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Op-Ed: Burn it down, Mr. Obama

During the first five and a half years of his presidency – and I imagine for the 30 or so months that remain — I’ve had a difficult time supporting many of the decisions made by President Obama.
In the Media by Mike Rossi - 3 comments

Florida Republican congresswoman condemns Hamas

A Republican US congresswoman known for her staunch support for Cuban exile terrorists has drafted a resolution condemning the Palestinian militant resistance group Hamas for allegedly using human shields in its asymmetrical warfare against Israel.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Republicans want to give women the right to buy birth control

This week Republicans introduced a rather useless bill to answer the Democrat’s response on the highly unpopular Hobby Lobby decision passed down by the Supreme Court earlier this month.
In the Media by Dan Arel

Op-Ed: Will 2016 be 1940 Part II? GOP angry over executive orders

President Barack Obama is challenging congressional Republicans to craft meaningful legislation rather than simply try to oppose him. Will 2016 be a redux of the 1940 presidential election?
In the Media by Calvin Wolf - 3 comments

U.S. lawmakers pass bill to curb NSA surveillance

Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would restrict the electronic surveillance powers of the National Security Agency (NSA).The margin was wide, 293 to 123, for the bill attached to the defense budget for 2015, which begins October 1.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Should Obama have swapped a soldier for Taliban detainees?

No Man Left Behind — this policy is as old as America herself. Regardless the country or the outcome, we have routinely swapped captured enemy fighters in order to return our soldiers to American soil.
In the Media by Eliana Robinson

Lawmakers demand answers over Obama POW-Taliban trade

Washington - President Barack Obama's decision to swap five detained Taliban operatives for an American soldier captured in Afghanistan has baffled lawmakers, with many questioning the military and political merits of the controversial exchange.
In the Media by Michael Mathes (AFP)

U.S. House moves to bolster gun background checks

Washington - U.S. lawmakers moved to boost funding of the national background check system for firearm sales, a small but symbolic step toward broader gun law reform following recent mass shootings.The measure would provide $19.
In the Media by AFP

U.S. House passes reforms curbing NSA bulk data collection

Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives passed landmark reforms Thursday curbing bulk collection of Americans' telephone records, the first step toward restricting NSA intelligence-gathering since Edward Snowden divulged the secret program last year.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

India's ruling Congress party concedes election defeat

New Delhi - India's ruling Congress party conceded defeat on Friday after 10 years in power as early election results showed a landslide win for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party under hardline leader Narendra Modi."We accept defeat.
In the Media by AFP

Obama confirms new law passed to deprive citizens of jury trial

As reelection nears for the 350 congressmen who voted in favor of continuing a new law commonly referred to as "NDAA," President Barack Obama confirms in an interview that the law allows US citizens to be detained by the US military indefinitely.
In the Media by Ralph Lopez - 6 comments

U.S. House votes to create Benghazi committee

Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives voted to create a select committee to investigate the attacks in Benghazi, Libya that left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead.
In the Media by AFP

Senior citizen medical marijuana patient to lobby U.S. Congress

Ahead of his May 12th trial, federal medical marijuana defendant Larry Harvey, 70, goes to Washington, D.C. to lobby the United States Congress in order to stop funding federal prosecutions like his.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

Boehner: 'Obamacare is the law of the land'

After more than 55 failed attempts by the House, Speaker John Boehner finally conceded that Obamacare is here to stay. Boehner’s admission comes only three weeks after he vowed the House would continue to try to repeal the law.
In the Media by Eliana Robinson - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Losing benefits isn’t prodding unemployed back to work

The verdict is in — cutting unemployment benefits does not help workers. Surprised? Hardly. Squabbles between congressional Republicans and Democrats resulted in the end of federal emergency unemployment benefits for over 2 million Americans.
In the Media by Eliana Robinson

Massive blaze brings death, destruction to historic Valparaiso

Valpara - A massive fire that killed at least 11 people and destroyed hundreds of homes was still burning early Sunday in Chile's historic port city of Valparaiso.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 2 comments

