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Daily Archives: March 22, 2013



Jordan's King Abdullah II and President Barack Obama hold a press conference at Al-Hummar Palace in Amman on March 22, 2013. Obama arrived in Jordan to face scrutiny over his Syria strategy, on the last leg of a Middle East tour after challenging Israelis to embrace peace with Palestinians.

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Jordan's King Abdullah II and President Barack Obama hold a press conference at Al-Hummar Palace in Amman on March 22, 2013. Obama arrived in Jordan to face scrutiny over his Syria strategy, on the last leg of a Middle East tour after challenging Israelis to embrace peace with Palestinians.

King’s Pay Grade: Palace Included

Who makes more money than a king? Today in Jordan, standing with the $400,000-a-year president of the United States, King Abdullah II said that the question of potential asylum for the besieged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is beyond his pay...

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Medtronic Inc. headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Medtronic Inc. headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Medical Device Tax Repeal on Hold

Bipartisan  support for repealing the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices doesn’t mean the tax will get repealed any time soon. The Senate’s 79-20 vote yesterday in favor of repeal was a non-binding amendment to the budget. Thirty-four members of...

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Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

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Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

Utah Republican Mia Love Files Papers for Matheson Rematch

Mia Love, a Republican Utah mayor who almost unseated Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson last November, has filed paperwork that paves the way for her to seek a rematch in 2014. Love filed a statement of candidacy and a statement of organization with the Federal...

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Priebus: ‘Traveling Circus’ Out — ‘Biologically Stupid’ Talk Forbidden

It was Bobby Jindal who warned his party to “stop being the stupid party.” And Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said today that his party needs to stop running around saying “biologically stupid things” — and avoid...

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Members of the Montgomery County Council, as well as local activists and members the the Montgomery County Board of Education, took part in a shopping venture to see if they could live on $5.00 a day worth of food on Feb. 4, 2013. They had a $25.00 limit (5-day supply) as part of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the new name for food stamps).

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Members of the Montgomery County Council, as well as local activists and members the the Montgomery County Board of Education, took part in a shopping venture to see if they could live on $5.00 a day worth of food on Feb. 4, 2013. They had a $25.00 limit (5-day supply) as part of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the new name for food stamps).

McCain Reverts to Maverick Status in Budget Debate

Sen. John McCain is reverting to maverick status in an attempt to reach a grand bargain to avoid the ongoing sequestration. While most of his fellow Republicans have opposed closing special-interest tax loopholes, preferring to cut food stamps instead, McCain, an Arizona Republican,...

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Senator Robert Menendez at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) annual meeting at the Washington Convention Center on March 5, 2013 in Washington.

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Senator Robert Menendez at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) annual meeting at the Washington Convention Center on March 5, 2013 in Washington.

Menendez Has Helped Donors Other than Melgen

Dr. Salomon Melgren, the West Palm Beach ophthamologist at the center of an investigation involving Sen. Robert Menendez, is not the only campaign contributor who has been helped by the New Jersey Democrat. Menendez backed Spanish Broadcasting System Inc.’s unsuccessful effort...

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Senate Budget Committee members Sen. Pat Toomey, center, and Sen. Ron Johnson, right, make brief statements to the news media before the second day of markup hearings in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 14, 2013 in Washington The Republican senators were unified in their criticism of the federal budget proposed by the majority Democrats on the committee.

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Senate Budget Committee members Sen. Pat Toomey, center, and Sen. Ron Johnson, right, make brief statements to the news media before the second day of markup hearings in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 14, 2013 in Washington The Republican senators were unified in their criticism of the federal budget proposed by the majority Democrats on the committee.

Washington Daybook: All-Nighter

Look for the Senate to toil late into the evening and possibly into the early morning hours to finish work on its fiscal 2014 budget blueprint. When back-to-back roll calls on amendments end, the chamber will finally be ready for...

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Job seekers wait to see recruiters at a job fair organized by United Career Fairs in New York.

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Job seekers wait to see recruiters at a job fair organized by United Career Fairs in New York.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 339,750

That’s the four-week moving average of first-time claims for unemployment insurance, the lowest in five years. The monthly average, which is less volatile than the week-to-week measure, fell from 347,250 to the lowest level since February 2008. Applications for jobless...

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