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Daily Archives: May 17, 2012

Ryan Newman drives the #39 U.S. Army Chevrolet during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Ryan Newman drives the #39 U.S. Army Chevrolet during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Appropriators Vote to Block Pentagon Sports Sponsorships

The U.S. military would be blocked from spending money on sports teams and sponsorships under an amendment the House Appropriations Committee added today by voice vote to the draft fiscal 2013 Defense appropriations bill. The Defense Department will spend $80 million this...

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Mitt Romney offers cookies to members of the media on his plane, May 17, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla.

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Mitt Romney offers cookies to members of the media on his plane, May 17, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla.

After Media Clash, Romney Shows Reporters Warmer Side

Mitt Romney came bearing warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies. One day after his campaign froze out the national reporters traveling with him — blocking them from approaching Romney as he greeted voters and granting interviews only to local television stations and a...

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton at a news conference opposing H.R.3803 and S.2103, the 'District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.'

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton at a news conference opposing H.R.3803 and S.2103, the 'District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.'

Mayor Calls Republican Bill an Assault on D.C.

A bill to restrict abortions is a “frontal assault on the District of Columbia,” the city’s mayor, Vincent Gray, said today. The bill, H.R. 3803, which was the subject of a House Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee hearing today, would block abortions after 20 weeks...

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President Barak Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Claire Duncan, daughter Education Secretary Arne Duncan, watch a tennis match at Camp David.

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President Barak Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Claire Duncan, daughter Education Secretary Arne Duncan, watch a tennis match at Camp David.

No Bunk Beds at Camp David

President Barack Obama’s decision to host the G-8 leaders at Camp David this weekend marks a milestone for the presidential retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains. It will be the biggest gathering of heads of state there in history. So who sleeps where?...

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Rick Santorum raffle money won and donated to his campaign by a roatarian in Manchester New Hampshire on Jan. 5, 2012.

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Rick Santorum raffle money won and donated to his campaign by a roatarian in Manchester New Hampshire on Jan. 5, 2012.

Santorum: Can You Spare $10?

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, who abandoned his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in April, is still in debt and is asking supporters to help him pay off his bills. He’s asking for $10. “We ran our campaign on...

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A FedEx plane carrying two giant pandas in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province.

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A FedEx plane carrying two giant pandas in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province.

What Students Can Teach Congress About ‘Environmental Responsibility’

By Eric Roston, cross-posted from Bloomberg.com’s sustainability blog, The Grid. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, gave his daughter some reasonable advice as she finishes up a program in environmental management at Duke University: “Don’t use that word...

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Mariela Castro, white shirt, celebrates the 3rd anti-homophobia festival in Havana, Cuba on May 16, 2009.

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Mariela Castro, white shirt, celebrates the 3rd anti-homophobia festival in Havana, Cuba on May 16, 2009.

Rubio Protests Mariel Castro Visa

In the volatile world of Cuban-American exile community politics, it doesn’t take long for a fire to spread. The medium of the message, in this case, is a sign of the times: Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a rising Republican...

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