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Daily Archives: February 25, 2013

Ben Affleck in "Argo."

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Ben Affleck in "Argo."

‘Argo’ Win Sparks Poor Reviews in Iran

Divisive national and international issues have been known to shadow — and at times dominate — Hollywood’s annual celebration of itself. That wasn’t the case during last night’s 85th Academy Awards presentation. Host Seth MacFarlane may have raised hackles with...

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Law enforcement capture marijuana being smuggled into the United States from Mexico in Tucson, Arizona, in this file photo.

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Law enforcement capture marijuana being smuggled into the United States from Mexico in Tucson, Arizona, in this file photo.

White House Budget-Cutting Lesson: Try Cutting 8.2 Percent from Zero

This is the art, in Washington, of cutting an agency that doesn’t exist: In all the warnings of the consequences of looming budget cuts, the White House budget office  has noted one program targeted for cuts — an office that...

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Students are viewed through a target at a class taught by King 33 Training at a shooting range on Feb. 24, 2013 in Wallingford, Connecticut.

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Students are viewed through a target at a class taught by King 33 Training at a shooting range on Feb. 24, 2013 in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Obama’s Gun-Control Campaign, #wedemandavote: Astroturfing?

Twitter is all atwitter over a social media campaign on gun-control legislation that’s being promoted by President Barack Obama’s new policy group. In the past week, Twitter users have sent some 36,000 messages with the hashtag #wedemandavote, according to social...

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Campaign Finance Reformers Cheer Court for What It Doesn’t Do

Advocates of stronger campaign finance regulations haven’t had much to cheer about when it comes to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Republican-appointed majority voted, 5-4,  to overturn decades worth of legislation and precedents in its Citizens United decision in 2010, and then...

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Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and wife Rebecca Miller arrive at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 24, 2013 in Hollywood.

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Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and wife Rebecca Miller arrive at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 24, 2013 in Hollywood.

No Best Picture, but Another Washington Party for Lincoln

Fresh from a mixed Oscars performance, the reanimated spirit of Abraham Lincoln can seek solace today in the 150th birthday celebration kicked off by one of his lesser-known legacies. While fighting the Civil War and emancipating slaves, the 16th president...

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Sen. John McCain, right, asks a question of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, center, President Barack Obama's choice for defense secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 31, 2013, during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking member of the committee, listens at left.

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Sen. John McCain, right, asks a question of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, center, President Barack Obama's choice for defense secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 31, 2013, during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking member of the committee, listens at left.

Hagel’s McCain: Friends Like This

Washington has redefined pretty much every other standard. Why not friendship, too? In a town where the only true best friend remains a dog — yeah, yeah, it wasn’t Harry Truman, but rather the “Give ‘em Hell” play about him,...

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The Miz and John Cena battle during their WWE match at the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, in this file photo.

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The Miz and John Cena battle during their WWE match at the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, in this file photo.

Glenn Beck’s WWE Smackdown

Professional wrestling fans won’t see Glenn Beck tonight when they tune in for Monday Night Raw. The WWE franchise invited Beck to appear on tonight’s show after the talk show host and conservative pundit panned as “stupid” a character with...

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Rep. Allyson Schwartz in Philadelphia.

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Rep. Allyson Schwartz in Philadelphia.

Why Republicans OK Conceding Schwartz’s Pennsylvania District

Republicans don’t have much of a chance at winning the Philadelphia-area congressional district that Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz plans to give up to run for governor next year. And that’s just fine by Republicans. That’s because Republicans who redrew district...

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Hurricane Irene is seen from space from the International Space Station, as it churns off the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean, in this file photo.

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Hurricane Irene is seen from space from the International Space Station, as it churns off the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean, in this file photo.

Weather Report? Sequestered

Count your weather forecasts among the possible victims of automatic federal budget cuts set to begin this week. The cuts would hit two troubled government satellite programs and potentially exacerbate a coverage gap that’s already expected to leave forecasters with...

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A same-sex couple during a sit-in protest after same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses from the San Francisco county clerk on Feb. 14, 2013.

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A same-sex couple during a sit-in protest after same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses from the San Francisco county clerk on Feb. 14, 2013.

Democratic Chair to Supporters: Get Obama’s ‘Back’ on Gay Marriage

So far, President Barack Obama has gone little further than voicing his own personal support for same-sex marriage, although the platform he gave it in his second inaugural address was significant. Impending arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court over the...

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