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NEWSLINK: Hillary energized, but voters show signs of Clinton fatigue

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[“Hillary energized, but voters show signs of Clinton fatigue” – Washington Times 6.22.14]  The Washington Times covers signs of “Clinton fatigue.”  Poll numbers have been declining for former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator from New York, First Lady and Arkansas lawyer Hillary Rodham Clinton. Significant questions arise about where the trend will lead by 2016. As Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares for an expected presidential run,

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor upset in Republican primary by Tea Party unknown Dr. Dave Brat

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia’s 7th District, was upset in Virginia’s June 10 primary by unknown Tea Party candidate David Brat. Roll Call indicates that the district was considered a safe seat for the Republicans, with no Democrat yet emerging as a challenger.  Unofficial results have Brat leading Cantor 56% to 44%. Links & Resources :: Cantor upset in Virginia GOP primary by

NEWSLINK & VIDEO: Alaska Republican U.S. Senate Hopeful Dan Sullivan Sees Advantage as First-Time Candidate

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[“Alaska Republican Sees Advantage as First-Time Candidate” – Roll Call 6.6.14] Roll Call covers Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s primary race.  Sullivan has federal background in Washington, D.C., as well as experience in appointed positions as state Attorney General and Commissioner of Natural Resources: Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan, a first-time candidate for elected office, says his dearth of experience on the trail will help — not

High-ranking IRS official to “take the fifth” and refuse to testify before Congress on scandal

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According to news reports, an attorney for IRS official Lois Lerner has indicated that Lerner will invoke the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refuse to testify before Congress.   Lerner is the director of the IRS Exempt Organization Division, which deals with nonprofits, including those seeking 501(c)(4) status. Lerner was to be called before a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, May 22, aimed at continuing

Senator Rand Paul Filibusters Obama CIA Nomination (UPDATE 1)

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(Update: the filibuster concluded just before 1 AM, lasting roughly 13 hours, and the CIA nominee was confirmed later in that new day; more talking filibusters are promised in the future however) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and others are twelve hours and counting into a U.S. Senate filibuster of the confirmation vote for President Barack Obama’s nominee for CIA Director, John Brennan.  Ongoing speaking by

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: Defense Secretary Hagel on Sequester, Military Spending

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Recently confirmed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel held a press briefing at the Pentagon on Friday, March 1, 2013, to address how DOD will respond to forced cuts under budget sequestering. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter also fielded questions. Hagel expressed concerns about the impact of cuts on military readiness. Some steps to be taken are expected to include a civilian hiring freeze, civilian

NEWSLINK: House Releases Continuing Resolution With Sequester Reductions in Place

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[House Releases Continuing Resolution With Sequester Reductions in Place - Roll Call - March 4, 2013] Roll Call covers a continuing resolution by House Republicans to address spending cuts while providing greater flexibility for how military spending is adjusted: House appropriators on Monday unveiled a proposed final fiscal 2013 spending package that would effectively cap federal operating expenses at $982 billion, when the cuts already

VIDEO: House Speaker Weekly Briefing: Boehner Addresses Budget and Sequester

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), on Thursday, February 28, 2013, addressed the federal budget in his weekly briefing.  He did so on the eve of automatic cuts, or sequestration, kicking in on Friday, March 1, 2013. As Boehner points out, the National Debt is now at more than $16 trillion, roughly $52,000 for every person in the United States. The Speaker argues that the federal