November 2013

Nov 21, 2013

Work on Sexual Assault in Military Signals Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Evolution

By Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) stood on the Senate floor for hours Wednesday dominating a debate over how the Pentagon should manage sexual assault and rape in the ranks.

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Obama Linking to Business in CEO Outreach Sessions

With Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News

Bloomberg White House correspondent Julianna Goldman reports on the White House extending its outreach to corporate America, inviting CEOs to meetings on issues with common links in the agendas of their businesses and the Obama Administration.

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Obamacare Tradeoffs: Now They Tell Us …

By John F. Harris and David Nather, Politico

President Barack Obama is suffering the worst season of his presidency because people are mad that critical parts of the Affordable Care Act are not working the way they are supposed to work.

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Budget Talks Inch Toward Progress

By Damian Paletta and Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal

With time running short, budget negotiators report they are continuing efforts to reach a small-scale fiscal agreement that could replace some of the across-the-board spending cuts. But big hurdles remain and it is unclear whether a package can secure bipartisan support by a mid-January deadline.

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Iran Talks Enter Critical Phase as France Signals Unity

By Jonathan Tirone, Indira A.R. Lakshmanan & Kambiz Foroohar, Bloomberg News

Diplomats seeking to reach an interim accord to ease a decade-long standoff over Iran’s nuclear program began a critical phase of talks today, an Iranian negotiator said.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Geneva, according to an EU statement. U.S. and Iranian negotiators were also set to have direct talks this morning, according to the U.S. delegation.

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Nov 20, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder on $3 Billion Settlement from JP Morgan

With Pete Williams, NBC News

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Obama Intensifies CEO Outreach as Tea Party Draws Business Ire

By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News

During a meeting in the West Wing of the White House this month, President Barack Obama’s aides posed an unusual question to business leaders across the table: How can the administration help House Speaker John Boehner?

Obama’s interest in helping Boehner is part of a broader White House effort to enlist executives to support Republicans who are willing to deal with the administration. It’s also aimed at exposing divisions within the opposition party.

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Poll: 6 in 10 Support Changing How Military Handles Sex Assault Cases

By Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post

Nearly six in 10 Americans believe that decisions on whether to prosecute allegations of sexual assault in the U.S. military should be made by an independent group of military prosecutors instead of within the military chain of command, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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McConnell to House GOP: Hold the Line on Sequester

By Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) crossed the Capitol today to urge House Republicans to stand firm against efforts to ease across the board spending cuts, at a time when House-Senate negotiations to replace those cuts have stalled.

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Senators May Give Obama More Time on Iran

President Obama gained some additional time Tuesday as members of Congress continued to weigh tighter economic sanctions against Iran, though they appeared to defer possible action at least until next month.

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Obama's Reversal of Fortune

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

When it comes to his healthcare law, President Obama faces a political version of what insurance folks call "adverse selection": All the bad news is sticking to him and most of the good news is sticking to someone else.

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Nov 19, 2013

Are You a Scott Walker Conservative?

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

If you are a Republican and you like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, then you probably already have your candidate for the 2016 presidential campaign. If you do not like Christie, then your candidate for 2016 is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

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