Democrats

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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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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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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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Criticizes Secretary of State John Kerry’s $250 Million Aid Pledge to Egypt

March 7, 2013

“This is an important point that some in Washington often forget — we don’t provide foreign assistance solely out of the goodness of our heart, we do so because it furthers our national interest.”

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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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President Obama’s “Unaffiliated” Organizing For Action Decides to Decline Corporate Donations

March 7, 2013

“We have now decided not to accept contributions from corporations, federal lobbyists or foreign donors.”

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U.S. Senate Confirms CIA Director Nominee John Brennan By Vote of 63 to 34

March 7, 2013

“Senators cleared the 60-vote threshold required to bring Brennan’s nomination to a vote, with 81 senators voting to move forward. A final vote remains, but Brennan’s confirmation is all-but-certain.”

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President Obama Invites Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to Lunch

March 7, 2013

“President Barack Obama –seeking to sell Republicans on a revival of “grand bargain” talks — has invited 2012 GOP veep candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, over to the White House for lunch on Thursday.”

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Success: GOP Senator Rand Paul’s Filibuster Provokes Letter Response From White House

March 7, 2013

“Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Sen. Rand Paul,R-Ky., to confirm that President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in a non-combat situation.”

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Fox News Founder Roger Ailes Biography Excerpt: Newt Gingrich is a “Prick”; President Obama is “Lazy”

March 7, 2013

“He paused, thinking about vice presidents he had known. “I have a soft spot for Joe Biden,” he said. “I like him. But he’s dumb as an ashtray.””

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Fox News Founder Roger Ailes Biography Excerpt Describes Meeting With Then-Senator Obama in 2008

March 7, 2013

“He was concerned about the way he was being portrayed on Fox, and his real issue wasn’t the news; it was Sean Hannity, who had been battering him every night at nine… Ailes didn’t deny that Hannity was anti-Obama… “Nobody who watches Sean’s going to vote for you anyway,” [Ailes] said.”

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Obama Administration Weighing Loopholes in Authorization for Use of Military Force to Expand War on Terror

March 7, 2013

“A new generation of al-Qaeda offshoots is forcing the Obama administration to examine whether the legal basis for its targeted killing program can be extended to militant groups with little or no connection to [al-Qaeda].”

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President Obama Has Dinner With Republican Senators, Doesn’t Discuss Filibuster

March 7, 2013

“Two of the twelve senators at the dinner — Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., — aided Paul in the filibuster by asking “questions” that allowed him to take a rest from speaking.”

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Introduces Bipartisan Mental Health Background Check Gun Control Bill

March 7, 2013

“It does not address a second loophole in the background check requirements – the gun show loophole – which critics say provides an avenue for people who know they cannot pass a background check to buy firearms.”

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