Archive for 2012

Senate death brings historic change

The death this week of Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) brought about a historic change on the Senate Appropriations Committee, as Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) will take over the gavel of that important panel, becoming the first woman to chair that committee.

“It is especially gratifying to be the first woman …

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Report finds security shortfall in Benghazi

A new report from the State Department blames “systemic failures” and “management deficiencies” for allowing U.S. diplomats to operate in Libya with less security than was needed, allowing an attack on September 11, 2012 to result in the deaths of four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador.

The 39 page report …

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White House pushes on gun controls

After nibbling around the edges of the gun control issue in the immediate aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut, the White House on Tuesday made no bones about President Obama’s support for a series of gun control measures as part of an overall strategy to curb gun violence.

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Moving towards a fiscal cliff deal

It may still take some time to work out the final details, but we seem to be on the road to a deal on the tax and budget impasse known as the fiscal cliff, as the latest signs of an agreement came on Monday with a new offer by the …

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No quick White House moves on gun control

While a number of Democrats in Congress called for some type of legislative response to the mass school shooting in Connecticut, there was no real agreement on what would be the best way to address that tragedy, as the White House made clear there will be no rush of gun …

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Congress looks at gun controls

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has been seen as one of the most conservative Democrats in recent years, so when he said on Monday that the Connecticut shootings show the need for a broader discussion, it was noticed on Capitol Hill.

After all, in the 2010 and 2012 elections, …

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The politics of gun control

Nothing ever stays the same in politics, and that is true when it comes to the politics of guns, as backers of gun control find themselves in the distinct minority in Congress now, a big switch from 20 years ago. Whether anything changes in the wake of last week’s mass …

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Still looking for a fiscal cliff deal

Eclipsed by the aftermath of the mass school shooting in Connecticut, Congress returns to work Monday with just eight days until Christmas and two weeks until a year-end deadline for action on the tax and budget impasse known as the fiscal cliff.

And there doesn’t seem to be much optimism …

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Gun control rumblings after school shooting

Even though the Congress was not in session on Friday as word arrived of the mass shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, lawmakers flocked to social media to send their thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, with most – but not all – side stepping the politics …

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Still no fiscal cliff deal in sight

After a week filled with finger pointing and increasingly caustic verbal exchanges, lawmakers in both parties left Washington, D.C. last night hoping for a breakthrough on the fiscal cliff, but seemingly more and more pessimistic about the negotiations on the tax and budget impasse.

“Spending is the problem,” said House …

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