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Daily Archives: February 13, 2013


Civil rights protester Julian Bond, left, and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, second from left, gather with activists in front of the White House on Feb. 13, 2013, as prominent environmental leaders tied themselves to the White House gate to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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Civil rights protester Julian Bond, left, and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, second from left, gather with activists in front of the White House on Feb. 13, 2013, as prominent environmental leaders tied themselves to the White House gate to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Sierra Club Director Among 48 Arrested at Keystone XL Protest

The Sierra Club abandoned 120 years of precedent and let its leaders defy police in a protest against the Keystone XL pipeline outside the White House today. In the group’s first sanctioned act of civil disobedience, Sierra Club Executive Director...

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Demonstrators in favor of the Affordable Care Act stand outside the Supreme Court building on June 28, 2012.

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Demonstrators in favor of the Affordable Care Act stand outside the Supreme Court building on June 28, 2012.

Obama Says Health Law Cutting Costs; CBO Chief Isn’t So Sure

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address that his health-care overhaul is taming costs, though Congress’s top budget advisor isn’t so sure. Douglas Elmendorf, director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget...

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Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, left, and Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the ranking Republican on the committee, in Washington in this file photo.

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Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, left, and Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the ranking Republican on the committee, in Washington in this file photo.

Senators Set Priorities on EU Trade Deal

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, and ranking member Orrin Hatch, a  Utah Republican, have given U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk  their priorities concerning a potential agreement on trade,  investment, and regulatory cooperation between the U.S. and ...

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President Barack Obama with employees while touring the Linamar factory on Feb. 13, 2012 in Asheville, North Carolina.

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President Barack Obama with employees while touring the Linamar factory on Feb. 13, 2012 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Obama’s Post-Presidency in Asheville, North Carolina?

Do President Barack Obama’s post-presidency plans include Asheville, North Carolina? White House officials are loath to discuss Obama’s plans past January 2017, but he may have just dropped a hint. “I love coming to Asheville,” Obama said at a Linamar factory...

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An attendee holds a rifle at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah, on Jan. 7, 2012.

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An attendee holds a rifle at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah, on Jan. 7, 2012.

Gun Lobby Helps Block Data Collection by Crimefighters

For two weeks, bullets pierced two dozen cars driven through Detroit’s suburbs as police puzzled over who was firing. Unlike most states, Michigan has a tool that helped lead to an arrest: a pistol registry. Without that database of buyers and sellers,...

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Jack Lew, U.S. treasury secretary nominee and White House chief of staff, sits in the office of Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, in Washington, on Jan. 23, 2013.

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Jack Lew, U.S. treasury secretary nominee and White House chief of staff, sits in the office of Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, in Washington, on Jan. 23, 2013.

Washington Daybook: Lew’s Hearing

President Obama heads to Arden, North Carolina, today to further his calls for raising the federal minimum wage and taking other steps to bolster the middle class in his State of the Union address. The president used last night’s speech...

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