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By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned on Thursday that "tough, tough choices are coming" if the Pentagon implements deep future spending cuts required by law, including whether to slash the Army to 420,000 soldiers and decommission an aircraft carrier. Hagel told a House of Representatives committee that a return to steep budget cuts in 2016 and beyond would force the Army to cut 20,000 to 30,000 soldiers more than currently planned and the Marine Corps to trim another 7,000 troops. The cuts would "compromise our national security," the Pentagon chief told the House Armed Services Committee.
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill backing $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine, the first formal response by U.S. lawmakers to the worst crisis in U.S.-Russia relations since the Cold War. The U.S. Senate is expected to consider a similar bill next week. If passed as expected, it would be sent to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law. House and Senate committees held hearings on Thursday at which administration officials testified about the situation in Ukraine following Russia's military incursion into its Crimea region.
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Idaho lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure allowing concealed guns to be carried onto university and college campuses. The legislation, which cleared the state House of Representatives by a 50-19 vote and was overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate last month, now heads to Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter for his signature. If the Republican governor signs the bill into law as expected, Idaho will be the seventh U.S. state that allows guns on college campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The passage of the Idaho bill comes amid a tense debate on the extent of gun ownership restrictions in the United States, which has seen a string of recent shootings at schools, movie theaters and other public places.
By Arshad Mohammed and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns on Thursday laid out a strategy of patiently trying to counter Russia, including its intervention in Ukraine, reminiscent of legendary American diplomat George Kennan's concept of "containment." Testifying before Congress, Burns suggested that Russia's seizure of the Ukrainian region of Crimea reflected Moscow's weakness, not its strength, and that a resolution, if one is possible, will take time. As one of the U.S. government's foremost experts on Russia, where he served twice, including as ambassador, Burns appeared to reach for Kennan's language and thinking as he spoke about the Ukraine crisis and a Russian leader with little apparent appetite for cooperation with the West in what he sees as Russia's traditional sphere of influence.
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department and FBI are looking into a dispute over Senate investigators' access to what the Central Intelligence Agency regarded as highly privileged and sensitive documents about its use of "enhanced" interrogation techniques, sources familiar with the inquiry said on Thursday. The CIA's inspector general asked the Justice Department to become involved after the agency and members of the Senate Intelligence Committee got into a dispute over whether Senate investigators looked at documents they were not supposed to see, and whether agency operatives inappropriately monitored Senate investigators. The review began after members of Congress complained that CIA officers had improperly accessed the work of intelligence committee staffers. It will also look at allegations Senate investigators inappropriately got access to what the agency considered to be ultra-sensitive, and privileged documents related to the rendition program the CIA used to grab, hold and question militants after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The latest snowfall was a bigger story in Washington this week than Tuesday?s private meeting between the estranged president and House speaker ? their first in more than a year. Since Barack Obama recently signaled he has all but given up on legislating with Republicans, and since John Boehner has flat out said he can?t trust the president, the assumption in Washington is that the chances for big legislation anytime soon are basically zero, whether the White House breaks out the good china or not.
Ten years ago this week, John Kerry barely held off John Edwards in Wisconsin?s Democratic primary, prolonging for another few weeks his plodding, uninspiring march to the party?s presidential nomination. Kerry went on to lose an eminently winnable election, after which most Democrats in Washington expected him to disappear, like Walter Mondale or Michael Dukakis.
Democrats in Washington don?t have to worry much about the kind of fratricidal disorder that plagues the modern Republican Party. But neither should they take too lightly the intraparty breach that seems to be widening in New York, where the mayor of the nation?s biggest city is staring down the governor of its third largest state.
Let?s be clear about this much: no matter what the soothsayers on cable TV tell you, Hillary Clinton is no more likely to clear the Democratic field and avoid a primary in 2016 than Dennis Rodman is to become her secretary of state. Walter Mondale couldn?t pull that off in 1984, and Al Gore couldn?t do it in 2000, and the conditions for Washington-anointed frontrunners have only gotten exponentially harder since then.
