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April 22, 2013
By Robert Menendez As a member of the Senate bipartisan Gang of Eight reflecting on our introduction of a comprehensive immigration reform bill this past week, I'm reminded of the Chinese proverb that says, "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. " Reaching an agreement on immigration reform is that "step," an extraordinary milestone, and I'm proud to have been part of it. This legislation fixes our broken immigration system, secures our national borders, helps the American economy, and preserves our history as a nation of immigrants.
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April 20, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - After two weeks in the national spotlight, Sen. Pat Toomey was ready to move on. Toomey, seeming refreshed Thursday after the deflating defeat of his background-check plan the day before, greeted reporters with a smile as he rode an escalator up from the Capitol's subway platform. But the Pennsylvania Republican did not want to talk much about the fight that had put him at the center of the political and cultural maelstrom on gun laws. "The Senate has spoken on this," Toomey said.
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April 19, 2013 | By Lolita C. Baldor and Donna Cassata, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is sending about 200 soldiers from an Army headquarters unit to Jordan to assist efforts to contain violence along the Syrian border and plan for any operations needed to ensure the safety of chemical weapons in Syria, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress on Wednesday. The decision to dispatch the First Armored Division troops of planners and specialists in intelligence, logistics, and operations comes as several lawmakers pressed the Obama administration for even more aggressive steps to end the two-year civil war. Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced persistent questions from senior members of the Armed Services Committee about efforts to force out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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April 16, 2013 | By Philip Elliott, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan deal on immigration legislation would need tough enforcement and even stricter penalties for those who came to the United States illegally, a leading Republican at the center of negotiations said Sunday. Sen. Marco Rubio, who's among the eight senators writing a plan expected to come out Tuesday, tried to promote the framework for the emerging overhaul that would provide a path toward citizenship for those who came to the country illegally or overstayed their visit.
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April 16, 2013 | By Tom Hamburger and Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - In anticipation of Senate votes this week on a proposed expansion of criminal background checks for firearms sales, one gun-rights organization broke with the powerful National Rifle Association on Sunday to urge support for a compromise drafted by Sens. Joe Manchin, (D., W.Va.), and Patrick Toomey, (R., Pa.). The endorsement by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms - which calls itself the second-largest gun rights organization in the country behind the NRA, claiming 650,000 members and supporters - is one of several moves over the last few days that have provided a boost to the hopes of proponents of background-checks.
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April 15, 2013
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan Senate proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers gained the backing of one Republican and the potential support of a second Sunday as sponsors said the vote expected this week was too close to call. "It's an open question as to whether or not we have the votes. I think it's going to be close," said Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. The plan would "strengthen the background-check system without in any way infringing on Second Amendment rights," Maine Sen. Susan Collins said in a statement explaining her support for the measure.
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April 11, 2013 | By David Nakamura and Paul Kane, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan Senate group is likely to announce a proposal to overhaul the nation's immigration system in the next several days, and a committee hearing could be held on the legislation as early as next week, people familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. Members of the group said they were close to completing an agreement on the comprehensive proposal that is expected to include a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants and could serve as the template for a deal between Congress and the White House.
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April 9, 2013 | By Erica Werner, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A raucous public debate over the nation's flawed immigration system is set to begin in earnest this week as senators finalize a bipartisan bill to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country, and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally. Already, negotiators are cautioning of struggles ahead for an issue that has defied resolution for years. An immigration deal came close on the Senate floor in 2007 but collapsed amid interest group bickering and an angry public backlash.
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April 6, 2013 | By Katie Denshaw, PENNSBURY HIGH SCHOOL
As the confetti fell from the ceiling and President Obama took the stage for his 2012 victory speech, there may have been a factor he forgot to thank - social media. And as Republican candidate Mitt Romney learned of his defeat, there may have been a factor that wasn't foremost in his mind - social media. In a world where people yearn for information at lightning speed, where perception via social media sites like Twitter and Facebook can be a candidate's best friend or worst enemy, it has become increasingly crucial for today's politician to master the information technology of the day. Kevin Arceneaux, an associate professor of political science at Temple University, has watched the use of social media grow from 2004, where they played a minor role, to the present day, where they have become "a central tool for campaigns.
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April 5, 2013 | By Chris Brennan
THE PRIMARY election season for the 2016 presidential cycle may be three years away but we've already noticed one name missing from the pack of would-be contenders in several polls. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum , who finished second to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the 2012 Republican primaries, is not getting much pollster attention. That stood out to us because Romney finished second in the 2008 Republican primaries to U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who finished second in 2000 to former Texas Gov. George W. Bush . McCain and Romney went on to win the GOP nomination for president in their next attempts.
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