June 2012

Jun 22, 2012

Senate Passes Farm Bill That Curtails Aid

By Janet Hook and Damian Paletta, The Wall Street Journal

The Senate passed a sweeping package of farm and nutrition-assistance programs that would reduce spending by billions of dollars partly by ending direct subsidies to farmers, setting up a showdown with House Republicans who have demanded steeper spending cuts in exchange for their support. The Senate bill passed 64 to 35 on Thursday, with 48 Democrats and 16 Republicans voting for the measure.

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Jun 21, 2012

George Zimmerman's Reenactment of Trayvon Martin Shooting

By Pierre Thomas and Seni Tienabeso, ABC News

"He took my head and slammed it against the concrete several times, and each time I thought my head was going to explode and I thought I was going to lose consciousness," George Zimmerman told police the day after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

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Labor to Base 2012 Strategy on Personal Contacts

By Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics

The AFL-CIO, which is trying to build a consistent, national coalition of voters primed to back candidates who support workers' values and interests, has been experimenting with a ground game that relies on friend-to-friend persuasion, accomplished both in-person and using today's Internet tools.

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“The Best Medicine I Know”

By Todd S. Purdum, Vanity Fair

Exactly 48 years ago this week, the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act passed the Senate, after overcoming the longest filibuster in history. Nearly 100 years after the Civil War ended, the bill at last promised to deliver legal equality for all Americans, and though it aroused enormous controversy and sliced straight into the nation’s original sin, it won lopsided approval by a vote of 73 to 27, with overwhelming Republican support.

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House Panel Votes to Cite Holder for Contempt of Congress

By Aamer Madhani and Susan Davis, USA TODAY

A House oversight committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, marking an escalation of the long-running dispute between Republicans and the Justice Department over internal administration documents related to Operation Fast and Furious.

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Romney Breaks the Stained-Glass Ceiling

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

If Mitt Romney wins the presidential election this fall, he'll have Harry Reid partly to thank. The Republican presidential nominee and the Senate Democratic leader don't have much in common politically. But they're both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — that is, they're both Mormons. So whenever officials of the LDS church are asked about the once-common concern that a Mormon president might take orders from Salt Lake City, they have a ready answer: Just look at Harry Reid.

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Presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney (CNN, File Photo)

High Court Rules Against FCC in Clash over Profanity, Nudity on TV

With Pete Williams, NBC

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Federal Communications Commission failed to give two television networks, FOX and ABC, fair notice prior to punishing them for broadcasts in which outbursts of expletives and brief nudity were aired.

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Jun 20, 2012

Europe's Travails Could Add to His Own, Obama Says

By Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics

Europe has not resolved its fiscal and debt challenges and will need more time to reach consensus, President Obama conceded at the conclusion of an important economic summit in Mexico among the 20 leading industrialized nations. Asked at an evening news conference in the resort city of Los Cabos how the Eurozone debt and financial problems might impact his chances for re-election, Obama said, "All these economic issues have an impact on the election, but that's not my biggest concern now."

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Where is Mitt Romney’s Faith?

By John Dickerson, Slate

Mitt Romney is coy about his running mate. He’ll only speak about the topic in the broadest terms. His staff won’t talk about it at all. To be fair, they don’t know much about the subject. It’s something very personal to Romney. I am talking about his religion.

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House Democrats Lead GOP in Money Race

By Susan Davis, USA TODAY

The campaign operation for House Democrats outraised its GOP counterpart in May and lead in the election cycle to date, according to figures by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to be released Wednesday.

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In Romney and Obama Speeches, Selective Truths

By Peter Baker and Michael Cooper, New York Times

To listen to Mitt Romney tell it, President Obama is a job-killing, free-spending, big-government liberal who made the recession worse with his policies and endangered free-market capitalism. The president has spent tax dollars “at a pace without precedent in recent history,” Mr. Romney says, and “added almost as much debt as all the prior presidents combined.”

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Obama Invokes Executive Privilege over DOJ Documents

With Pete Williams, NBC

President Obama has asserted executive privilege over the documents sought by a House committee as related to the "Fast and Furious" operation, a development which will have a big effect on the contempt proceedings.

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