Politics

NRA: Obama wants total gun ban

The Associated Press Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association CEO, testifies as supporters and opponents of stricter gun control measures face off at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 30. On Thursday, LaPierre warned fellow NRA members that he had said long ago Obama “would set about dismantling the Second Amendment.” WASHINGTON — National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre ...

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Romney’s sons Matt and Craig attend Christie fundraiser

Charlie Neibergall/AP Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with his wife, Ann, and, from the left, their sons Matt, Josh, Craig and Tagg. No hard feelings? Two of Mitt Romney’s sons were among the guests at a California fundraiser for Gov. Chris Christie this week, suggesting that both camps have put the bitter end of the November election behind them. RELATED: ...

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Brooklyn College student group defends booting Jewish students from controversial forum

Protesters outside Brooklyn College supporting the BDS forum. The pro-Palestinian student group that hosted a controversial forum at Brooklyn College defended tossing four Jewish students, despite audio showing no disruption. The Students for Justice in Palestine charged the Jewish students were “speaking loudly” and “shuffling papers” and “moving noisily around in their seats for several minutes,” in a press release ...

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Obama doles out fist bumps, high-fives as he unveils preschool plan in Georgia classroom

Evan Vucci/AP President Barack Obama reacts as he draws a card during a game at a visit to a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., on Thurs., Feb. 14, 2013. WASHINGTON — President Obama gave one little Georgia boy a fist bump Thursday as he unveiled the most ambitious proposal for early childhood learning ...

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New Jersey Sen. Lautenberg says he will not seek re-election in 2014

Mel Evans/ASSOCIATED PRESS ‘I’m not the end of anything,’ Sen. Frank Lautenberg said in a statement announcing he won’t run for re-election in 2014. New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2014 – opening the door for Newark Mayor Cory Booker and others waiting in the wings to pursue the office. His decision ...

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Bloomberg plays small ball, recounts achievements in final State of the City

David Handschuh/New York Daily News “The state of our city is stronger than ever — but it can be stronger still and together we’ll make it such.” says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mayor Bloomberg on Thursday delivered his 12th and final State of the City speech, an address that was short on new initiatives and long on summarizing ...

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Senate GOP stalls Hagel nomination by waging filibuster

By Michael O’Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News Senate Republicans on Thursday stalled further work on confirming former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as the next secretary of defense, likely prolonging the fight over the Pentagon nominee for at least another week and a half. The Senate voted 58 to 40 to end debate on Hagel’s nomination, falling short of the 60-vote threshold they needed ...

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Democrats propose $110 billion plan to delay sequester

By Kasie Hunt, NBC News Senate Democrats on Thursday proposed a plan to put off dramatic cuts to the Defense Department and a host of popular government programs until next January. Democrats agreed on an approximately $110 billion package — half tax increases and half spending cuts — during a caucus meeting at the Capitol. Their goal is to temporarily ...

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Obama hits Georgia to sell new childhood initiatives

By Ali Weinberg, White House producer, NBC News DECATUR, Ga. — Continuing his post-State of the Union tour, President Barack Obama today made an economic case for the early childhood initiatives he unveiled in his primetime speech, telling a crowd in this Atlanta suburb that investments in such programs are “a good bang for your educational buck.” The president’s education ...

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Congressman says deleted tweets were to his daughter

By Luke Russert and Frank Thorp, NBC News Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., tells NBC News that the 24-year-old woman he tweeted at during the State of the Union address was not a romantic interest, but in fact his daughter. After “The Hill” reported that Cohen — who is not married — deleted tweets saying “ilu,” short for “I love you,” to ...

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