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Daily Archives: January 29, 2013

Representative Barney Frank, a Democrat from Massachusetts, at  the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

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Representative Barney Frank, a Democrat from Massachusetts, at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

Barney Frank Senate Petition Push Appears for Naught

A petition drive aimed at nudging Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to  put the ever-fiesty Barney Frank temporarily into the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry’s confirmation as secretary of state ended up collecting close to 10,000 signatures — and won’t be submitted....

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears on a television screen as she talks with NDTV's Barkha Dutt during a 'Global Townterview' at the Newseum on Jan. 29, 2013 in Washington.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears on a television screen as she talks with NDTV's Barkha Dutt during a 'Global Townterview' at the Newseum on Jan. 29, 2013 in Washington.

Hillary Clinton’s Virtual Farewell: Leaving That Team of Rivals

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bid the world a virtual goodbye today by video link and online as she took questions from people across the globe and deflected speculation about a possible presidential run in 2016. Clinton plans to step...

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A Senate staff member prepares for a press conference on Capitol Hill on Jan. 24, 2013.

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A Senate staff member prepares for a press conference on Capitol Hill on Jan. 24, 2013.

Blumenthal Seeks Background Checks for Bullet Buyers

While President Barack Obama pushes for background checks for gun purchasers, Senator Richard Blumenthal today introduced legislation requiring buyers of ammunition to undergo the same reviews. Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, scene of last month’s killing of 20 first-grade students...

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey, on Jan. 4, 2013.

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey, on Jan. 4, 2013.

Christie: Where in the World?

Where in the world is Chris Christie? And who is presiding over the land of his birth? The 50-year-old Republican New Jersey governor, who is running for a second term, had plans to “depart the state” the night of Jan....

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Undocumented Guatemalan immigrants are body searched before boarding a deportation flight to Guatemala City at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona.

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Undocumented Guatemalan immigrants are body searched before boarding a deportation flight to Guatemala City at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona.

Obama: ‘Genuine Desire’ on Immigration

President Barack Obama, calling the proposal for an immigration overhaul from a bipartisan group of senators “very much in line” with his own goals, says he sees “a genuine desire” in Congress to accomplish this soon. “The good news is...

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A Fairfax County police officer at West Springfield High School in Springfield, Virginia.

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A Fairfax County police officer at West Springfield High School in Springfield, Virginia.

NRA: Schools Need ‘Security Blanket’

Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association spokesman who proposes arming the guards of the nation’s schools in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings, will call on Congress tomorrow to lay a “blanket of security” with a School Shield Program. “We...

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A Syrian pre-Baath flag flies over the Bab al-Salam refugee camp on the Syrian-Turkish border on Jan. 1, 2013.

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A Syrian pre-Baath flag flies over the Bab al-Salam refugee camp on the Syrian-Turkish border on Jan. 1, 2013.

Obama Announces $155 Million in Syria Aid

The U.S. will provide $155 million in additional aid to the Syrian people, President Barack Obama announced in a video today. American aid, which now totals $365 million over two years, helps provide food, clean water, medical treatment and winter...

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A campaign sign for Republican candidate for Senate Ted Cruz is reflected in the sunglasses of campaign intern Lorenzo Garcia in Houston.

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A campaign sign for Republican candidate for Senate Ted Cruz is reflected in the sunglasses of campaign intern Lorenzo Garcia in Houston.

Cruz Control on Immigration: Driving a Line Between Texas and Tea Party

Before anyone gets carried away with the Kumbaya dance of Sens. John McCain and Chuck Schumer promoting a comprehensive and “permanent” fix for the nation’s immigration problems, take note of what’s coming from the new senator from Texas. “I have...

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A shopper organizes his cash at a Best Buy Co. store in Peoria.

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A shopper organizes his cash at a Best Buy Co. store in Peoria.

Economic Confidence: Gallup Survey Against Grain of Consumer Indices

There are indicators, and there are indicators. One of the leading indicators of consumer confidence, the Conference Board, reported today that confidence reached its lowest level in more than a year in January as renewed payroll taxes took a bigger...

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