March 2013

Mar 29, 2013

Cuccinelli vs. McAuliffe: Virginia Governor’s Race Holds the Eyes of the Nation

By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post

You might call it the off-year comeuppance: In every one of Virginia’s past nine gubernatorial contests, the Old Dominion has rejected the party of the president elected only a year before.

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Cyberattacks Seem Meant to Destroy, Not Just Disrupt

By David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times

American Express customers trying to gain access to their online accounts Thursday were met with blank screens or an ominous ancient type face. The company confirmed that its Web site had come under attack.

The assault, which took American Express offline for two hours, was the latest in an intensifying campaign of unusually powerful attacks on American financial institutions that began last September and have taken dozens of them offline intermittently, costing millions of dollars.

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Obama Order Establishes Bipartisan Voting Commission

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

President Obama signed an executive order on Thursday establishing a bipartisan commission to examine problems of voter access after complaints of long lines at polling stations during last year’s election.

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Talk of Medicare Changes Could Open Way to Budget Pact

By Jackie Calmes and Robert Pear, The New York Times

As they explore possible fiscal deals, President Obama and Congressional Republicans have quietly raised the idea of broad systemic changes to Medicare that could produce significant savings and end the polarizing debate over Republican plans to privatize the insurance program for older Americans.

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Analysis: Supreme Court Energizes Gay Rights Even As It Resists

By Joan Biskupic, Reuters

After two days of Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage, the United States may be left with this irony: While the high court is not likely to alter the constitutional landscape for gays, the justices nevertheless have provided a rallying point for the gay-rights cause.

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Mar 28, 2013

IMF Cites Hidden Price of Energy Subsidies

With David Wessel, Wall Street Journal

A new study says that reducing energy subsidies would help governments around the world cut budget deficits and go a long way toward heading off climate change.

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Politics as 'Unusual' in Washington?

With John Harwood, CNBC

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Justices Cast Doubt on Benefits Ban in U.S. Marriage Law

By Peter Baker and Adam Liptak, The New York Times

The Supreme Court appeared ready on Wednesday to strike down a central part of a federal law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, as a majority of the justices expressed reservations about the Defense of Marriage Act.

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DOMA Challengers Optimistic About Outcome

With Pete Williams, NBC News

Same-sex marriage supporters are optimistic this morning about the fate of the Defense of Marriage Act based on what Supreme Court justices said in court on Wednesday.

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Analysis: Supreme Court Seems Poised to avoid same-sex marriage tide

By Joan Biskupic, Reuters

For nearly four years, proponents of same-sex marriage have been strategically building a test case aimed at convincing the conservative-leaning Supreme Court to declare that gay marriage is a constitutional right. The advocates felt they were ready.

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Inching toward Syria

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

Military intervention in the Muslim world seems to bring the United States nothing but grief. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya: None looks much like a success story now.

Yet the Obama administration is edging reluctantly into a civil war in Syria, aiding rebels who are fighting to overthrow the brutal regime of Bashar Assad. And it should: The longer this war goes on, the worse it will be for the U.S. and the Syrians. Already, more than 70,000 Syrians have died; perhaps 4 million have lost their homes. The arguments against intervention are eroding fast.

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Mar 27, 2013

North Korea Enhances Nuclear Threats in Propaganda Video

With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

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