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Rubio: 'We're Wasting Our Time' with Current Version of Immigration Bill

On Thursday morning, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the key Republican member of the so-called Gang of Eight behind the current immigration reform bill, said that he would drop his support for the bill if Democrats insisted on a provision allowing newly-legalized illegal immigrants to sponsor their gay partners’ immigration. “If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill,” he said. “I’m done. I’m off it, and I’ve said that repeatedly. I don’t think that’s going to happen and it shouldn’t happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is.” Jun 13, 2013 10:18 AM PT

FEMA Denies Aid Request for West, Texas Explosion Disaster

On Wednesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reportedly sent a letter to Texas Governor Rick Perry to notify him that FEMA would not be providing federal emergency management aid for the West, Texas explosion that virtually destroyed the entire town. According to the Associated Press, the letter said that the explosion “is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.” Jun 12, 2013 11:03 AM PT

Senators to Obama: Please Take a Back Seat on Immigration

With the immigration reform debate heating up, senators from both sides of the aisle are urging President Obama to stay out of the debate, fearing that his polarizing presence could help sink any bill. Obama, who said yesterday that “the moment is now” on immigration, has been stepping up his public lobbying, drawing attention and fire. Jun 12, 2013 10:49 AM PT

Biden: Without Obama, Blacks and Hispanics Won't 'Automatically Come Out' to Vote Dem

On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden bashed Republicans at a fundraiser for Democrat Ed Markey, the candidate for Massachusetts Senator. After punching at Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), Biden turned to problems within the Democratic Party, explaining that it would be difficult to get blacks and Hispanics to vote without a black candidate on the ticket. “Barack Obama’s not at the head of the ticket,” said Biden. “And that means those legions of African-Americans and Latinos are not automatically going to come out …. No one has energized them like Barack Obama. But he’s not on the ticket. So don’t take this one for granted.” Jun 12, 2013 10:42 AM PT

Los Angeles Gives Cars, iPads, Cash to Student Winners of 'Attendance Challenge'

A certificate used to be enough for students with perfect attendance at the end of the school year. But in the Los Angeles Unified School District, two perfect attendees throughout high school received new Chevrolet Sonics, priced at $18,000, for showing up to school every day. During the 2012-2013 school year, LAUSD has handed out monthly prizes to kids who were present every day; the awards were presented by local donor companies, including Knott’s Berry Farm and Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Jun 12, 2013 10:31 AM PT

Jailed 'Innocence of Muslims' Filmmaker Vows to Finish Movie Blamed for Benghazi

On Tuesday, jailed filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula spoke out. Nakoula was blamed repeatedly by members of the Obama administration for his YouTube video on Mohammed supposedly spurring the Benghazi terrorist attack of September 11, 2012. That accusation was false. Speaking with FoxNews.com, Nakoula – who is scheduled to be released from prison in a few weeks – vowed to continue his film on Mohammed, The Innocence of Muslims. Jun 11, 2013 3:55 PM PT

Graham: 'If I Thought Censoring the Mail Was Necessary, I Would Suggest It'

On Tuesday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) explained that he would censor Americans’ mail if the war on terror required it. “In World War II, the mentality of the public was that our whole way of life was at risk, we’re all in,” he said. “We censored the mail. When you wrote a letter overseas, it got censored. When a letter was written back from the battlefield to home, they looked at what was in the letter to make sure they were not tipping off the enemy. If I thought censoring the mail was necessary, I would suggest it, but I don’t think it is.” Jun 11, 2013 3:42 PM PT

Paul Krugman Focuses on Princeton Bomb Threat Victim Paul Krugman

On Tuesday morning, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was minding his own business at a coffee shop on the Princeton University campus when his world stopped turning. The Princeton University campus received a bomb threat to multiple buildings, forcing evacuation. Jun 11, 2013 10:46 AM PT

Feinstein: NSA Leaker Committed 'Treason'

On Monday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) called Edward Snowden, the man who leaked secrets about National Security Agency surveillance of Americans to the press, a traitor. She told the press, “I don’t look at this as being a whistleblower. I think it’s an act of treason.” She said that Snowden had violated his oath as a government employee to uphold the Constitution: “He violated the oath, he violated the law. That’s treason.” Jun 10, 2013 3:58 PM PT

CA Ad Campaign Photoshops Little Girl Chubby to Fight Obesity

A public service ad created and distributed by First 5 California, a government campaign dedicated to “educate parents and caregivers about the important role they play in their children’s first years,” features a photoshopped African-American child. The child is photoshopped to look overweight so as to raise awareness of obesity among children. Jun 10, 2013 12:27 PM PT

Federal Workforce Drops to Lowest in Five Years

Thanks in part to the much-criticized sequestration cuts effected by Congress and President Obama this year, the federal workforce dropped to its lowest point in five years in May. With the month’s cut of 14,000 federal jobs, the federal payroll now stands at 2,749,000, the lowest since February 2008. That’s 20 percent off the high water mark of 3,415,000 in May 2010. Postal Service cuts account for a disproportionate share of the cuts. Jun 10, 2013 11:55 AM PT

Audit: Feds Threw Contracts to Crony Companies

According to the Inspector General for the General Services Administration, managers at the GSA helped their friends in the private sector get lucrative contracts. The stunning report shows that GSA managers routinely overruled contracting officers on certain accounts, including Carahsoft and two large IT contracts with Deloitte and Oracle. The contracts amounted to $900 million in 2011 alone. The IG found, according to the Federal Times, that “After GSA managers intervened in contracting officer decisions, the result was higher-than-appropriate prices for federal customers and a demoralized acquisition staff for GSA.” Jun 10, 2013 11:48 AM PT

Cruz: Obama Demonstrates 'Wanton Disregard' for Americans' Privacy

On Friday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted the Obama administration’s NSA surveillance policy. In a statement released to the press, he said that while Americans should “always be mindful of the need for government to have the tools necessary to keep Americans safe in a dangerous world,” the Obama administration has demonstrated “wanton disregard not only for Americans’ privacy, but for the truth.” Jun 10, 2013 11:34 AM PT

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