Government Regulation

White House Endorses Internet Sales Tax Legislation

April 22, 2013

“”The Administration strongly supports S. 743, which will level the playing field for local small business retailers that are in competition every day with large out-of-state online companies,” reads the Obama administration’s statement on the policy.”

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U.S. Senate Votes Down Compromised Proposal to Expand Gun Background Checks

April 17, 2013

“The bipartisan compromise was championed by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and backed by President Barack Obama in his push for a package of gun laws in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.”

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President Obama Signs STOCK Act Modification, Repealing Financial Disclosure By Federal Officials

April 16, 2013

“The STOCK Act was signed by the president a little over one year ago in a highly visible signing ceremony, where he said the legislation would tackle the “deficit of trust” that exists between Washington and the rest of the nation.”

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Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Pledges to Join Republican Filibuster of Sen. Harry Reid’s Gun Control Bill

April 8, 2013

“”While nobody knows yet what Sen. Reid’s plan is for the gun bill, if he chooses to file cloture on the motion to proceed to the Reid bill, Sen. McConnell will oppose cloture on proceeding to that bill.””

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New Draft of Computer Fraud And Abuse Act 2013 Reveals Failure to Reform Cumbersome Law

March 28, 2013

“The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was passed in 1984 to combat the cracking of huge computer systems owned by financial institutions and the government.”

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Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) Proposes Bill to Break-Up “Too Big to Fail” Banks

March 28, 2013

“The 10 largest banks in the United States are bigger now than before a taxpayer bailout following the 2008 financial crisis.”

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Supreme Court Arguments Express Skepticism About the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

March 27, 2013

“Kennedy, viewed as a key swing vote, appeared critical of the federal government’s declining to recognize marriages that states have made legal. Kennedy voiced sympathy Tuesday for children of gay couples who want their parents’ unions to be recognized.”

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Government Waste: House Republicans Spend $3 Million Defending DOMA

March 27, 2013

“All told, the House legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act cost six times as much as the House GOP leadership originally anticipated.”

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U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) Declares Support for Same-Sex Marriage

March 27, 2013

“North Carolina voters last year overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment declaring marriage as being between a man and a woman.”

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Fox News Commentator Bill O’Reilly Criticizes Anti-Gay Marriage “Bible Thumpers”

March 27, 2013

“”The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals,” O’Reilly said Tuesday on Fox. “‘We’re Americans. We just want to be treated like everybody else.’ That’s a compelling argument, and to deny that, you have got to have a very strong argument on the other side. The argument on the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible.””

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U.S. Supreme Court Hints Against Sweeping Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage During Oral Arguments

March 26, 2013

“Following the oral argument, Pete Williams of NBC News reported that it seemed “quite obvious that the U.S. Supreme Court is not prepared to issue any kind of sweeping ruling” declaring that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.”

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on California’s Proposition 8 and DOMA This Week

March 25, 2013

“The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in two cases that have the potential to transform American society and the status of gays and lesbians in it.”

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U.S. Senate Unanimously Approves Budget Amendment Ending Subsidies For “Too Big To Fail” Banks

March 25, 2013

“Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the amendment, which ends “Too Big To Fail” subsidies or funding advantages for Wall Street mega-banks with more than $500 billion in assets. Their amendment was adopted on a 99-0 vote Friday night.”

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National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre Endorses Increasing Penalties on Straw Gun Purchases

March 24, 2013

“National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre said Sunday that he’d support gun reform legislation that would “beef up the penalties” on straw purchases of firearms and illegal gun trafficking, as well as getting records of mentally ill into the national background checks system.”

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New York State Senate Budget Indefinitely Suspends Governor Cuomo’s 7 Bullet Magazine Limit

March 24, 2013

“Governor Andrew Cuomo’s seven-round limit on magazines sold in New York will be suspended “indefinitely” by a measure in his $136.5 billion budget set to be passed this week, Dean Skelos, a Senate majority leader said.”

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