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Entries by Amanda Terkel from 01/2011

U.S. Military Commander Compares Afghanistan War To Neverending 'Tom And Jerry' Cartoon

Posted 01.03.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The war in Afghanistan is like a nonstop game of cat and mouse, according to a U.S. military commander in Afghanistan. The commander...

Scalia: Women Don't Have Constitutional Protection Against Discrimination

Posted 01.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not protect against discrimination on the basis of gende...

GOP Leadership Strikes Back At Filibuster Reform: It's A Democratic 'Power Grab'

Posted 01.04.2011 | Politics

***UPDATED BELOW*** WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders launched a coordinated attack against Democratic proposals to reform Senate rules Tuesday, makin...

LGBT Groups Scale Back Goals In 2011, Search For Smaller Victories With New Congress

Posted 01.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Facing an emboldened Republican House unlikely to consider significant gay rights legislation in 2011, the nation's leading LGBT advocac...

Republicans Block Congressional Health Care Disclosure

Posted 01.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives approved a rules package on Wednesday, the first day of business for the 112th Congress, that will dic...

CBO: Health Care Repeal Would Up Deficit By $230 Billion

Posted 01.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Repealing health care reform will add $230 billion to the deficit over the next decade, leave 32 million fewer people with insurance and...

Rep. Clyburn Recalls Words Of MLK, Says Americans Need To Speak Out Against Violent Rhetoric (VIDEO)

Posted 01.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a lawmaker who faced several threats during the heated health care debate, is calling on the country to rat...

Sarah Palin Aide Rebecca Mansour: Our Crosshairs Map Had Nothing To Do With Violence Or Guns

Posted 01.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Shortly after news broke that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) had been shot at a congressional event in her district, observers began ...

Sen. Lamar Alexander: Irresponsible For The Media To Mention Palin's Crosshairs Map (VIDEO)

Posted 01.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) defended Sarah Palin Sunday, saying that it is irresponsible for the media to be bringing up her much-dis...

Clarence Dupnik, Arizona Sheriff, Criticized By Sen. Jon Kyl Over Shooting Comments (VIDEO)

Posted 01.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some of the most pointed comments in the wake of Saturday's tragic shooting in Arizona regarding the dangers of vitriolic political disc...

WATCH: White House Observes Moment Of Silence For Arizona Shooting Victims

Posted 01.10.2011 | Politics

Today at 11:00 a.m. ET, the nation will be observing a moment of silence to honor the victims of the shooting in Arizona. "Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. ea...

Gabrielle Giffords Wrote Email Calling For 'Centrism And Moderation' On Eve Of Shooting

Posted 01.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the eve of the shooting that left her critically injured, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) wrote an email to Kentucky Secretary of S...

Undercutting Biden, Administration Official Won't Say If Combat Troops Will Be Out Of Afghanistan By 2014

Posted 01.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is holding the door open to having combat troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014, undercutting a promise made by the...

Embattled U.S. Special Inspector General For Afghanistan Resigns As Calls For Oversight Grow

Posted 01.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arnold Fields, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, stepped down Monday amid widespread congressional dissatisf...

Vice President Biden Tells Afghans: U.S. Willing To Stay Beyond 2014

Posted 01.11.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Biden told reporters at a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday that the United States is willing to stay in Afghanistan b...

Health Care Reform Contains Major Expansion Of Access To Mental Health Services

Posted 01.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The health care law that Republicans are targeting for repeal provides significant assistance and options for people with mental illness...

Hillary Clinton Labels Arizona Shooter An Extremist 'Motivated By His Own Political Views'

Posted 01.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While many are still debating whether Saturday's tragic shooting in Arizona was politically driven, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton s...

Pentagon Official: King Would Support Iraq, Afghan Wars (VIDEO)

Posted 01.14.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Although the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is best remembered by the American public for fighting against racial discrimination, he was a...

Ban On Women In Combat Is Discriminatory, High-Level Military Panel States

Posted 01.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A high-level military advisory panel is set to recommend that the armed services overturn its policy barring women from serving in comba...

Poll: Majority Of Americans, Including Gun Owners, Support Tougher Restrictions

Posted 01.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite powerful lobbying against any new gun-control measures by groups like the National Rifle Association, a new bipartisan poll show...

Lugar On Afghan War: Americans Are Wondering 'Where Does This Stop?'

Posted 01.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The war in Afghanistan is reaching a "critical juncture," according to Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), a former chair of the Senate Foreig...

Dingell: Current Political Climate Is Similar To When JFK Was Assassinated

Posted 01.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While pundits debate whether the tone in Washington will change in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Arizona, the dean of the U.S....

Lawmakers Press Pentagon Official On MLK War Claim

Posted 01.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A dozen Democratic lawmakers, including civil rights veteran Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), are taking issue with the way a senior Pentagon of...

GOP Rep Calls On Colleagues To Speak Out Against Afghan War

Posted 01.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican lawmaker who has been an outspoken critic of the war in Afghanistan took to the House floor Wednesday evening, calling on h...

DADT Cost Almost $200 Million In Five Years: GAO Report

Posted 01.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which is set to be rolled back in the coming months, expelled 3,664 service...