For a week leading up to the president?s Tuesday address, White House advisers were trying out yet another new catchphrase, telling any reporter they could find that President Barack Obama had discovered he had ?a phone and a pen,? and he intended to use them in the year ahead.
"I could have offered to reopen the hearing and allowed him to make a second statement," Issa says.
Supporters of reform promise the military is going to face ongoing pressure on the political issue.
A new campaign to raise small-dollar donations begins in anticipation for a 2016 run.
He trashes Democrats, the media and Obama before a gathering that snubbed him last year.
It's a rough week for the president after NCLR leader Janet Murgua calls him a "deporter-in-chief."
A statement indicates no progress in the dispute.
Says nothing he can do to stem flow of deportations.
His speech focuses primarily on foreign affairs and notably did not mention immigration.
Cancer ranks number one when Americans are asked what's the worst disease they face, while nearly half believe the federal government doesn't spend enough on medical research in general. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 40% of Adults consider cancer the worst disease facing Americans today. Heart disease is a distant second, rated worst by 22%, followed by 13% who say diabetes. Alzheimer's disease is rated the worst by nine percent (9%), while two percent (2%) think AIDS is the worst. One percent (1%) list strokes, and four percent (4%) say it's some other unspecified disease. (For survey question wording, click here) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 1-2, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
While the Obama administration is proposing major cuts in the national defense budget, fewer voters feel the United States overspends on defense, but awareness that this country spends more in this area than any other country has fallen to a record low. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 26% of Likely U.S. Voters now think the United States spends too much on the military and national security. That's down three points from November and the lowest finding since October 2012. Thirty-four percent (34%) don?t think this country spends enough on defense, down slightly from the previous survey but several points higher than found in most regular surveys for the last three-and-a-half years. Just as many (32%) believe the level of spending now is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 2-3, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
The latest round of speculation about the 2016 presidential race stars former Florida Governor Jeb Bush whose Republican nomination could potentially lead to a matchup between two powerhouse political families. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton holds a double-digit lead over Bush in a hypothetical matchup, but half of voters are less likely to vote for Bush because of his family?s history in the White House. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that if the 2016 presidential election were held today, 47% of Likely U.S. Voters would choose Clinton, while 33% would opt for Bush. Fourteen percent (14%) prefer some other candidate, while six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 4-5, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove (see trends). The latest figures include 24% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17. Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, gained one point and is up to 96.4 on Thursday. Consumer confidence is down five points from a week ago, one point from a month ago, but is up four points from three months ago. The Rasmussen Investor Index dipped slightly to 111.8 on Thursday. Investor confidence is down four points from a week ago, but is up two points from a month ago and four months ago. Detailed supplemental information, including a daily history and month-by-month trend data, is available for Platinum Members. (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The Rasmussen Consumer Index and Investor Indexes are derived from nightly telephone surveys of 1,500 adults and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. The baseline for the Index was established at 100.0 in October 2001. Readings above 100.0 indicate that confidence is higher than in the baseline month. Detailed supplemental information is available for Platinum Members.
Many American cities now enjoy an amazing reversal of fortune. Once hollowed-out shells mainly for those too poor to move -- or those so rich they didn't have to deal with the poor -- cities are again filling up with educated and aspiring young people.
Rick Perry is Texas? longest-serving governor, and as far as most voters in the state are concerned, he?s still doing a pretty good job. A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey finds that 55% of Likely Texas Voters at least somewhat approve of the job Perry is doing, with 21% who Strongly Approve. Forty-three percent (43%) disapprove of the Republican governor?s job performance, including 29% who Strongly Disapprove. (To see question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Texas was conducted on March 3-4, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending March 2. That?s down four points from 32% the previous week and is the lowest level of optimism since mid-December. Prior to last week?s recent high, this finding had seesawed between 29% and 30% every week since mid-December. The latest number is identical to the level measured one year ago. (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The national telephone survey of 3,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on February 24-March 2, 2014. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
With tensions between the United States and Russia escalating by the hour over Ukraine, Americans are increasingly worried about a return to a Cold War between the superpower rivals that lasted for nearly 50 years.
Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott leads Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis by 12 points in Rasmussen Reports? first look at the 2014 Texas gubernatorial race. The latest statewide survey of Likely Texas Voters shows Abbott with 53% support to 41% for Davis. At this early point in the campaign, there are surprisingly few voters who haven?t already made up their minds: One percent (1%) likes some other candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Texas was conducted on March 3-4, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Fox News Politics
While the mainstream media have come to view Christie as damaged goods, some conservatives are more sympathetic to him now that he?s being hammered by liberal commentators.
President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for an hour by phone Thursday as the administration moved on several fronts to counter Russia's aggression in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.
ObamaCare appears to be making little headway in signing up uninsured Americans, one of the law's primary goals, according to two new surveys.
Issa, R-Calif., acknowledged on ?The Kelly File? he could have sat back down and let continue Cummings speak, but asserted that he did nothing wrong by adjourning the hearing instead.
The former Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush said on ?On the Record? the Rutgers New Brunswick Faculty Council?s resolution, which calls on the university's board of governors to rescind its invitation to Rice, is a disgrace.
House Republicans are fending off aggressive efforts by Democrats to punish Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., for cutting off a Democratic congressman during a heated hearing on the IRS targeting scandal.
The White House released a YouTube video Thursday that features the web-famous stars such as ?Alphacat,? who is famous for his impressions of the president.
Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced to staff in an email Wednesday that Gary R. Cohen would be leaving his position at the end of the month.
Russia?s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin came out swinging after Thursday?s Security Council meeting, criticizing the mainstream media for ignoring a Voice of Russia report on a leaked private phone call between EU Representative Catherine Ashton and Estonia?s Foreign Minister Urmas Paet.
In order to beat Democrats in the midterm elections and in 2016, Republicans must present a unified front on social issues like abortion and gay marriage but also repackage themselves as the party that cares, the head of the Republican National Committee said Thursday.
White House Dossier
10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 11:05 am || With Mrs. Obama, departs the White House 1:40 pom || Arrives Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida 2:25 pm || Visits a classroom at Coral Reef High School, Miami, Florida 2:40 pm || Delivers remarks; Coral Reef High School, Miami, Florida All times Eastern
The world can wait. Despite the momentous events in Eastern Europe, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have decided not to cancel their scheduled vacation in the Florida Keys. According to the White House Schedule, the Obamas will travel to Miami Friday for an official event, which will be done by mid afternoon, and […]
Michelle Obama has a nice rating from Americans, with 66 percent of them approving of her performance as first lady. But as a new Gallup poll finds, she’s not quite wowing the nation. Both Laura Bush and Barbara Bush are more popular, with the former at 73 percent and the latter garnering a 77 percent […]
There’s a saying: You’ve got to be good to be lucky, and you’ve got to be lucky to be good. When you’re good, certain things tend to fall into place. And then you attract some luck to make you even better. The saying occurs to me as we behold the kaleidoscope of President Obama’s foreign […]
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Updated 8:52 pm ET Yes, the battlers for the struggling middle class were planning to go on vacation AGAIN this weekend, but the happy idyll may be RUINED by world events. It would be the Obamas’ – each of them – third vacation of the year. And it’s only March. But alas, it may not […]
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“I really don’t think Hillary should be comparing people to Hitler when she’s married to Caligula” - Monica Lewinsky A note from our attorneys: This is not a real quote
Jeb Bush's son, George P. Bush, wins the GOP nomination for Texas land commissioner.
NATO allies requested the additional jets after Russia invaded Crimea.
The move will avoid cancellation wave before Election Day.
President calls rejection of Justice Department nominee a "travesty."
Reid accused the GOP mega donors of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
The bill would prevent people from using food stamps to buy medical marijuana.
"It's ironic to have someone like Harry Reid use the word 'un-American,'" says AFP head.
Here?s who won and lost in the president?s $3.9 trillion budget proposal.
New York Times Columnists
For nations like Ukraine, Europe is escape from the torment of their history.
