Political Headlines February 2, 2013: President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address: A ‘Balanced Approach’ to Growing The Economy

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Obama’s Weekly Address: A ‘Balanced Approach’ to Growing The Economy

Source: ABC News Radio, 2-2-13

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With billions in spending cuts looming, President Obama is urging lawmakers to work together on a “balanced approach” to reduce the deficit.

“We all agree that it’s critical to cut unnecessary spending.  But we can’t just cut our way to prosperity,” Obama says in his weekly address. “It hasn’t worked in the past, and it won’t work today.  It could slow down our recovery.  It could weaken our economy.  And it could cost us jobs – now, and in the future.”…READ MORE

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Political Headlines February 2, 2013: GOP Weekly Address: Rep. Susan Brooks Optimistic About Creating Federal Budget

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GOP Weekly Address: Rep. Brooks Optimistic About Creating Federal Budget

Source: ABC News Radio, 2-2-13

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Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., says Democrats fail to see the value in creating and passing a budget for federal spending, but that Americans may still have cause to be optimistic about Washington’s efforts to boost the economy.

“On their watch,” Rep. Brooks says referring to congressional Democrats, “we’ve been operating without a national budget, piling up debts that now exceed $16 trillion and unemployment levels that remain stubbornly high.”

With the House’s passage of the No Budget No Pay Act, Brooks notes in this week’s Republican address that this new challenge will force lawmakers to “finally live up to one the most basic responsibilities of governing — passing a budget …”…READ MORE

Political Headlines February 1, 2013: Former President George W. Bush’s dog Barney dies

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George W. Bush’s dog Barney dies

Source: WaPo, 2-1-13

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https://historymusings.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/734200_501937233182007_1673806678_n.jpgA painting by George W. Bush of Barney, courtesy of the Bush family.

President George W. Bush’s dog Barney has died of lymphoma at the age of 12, the former president said in a statement Friday.

Bush, who has been learning to paint, published his own oil portrait of Barney as well as a Facebook album of the former first dog.

The Scottish terrier came to the White House with the Bushes; he was a gift to Laura Bush from Christine Todd Whitman, then governor of New Jersey, for the first lady’s birthday in 2000. While in the White House, he was the subject of annual “Barney Cam” videos and had his own Web site — Barney.gov.

The full statement:

Laura and I are sad to announce that our Scottish Terrier, Barney, has passed away.  The little fellow had been suffering from lymphoma and after twelve and a half years of life, his body could not fight off the illness.

Barney and I enjoyed the outdoors.  He loved to accompany me when I fished for bass at the ranch.  He was a fierce armadillo hunter.  At Camp David, his favorite activity was chasing golf balls on the chipping green.

Barney guarded the South Lawn entrance of the White House as if he were a Secret Service agent.  He wandered the halls of the West Wing looking for treats from his many friends.  He starred in Barney Cam and gave the American people Christmas tours of the White House. Barney greeted Queens, Heads of State, and Prime Ministers.  He was always polite and never jumped in their laps. 

Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House.  He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend.  Laura and I will miss our pal.

Political Headlines February 1, 2013: John Kerry Sworn in as Secretary of State

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John Kerry Sworn in as Secretary of State

Source: ABC News Radio, 2-1-13

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Meet Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry, the longtime Democratic senator from Massachusetts, was sworn in Friday on Capitol Hill, succeeding Hillary Clinton.

“I was very honored to be sworn in and very anxious to get to work, so I will be reporting Monday morning at 9 o’clock,” Kerry told reporters, with his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, by his side.

Kerry was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan inside the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing room. He was surrounded by his wife, daughter Vanessa, brother Cam and staff for a private ceremony….READ MORE

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