February 2013

Feb 26, 2013

Obama Administration Reaches Out to Local Governments to Spread Its Climate Message

By Coral Davenport, National Journal

President Obama used his Inaugural Address and State of the Union speech to issue the boldest, clearest call to action on climate change ever voiced by a sitting U.S. president—but don’t expect him to barnstorm across the country with that message.

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Why Republican Governors Hate the Republican Congress

By Molly Ball, The Atlantic

A bunch of Republican governors have been in Washington the past few days for the National Governors Association meeting, just in time to chew out their fellow Republicans in Congress over the upcoming sequestration cuts.

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White House expands list of woes budget ax could cause

By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times

Planes delayed. Teachers laid off. And, now, more illegal immigrants slipping past the Border Patrol.

The White House on Monday added to its list of dire consequences it says would come from automatic federal budget cuts scheduled to start Friday, part of a campaign to ignite a public outcry.

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Feb 25, 2013

Cyber Attacks: The Under-reported Threat?

With Eamon Javers, CNBC

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The GOP's Uncomfortable Debate Over Gay Marriage

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

As Republicans rebound from the 2012 election and plot their future, an uncomfortable debate over gay rights is taking place.

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Justices poised to query voting rights focus on South

By Joan Biskupic, Reuters

When the Supreme Court last scrutinized the 1965 Voting Rights Act in 2009, Justice Anthony Kennedy peered down from the bench and asked why federal rules were tougher for Alabama and Georgia than for Michigan and Ohio.

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The Simple Sequestration Rule

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

We are headed into the peak week of sequestration insanity. The across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration are set to take effect on March 1. Here's a simple rule for getting through the next few days: If you're talking about sequestration, you're doing it wrong. Sequestration was created to focus minds on the Big Thing. So if you’re talking obsessively about the sequestration, it means you aren’t thinking about the thing that you were supposed to be focused on.

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Sequester: 'Collateral damage' of budget war may be huge

By Susan Davis, USA Today

Coming soon, the lines at airport security might get longer, the hours of service at Head Start centers might get shorter and the FBI might have fewer agents tracking down bad guys.

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Feb 22, 2013

Presidents’ Day with TIME’s Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

With Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs, TIME

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For Obama and Team, Calm, Not Crisis, in Latest Fiscal Battle

By Jeff Zeleny and Jonathan Weisman, The New York Times

President Obama is just seven days away from the first significant test of his second term as deep spending cuts loom, yet inside the White House a clear sense of confidence stands in contrast to the air of crisis that surrounded previous fiscal showdowns with Republicans.

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Florida Governor's Embrace of Medicaid Money Undercuts GOP Attacks on 'Obamacare'

By Beth Reinhard and Margot Sanger-Katz, National Journal

Bashing “Obamacare” just isn’t what it used to be.

Just over two years ago, the rallying cry against President Obama’s health care overhaul unified Republicans and hoisted the party to historic electoral gains in state capitals and in Washington.

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Will the Border Ever Be Secure Enough for Immigration Hawks?

By Molly Ball, The Atlantic

Border security could be the issue that kills immigration reform. And yet, by most measures, the U.S.-Mexico border has never been safer.
 
The bipartisan group of U.S. senators seeking comprehensive immigration reform have proposed a "trigger" mechanism, whereby a path to citizenship would be contingent on increased border security. President Obama and liberals have not endorsed the idea, although the president is "committed to increasing our border security further," according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

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