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Republicans come up with plans to cut the budget

A group of GOP lawmakers from House and Senate on Wednesday offered a plan to cut the federal workforce and use the savings to replace some $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic programs. The legislation reprises a plan offered last year that failed to advance. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., leads the group, which agrees with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that a looming 8 percent cut to this year’s Pentagon budget would recklessly harm the nation’s military. McKeon said the Pentagon faces “dire straits.” The plan would generate replacement savings by
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Democrats offer their own gun control proposal

House Democrats will unveil 15 proposals for curbing gun violence that resemble President Barack Obama’s plan and will include a call for banning assault weapons, people familiar with the package said Wednesday. The Democrats’ recommendations will also include barring high-capacity magazines carrying more than 10 rounds of ammunition, requiring background checks for all gun sales and prohibiting gun trafficking, all of which Obama proposed last month. The proposals, to be released Thursday by top House Democrats, were described by people who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the plan publicly. They represent the initial House Democratic response
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Obama pushing his programs to reluctant Democrats

President Barack Obama is trying to sell Senate Democrats on his strategy for tackling immigration, gun control and a host of fiscal dilemmas. Senate Democratic unity will be critical to Obama’s prospects for enacting the ambitious agenda he’s laid out for the start of his second term. Almost all the items on his to-do list face opposition from Senate Republicans — not to mention the even stronger opposition Obama is likely to run up against if and when the GOP-controlled House takes up those items. Senate and White House aides are offering few details about Obama’s appearance Wednesday at the
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CIA Director nominee flip-flops on agency torture

John Brennan, now President Barack Obama’s nominee to be CIA director, sat quietly around a conference table at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va., during briefings about the capture and waterboarding of key al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaydah. Former and current U.S. intelligence officials who were part of those briefings say Brennan, then deputy executive director of the CIA’s administrative arm, did not raise objections to the interrogation practices in those forums. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the top-secret meetings publicly. Brennan’s silence may have cost him his first chance to lead the
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Lobbying group shooter headed for court hearing

A man accused of shooting a security guard inside the Washington headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group is expected in court amid plea negotiations. Floyd Lee Corkins II had a status hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning in federal court. Court papers indicate that he and prosecutors are working on a plea deal. Corkins was charged in August with opening fire inside the lobby of the Family Research Council building. A security guard was wounded, but managed to wrestle away the gun. No one else was hurt. Prosecutors say Corkins, who had been volunteering at a center for gay, lesbian
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Menendez finally denies dallying with whores in the Dominican Republic

Did Sen. Robert Menendez lay down with whores after flying to the Dominican Republic on the private jet of a prominent Florida doctor who just happens to be the largest private political donor of the Senator? Published reports suggest he did but while Menendez does reluctantly admits using the jet and illegally failing to pay for the trips himself, he claims the trips had nothing to do with trysts with ladies of the evening. The reports surfaced before the November elections in The Daily Caller, a right-wing web site.  The stories said Menendez used a private jet owned by Dr.
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The Boy Scouts, haven for sexual predators, may openly admit gays

The Boy Scouts of America plans to vote this week on whether or not to end its longstanding ban on gay members and leaders, an ironic move by a group that has long concealed both straight and gay sexual abuse of its young participants by predator leaders. President Barack Obama, in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, urged the Scouts to end its ban and admit gays to to its membership and also to allow gay leaders. The organization plans a vote on reversing the long-standing ban shortly but critics of the Scouts wonder if the organization
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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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