The big new poverty report from the House committee led by Representative Paul Ryan is yet another con job.
Solitary confinement is arguably less humane than flogging. Our prisons need to reform solitary laws.
An oligarch here. An oligarch there. Here an oligarch. There an oligarch. Everywhere an oligarch.
Conservatives, grasping at straws and straining credulity, paint a picture of a president who is domestically dictatorial but internationally anemic.
When will Hollywood accept that the world is curvy, and the curvy world can be profitable?
Crimea is reflective of how Putinism used to just be a threat to Russia but is now becoming a threat to global stability.
Can Putin control the nationalism that his vision of Russia has unleashed?
There is a grotesque amnesia to Russia's Ukrainian gambit.
There is something more than bad analysis at work.
Wall Street Journal Opinion
New York's new mayor attacks charter schools, proving his critics right.
There is no disconnect between productivity and worker pay if you use more accurate measures.
Target their assets abroad, their mansions and IPOs in London, their yachts. Use banks, not tanks.
Morning Editorial Report: But will anyone punish senior officials who allowed fake spy John Beale to bilk taxpayers for years?
The Russian chooses facts on the ground over verbal threats in the air.
Israel intercepts a missile cache intended for Gaza.
Rep. Camp wants $9 billion a year from the biggest financial firms.
The de facto ban on exports should have been stopped long ago. Now world events demand it.
Trial lawyers may increasingly feel the sting of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
Gary D. Libecap on why private property rights to subsurface minerals have made the U.S. a fracking haven.
Special Report with Bret Baier
Lord Stanley's Cup at the Capitol made an appearance at the United States Capitol today for the Congressional Hockey Challenge, a charity game played tonight at Kettler, the Washignton Capitals training facility in Arlington, VA. Proceeds go toward the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Fort DuPont Ice arena in DC Thank you to Chad Pergram for picture!
The 2014 primary season officially began last night in the Lone Star state. As predicted, Republican Greg Abbot, state attorney general, and Democrat Wendy Davis, state senator, both won their primaries and will advance to the November general election to replace longtime Republican Governor Rick Perry. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), former chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, defeated challeger Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) and Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) defeated Katrina Pierson, founder of the Garland Tea Party. Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX), who is the oldest member of the House at at 90 years of age, failed to get 50.1% of the votes in the primary and will gon on to face a runoff election in May against John Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney who says Hall has been in Washington for too long. When asked about the runoff, Hall says he predicts he'll win and says, "If not, I'll go work at Wal-Mart. I?ve got to have a job.?
All of the bids are in and the cities that will officially be vying for the 2016 Republican National Convention are: Chairman Reince Priebus announced the full list of bidding cities via Twitter
and the next phase for cities will be the bid presentation on March 3rd in Washington, DC. Cities will present their bids throughout the day-- In mid-March the RNC site selection committee will announce selected cities to travel to for site visits which could include all bidding cities or a narrowed list-- they will make the actual site visits in late spring and then select the finalists. Finally, in late summer/early fall the convention city will be voted on by full RNC. Which city is your favorite to host the RNC?
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense refuses to take the phone calls of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has tried repeatedly to reach out to his counterpart there since early last week, Pentagon Spokesman RADM John Kirby said at a Pentagon press briefing Thursday. ?We are continuing our efforts to arrange for the secretary to communicate directly with Minister Lebedev, but so far, the Ministry of Defense has been unresponsive to our requests,? Kirby said. Despite the fact that Secretary Hagel has personally attempted the outreach he has still been unable to speak with Minister Lebedev, Kirby said. The two defense leaders last spoke in December. Kirby said the Pentagon is increasingly concerned by violence in the region and even more worried about the recent dismissal of Ukraine?s top general.
The Washington Post reports
that First Lady Michelle Obama has appeared on late-night television programs at least 14 times since President Obama took office in January of 2009. Compare that number to the previous four First Ladies, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush & Nancy Reagan, who made a combined total of 1 late-night appearance while living in the White House. So we ask you-- what do you think? Too much or do you think First Ladies in the future will follow in her footsteps?
