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May 2013


Congress Wants Answers on State Department Employees Supposedly Fired Over Benghazi

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Congress wants answers on the status of four State Department employees who were supposedly fired over their failures during the Benghazi attack.

In a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday, and first noticed by the blog Diplopundit, 15 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee ...

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Kerry, John
Libya
State Department
politics
foreign policy
national security

Sandy Survivors: 'Picture Perfect' Obama-Christie Jersey Shore Tour Nothing Like Reality

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When President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie toured the Jersey shore on Wednesday, the president touted a remarkable recovery by beach towns and a tourism industry that was "back and... open for business" after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the state. Both men also praised the ...

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Hurricane Sandy
Christie, Chris
Obama, Barack
New Jersey
weather
FEMA

Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer Make Vines to Help Pass Immigration Reform Bill

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Backers of immigration reform are trying anything they can to champion the massive reform bill as it moves to the Senate. And on Wednesday, two prominent Democratic lawmakers sought to drum up support by jumping aboard the latest social media craze: Vines, or short looping videos made for Twitter.

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immigration reform
Reid, Harry
Schumer, Chuck
Senate
Bloomberg, Michael
Booker, Cory
Emanuel, Rahm

GOP Lawmakers Raked in Donations for the Obamacare Repeal Vote

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Republican freshmen this week had an opportunity to vote to repeal "Obamacare," marking the 37th time the House has voted on some version of a proposal to kill President Obama's signature health care law. The House passed the legislation, which now goes on to the Senate, but Govtrack estimates only ...

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health care
Republican Party
House of Representatives
Bachmann, Michele
Cruz, Ted
King, Steve
fundraising
politics

IRS and Benghazi Scandals Give Birther, Anti-Immigrant Impeach Obama Groups New Legs

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This weekend, after back-to-back revelations about Benghazi and the IRS, the public sentiment to impeach President Obama began to drift toward the Republican mainstream, with Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, both fielding questions about impeachment of the president on Sunday ...

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Libya
Obama, Barack
foreign policy
Republican Party
IRS
McCain, John
Collins, Susan
Huckabee, Mike
West, Allen

Michele Bachmann May Face Lawsuit Over 'Religious Freedom in The Military' Campaign

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A series of media reports that allege the Pentagon could start court-martialing soldiers for their Christian faith has been debunked by the fact-checking website PolitiFact and even the Pentagon itself.

But that didn't stop Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., from sending out a fundraising email Monday ...

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Bachmann, Michele
religion
Pentagon
Department of Defense

EMILY’s List Pushes for 'Madame POTUS’ Candidates Beyond Clinton

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In recent polling, Hillary Clinton has emerged as the overwhelming frontrunner of the potential Democratic presidential field for 2016. But if the Democratic political action committee EMILY's List has its way, Clinton won't be the only woman voters will consider.

Stephanie Schriock, the PAC's ...

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female voters
Clinton, Hillary
Gillibrand, Kirsten
Sebelius, Kathleen
Klobuchar, Amy