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

White House via MSNBC - Thu, 02/28/2013 - 7:29am

In a policy shift, the United States on Thursday announced plans to channel non-lethal assistance directly to Syrian rebels in the battlefield rather than through non-governmental agencies


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

White House via MSNBC - Thu, 02/28/2013 - 6:48am

In a policy shift, the U.S. on Thursday announced plans to channel non-lethal battlefield assistance directly to selected groups of the Syrian opposition rather than through non-governmental agencies.


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Budget battle is as much about taxes as spending

White House via MSNBC - Wed, 02/27/2013 - 10:14am

President Barack Obama and his allies argue that to help avert the $44 billion in cuts to federal outlays required by the Budget Control Act in this fiscal year, another round of tax increases is required.





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Leaders to meet with Obama on sequester deadline day

White House via MSNBC - Wed, 02/27/2013 - 10:08am

First Read: After weeks of argument over the sequester, bipartisan congressional leaders will meet with the president at the White House on Friday — the same day that automatic federal spending cuts are scheduled to go into effect.


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Sequester fight takes a toll on all

White House via MSNBC - Wed, 02/27/2013 - 9:21am

First Read: With Washington in its fifth fiscal standoff in two years, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows these fights are taking a toll on everyone, including the American public.





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NBC/WSJ poll: Public wary about sequester cuts, but Obama in stronger political position than GOP

White House via MSNBC - Tue, 02/26/2013 - 6:27pm

With automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set to begin Friday, majorities of Americans believe they aren’t a good idea and say the contentious budget negotiations make them less confident about the U.S. economy, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.





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NBC/WSJ poll: Public says GOP less interested in unity than Obama is

White House via MSNBC - Tue, 02/26/2013 - 1:01pm

First Read: With the automatic across-the-board spending cuts set to begin on Friday, Americans are split over whether President Barack Obama is emphasizing unifying the country or taking partisan approach, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.


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Increased polarization helps explain Washington standoffs

White House via MSNBC - Tue, 02/26/2013 - 9:18am

First Read: Ideological divide in Congress is one big reason why Washington is in the midst of its fifth fiscal showdown.





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White House rolls out the cabinet members to warn of cuts

White House via MSNBC - Mon, 02/25/2013 - 5:00pm

With less than five days to go before the so-called sequester forces across-the-board federal budget cuts, members of the president’s cabinet warned how cuts to their departments would affect Americans’ everyday lives.


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'You got your tax increase,' Boehner tells Obama as sequester staring contest continues

White House via MSNBC - Mon, 02/25/2013 - 4:34pm

The nation’s capital was enveloped in a familiar kind of gridlock late Monday, as Republicans again demanded that President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats act first to put off $85 billion in automatic cuts slated to take effect on Friday.





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White House defends donor access to Obama

White House via MSNBC - Mon, 02/25/2013 - 4:01pm

The White House today pushed back on accusations that donors to a pro-Obama organization can “buy” access to the president if they’re able to cough up a check for a cool half-million.


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Obama to govs: Push Congress to avert automatic cuts

White House via MSNBC - Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:21pm

Against a backdrop of impending automatic budget cuts, President Barack Obama on Monday urged the nation's governors to press Washington lawmakers into action to avert the looming sequester.


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Plenty of talk but no action on sequester

White House via MSNBC - Mon, 02/25/2013 - 9:12am

First Read: Both sides continue finger-pointing on the looming budget cuts but there are no signs of a deal to delay or stop the sequester.





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Transportation chief defends sounding alarm on cuts

White House via MSNBC - Sun, 02/24/2013 - 10:42am

First Read: With broad automatic federal spending cuts scheduled to go into effect in just five days, the nation's transportation chief on Sunday defended his warnings about the consequences of the cutbacks but promised that it will remain safe for Americans to fly.


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GOP fears Obama will jilt them on immigration

White House via MSNBC - Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:14pm

A recurring fear has colored Republicans’ attitude toward the current immigration reform debate in Congress: President Barack Obama has no actual interest in reaching a deal, and is instead pursuing the issue to exacerbate the GOP’s problems with Hispanic voters.





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Why Obama has the PR upper hand in sequestration battle

White House via MSNBC - Thu, 02/21/2013 - 7:09pm

As head of the executive branch, and as the man who dominates media coverage, President Barack Obama has a strong and unique advantage over his Republican foes: he's got the power to control both the practical details and the theatrics of the ongoing sequestration debate.





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Biden makes forceful call for gun controls in speech near Sandy Hook

White House via MSNBC - Thu, 02/21/2013 - 2:46pm

Vice President Joe Biden made a forceful case for the Obama administration's gun control initiatives on Thursday in a speech less than 15 miles down the road from the site of December's Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.


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GOP could pay steep political price on sequester

White House via MSNBC - Thu, 02/21/2013 - 9:27am

First Read: Public opinion polls show President Obama with the upper hand if looming budget cuts happen.


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White House, Rubio spar on immigration

White House via MSNBC - Tue, 02/19/2013 - 4:27pm

Sen. Marco Rubio's office released a statement insisting that the plan the Florida Republican is working on has "major differences" from the White House blueprint that was leaked to USA Today over the weekend.


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