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Obama takes his anti-gun campaign on the road

President Barack Obama, who claims to be pro-gun with a highly-suspicious staged skeet shooting photo, is taking his anti-gun campaign on the road, pushing his new gun-control agenda with stops in Minnesota. Obama’s gun-control agenda includes reinstatement and expansion of the assault weapons ban, reducing the capacity of ammo magazines and increased background checks on those who purchase weapons. On Monday, we will visit the Minneapolis Police Department‘s Special Operations Center, the first time he has pushed his anti-gun agenda outside of Washington. His extreme package of anti-gun proposals were unveiled in Washington last month after the mass killing of
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President Obama’s skeet shooting photo: A staged political lie?

President Barack Obama’s claim to be an active gun enthusiast who shoots skeet at Camp David “all the time” is coming under fire and ridicule not only from the always vocal National Rifle Association (NRA) but also from other gun supporters and groups. A photo released by the White House this past week shows Obama awkwardly  firing at clay targets and suggests the photo, which officials claim was shot on Aug. 4, 2012, was staged. “Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do sheet shooting all the time,” Obama said in answer to a New Republic magazine question on
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Ex-Marine kills former Navy SEAL and second victim in Texas

A former Navy SEAL who wrote the best-selling book, “American Sniper” was killed Saturday afternoon along with another man at a gun range an hour outside of Fort Worth, Texas. Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, 25, was arrested in Lancaster, Texas, after a short chase and is charged with the murders. Chris Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, were found dead at Rough Creek Lodge, a shooting range north of Glen Rose, Texas, Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant says. Littlefield was described as a neighbor and friend of Kyle. Witnesses say Kyle and Littlefield were trying to help Routh, who
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Hillary Clinton leaves Secretary of State post

Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigned Friday as America’s 67th secretary of state, capping a four-year tenure that saw her shatter records for the number of countries visited. In a letter sent to President Barack Obama shortly before she was to leave the State Department for the last time in her official capacity, Clinton thanked her former foe for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination for the opportunity to serve in his administration. Clinton said it had been an honor to be part of his Cabinet. “I am more convinced than ever in the strength and staying power of America’s global leadership
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Some male Marines express concern about women in combat

Male Marines listed being falsely accused of sexual harassment or assault as a top concern in a survey about moving women into combat jobs, and thousands indicated the change could prompt them to leave the service altogether. The anonymous online questionnaire by the Marine Corps surveyed 53,000 troops last summer, with the results provided to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta before he opened thousands of combat positions to women last week. The Marine Corps released the results to The Associated Press on Friday. Among the other top concerns listed by male Marines were possible fraternization and preferential treatment of some Marines.
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Congress sends Obama ‘must do’ bill to raise debt ceiling

Congress passed must-do legislation Thursday to permit the government to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars more to meet its obligations, averting a first-ever government default that had loomed as early as mid-February. The 64-34 vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate sent the measure to President Barack Obama, who has said he will sign it. The Republican-led House passed the legislation last week. The legislation would temporarily suspend the $16.4 trillion limit on federal borrowing, which experts say would allow the government to borrow about $450 billion to meet interest payments and obligations like Social Security benefits and government salaries. The
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Hagel battered by fellow Republicans but supported by Democrats

Bruised and battered, Chuck Hagel emerged from his grueling confirmation hearing with solid Democratic support for his nomination to be President Barack Obama’s next defense secretary and relentless opposition from Republicans who repeatedly challenged their former GOP colleague. Mathematically, Hagel has the edge as he looks to succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as the nation’s 24th Pentagon chief. Democrats hold a 14-12 advantage on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said the panel could vote as early as next Thursday, contingent on Hagel’s prompt response on some lingering questions. Levin expressed optimism about Hagel’s prospects and
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Hillary Clinton exits State Department with a jab at critics

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving office with a slap at critics of the Obama administration‘s handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. She told The Associated Press that critics of the administration’s handling of the attack don’t live in an “evidence-based world” and their refusal to “accept the facts” is unfortunate and regrettable for the political system. In her last one-on-one interview before she steps down on Friday, Clinton told the AP that the attack in Benghazi was the low point of her time as America’s top diplomat. But she suggested that
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Ed Koch, New York’s colorful former mayor, dead at 88

Ed Koch‘s favorite moment as mayor of New York City, fittingly, involved yelling. Suddenly inspired to do something brash about the rare transit strike that crippled the city in 1980, he strode down to the Brooklyn Bridge to encourage commuters who were forced to walk to work instead of jumping aboard subway trains and buses. “I began to yell, ‘Walk over the bridge! Walk over the bridge! We’re not going to let these bastards bring us to our knees!’ And people began to applaud,” the famously combative, acid-tongued politician recalled at a 2012 forum. His success in rallying New Yorkers
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Jim Carville, Mary Matalin return to the scene of their marital crime

When Mary Matalin heard a baby cry during a Super Bowl news conference this week, she paused midsentence, peered in the direction of the fussing child and asked: “Is that my husband?” Matalin, the noted Republican political pundit, isn’t shy about making jokes at the expense of Democratic strategist James Carville, who went from being her professional counterpart to her partner in life when they were married — in New Orleans — two decades ago. This week, though, and for much of the past few years, the famous political odd couple have been working in lockstep for a bipartisan cause
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