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Daily Archives: November 27, 2012

Supporters for passage of a new agriculture law rally near the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 12, 2012.

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Supporters for passage of a new agriculture law rally near the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 12, 2012.

Fiscal Cliff Bonus Savings Offered: Un-sticking that Stuck Farm Bill

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow  is urging her party’s negotiators to throw another big piece of legislation into the mix during fiscal-cliff talks. Her suggestion: Look at the Senate-passed farm bill, S.  3240, according to spokesman Ben Becker. Bloomberg Government...

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TSA employees demonstrate an advanced image technology (AIT) millimeter wave scanner using new Automated Target Recognition software at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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TSA employees demonstrate an advanced image technology (AIT) millimeter wave scanner using new Automated Target Recognition software at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.

TSA to Mica: You Have No Jurisdiction

House Republicans haven’t tired of working over one of their favorite punching bags, the Transportation Security Administration, holding more than two dozen hearings in 2011 and 2012. Agency Administrator John Pistole now is drawing the line. Pistole not only sent word today that...

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Lawmakers watch closely as Pres. Ronald Reagan signs into law a landmark tax overhaul on Oct. 22, 1986.

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Lawmakers watch closely as Pres. Ronald Reagan signs into law a landmark tax overhaul on Oct. 22, 1986.

2012 Cliff vs. 1986 Tax Reform Act — The `Impossible’ and `Inevitable’

A lot of numbers get thrown around when talking about the fiscal cliff. If nothing is done, $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts take effect in 2013. If the automatic cuts known as the sequester go into effect,...

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Naked AIDS activists, with painted slogans on their bodies, protest inside the lobby of the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, on Nov. 27, 2012, prior to World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.

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Naked AIDS activists, with painted slogans on their bodies, protest inside the lobby of the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, on Nov. 27, 2012, prior to World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.

Naked Ambition in Speaker’s Office: AIDS Activists Strip on Hill

With naked protesters and Capitol Police arrests — fiscal indecision aside — it’s been an exciting afternoon on Capitol Hill. Seven AIDS activists stripped naked in House Speaker John Boehner’s office in the Longworth House Office Building today, chanting “Boehner, Boehner, don’t...

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Sheldon Adelson, left, and his wife Miriam look at a model of the Cotai Sheraton hotel after a press conference in Macau.

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Sheldon Adelson, left, and his wife Miriam look at a model of the Cotai Sheraton hotel after a press conference in Macau.

Why Adelson Could Blow $53 Million

Sheldon Adelson, chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp., and his wife Miriam spent $53.4 million on the 2012 elections, only to see most of their favored candidates go down to defeat. Among their biggest losses: $20 million to the super-political...

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Jennifer Maier, Union Beach Borough Administrator, walks past debris from Hurricane Sandy on Nov. 3, 2012 in New Jersey.

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Jennifer Maier, Union Beach Borough Administrator, walks past debris from Hurricane Sandy on Nov. 3, 2012 in New Jersey.

Robots Respond First with Aid — From (the Real) Internet Inventors

Victims of future Hurricane Sandys may someday be rescued by the “articulated, sensate hands” of Atlas, a Boston Dynamics-designed robot in “humanoid” form, according to the company’s  Web-site. The U.S. government is paying researchers to create software that will enable...

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Volunteer Nsombe Iamodou works the phone bank at the campaign headquarters of President Barack Obama in Detroit the day before the election, on Nov. 5, 2012.

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Volunteer Nsombe Iamodou works the phone bank at the campaign headquarters of President Barack Obama in Detroit the day before the election, on Nov. 5, 2012.

Michigan: Obama Would Have Won Without Detroit

President Barack Obama’s bid for votes in Detroit could have gone bankrupt  in the Nov. 6 election. He still would have beaten Republican Mitt Romney in Michigan. In fact, the president would have won Michigan excluding all of Wayne County,...

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Rep. Charlie Melancon, right, speaks with Rep. Charles Boustany, left, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in this file photo.

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Rep. Charlie Melancon, right, speaks with Rep. Charles Boustany, left, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in this file photo.

Boustany Triples Landry in Fundraising as Runoff Looms

Rep. Charles Boustany raised about three times as much in campaign funds in the past month as Rep. Jeff Landry. The two Republicans are seeking the same southern Louisiana district in a Dec. 8 runoff election. Boustany raised $886,727 compared...

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Eli Lilly & Co. antidepressant Cymbalta.

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Eli Lilly & Co. antidepressant Cymbalta.

Drugmakers Gave Republican While Employees Backed Obama

Political committees controlled by U.S. drugmakers including Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly & Co. favored Republican political candidates in the November election even as workers at the companies were writing checks to get President Barack Obama re-elected. Political action...

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference.

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference.

Jeb Bush’s American `Restoration’

The divide between the impoverished and privileged in the United States is widening, with a society of once great ideals following a disturbing path toward an unsustainable future — a nation in need of “restoration.” A new regime of educational...

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