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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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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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