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U.S. Senate Rejects Budget Resolution Carbon Tax Amendment

March 25, 2013

“The big tent notwithstanding, the Senate rejected the amendment handily, 58 to 41. All 45 of the chamber’s Republicans voted against it, as did 13 Democrats from energy-producing or swing states.”

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House of Representatives Approves Deregulation of GMO Crops

March 25, 2013

“The controversial “biotech rider” was slipped into House legislation Thursday during discussion of unrelated legislation designed to avoid a government shutdown March 27.”

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Office of Congressional Ethics Investigating Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Presidential Campaign

March 25, 2013

“Former staffers tell The Daily Beast that investigators have allegedly asked about allegations of improper transfer of funds and under-the-table payments actions by Bachmann’s presidential campaign, specifically in relation to the campaign’s national political director, Guy Short, and Bachmann’s onetime Iowa campaign chairman, state Sen. Kent Sorenson.”

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Analysis: Evolving Republican Reversal on Gay Marriage Brings Big Money Opportunity

March 24, 2013

“Several lawmakers told POLITICO the issue has come up in meetings with potential big donors, who take a different view than the party base.”

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) Reaffirms Support For Marijuana Decriminalization: “I don’t want to put them in jail and ruin their lives”

March 24, 2013

“”Look, the last two presidents could conceivably have been put in jail for their drug use, and I really think, you know, look what would have happened, it would have ruined their lives,” Paul added. “They got lucky, but a lot of poor kids, particularly in the inner city, don’t get lucky.”"

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House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI): “Abundantly Clear” Red Line Was Crossed in Syria

March 24, 2013

“”I think that it is abundantly clear that that red line has been crossed,” said the House Intel chair, about chemical weapons being used in Syria. “There is mounting evidence that it is probable that the Assad regime has used at least a small quantity of chemical weapons during the course of this conflict.”"

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Analysis: President Obama Has Lost Advantage Over Republicans On The Economy

March 23, 2013

“Since December, however, Mr. Obama’s standing has declined by roughly 10 percentage points, while Republicans in Congress have gained 4 or 5 percentage points.”

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U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Endorsing Internet Sales Tax

March 23, 2013

“Though the vote was merely a show of sentiment, the one-sided outcome showed that supporters of collecting the levies could prevail should the Senate consider binding legislation later this year.”

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U.S. Senate Passes First Budget in 4 Years — By a Vote of 50 to 49

March 23, 2013

“All the Democratic senators who voted “no” are up for reelection in 2014 in states that voted for [Republican] Mitt Romney.”

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Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Proposes Tax Break For Medical Devices

March 22, 2013

“The 2.3 percent excise tax levied on medical device manufacturers, which is designed to help pay for President Obama’s signature health care overhaul, could cripple the largest source of Tennessee’s foreign exports, Alexander said.”

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Prominent Obama Judicial Nominee Caitlin Halligan Withdraws in the Face of Republican Opposition

March 22, 2013

“Republicans steadfastly refused to vote on Halligan’s nomination on grounds that her judicial views were outside the mainstream. She had argued as New York solicitor general that firearms manufacturers should be held civilly liable for crimes committed with guns.”

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman: No Americans Currently Marked For Death On White House Secret Kill List

March 22, 2013

““There is no list where Americans are on the list,” House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers told National Journal. Still, he suggested, that could change.”

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National Journal: Rick Perry, The Presidential Candidate Ahead Of His Time

March 22, 2013

“Perry also staked out a critical position on entitlement reform, memorably comparing Social Security to a Ponzi scheme in his book. Romney attacked Perry.”

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Republican Congressional Leaders Meet to Discuss the U.S. Consulate Attack in Benghazi, Libya

March 21, 2013

“While the three House Committees are conducting independent investigations of the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Government Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce and Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers agreed to now pool their findings in a single report that should be complete in “weeks not months.”"

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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Re-Instate Military Tuition Assistance Program Cut By Sequestration

March 21, 2013

“Democratic Senator Kay Hagan, along with a Republican Senator from Oklahoma, passed a bill in the senate that would re-instate the tuition program cut by sequestration.”

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