Political Headlines June 20, 2013: Border Security Deal by 2 in GOP Raises Chances of Immigration Bill

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Border Deal by 2 in G.O.P. Lifts Chances of Immigration Bill

Source: NYT, 6-20-13

Senator Bob Corker, the co-author of an amendment on border security in the immigration bill, headed to the Senate chamber on Thursday.
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Senator Bob Corker, the co-author of an amendment on border security in the immigration bill, headed to the Senate chamber on Thursday.

The agreement calls for the completion of 700 miles of fence and a “border surge” that doubles the current patrol force, aides said, and it is expected to win support from several Republican senators….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 19, 2013: President Barack Obama calls on US, Russia to reduce nuclear arsenals in speech at Brandenburg Gate

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Obama calls on US, Russia to reduce nuclear arsenals

Source: NBCNews.com, 6-19-13

During a sweltering afternoon in Berlin, President Obama proposed reducing the world’s nuclear stockpile during a speech at the Brandenburg Gate, where both John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan spoke decades ago….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 18, 2013: Extending a Hand at G8 Summit, President Obama Finds a Cold Shoulder Abroad

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Extending a Hand, Obama Finds a Cold Shoulder Abroad

Source: NYT, 6-18-13

President Obama’s main counterparts on the world stage make little attempt to cloak their disagreements in diplomatic niceties….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 9, 2013: Edward Snowden: Former CIA Worker Says He Leaked US Surveillance Data

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Former C.I.A. Worker Says He Leaked U.S. Surveillance Data

Source: NYT, 6-9-13

A British newspaper identified its source as Edward Snowden, a former C.I.A. employee who has worked at the National Security Agency as a contractor….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 8, 2013: Newark Mayor Cory Booker formally announces candidacy for New Jersey Senate seat

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker formally announces candidacy for Senate

Source: NBCNews.com (blog), 6-8-13

Newark Mayor Cory Booker officially announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at a news conference in New Jersey on Saturday….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 7, 2013: US Senate takes up contentious immigration issue

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US Senate takes up contentious immigration issue

Source: Reuters, 6-7-13

The U.S. Senate plunged into the contentious issue of overhauling America’s immigration rules on Friday, with a vote expected by the end of June on legislation that could define President Barack Obama’s final years in office….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 7, 2013: President Barack Obama Calls Surveillance Programs Legal and Limited

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Obama Calls Surveillance Programs Legal and Limited

Source: NYT, 6-7-13

President Obama on Friday defended government efforts to gather telephone and Internet data, and sought to reassure Americans that his administration was not listening in on their calls….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 7, 2013: President Barack Obama defends NSA surveillance programs in California stop

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Obama defends NSA surveillance programs in California stop

Source: LAT, 6-7-13

President Obama said Friday that the government is not listening to the phone calls and reading the emails of Americans, but warned that the country “can’t have 100% security” and still have “100% privacy.”

“Nobody is listening to your telephone calls,” Obama said. Investigators “are not looking at people’s names and they’re not looking at content,” he said, but rather examining call logs to “identify potential leads with respect to folks who might engage in terrorism.”…READ MORE

Political Headlines June 7, 2013: Obama vs. Reagan on government

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Obama vs. Reagan on government

Source: USA TODAY, 6-7-13

President Obama spoke in California on Thursday, so it seemed only natural he would engage in a debate with the ghost of Ronald Reagan….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 7, 2013: Day 20,997 of service: Rep. John Dingell hits historic mark as longest-serving member of Congress ever

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Day 20,997 of service: Rep. Dingell hits historic mark

Michigan Democrat plans low-key celebration as he officially becomes the longest-serving member of Congress ever.

A lunch with ex-staffers, dinner with a few family friends — an otherwise quiet Friday on Capitol Hill.

That’s how John David Dingell Jr. plans to celebrate day 20,997 on the job as a congressman: low key. It belies the fact that, as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, the Dearborn Democrat officially became the longest-serving member of Congress ever….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 6, 2013: Congress fully briefed on Verizon records – US attorney general

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Congress fully briefed on Verizon records -US attorney general

Source: Reuters, 6-6-13

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday that members of Congress were fully briefed on the intelligence-gathering program that included the daily collection of telephone records from Verizon Communications….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 6, 2013: US Senate Rejects Dueling Bills on Student-Loan Interest Rates

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US Senate Rejects Dueling Bills on Student-Loan Interest Rates

Source: Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription), 6-6-13

Two bills designed to hold down student-loan interest rates both failed on votes in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, splitting Republicans and Democrats again as the deadline nears to keep key rates from doubling….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 6, 2013: Obama administration defends ‘critical’ NSA phone records collection

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Obama administration defends ‘critical’ NSA phone records collection

Source: The Guardian, 6-7-13

The White House has sought to justify its surveillance of millions of Americans’ phone records as anger grows over revelations that a secret court order gives the National Security Agency blanket authority to collect call data from a major phone carrier….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 6, 2013: NJ Gov Chris Christie Picks New Jersey’s Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa to Be Interim Senator

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Christie Picks New Jersey’s Attorney General to Be Interim Senator

Source: New York Times, 6-6-13

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey on Thursday announced the appointment of Jeffrey S. Chiesa, the state’s attorney general, to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the death of Frank R. Lautenberg….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 5, 2013: President Barack Obama Appoints Susan Rice to Replace Tom Donilon in the Top National Security Post

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Rice to Replace Donilon in the Top National Security Post

Source: NYT, 6-5-13

President Obama on Wednesday announced that Susan E. Rice, right, would replace Tom Donilon, second from right, as national security adviser. Samantha Powers, left, will take Ms. Rice's position as the American ambassador to the United Nations.
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President Obama on Wednesday announced that Susan E. Rice, right, would replace Tom Donilon, second from right, as national security adviser. Samantha Powers, left, will take Ms. Rice’s position as the American ambassador to the United Nations.

