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Daily Archives: December 18, 2012

Members of the Connecticut state police during a memorial service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 16, 2012.

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Members of the Connecticut state police during a memorial service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 16, 2012.

Newtown Shooting Spurs Legislative Response to Agencies’ Role

While the question remains whether the killings at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school will prompt major changes to U.S. guns laws, lawmakers did take action yesterday on another issue raised by the mass shooting: the role of federal law enforcement...

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Senator Tim Johnson, a Democrat from South Dakota and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, arrives to hear Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, deliver his semiannual monetary policy report to the Senate Banking Committee in Washington.

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Senator Tim Johnson, a Democrat from South Dakota and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, arrives to hear Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, deliver his semiannual monetary policy report to the Senate Banking Committee in Washington.

South Dakota’s Johnson: Super-PAC

A lobbyist and former aide to Sen. Tim Johnson, the South Dakota Democrat who leads the Banking Committee, has created a super-political action committee that could independently aid Johnson’s re-election campaign in 2014. Mike Chapman, co-founder and partner of D.C....

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida on May 18, 2012.

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida on May 18, 2012.

Musk’s Toe in Launch Market Draws Lockheed Jab

The CEOs of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. are trading jabs over the upstart competitor’s push into the $70 billion military launch market. A Lockheed-Boeing Co. joint venture has had a lock on the work for six...

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'Zero Dark Thirty.'

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'Zero Dark Thirty.'

Zero Dark Thirty: A Tale Told Well

The relentless drumbeat about “Zero Dark Thirty” centers on its depiction of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on a detainee named Ammar who provided the initial tip on a courier whose tracking became crucial in the 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden. That’s...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner winces while talking to a reporter on the way to a closed-door meeting with House Republicans as he negotiates with President Obama to avert the fiscal cliff, at the Capitol on Dec. 18, 2012.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner winces while talking to a reporter on the way to a closed-door meeting with House Republicans as he negotiates with President Obama to avert the fiscal cliff, at the Capitol on Dec. 18, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Blame Game

President Barack Obama continues to enjoy the upper hand in talks with House Speaker John Boehner over avoiding the fiscal cliff as polls show Republicans would take more of the blame if the negotiations fail. Obama breaks about even on...

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A student looks for a place to leave flowers at a makeshift memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting at the entrance of Newtown High School on Dec. 18, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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A student looks for a place to leave flowers at a makeshift memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting at the entrance of Newtown High School on Dec. 18, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 47

That’s the percentage of Americans who said the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, “reflect broader problems in society,” according to a poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Forty-four percent described the shootings instead...

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