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Daily Archives: September 19, 2013

In this handout provided by the Fort Worth Police Department, suspect Aaron Alexis poses for a mug shot after being arrested on September 4, 2010 for discharging a firearm inside city limits, a Class A misdemeanor in Fort Worth, Texas.

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In this handout provided by the Fort Worth Police Department, suspect Aaron Alexis poses for a mug shot after being arrested on September 4, 2010 for discharging a firearm inside city limits, a Class A misdemeanor in Fort Worth, Texas.

USIS: Navy Yard Shooter’s Background Check Ours

Updated at 4:50 pm EDT At first, the U.S. government contractor that cleared Edward Snowden for top secret access said it didn’t vet the Washington Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis, for his security clearance. Then it said it did. USIS,...

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Welders David Warner, left, and Brent Mauldin work on a joint between two sections of pipe during construction of the Gulf Coast Project pipeline in Prague, Oklahoma, on March 11, 2013.

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Welders David Warner, left, and Brent Mauldin work on a joint between two sections of pipe during construction of the Gulf Coast Project pipeline in Prague, Oklahoma, on March 11, 2013.

Five-Year Keystone Wait Draws Criticism from Lawmakers

Today is the fifth anniversary of TransCanada Corp.’s original application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, a public relations opportunity supporters didn’t let pass unnoted. At a House hearing this morning and at a press conference of Senate Republicans and...

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), left, and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) arrive for the 'Exempt America from Obamacare' rally, on Capitol Hill, on September 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), left, and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) arrive for the 'Exempt America from Obamacare' rally, on Capitol Hill, on September 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Cruz: Gov’t Shutdown ‘Misnomer’ — Suspension of the ‘Non-Essential’

There’s nothing to fear in a government shutdown but the fear itself. That’s Sen. Ted Cruz’s message as he presses Republican colleagues to stand firm against an extension of federal spending at month’s end unless it includes a “defunding” of...

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Ted Turner, the founder of Turner Broadcasting System.

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Ted Turner, the founder of Turner Broadcasting System.

Ted Turner Sails Into Spotlight at Navy Gala

Last night media mogul Ted Turner quoted some of the “mine honor is my life” speech from “Richard II” after he accepted the Lone Sailor Award from the U.S. Navy Memorial at its annual gala. Turner, the 74-year-old founder of CNN, received the award for...

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels leaves the White House after a meeting of the National Governors Association with President Barack Obama on February 27, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels leaves the White House after a meeting of the National Governors Association with President Barack Obama on February 27, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Mitch ‘The Blade’ Daniels Takes on Higher Ed

From Bloomberg View’s Ticker blog The college business model, says Mitch Daniels, is all wrong and deserves to be toppled. Other than that, he seems to like his new job as Purdue University’s president. On Wednesday, he sat down with...

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An attendee wears a custom made Google maps leather coat during the Google I/O developers conference at the Moscone Center on May 15, 2013 in San Francisco.

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An attendee wears a custom made Google maps leather coat during the Google I/O developers conference at the Moscone Center on May 15, 2013 in San Francisco.

Wolf’s Virginia District Tops Rich List With $108,068 Median Income

Washington, D.C., has money. It’s home to a federal government that spent more than $3.5 trillion in fiscal year 2012. The metropolitan area includes contractors, corporate headquarters, lobbyists and other influence-shapers. The region also boasts four of the 10 congressional...

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Packages of ground beef at a supermarket in Princeton, Illinois.

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Packages of ground beef at a supermarket in Princeton, Illinois.

Reid Loves Grocery Shopping, Doesn’t Love Food Aid Cuts

Harry Reid has some beef with a Republican House bill that could push millions of people off U.S. food aid programs. The Senate Majority Leader lamented the price of hamburgers in his opening remarks on the Senate floor to illustrate the...

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David Koch, executive vice president of chemical technology for Koch Industries Inc.

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David Koch, executive vice president of chemical technology for Koch Industries Inc.

Koch-Allied Americans for Prosperity Launches Ad Against Obamacare

Updated at 4:18 pm EDT Americans for Prosperity, the nonprofit with ties to billionaire energy executives Charles and David Koch, is spending $3 million on advertising in six states to oppose President Barack Obama’s new health-care law. The ad features an...

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President Barack Obama speaks on the economy to members of the Business Roundtable in Washington, DC, on September 18, 2013.

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President Barack Obama speaks on the economy to members of the Business Roundtable in Washington, DC, on September 18, 2013.

What Obama Says Is, Is This…

President Bill Clinton may have explained what the meaning of is is. But President Barack Obama is making sure we understand it. That ”double-is” — “what I’m saying is, is that” — which cropped up in the presidential debates is...

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An electronic version of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget is shown on a tablet at the U.S. Government Printing Office on April 8, 2013.

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An electronic version of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget is shown on a tablet at the U.S. Government Printing Office on April 8, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 12

That’s how many days lawmakers have to reach a budget deal averting a government shutdown. The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. House Republican leaders are planning a vote later this week on a stopgap funding measure that would pay...

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