American Politics

Exclusion of Assault Weapons Ban Upsets Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

March 19, 2013

““How many assault weapons do you need circulating?” Ms. Feinstein said … noting that her bill … exempted many weapons. “To have these mass killings is such a blight on everything that America stands for.””

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30,000 Websites State Opposition to Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) Reintroduced By Congress

March 19, 2013

“Reddit, Craigslist and more than 30,000 other websites are flying the flag of opposition to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, a controversial cybersecurity bill that was recently reintroduced in Congress.”

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Former French Police Officer Captured Waging Jihad in Mali Against France

March 19, 2013

“A French citizen caught in early March waging jihad in Mali against his own country was once a serving police officer, his sister claimed on Monday.”

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France: Mali Needs Aid to Rebuild the Northern Part of the Country and Prevent the Return of Militants

March 19, 2013

“Donors need to pour aid into Mali over the next six months to rebuild its strife-hit north and stop defeated militants taking advantage of the chaos to return, France’s development minister said on Tuesday.”

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Police: Unopened Packages Sent to Attempted UCF Gunman James Contained Ammunition Clips and Gun Sling

March 19, 2013

“At a news briefing on Tuesday, police offered new information on the case but some aspects remained a mystery. Police revealed that two packages were found that had been mailed to Seevakumaran but unopened that contained new ammunition clips and a sling for the tactical weapon.”

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Pentagon Indefinitely Bans Use of 60 mm Mortar Ammo Following Deadly Marine Accident Pending Investigation

March 19, 2013

“The Pentagon expanded a temporary ban to prohibit the military from firing any 60mm mortar rounds until the results of the investigation. The Marine Corps said Tuesday a “blanket suspension” of 60mm mortars and associated firing tubes is in effect.”

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University of Central Florida Police Release Helmet Camera of Officers Searching Shooter’s Dorm (Video)

March 19, 2013

“Florida authorities released footage captured by an officer’s body-mounted camera of the search through the would-be gunman’s dorm in UCF’s Tower 1.”

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University of Central Florida Attempted Gunman’s Checklist Ended With “Give ‘Em Hell”

March 19, 2013

“University Police Chief Richard Beary said today that Seevakumaran had written out a detailed list of the actions he hoped to take Monday night and crossed off the items as he went, including getting drunk at a bar called Mad Hatters and pulling the fire alarm. Police confirmed that he did both.”

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Supreme Court Ruling: Copyright Law Allows Re-Sale Of Textbooks Sold Abroad (Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons)

March 19, 2013

“In a 6-3 opinion, the court threw out a copyright infringement award to publisher John Wiley & Sons against Thai graduate student Supap Kirtsaeng, who used eBay to resell copies of the publisher’s copyrighted books that his relatives first bought abroad at cut-rate prices.”

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) Endorses No-Fly Zone Over Syria

March 19, 2013

“Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) endorsed Tuesday the idea of establishing a no-fly zone inside Syria and attacking the air defenses and air power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”

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Bombings Kill At Least 65 People on the 10th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Ira

March 19, 2013

“The nearly 20 attacks, most of them in and around Baghdad, demonstrated in stark terms how dangerously divided Iraq remains more than a year after American troops withdrew. More than 240 people were reported wounded.”

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Calls For U.S. Troops On The Ground in Syria To Secure Chemical Weapons

March 19, 2013

“”Absolutely, you’ve got to get on the ground. There is no substitute for securing these weapons… I don’t care what it takes. We need partners in the region.”"

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Assault Weapons Ban Not Included In Senate Democrat Gun Control Bill To Be Introduced Next Month

March 19, 2013

“In a tactical decision, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., concluded that including the prohibition in the gun bill would jeopardize the chances for passage of any firearms legislation at all.”

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Ohio School Shooter T.J. Lane Reveals White T-Shirt With “Killer” Written On It At Sentencing Hearing

March 19, 2013

“Lane showed up to his sentencing wearing a white T-shirt with the word “KILLER” in capital letters scrawled on it — the same word police say he had emblazoned on his shirt the day of the shootings at Chardon High School.”

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Syrian Government And Rebels Blame Each Other For First Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack

March 19, 2013

“Neither of the accusations could immediately be verified, and a chemical weapons expert in the U.K. told CBSNews.com there was very little evidence to suggest any actual chemical weapons had been deployed.”

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