Democrats

Republican Senators Block Washington D.C. Court of Appeals Nominee Caitlin Halligan

March 7, 2013

“Obama still has not secured Senate approval for a single nomination to the D.C. Circuit. The court has four vacancies on its 11-member panel.”

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Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul-Led Filibuster of CIA Director Nominee John Brennan Ends Short of 13 Hours

March 7, 2013

Senator Rand Paul ended the filibuster of the CIA Director nomination at 12:39 a.m. EST on March 7th, 2013 by yielding the floor to a strong round of applause.

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Confession: Escort Paid to Make False Accusations Against Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

March 6, 2013

“In a notarized statement filed in court, Nexis de los Santos Santana said she was filmed without her knowledge when she claimed that Menendez had paid her to have sex.”

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Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Supports Building Off House Republican Stopgap Spending Bill

March 6, 2013

“The Maryland Democrat has scaled back her plans to substitute a governmentwide omnibus package and is focused instead on writing a hybrid bill that will include full-year budgets for at least several major Cabinet departments beyond Defense and Veterans Affairs.”

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Senator Harry Reid (D-NV): Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush Has Made a Fool of Himself

March 6, 2013

“Bush’s book argues that those immigrants should get a permanent legal status but not citizenship.”

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) Enters 8th Hour of Filibuster Against CIA Director Nominee John Brennan

March 6, 2013

“Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, began an old-school, speak-until-you-can-speak-no-more filibuster on Wednesday just before noon, and was still going strong hours later.”

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Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) Praises Hugo Chavez via Twitter

March 5, 2013

“”Jose E. Serrano @RepJoseSerrano Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless. R.I.P. Mr. President.”"

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U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Approves John Brennan’s CIA Director Nomination

March 5, 2013

“Although Brennan’s nomination still has to go before the whole Senate, Brennan looks set to join defence secretary Chuck Hagel, secretary of state John Kerry and Treasury secretary Jack Lew in Obama’s new cabinet.”

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E-Mail Reveals White House Pressuring Federal Officials To Make Sequester “As Painful As Possible”

March 5, 2013

“In the email sent Monday by Charles Brown, an official with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office in Raleigh, N.C., Mr. Brown asked “if there was any latitude” in how to spread the sequester cuts across the region to lessen the impacts on fish inspections.”

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman: Documents Reveal ICE Plans to Release 5,000 Immigrant Detainees Due to Sequester

March 5, 2013

“The ICE document contains a table that proposes “reduc[ing] invoiced daily population by 1,000 weekly.” Between February 22 and March 31st, this plan would drop the number of detainees from 30,748 to 25,748.

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White House Responds to Petition Expressing Support For Cellphone Unlocking

March 5, 2013

“Responding to a petition on WhiteHouse.gov, the executive branch stated, “The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties.””

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Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano: Several Hundred “Low-Risk” Immigration Detainees Released Due to Budget Uncertainty

March 5, 2013

“Napolitano said that “several hundred” detainees were released — not “thousands,” as news reports from last week had indicated. She stressed that those moved from detention centers were low-risk, and that the process would continue “for the foreseeable future.””

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Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano: Immigration is the Department’s No. 1 Legislative Priority This Year

March 5, 2013

““…I would say, frankly, that our No. 1 priority in terms of legislation is immigration,” Napolitano told POLITICO’s Mike Allen at a breakfast marking the 10th anniversary of the agency. “It is high time for immigration reform.””

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Major Airports Deny Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano’s Claims About Sequester Causing Long Lines

March 5, 2013

“”We haven’t had any slowdowns at all,” said Marshall Lowe, a spokesman for LAX. Mr Lowe said that he had been on duty over the weekend and received no reports of unusual security delays.”

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Vice President Biden to AIPAC: President Obama Isn’t Bluffing on Iran

March 5, 2013

“”The president of the United States cannot, and does not, bluff. President Barack Obama is not bluffing,” Biden told the audience in Washington.”

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