Social Issues

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) Calls on the Republican National Committee to “Re-Think Nearly Every Social Program” in Washington

January 24, 2013

“Jindal, an all-but-declared 2016 candidate for president, prodded leaders to help “recalibrate the compass of conservatism.””

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Uses Display of Assault Weapons to Present Ban

January 24, 2013

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) displayed guns as props during her announcement of her proposed assault weapons ban. However, the guns on display break DC gun laws- as reported by CNN. Sen. Feinstein got special permission and does not have to abide by the law.”

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Formally Proposes Revised Bill to Ban Assault Weapons

January 24, 2013

“Feinstein’s proposal would upgrade an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and also outlaw ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.”

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Set to Propose a Bill to Ban Assault Weapons on Thursday

January 24, 2013

“The bill would grandfather in weapons legally owned on the day of enactment and exempts over 900 specific weapons “used for hunting or sporting purposes.”"

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Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) Re-Introduces Legislation to Close the Gun Show Loophole

January 23, 2013

“Lautenberg’s bill would require that background checks be conducted on all firearms sales at gun shows, even sales by private parties.”

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Justice Department Joins Lawsuit Against New Jersey’s Proposed Sports Betting Law

January 23, 2013

“In papers filed in a New Jersey federal court on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice said it wants to defend the constitutionality of a federal law that restricts sports gambling.”

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto Unveils Plans to Eradicate Extreme Poverty

January 22, 2013

“Hoping to emulate the recent success of Brazil in lifting millions out of poverty, the 46-year-old Pena Nieto will kick off a “national crusade against hunger” in southern Mexico in Chiapas.”

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Study: Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University Finds Prejudice Against Fat People

January 22, 2013

“Last week, the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University published a study suggesting that male jurors didn’t administer blind justice when it came to plus-size female defendants.”

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Attorney General Holder: President Obama’s Gun Control Executive Actions Are Lawful

January 19, 2013

“Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that President Barack Obama acted within his legal authority when Obama unveiled a set of executive actions to try to reduce gun violence.”

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DHS: Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Removing Full Body Scanners from Airports in June

January 18, 2013

“The TSA move came after Rapiscan, the manufacturer of the 174 so-called “backscatter” machines, acknowledged it could not meet a congressional-ordered deadline to install privacy software on the machines.”

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Since 1996, the National Rifle Association (NRA) Has Successfully the CDC’s Gun Violence Funding

January 18, 2013

“The NRA was infuriated with a 1993 study sponsored by the CDC that concluded having a gun at home offered little protection, but it increased almost three-fold the risk of one family member shooting another.”

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Vice President Biden Re-Affirms His Support for the Second Amendment

January 17, 2013

““I have two shotguns, a 20-gauge and a 12-gauge shotgun,” he said.”

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta: People Do Not Need Assault Weapons

January 17, 2013

“Defense Secretary Leon Panetta joined the gun control debate on Thursday when he told troops at a military base in Italy that only soldiers needed armor-piercing bullets or assault weapons.”

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National Rifle Association (NRA) President Calls Door-to-Door Gun Confiscation a “Legitimate Fear”

January 17, 2013

“One of his fears: that a universal background check for anyone purchasing a firearm – the first of Mr. Obama’s suggestions today – would lead to a national tracking registry of gun owners. That, in turn, Keene said, could give way to “forced buybacks,” or, door-to-door confiscation of specific weapons by the government.”

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL): I Will Oppose President Obama’s Attempts to Undermine the Second Amendment

January 17, 2013

“Rather than sweeping measures that make it harder for responsible, law-abiding citizens to purchase firearms, we should focus on the root causes of gun violence and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.”

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