created the conditions for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi because the U.S. turned the operation over to the opposition too quickly.”

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Senator John McCain (R-AZ) at John Kerry’s Senate Confirmation Hearing: U.S. Misled on Benghazi

January 24, 2013

“”We were misled when we still haven’t gotten answers why there wasn’t better security at the consulate … or told there was request for a 16-member security force to stay at the consulate but were removed.”"

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Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry Describes Latin America Like Venezuela As “Not As Cooperative”

January 24, 2013

“Kerry said the United States has provided development assistance in Guatemala and entered energy agreements with Brazil. It’s worked with Mexico on anti-narcotics and anti-violence programs. But some outlier states are not as cooperative, he said, namely Venezuela, though he said a transition in leadership might change that.”

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Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry on Iran: It Is Not Hard To Prove A Peaceful Program

January 24, 2013

“”President Obama has stated again and again, he prefers a diplomatic resolution to this challenge, and I will work to give diplomacy every effort to succeed. But no one should mistake our resolve to reduce the nuclear threat.”"

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Analysis: President Obama’s Securities and Exchange Commission Nominee Tough on Wall Street

January 24, 2013

“Neil Barofsky, former TARP cop whose recent book “Bailout” blasted Treasury’s response to the financial crisis, says she is a “terrific” choice and a “true beacon of independence.””

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Uses Display of Assault Weapons to Present Ban

January 24, 2013

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) displayed guns as props during her announcement of her proposed assault weapons ban. However, the guns on display break DC gun laws- as reported by CNN. Sen. Feinstein got special permission and does not have to abide by the law.”

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Formally Proposes Revised Bill to Ban Assault Weapons

January 24, 2013

“Feinstein’s proposal would upgrade an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and also outlaw ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.”

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U.S. Senate Leaders Reach Agreement to Limit and Reform the Filibuster

January 24, 2013

“The crux of the deal preserves the filibuster but gives the majority several different options for how to get bills to the Senate floor. Right now, the minority party gets two opportunities to filibuster every bill, but the new deal could limit that to just one full filibuster.”

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Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ): Newark Democratic Mayor Cory Booker Deserves a “Spanking”

January 24, 2013

“Lautenberg turned 89 just yesterday, but wouldn’t tell the newspaper, in the first interview since Booker announced his intentions, if he will seek another six year term next year.”

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Don’t Tase Her, Bro: Protester Interrupts Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry’s Senate Confirmation Hearing

January 24, 2013

“”When will it be enough?” she shouted as police escorted her from the room. “I’m tired of my friends in the Middle East dying.”"

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President Obama to Nominate Mary Jo White as Head of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

January 24, 2013

“President Barack Obama will nominate Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, tapping an attorney with broad experience in prosecuting white-collar crimes to lead an agency that has a central role in implementing Wall Street reform.”

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President Obama Plans to Re-Nominate Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Head Richard Cordray

January 24, 2013

“Obama gave the job to Cordray on a temporary basis early last year, putting him at the head of the then-fledgling agency by making a recess appointment. That got him get around Senate Republicans’ objections holding up the 2011 nominee.”

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