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Obama names budget, environment, energy cabinet picks

White House via MSNBC - Mon, 03/04/2013 - 10:49am

First Read: President Barack Obama nominated three more members of his second-term cabinet Monday, formally unveiling his choices to head the Office of Management and Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Energy Department.


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Making sense of the clashing sequester numbers

White House via MSNBC - Mon, 03/04/2013 - 10:39am

A lot of numbers are being tossed around in the raucous debate over the sequester, but there’s no agreement on the correct number to describe the size of the spending cuts required by the 2011 Budget Control Act.


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A budget truce – for now

White House via MSNBC - Mon, 03/04/2013 - 9:16am

First Read: Both sides retreat on budget standoff for now but bigger questions remain.





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Jeb Bush: I won’t rule out 2016 White House run

White House via MSNBC - Mon, 03/04/2013 - 8:59am

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush won’t confirm he’s a candidate for the next presidential race, but he sounded like a White House hopeful Monday, declaring his party in need of leadership.





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Walmart Foundation head to be Obama's budget chief

White House via MSNBC - Sun, 03/03/2013 - 7:42pm

President Barack Obama will nominate Walmart Foundation head Sylvia Mathews Burwell to direct the Office of Management and Budget, a senior administration official confirms.





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Boehner: ‘I don’t think anyone quite understands’ how sequester gets resolved

White House via MSNBC - Sun, 03/03/2013 - 8:55am

In an exclusive interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, House Speaker John Boehner said there is no easy way to stop the budget cuts — known as the “sequester” — that began taking effect Friday night, and voiced uncertainty over how Washington can solve the overall fiscal problems that have consumed the nation’s politics for more than two years.





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As Obama signs the order, sequester takes effect

White House via MSNBC - Fri, 03/01/2013 - 9:11pm

It’s official: President Barack Obama has signed an order – as required by the “sequester” legislation – to enact broad cuts to federal spending, according to a White House release.


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What now? Congress looks towards new March deadline

White House via MSNBC - Fri, 03/01/2013 - 6:06pm

With the sequestration cogs now turning, in the coming weeks Congress will turn its attention to its next budget deadline on March 27, when funding for the federal government is set to expire.


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Education secretary says 'pink slips' comment was misinterpreted

White House via MSNBC - Fri, 03/01/2013 - 1:45pm

First Read: Education Secretary Arne Duncan said his eyebrow-raising statement that teachers were already getting “pink slips” because of the sequester was misinterpreted and that he only meant they were getting notices of potential future effects.


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Obama: 'Important for us to articulate' gay marriage views to Supreme Court

White House via MSNBC - Fri, 03/01/2013 - 1:43pm

First Read: A day after his administration formally weighed in on an upcoming Supreme Court case on gay marriage, President Barack Obama said he felt the issue required a response that reflected "what I believe."


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Obama calls 'dumb' cuts GOP's 'choice,' signs order

White House via MSNBC - Fri, 03/01/2013 - 12:08pm

First Read: Speaking after meeting with congressional leaders, President Barack Obama said Friday the budget cuts slated to go into effect today are the "choice" of Republicans who stonewalled any compromise to avert them.





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As meeting yields no breakthrough, Obama calls 'dumb' cuts GOP's 'choice'

White House via MSNBC - Fri, 03/01/2013 - 12:08pm

First Read: Speaking after meeting with congressional leaders, President Barack Obama said Friday the budget cuts slated to go into effect today are the "choice" of Republicans who stonewalled any compromise to avert them.





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Sequester day comes at end of unserious week

White House via MSNBC - Fri, 03/01/2013 - 9:23am

First Read: The lack of urgency or negotiations to avoid the pending spending cuts leaves impression that both sides might be fine with the sequester.





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Obama administration steps into California gay marriage battle

White House via MSNBC - Thu, 02/28/2013 - 6:41pm

The Justice Department Thursday urged the US Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage in California and went even further, suggesting it is unconstitutional to block gay couples from getting married in half a dozen other states.


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Doomed sequester fixes limp to Senate defeat

White House via MSNBC - Thu, 02/28/2013 - 3:23pm

With less than 36 hours to go until the much-discussed 'sequestration' deadline, the Senate blocked a pair of competing bills to prevent the broad, automatic cuts from taking effect.


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After long wait, Violence Against Women Act renewal heads to Obama's desk

White House via MSNBC - Thu, 02/28/2013 - 12:01pm

After over a year of legislative limbo, the House passed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act Thursday, ending partisan bickering that has plagued the bill since it expired in September of 2011.


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US to send $60M in aid direct to Syria rebels

White House via MSNBC - Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:02am

In a policy shift, the United States on Thursday announced plans to send military rations and medical supplies directly to Syrian opposition fighters, but fell short of providing weapons and ammunition that the rebels had been asking for.


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A sequester standoff two years in the making

White House via MSNBC - Thu, 02/28/2013 - 9:28am

First Read: Tea Party demands combined with White House uncertainty created the perfect storm to get us where we are today.


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