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Gun Legislation’s Failure Shadows Immigration Bill

Gun Legislation’s Failure Shadows Immigration Bill | The Politics of Politics | Scoop.it
Changes to immigration law are a harder sell to voters than gun control legislation, and the road to a consensus could be far bumpier than the narrative on Capitol Hill suggests.
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Gun Bill vs Immigration reform

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Tenn. lawmaker shows his ignorance...

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Obama and his contined fight with Republican obstructionism...

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Scotland and sovereign independence

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Almost Half of Americans Say Budget Cuts Will Hurt Economy

Almost Half of Americans Say Budget Cuts Will Hurt Economy | The Politics of Politics | Scoop.it
About one-third said the automatic cuts to military and domestic programs would have no effect on the economy one way or the other, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.
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American not happy with sequester budget cuts.

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Massachusetts Senate Primaries Won by Edward Markey and Gabriel Gomez

Massachusetts Senate Primaries Won by Edward Markey and Gabriel Gomez | The Politics of Politics | Scoop.it
Representative Edward J. Markey took the Democratic primary, and the Republican nomination went to Gabriel E. Gomez, a private equity investor.
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Kerry Welcomes Arab Plan for Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Kerry Welcomes Arab Plan for Israeli-Palestinian Talks | The Politics of Politics | Scoop.it
Secretary of State John Kerry called a new initiative “a very big step forward,” but initial reactions suggested that the plan might have difficulty penetrating a years-long impasse.
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US Weighs Arming Syrian Opposition

US Weighs Arming Syrian Opposition | The Politics of Politics | Scoop.it
U.S. President Barack Obama reportedly is considering supplying weapons to the Syrian opposition, a move the United States has resisted because of fears the arms could end up in the hands of al-Qaid...
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Voice of America weighs in on the Syrian conflict and U.S. involvement.

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How to Be a Good Neocon When It Comes to Syria

How to Be a Good Neocon When It Comes to Syria | The Politics of Politics | Scoop.it
With Obama moving cautiously, some hawks are angling for a US invasion.
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AvidDisk's curator insight, May 1, 2013 2:14 PM

Mother Jones' take on neocons and Syria.  It really appears these guys want another costly war with American boots on the ground.

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How Michael Bloomberg Is Like Kanye West

How Michael Bloomberg Is Like Kanye West | The Politics of Politics | Scoop.it
Michael Bloomberg implies critics of the NYPD's stop and frisk policy just don't care about dead children.
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NY mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NYPD stop and frisk policy.

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Obama Renews Effort to Close Guantánamo

Obama Renews Effort to Close Guantánamo | The Politics of Politics | Scoop.it
President Obama said he would try again to close the Guantánamo prison, a goal that he all but abandoned in the face of opposition in Congress and that still faces steep challenges.
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Obama renews battle to close Gitmo

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The Fed keeps it going...

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The tea party and Sarah Palin...  sigh...

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Obama staves off reporters...

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Koch Brothers Plan More Political Involvement for Their Conservative Network

Koch Brothers Plan More Political Involvement for Their Conservative Network | The Politics of Politics | Scoop.it
Despite 2012 setbacks, Charles and David Koch have rejected any notion of stepping back from electoral politics.
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The Koch Brothers just don't get it...

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Americans Wary on Syria and North Korea Intervention, Poll Finds

Americans Wary on Syria and North Korea Intervention, Poll Finds | The Politics of Politics | Scoop.it
The New York Times/CBS News Poll also found support for the use of drones to attack terrorism suspects in other countries.
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Americans opposed to Syrian intervention.

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All politics is social

All politics is social | The Politics of Politics | Scoop.it
No wonder Anthony Weiner's back on Twitter. The disgraced former New York congressman, forced from office two years ago when he inadvertently posted a raunchy photo of himself, is orchestrating a return to public life.
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Social Media and politics.

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Can Obama Stop the Uprising at Gitmo?

Can Obama Stop the Uprising at Gitmo? | The Politics of Politics | Scoop.it
Human rights advocates and now even one senator says the administration could end the hunger strike by resuming transfers of detainees out of Gitmo.
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The continuing politics of shutting down Gitmo

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What the NRA's Millions Do—and Don't—Buy

What the NRA's Millions Do—and Don't—Buy | The Politics of Politics | Scoop.it
Big money isn't the only secret to the National Rifle Association's success. Yet is it the key to defeating it?
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The political influence of the NRA.

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Islamist Rebels’ Gains in Syria Create Dilemma for U.S.

Islamist Rebels’ Gains in Syria Create Dilemma for U.S. | The Politics of Politics | Scoop.it

Even the Supreme Military Council, the umbrella rebel organization whose formation the West had hoped would sideline radical groups, is stocked with commanders who want to infuse Islamic law into a future Syrian government.

 

Syrian officials recognize that the United States is worried that it has few natural allies in the armed opposition and have tried to exploit that with a public campaign to convince, or frighten, Washington into staying out of the fight. At every turn they promote the notion that the alternative to Mr. Assad is an extremist Islamic state.


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How Syrian rebels have been infiltrated by sideline extremeist groups (al-queda).

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Is Al Qaeda Our New Peace Partner in Syria? http://bit.ly/YmtAlr.