American Politics

Campaign: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Won’t Sign Americans for Tax Reform Anti-Tax Pledge

March 13, 2013

“Cuccinelli’s campaign confirmed he will not sign the ATR pledge and explained Cuccinelli has settled on a blanket no-pledge policy for the campaign: he will not sign make any similar commitments to other special interest groups.”

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President Obama Meets With “Unaffiliated” Organizing For Action (OFA) Donors

March 13, 2013

“After years of rallying these people and their money to his side, he tried to get them fired up and ready to go — but now toward supporting the idea of working together and compromising with Congressional Republicans.”

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FBI and Secret Service Investigating Hacking of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Personal and Financial Information

March 13, 2013

“The website said it had posted Social Security numbers, credit reports, home addresses and personal banking information, although the veracity of the information has not been confirmed.”

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Suicide Bomber Kills 7 People at a Sporting Event in Afghanistan

March 13, 2013

“Among the seven killed in the bombing in the remote village of Basos were several family members of the Afghan speaker of parliament, said regional police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai. Another eight people were wounded.”

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Standard & Poor’s Cuts Puerto Rico’s Sovereign Debt Credit Rating to BBB- (Near-Junk Status)

March 13, 2013

“”We base the downgrade on the result of an estimated fiscal 2013 budget gap, which we view as significantly larger than originally budgeted, absent corrective action,” said S&P credit analyst David Hitchcock.”

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France Foreign Minister Urges European Leaders to Lift Ban on Supplying Weapons to the Syrian Rebels

March 13, 2013

“France and Britain want the European Union to amend an arms embargo on sending arms to Syria which is part of a package of sanctions that rolls over every three months but they face opposition, notably from Germany.”

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Obama Administration Proposes Plan to Allow All U.S. Spy Agencies Access to Personal Financial Information

March 13, 2013

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation already has full access to the database.”

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Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll (R) Abruptly Resigns Due to Questionable Business Connections

March 13, 2013

“It’s unclear if Carroll is the target of any criminal charges. Attorney General Pam Bondi and law enforcement officials have scheduled a 2:30 p.m. press conference in Orlando to discuss the case.”

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State Judge Strikes Down New York City Soda Ban at Certain Venues Including Restaurants

March 12, 2013

“The city is “enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations,” wrote New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling, blocking the rules one day before they would have taken effect.”

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Two NYPD Officers Shoot and Kill 16-Year Old With a Gun in East Flatbush, Brooklyn

March 11, 2013

“The police said the officers, patrolling in an unmarked car in East Flatbush, came upon the teenager, identified as Kimani Gray, 16, in a group of men just before 11:30 p.m. The teenager separated himself from the group and adjusted his waistband in what the police described as a suspicious manner.”

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Securities & Exchange Commission: Illinois Budget Office Under Former Governor Blagojevic Misled Investors on Pension Risks

March 11, 2013

“The finding of securities fraud doesn’t subject Illinois to any fines or penalties, but it amounts to another fiscal black eye for a state burdened by the worst bond rating in the country and completely underwater by inaction in solving its $96 billion pension crisis.”

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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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