American Politics

New York City Council Approves Restrictions on Cooperation With Federal Authorities in Deportation Cases

February 27, 2013

“The bills were introduced in response to Secure Communities, a federal program that has become a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement strategy.”

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U.S. Senate Confirms Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary

February 27, 2013

“Jack Lew’s nomination was approved Wednesday on a 71-26 vote.”

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White House: Journalist Bob Woodward Misconstrued Exchange; No Threat Was Intended

February 27, 2013

“Woodward accused the Obama administration first of inventing the sequester, and then of “moving the goal posts” by saying any deal had to include new revenue along with the agreed-upon spending cuts.”

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) Signs Revised Online Gambling Bill into Law

February 27, 2013

“By legalizing internet gaming, New Jersey could see a huge jump in state casino revenue, to an estimated $436 million in fiscal 2014 from $235 million this fiscal year, which ends June 30, according to budget documents.”

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Israel’s Channel 10: President Obama Will Threaten Iran With a Military Strike in June

February 27, 2013

“Pres. Obama is scheduled to visit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next month, and during the get-together the two leaders will reportedly work out the details for a possible assault.”

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Investigators Discovery Elaborate Surveillance and Effort by Hezbollah to Kill Israeli Citizens

February 27, 2013

“Some details have come from Yaakoub himself, who made his first public appearance last week during his trial in Cyprus. But a much fuller account comes from legal documents summarizing the Swedish man’s statements to police during weeks of questioning last summer.”

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JP Morgan Chase Intends to Cut 17,000 Jobs Over the Next 2 Years

February 27, 2013

“Increases in the uses of technologies like banking deposits made via ATMs and smart phones have reduced the need for manpower especially in branch offices.”

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College Board Announces Plans to Make Changes to the SAT

February 27, 2013

“David Coleman, president of the College Board, [said] that the board will redesign the test to more sharply focus on the “core set of knowledge and skills” that high school graduates need to succeed in college.”

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Mexico Arrests Head of Teachers’ Union For Embezzling $200 Million From Union Funds

February 27, 2013

“Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that Elba Esther Gordillo, who has led the 1.5 million-member National Union of Education Worker for 23 years, was detained in Toluca on Tuesday on charges that she embezzled about $200 million from union funds.”

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Speaker John Boehner to Fellow House Republicans: Let the Senate Get Off Their A** This Time

February 26, 2013

“House Republicans passed their plan to replace sequester cuts with cuts of their own in the 112th Congress, rendering it useless during this session. Boehner said his chamber will “be prepared to move quickly” if the Senate passes a bill.”

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President Obama’s “Autonomous” Organizing For Action Accused of Generating Fake Tweets Supporting Obama

February 26, 2013

“The Obama group Organizing for Action is fighting back against accusations that it generated fake tweets supporting the president’s call for gun-control legislation.”

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2 Santa Cruz, California, Police Officers Killed in Shootout

February 26, 2013

“A second shooting erupted on Doyle Street at 4 p.m. when law enforcement officers unleashed a hail of bullets on the suspected shooter. The suspect was killed.”

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Illinois Republican Congressional Primary to Replace Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.: Too Close To Call

February 26, 2013

“With 97 percent of precincts reporting in the Chicago area 2nd District, only a few votes separated Paul McKinley of Chicago and Eric Wallace of Flossmoor.”

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Robin Kelly Wins Illinois Democratic Congressional Primary to Replace Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

February 26, 2013

“Kelly, a former Illinois state legislator, was one of 16 Democratic candidates in the primary. Republicans were also choosing their party’s candidate in today’s vote.”

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Senate Republicans Circulating Draft Bill to Cancel Sequester Cuts and Have President Obama Choose Cuts

February 26, 2013

“The plan is being advanced by some conservative Republicans who don’t want the White House to continue using the sequester as a public relations hammer.”

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