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Daily Archives: January 16, 2013


A construction worker makes final adjustments to a large autoclave at Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s ATK Aerospace Structures - ACCW Facility. Alliant is the largest supplier of rifle rounds to the U.S. military.

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A construction worker makes final adjustments to a large autoclave at Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s ATK Aerospace Structures - ACCW Facility. Alliant is the largest supplier of rifle rounds to the U.S. military.

Revenue Decreases for 40% of U.S. Contractors, Survey Says

Government contractors are experiencing more decreases in revenue than increases for the first time in at least 18 years. Thirty-eight percent of federal contractors saw a decrease in revenue in 2012 from the previous year, according to a Grant Thornton...

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Former President Bill Clinton, left,  chats with donors as he pays a visit to a fundraiser for state Democrats, while host Terry McAuliffe, right, strains to hear a request from another donor in McLean, Virginia.

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Former President Bill Clinton, left, chats with donors as he pays a visit to a fundraiser for state Democrats, while host Terry McAuliffe, right, strains to hear a request from another donor in McLean, Virginia.

McAuliffe, Cuccinelli Top $1 Million in Late 2012 Donations for Va. Gov.

The two major contenders for the Virginia governorship this November each raised more than $1 million in the second half of 2012,  their campaigns said in reports filed yesterday with state election officials. Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman,...

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Charles "Charlie" Crist, governor of Florida, waits for President Barack Obama to speak in Washington.

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Charles "Charlie" Crist, governor of Florida, waits for President Barack Obama to speak in Washington.

Florida’s Scott Hears Footsteps — Loudest Coming from Charlie Crist

Updated at 3:45 pm EST Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a former chief executive officer at HCA Holdings, could lose his 2014 re-election bid to several hypothetical opponents, including former Gov. Charlie Crist, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and...

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden before signing an executive order designed to tackle gun control, on Jan. 16, 2012 in Washington.

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden before signing an executive order designed to tackle gun control, on Jan. 16, 2012 in Washington.

A Painting Hangs in the President’s Study

A painting hangs in the president’s private study adjoining the Oval Office. It was made by Grace McDonald, who was 7 and one of 20 first-grade children gunned down at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school. President Barack Obama told the...

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People celebrate the news that President Barack Obama has won re-election in New York.

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People celebrate the news that President Barack Obama has won re-election in New York.

Public Campaign Financing: Congressional as Well as Presidential

Following the first privately funded presidential election since the Watergate scandals that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, some House Democrats are trying to make public financing more attractive for those seeking the White House — and expand...

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Henry Barbour

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Henry Barbour

Barbour 2.0: Republican Renewal

Henry Barbour, nephew of the former Republican National Committee chairman and one-time Mississippi governor, wants to see his party grow and win again at the national level. In a wide-ranging interview in his office in Jackson, Mississippi, Barbour talked about...

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Pope Benedict XVI meets with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the end of the General Audience at the Paul VI Hall on Jan. 16, 2013 in Vatican City.

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Pope Benedict XVI meets with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the end of the General Audience at the Paul VI Hall on Jan. 16, 2013 in Vatican City.

Pope to Panetta: ‘Thank You’

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is asking for a little divine intervention as he wraps up his service at the Pentagon. Panetta is spending this week on a trip to western Europe, with the official purpose of thanking NATO allies for...

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Sen. Mitch McConnell walks to the Capitol from the senate subway on Dec. 4, 2012.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell walks to the Capitol from the senate subway on Dec. 4, 2012.

Obama’s Path to Congress Passes Through Republican McConnell

Mitch McConnell never set out to be President Barack Obama’s go-to negotiating partner. Yet the top Senate Republican cemented his role as the bridge between the Democratic president and an estranged Congress when he struck a New Year’s Eve agreement...

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A convention attendee looks through a display of Sig Sauer semiautomatic rifles during the 35th annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its trade show on products and services new to what it calls a $4.1 billion industry.

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A convention attendee looks through a display of Sig Sauer semiautomatic rifles during the 35th annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its trade show on products and services new to what it calls a $4.1 billion industry.

Washington Daybook: Assault Weapons Ban

Written by Jim O’Connell President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unveil plans to ban sales of assault weapons and strengthen background checks for gun buyers. They will be joined at the White House by children who wrote to them...

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