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Daily Archives: October 4, 2013


President Barack Obama speaks to the media at a Taylor Gourmet Deli location on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 4, 2013.

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media at a Taylor Gourmet Deli location on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 4, 2013.

Obama’s Job-Approval 41%: Gallup — Disapproval Highest in Two Years

It’s been a rough week in Washington. President Barack Obama’s job approval has slid to 41 percent in the daily Gallup track. The results come from the first full run of the partial government shutdown, surveys taken Oct. 1, the...

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A Lockheed Martin Corp. Fury unmanned aircraft system (UAS) hangs above the exhibition floor at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) unmanned systems conference in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 13, 2013.

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A Lockheed Martin Corp. Fury unmanned aircraft system (UAS) hangs above the exhibition floor at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) unmanned systems conference in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 13, 2013.

Defense Industry Furloughs Workers as Asking Gov’t to Reopen

The defense industry, which gave 60 percent of its contributions to Republicans in the 2012 elections, is furloughing workers as the partial government shutdown continues. “Shutting down the government has been a tragic mistake,” said Marion Blakey, president and CEO...

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, on Sept. 26, 2013.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, on Sept. 26, 2013.

Twitter Diplomacy, Facebook Friending: Iran, U.S., U.K. Engage

The new Iranian government, which took office only in August, is waging an asymmetric diplomatic battle against the West. Outnumbered and isolated over its nuclear program and support for Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad, Iran’s new leaders have taken to the world...

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Oxfam protesters depict the leaders of the G8 countries on a golf course in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland on June 18, 2013.

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Oxfam protesters depict the leaders of the G8 countries on a golf course in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland on June 18, 2013.

British Ambassador Offers Fashion Advice for World Leaders

“If you want real inspiration and real direction in terms of what to wear, you turn to the world’s political leaders,” British Ambassador Peter Westmacott said last night at a party celebrating the British fashion industry. Rep. Jackie Speier, California...

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Ben Cooper, left, of Sensible Baby, a start-up with a product that monitors the health of infants, met with Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Ed Markey.

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Ben Cooper, left, of Sensible Baby, a start-up with a product that monitors the health of infants, met with Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Ed Markey.

Massachusetts Democrats Raise $3.7 Million Seeking Markey’s Seat

The top five Democrats seeking a vacant U.S. House seat in Massachusetts together have raised $3.7 million before a decisive primary election Oct. 15. State Sen. Katherine Clark led with $1.1 million in total receipts, followed by $919,000 for county sheriff...

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Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert speaks to Bloomberg reporters inside the Bloomberg Link during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, on Aug. 28, 2012.

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Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert speaks to Bloomberg reporters inside the Bloomberg Link during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, on Aug. 28, 2012.

Hastert on the Hastert (What Rule?)

Every time the House’s Republicans get into a situation like the one they’re in now, where it might take some Democrats to pass something that the Democratic-controlled Senate and White House will accept as a way out of the partial...

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A closure sign is posted on the national mall near the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013.

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A closure sign is posted on the national mall near the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013.

Shutdown Journal: Week One

Updated Oct. 6  at 9:50 am and 12:34 pm EDT On the first Sunday of the partial government shutdown, think of the talk shows as quote machines. With some ominous quotes at that: Boehner: “We are not going to pass...

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