Republicans

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Announces Support for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)’s Immigration Reform Plan

January 14, 2013

“Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan said Monday he backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration reform push, giving a boost to his potential 2016 rival’s efforts on the hot-button issue.”

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U.S. House Oversight Committee Probing Whether an Audit Watchdog is Considering Economic Impact in Drafting Regulations

January 14, 2013

“The PCAOB, which was created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, has come under the microscope over the past year because it is contemplating whether to propose controversial new rules to impose term limits on audit firms.”

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case Republican National Committee Challenge Against 1982 Voter Decree

January 14, 2013

“Under the decree, which later became national in scope, the RNC needs court approval to implement various poll-monitoring activities in minority precincts.”

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President Obama Calls Refusing to Raise the Debt Ceiling “Absurd”

January 14, 2013

““They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy,” Obama said. “The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip.””

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): 10,000 U.S. Troops Should Remain in Afghanistan After 2014

January 14, 2013

“The Obama administration has been considering a residual force of between 3,000 and 9,000 troops – far fewer than some U.S. commanders propose.”

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New House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) Focused on Iran

January 14, 2013

“Royce insists that foreign policy can be bipartisan – and cites strong support from both Democrats and Republicans for Iran sanctions as an example.”

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Former President George H. W. Bush Released From the Hospital

January 14, 2013

“Former President George H. W. Bush was released from a hospital in Texas today after a 52-day stay that started just after Thanksgiving because of breathing problems.”

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Politico: Congressional Republicans “Seriously Considering” Default or Shutting Down the Government to Force President Obama to Cut Spending in March

January 14, 2013

“The idea of allowing the country to default by refusing to increase the debt limit is getting more widespread and serious traction among House Republicans than people realize, though GOP leaders think shutting down the government is the much more likely outcome of the spending fights this winter.”

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Analysis: Political Friction in Congress Slowing the Hurricane Sandy Relief & Rebuild Effort

January 14, 2013

“For Sandy’s victims, budget reforms implemented after the 2011 debt accords have ensured adequate money for the immediate disaster response. But action on the bill now is imperative if the Northeast is to move into the next phase of recovery and rebuilding.”

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In the Current Draft of a $60.4 Billion, Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill, $16 Billion Goes to “Community Development” Block Grants

January 14, 2013

“Sandy hits the House shores this week, not with the same force as October’s superstorm but carrying plenty of angst still for House Republicans who are divided over the huge costs of the recovery assistance sought for the Northeast.”

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Analysis: Special Election to Replace Massachusetts Democratic Senator John Kerry “Expected to Break the Bank”

January 14, 2013

“Both parties see this special election as one that can develop momentum for 2014 — an attractive reason for outside groups to jump in, Biersack said.”

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Politico: Fellow Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz Strike Up an Alliance

January 14, 2013

“Texas Sen. John Cornyn is quickly establishing himself as a conservative hard-liner in his new leadership role as the No. 2 Senate Republican. And one of his first moves has been to strike up a friendship with tea party star and fellow Texan, Sen. Ted Cruz.”

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Republican Senator Bob Corker (TN) Questions Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel’s Temperament

January 14, 2013

“This morning on “This Week,” Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee expressed concerns about the “temperament” of Chuck Hagel.”

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell Defends Obama’s Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel

January 14, 2013

““I think he will make a very, very spirited defense of his position – and I think he’ll be confirmed,” Mr. Powell, a former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on the NBC News program “Meet the Press.””

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell: Republican Party “Needs to Take a Very Hard Look at Itself”

January 14, 2013

“”There is a “dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities.”"

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