The choice of Susan E. Rice to replace Tom Donilon as national security adviser represented a defiant gesture to Republicans. Samantha Power was named as the United Nations ambassador….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 4, 2013: First Lady Michelle Obama Refuses to Let a Heckler Go Unscolded at DNC Fundraising Event

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The First Lady Refuses to Let a Heckler Go Unscolded

Source: NYT, 6-4-13

Where the president typically waits for a protester to stop and perhaps acknowledges the complaint, Michelle Obama chose direct confrontation….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 4, 2013: Should Congress Impeach Eric Holder?

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Should Congress Impeach Eric Holder?

Source: American Thinker, 6-4-13

Eric Holder — Obama’s Attorney General — should be impeached by the Republican House of Representatives. Without a doubt, Holder’s obvious perjury in lying to Congress is the most serious offense. But to understand one of Holder’s underlying offenses….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 4, 2013: President Barack Obama author Jonathan Alter blasts White House leadership

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Obama author blasts White House leadership

Source: Politico, 6-4-13

Author Jonathan Alter says White House leadership is disorganized because of a crowded chain of command and he criticized President Obama’s tapping of Valerie Jarrett to head outreach, likening it to a CEO putting his sister in charge of marketing….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 3, 2013: Obama administration disputes charge Attorney General Eric Holder lied

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Obama administration disputes charge attorney general lied

Source: Reuters, 6-3-13

A former press secretary for Obama, Robert Gibbs, said Holder needs to do more than hold private meetings but doubted he would be leaving his job soon….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 3, 2013: Barack Obama 101: A lesson in understanding the president

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Barack Obama 101: A lesson in understanding the president

Source: Washington Times, 6-3-13

As interest in the Obama scandals grow, it is becoming more obvious that journalists are frustrated by the increasing lack of clarity….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 3, 2013: President Barack Obama signs bill on lying about military medals

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Obama signs bill on lying about military medals

Source: Boston Herald, 6-3-13

The White House says President Barack Obama has signed a bill making it a crime to lie about receiving a military medal….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 3, 2013: President Barack Obama, politicians pay tribute to NJ Senator Frank Lautenberg

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Obama, politicians pay tribute to Lautenberg

Source: USA TODAY, 6-3-13

President Obama led Democrats and Republicans on Monday in hailing the service of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the New Jersey Democrat who died early Monday from complications of viral pneumonia….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 22, 2013: US acknowledges four Americans killed by drone attacks in counterterrorism missions

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U.S. acknowledges four Americans killed in counterterrorism missions

 

Source: WaPo, 5-22-13

Attorney General Eric Holder informs Congress of deaths one day before major speech by President Obama….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 22, 2013: President Barack Obama to visit Oklahoma on Sunday

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Obama to visit Oklahoma on Sunday

Source: Washington Post (blog), 5-22-13

President Obama will visit the Oklahoma City area on Sunday to inspect damage by the tornado, the White House announced. Press secretary Jay Carney said Obama will meet with families displaced by the violent storm that has left two dozen dead….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 22, 2013: Lois Lerner: Director of IRS Unit Refuses to Answer Questions

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Director of IRS Unit Refuses to Answer Questions

Source: Wall Street Journal, 5-22-13

The third congressional hearing into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups got off to a tense start Wednesday when a key witness gave a defense of her own actions but declined to answer questions….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 22, 2013: Obama Administration’s Media Surveillance Unleashes Wave Of Condemnation

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Obama Administration’s Media Surveillance Unleashes Wave Of Condemnation

Source: Huffington Post, 5-22-13

The Justice Department’s investigation and surveillance of the Associated Press and Fox News have led to perhaps the most sustained wave of criticism for the Obama administration’s media policies since the president took office….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 21, 2013: Sources challenge White House claim of all-hands-on-deck pursuit of Benghazi Attackers

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Sources challenge White House claim of all-hands-on-deck pursuit of Benghazi Attackers

Source: Fox News, 5-21-13

U.S. military sources serving in North Africa are challenging the latest White House claim that the administration is applying “all the resources” at its disposal to bring the Benghazi attackers to justice….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 21, 2013: More Obama aides knew of IRS audit but President Obama wasn’t told

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More Obama aides knew of IRS audit but Obama wasn’t told

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, 5-21-13

As with the IRS investigation, the White House says Obama learned only from news reporters that the Justice Department had subpoenaed phone records from journalists at The Associated Press as part of a leaks investigation….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 14, 2013: Department of Justice Government probe obtains wide swath of AP phone records

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Gov’t probe obtains wide swath of AP phone records

Source: Farmington Daily Times, 5-14-13

The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 14, 2013: Facing Controversies, White House Dodges Queries

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Facing Controversies, White House Dodges Queries

Source: NYT, 5-14-13

The press secretary, Jay Carney, deflected questions about the seizure of journalists’ telephone records and allegations that the I.R.S targeted conservative groups….READ MORE

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