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Grab your flag: Gun Appreciation Day is coming

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Mark your calendar. On Jan. 19, two days before President Obama is inaugurated and a day before Sen. Dianne Feinstein is expected to introduce an assault weapons ban, a Gun Appreciation Day has been called in the U.S. Organizers are asking folks to go into their local gun shop and wave a flag or a [...] [Read More]

So will Obama appoint any women to his second term Cabinet?

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Word is leaking that Jack Lew — currently President Obama’s Chief of Staff — is going to get the Treasury Secretary nod, a development that’s been rumored for weeks. So let’s pause and review how Obama’s second term Cabinet is shaping up. There’s Sen. John Kerry at State, ex-Sen. Chuck Hagel at Defense, John Brennan [...] [Read More]

Poll: Americans tell GOP leaders to take a hike off the fiscal cliff

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It’s worse than Republicans thought. The first national poll conducted after the fiscal cliff deal finds that Americans overwhelmingly believe President Obama won the game of political chicken along the ledge of the “fiscal cliff.” Then there’s the bad news for the GOP. Just 19 percent of Americans approve of the way Republicans handled the [...] [Read More]

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro — “the next Obama?” — a hot ticket in San Francisco (VIDEO)

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He’s been called the “Latino messiah,” and “the next Obama” — and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, at 38, hasn’t even been elected to a statewide or federal office yet. But if his hot-hot appearance Monday in San Francisco at the Commonwealth Club of California is any indication, he may be one to watch. Castro, [...] [Read More]

LGBT groups fight over Chuck Hagel nomination

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Log Cabin Republicans, a gay group, is running expensive full-page ads in the Washington Post and New York Times opposing Obama’s nomination former Nebraska GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense to replace Californian Leon Panetta. Log Cabin cites a 1998 Hagel statement opposing Clinton-nominated Luxembourg ambassador James Hormel as “openly, aggressively, gay,” Hagel’s [...] [Read More]
Categories: LGBT, LGBT issues, Military, Obama

The List: Republican Cabinet members in Democratic administrations

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If Chuck Hagel is confirmed as Secretary of Defense — and that’s a big IF — he’ll join a short list of prominent Republicans who agreed to join the president’s Cabinet in a Democratic administration. Here’s a sampling of some previous Republican Cabinet officials over the past century: Harold Ickes, Secretary of the Interior (1933-1946) [...] [Read More]
Categories: Military, White House