GM head knew of steering problem in 2011: documents

Washington - General Motors chief executive Mary Barra was told in 2011 of steering problems on cars involved in this year's recall and linked to 13 deaths, a document released Friday showed.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Congressman has the gall to request a pay increase

Washington - In one of the most laughably sad statements made by a politician so far this year, Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.) said that he and his cohorts on Capitol Hill deserve a pay increase.
In the Media by Justin King - 5 comments

GM accused of 'criminal' behavior over ignition fault

Washington - Senators accused General Motors of "criminal deception" over a decade-long ignition problem linked to 13 deaths, as the US automaker's boss faced a second straight day of congressional anger Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP

GM boss 'deeply sorry' after deadly crashes

Washington - Conceding company officials knew of their cars' potentially deadly ignition switches for years, GM chief Mary Barra apologized and said the automaker had a "civic responsibility" to make things right.
In the Media by Michael Mathes (AFP)

Caterpillar used Swiss havens to avoid US tax: Senate

Washington - US Senate investigators have accused heavy equipment giant Caterpillar of hiding $8 billion in profits offshore in Switzerland to avoid US taxes.
In the Media by AFP

Crash victim families press GM, Barra set to testify

Washington - Relatives of car crash victims and lawmakers demanded accountability from embattled US automaker GM Tuesday as its CEO prepared to face Congress, amid claims that a $2 fix could have saved lives.
In the Media by Michael Mathes (AFP)

GM chief Barra faces tough questions over recalls

Washington - General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra faces tough questioning in Congress on Tuesday over why the company ignored a faulty ignition problem for a decade despite numerous accident reports and 13 deaths.
In the Media by Paul Handley (AFP)

GM chief Barra pledges action on dangerous ignitions

Washington - GM Chief Executive Mary Barra said Monday she still does not know why its took years for the automaker to recall cars with dangerously faulty ignitions, but pledged to find out.
In the Media by AFP

U.S. regulators twice failed to probe GM

Washington - U.S. federal regulators twice failed to open formal investigations into faulty ignition switches in General Motors vehicles blamed for 13 deaths, a congressional panel said Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Faulty ignitions: Senator says GM needs victims fund

Washington - A US lawmaker urged the Justice Department Monday to make General Motors create a fund for victims of accidents involving faulty ignitions, arguing that the automaker "criminally deceived" the public.Senator Richard Blumenthal sent a sharply worded le...
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: The November midterm elections may be about more than Obamacare

The November midterm elections are shaping up to be a referendum on Obamacare in the congressional races — however, in the gubernatorial and state legislature contests, the election may be about something else entirely.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Florida's special election could be a predictor of the midterms

Florida's 13th congressional district held a special election last week, and its results may offer a tea-leaf reading on the upcoming midterm elections.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

GM chief to testify in Congress over recall probe

Washington - General Motors boss Mary Barra will testify April 1 before a congressional committee investigating why the largest US automaker failed to react for years to a defect linked to 12 deaths.The chief executive is expected to face a grilling from lawmakers ...
In the Media by AFP

Rough road ahead for GM as U.S. Congress plots safety probe

The U.S. congressional investigation into General Motors Co automobile defects will bring aggressive scrutiny to a company with powerful lobbying clout and strong ties on Capitol Hill.
In the Media by Richard Cowan (Reuters)
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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the budget negotiations, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sept. 30, 2013.
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President Obama during his 2011 State of the Union address
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President Barack Obama outlines the details of the American Jobs Act during an address to a Joint Session of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 8, 2011
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Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), the chairman of the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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Congressman Steve Scalise from Louisiana holds up a photo of a pelican covered in oil during a congressional hearing with BP CEO Tony Hayward. Throughout the day-long questioning, Hayward was constantly criticized for refusing to provide direct answers.
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19th Congress of the German Confederation of Trade unions
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Former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
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Michele Bachmann, speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.
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Obama addresses Congress - State of the Union Address 2013
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President Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reform, 2009
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