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Entries by Ryan Grim from 04/2013

Todd Akin, Allen West Lavished Government Money On Staff After Losing Reelection

Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After Todd Akin lost the Missouri Senate race to Democrat Claire McCaskill in November, he had one final piece of business to take care ...

Obama Hits Wealthy On The Runway With Air Traffic Control Tower Cuts

Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the most part, the super wealthy are not directly affected by cuts to government services. Private security guards, private schools ...

Gitmo Hunger Strikers Vow To Leave Cuba 'Alive Or In A Box'

Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

Turmoil engulfing American prisons at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was sparked by a new base commander whose aggressive approach to the detainees has backfir...

Jim DeMint: '69.5 Million Americans' Are Dependent On Government

Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

Former Sen. Jim DeMint, the new president of the Heritage Foundation, began work there Thursday with a letter to the group's staff outlining his visio...

Chained CPI Only Acceptable As Part Of 'Balanced Package,' White House Says

Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday that the administration would only implement the Social Security cuts included in its "co...

Lindsey Graham: 'The Politics Of Self-Deportation Are Behind Us'

Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that the Republican Party as a whole has abandoned its opposition to allowing a pathway for cit...

Lindsey Graham To Push Alternative Gun Bill

Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that he’s planning to put forward an alternative gun bill when the Senate begins its debat...

Obama Vowed Never To Cut Social Security Cost-Of-Living Before Chained CPI Move (VIDEO)

Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

During the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama made two specific promises when it came to Social Security. "John McCain's campaign h...

Obama Vowed Never To Cut Social Security Cost-Of-Living Before Chained CPI Move (VIDEO)

Posted 04.11.2013 | AOL
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During the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama made two specific promises when it came to Social Security. "John McCain's campaign h...

CFAA: Internet Activists Win First-Round Victory In Fight Over Anti-Hacking Law

Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Internet activists won a major victory this week when House Republicans put the brakes on an effort to vote on reforms to federal anti-h...

John Cornyn On Boston Bombing: 'There's A Lot Of Questions I Have'

Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Tuesday that he has "a lot of questions" about the way that the Department of Justice has allocated its s...

Manchin-Toomey Background Check Amendment Loses Major Gun Group's Support

Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The only sizeable pro-gun group to back a bipartisan background check amendment has withdrawn its support at the last minute, dealing an...

Patricia Maisch, Hero Of Tucson, Escorted Out Of Capitol For Shaming Senate

Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Patricia Maisch, a hero of the Tucson shooting that left six dead and another 13 wounded, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ar...

The Senate Democrats Who Stuck Their Necks Out On Gun Vote

Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp proved herself to be a standard politician with her vote against gun legislation Wednesda...

Filibuster Reform Debate Reignited By Senate Gun Vote

Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wednesday's vote on expanding background checks for gun sales would have led to headlines in many other countries about a landslide vict...

Does Eric Holder Have A 4/20 Surprise For Washington And Colorado? (VIDEO)

Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder gave voters in Washington and Colorado hope Thursday that the Department of Justice may not dramatically in...

4/20: How 'Weed Day' Got Its Name

Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics

This article was originally published on April 20, 2009, and has been reposted each year since. In 2012, it was updated to include, for the first time...

Facebook Post Pondering Drone Strike On Watertown Goes Viral In Pakistan

Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

A Facebook post related to the Boston Marathon bombing surprised its American author by going viral in Pakistan this weekend. On Saturday, Micah Daigl...

Eric Schneiderman Challenges Obama Administration Over Mortgage Investigations

Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has privately criticized the Obama administration and the Department of Justice for not aggr...

Kelly Ayotte's Approval Rating Plunges After Vote Against Gun Background Checks

Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new poll has New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) down a total of 15 points from her previous approval rating in a survey that followed...

Lawmaker Unemployment Hearing Attended By Single Member of Congress At Opening

Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than five years since the start of the Great Recession, unemployment remains a major economic problem in the United States, with lo...

Senate Battles Over Online Sales Tax

Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Merchants, bankers, small businesses, bizarre coalitions, Dick Durbin and Mike Enzi: The Senate is re-enacting its great swipe fee battl...

George Bush Snubs Reid, Pelosi, Hoyer At Presidential Library Ceremony

Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democrats' congressional leaders Sen. Harry Reid and Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer were not invited by former President George ...