March 2013

Mar 22, 2013

Republicans Today Can Learn Lessons From the Democrats’ Past. But Will They?

By Dan Balz, The Washington Post

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus deserves credit for launching a reclamation project for his beleaguered party.

The report by the RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project lays bare the depth of the problems of a party that has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections and that is on the wrong side of the demographic forces that are changing the country.

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Mar 21, 2013

Cybersecurity Firm Says It Is Under Attack

By Eamon Javers, CNBC

Mandiant, the cybersecurity firm that in February released a ground-breaking report detailing the suspected activities of a Chinese military hacking unit, told CNBC on Wednesday it is suffering the consequences of going public.

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Politicians and Gay Marriage: Profiles in Calculation

By Alexander Burns, Maggie Haberman and John F. Harris, Politico

When historians write the story of America’s cultural revolution on gay marriage, March of 2013 may well get its own chapter — the month when the political balance on this issue shifted unmistakably from risky to safe.

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Will Not Have Government Shutdown

A bill to fund the government through September 30 passed in the Senate, reports CNBC's John Harwood.

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Palestinians Seek U.S. Statehood Turnabout From Obama

By Julianna Goldman & Jonathan Ferziger, Bloomberg News

President Barack Obama arrived in the West Bank today to see firsthand if Palestinian leaders still angry over his rejection of their United Nations statehood bid can be persuaded to renew peace talks with Israel.

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Mar 20, 2013

Iraq War’s 10th Anniversary Is Barely Noted in Washington

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

A decade after the night that American bombs first rained down on Baghdad, the president joked about wearing a green tie for a belated St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Congress noisily focused on whether spending cuts would force the cancellation of the White House Easter egg roll. Cable news debated whether a show about young women has too much sex in it.

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Republican 'autopsy' reveals a divide in the party

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

It's never too early to start thinking about the next presidential race — especially if you're a political party that has managed to lose the popular vote in five of the last six elections, as the Republican Party has.

Hence the remarkable report released Monday by the Republican National Committee, which warned that the GOP looks to many voters like a party of "stuffy old men" who are "driving around in circles on an ideological cul-de-sac."

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Majority Supports Benefits for Same-Sex Couples: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

By Joan Biskupic and Maurice Tamman, Reuters

As the Supreme Court prepares to decide whether the federal government may deny benefits to same-sex married couples that it allows their heterosexual counterparts, Americans seem already to have made up their minds.

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Seeking a Bigger Audience, Tea-Party Hero Embraces Immigration Reform

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

Behold the junior senator and tea-party hero from Kentucky, best known for citing the U.S. Constitution, Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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Congress Makes Progress on Short-Term Fiscal Bills

Susan Davis and Susan Page, USA Today

Congress is on track to approve competing party-line budget blueprints as well as legislation to fund the government and prevent a shutdown March 27, but newfound fiscal momentum on Capitol Hill is a temporary reprieve from the budget battles that will renew this year.

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Obama Starts First Presidential Visit to Israel

By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times

President Obama arrived in Tel Aviv on Wednesday for his first presidential visit to Israel, hoping to reassure the Israeli people of his commitment to their security and to tend his personal relationships with key leaders.

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Obama Arrives in Israel to Allay Doubts About U.S. Commitment

By Julianna Goldman & Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News

President Barack Obama stepped off Air Force One onto the tarmac in Tel Aviv and said that as the “winds of change” spread across the Middle East, the U.S. commitment to Israel is unwavering and the bond between the two countries is unbreakable.

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