We invite you to join us today for a live Q&A with Bret over on our Facebook page. Bret will be taking your questions on a variety of topics, including politics, and a topic that is very close to the Baier family-- congenital heart defect awareness. Tips for the Q&A:
--We will open the Q&A feature on our Facebook page at 3pmET at facebook.com/bretbaiersr. --Bret will respond to questions for 30 minutes and will answer as many as he can. --Please do not post the same question over and over again. --You may need to refresh your browser to see the questions/answers. --The topics we are focusing on include news of the day, politics, and congenital heart defect awareness/Bret's son Paul, but you can ask other questions on other topics. --Have fun with it! Bret is looking forward to the chat and we appreciate your participation! Bret will also discuss his new book, Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love, out June 3rd and available for pre-order over on Amazon.com. One hundred percent of what Bret receives from the sale of the book will be donated to various non-profit pediatric heart causes.
Christian Science Monitor
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Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn (1940)Bettmann / Corbis / AP Images Ernest Hemingway drank far more than most people, and probably more than was good for him. He loved liquor so much that when he was in his late 50s, and a diabetic, his doctors tried to ration his alcohol consumption?to a liter of wine a day.
Comcast?s Brian RobertsNewscomSo Comcast?s chairman and CEO Brian Roberts is counting on his political clout with the Obama administration and a few inconsequential divestments to win regulatory approval for Comcast?s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. And antitrust experts such as myself will be crunching numbers to see what the effect is on arcane and little-understood numbers such as the Herfindahl Index, which measures the increase in concentration caused by a merger. We really needn?t bother. This is a case in which common sense and anecdote trump statistical manipulation.
Back in the nineties, the notion of an online magazine was new and exciting. Salon was one of the first big web publishing endeavors, and for a number of years, the site attracted respectable literary and political contributors. It always had a liberal bent, but it was a serious publication. Over time, the novelty has worn off, and the competition among liberal web-zines has grown fierce. The seriousness has also worn off, as Salon seems to have adopted a unique strategy to distinguish itself from its competitors?being as outrageously dumb as possible.
President Obama talks, talks, talks about jobs. The first 20 minutes of his State of the Union address in January was all about jobs. Immigration reform would ?create jobs for everybody,? he said. His energy policy ?is creating jobs.? Obama said he?s assigned Vice President Biden to make sure training programs match workers with ?good jobs that need to be filled right now.? Last week he described his new budget as ?a road map for creating jobs.?
The ?London Gazette? (May 14, 1705)News addiction? Nothing new. ?You cannot imagine to what a disease the itch of news is grown,? wrote an Englishman named John Cooper in 1667. At that time, newspapers had been in existence for just over 60 years. The first appeared in Strasbourg, in German, in 1605: the Strasbourg Relation, a weekly that was the brainchild of a book dealer named Johann Carolus.
California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said Thursday he apologized to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., for cutting off his microphone during a hearing Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to consider diplomatic options to end the conflict in Ukraine during an hour-long phone call Thursday, the White House said.
Conservatives at CPAC have differing opinions on how to go about winning elections.
The first day of the Conservative Political Action revealed a split among Republican leaders about their visions for the future of the party.Should the GOP be an uncompromisingly conservative party? Does it need to be more pragmatic and more inclusive? Or should winning be its only goal?Sen.
Donald Trump comments on the Obama administration's response to the crisis in Ukraine.
Drawing on his recent experiences in Russia for an international beauty contest, Donald Trump said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ?toying? with the United States and the Obama administration.
Republican Party leaders converge in Washington today for a conference featuring, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio.
The Senate Thursday blocked a bill to stop sexual assault in the military by taking prosecuting authority away from commanders and giving it to independent military prosecutors.The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
The House has overwlehmingly passed legislation to fast-track aid funds to Ukraine. The vote was 385-23. All lawmakers who opposed the measure were Republicans.The bill expands loan guarantees to the Ukraine that have already been authorized by Congress in 2013 to Jordan and Tunisia.
Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association speaks at CPAC about the upcoming elections.
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