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Will Obama appoint the first openly gay Cabinet member?

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As we wait for the end-of-the-first-term Cabinet shuffle to commence, here’s one question that’s being asked: Will President Obama appoint the first openly LGBT Cabinet member? One person asking is Richard Socarides, a former Clinton Administration gay rights advisor. In the New Yorker Socarides listed his version of “Obama’s Gay-Rights To-Do List: Eight Big Ideas.” [...] [Read More]
Categories: LGBT

Nancy Pelosi re-elected minority leader

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House Democrats re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader Thursday, this time unanimously. Now in the leadership for a decade, Pelosi is one of the longest serving party leaders ever, and of course was the first female Speaker and first female minority leader. In her last leadership election, after the massive 63-seat loss of the Democratic [...] [Read More]
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Ex-President George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized in Houston

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By DANE SCHILLER Houston Chronicle Former President George H.W. Bush remains in a Houston hospital, where he has been for seven days as doctors battle a lingering cough that has drawn concern, officials said Thursday. Bush, 88, has bronchitis, but his condition is not considered life threatening, said his chief of staff, Jean Becker. “President [...] [Read More]

Gibson eschews tax pledge, a sign he’ll back cliff deal

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New York Rep. Chris Gibson is declining to re-sign an anti-tax pledge that has become a litmus test seen as widely necessary by elected Republicans. Gibson, R-Kinderhook, signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge in 2010, when he ousted ex-Rep. Scott Murphy from the 20th Congressional District, which covered areas of the Hudson Valley from [...] [Read More]
Categories: Fiscal Cliff

Mitt Romney to lunch with President Obama at the White House tomorrow

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“On Thursday, Governor Romney will have a private lunch at the White House with President Obama in the Private Dining Room. It will be the first opportunity they have had to visit since the election,” reads the press release. [Read More]

Family Research Council chief praises Ugandan president

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Family Research Council head Tony Perkins sent out this tweet Monday praising Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni after he embraced criminalization of homosexuality. Museveni was once a highly regarded resistance fighter turned statesman, but now appears to be another president for life. The Ugandan government, reacting to State Department objections, contends the bill no longer imposes [...] [Read More]
Categories: LGBT

Simpson, Bowles warn time’s running out to make budget deal

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There’s a two-thirds chance that no budget agreement will happen during Congress’ lame-duck session, plunging the nation off the “fiscal cliff,” Erskine Bowles warned Wednesday. [Read More]
Categories: General

Hutchison, Kyl propose plan similar to DREAM Act — but without citizenship

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The “Achieve Act” creates a three tier system for illegal immigrants of “good moral character” under the age of 28 who were brought to the U.S. before the age of 14 to obtain legal standing while pursuing higher education or military service. [Read More]