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Political Quick Hits: January 25th Edition

January 25, 2013 Front Page, Politics No Comments

Here’s your weekly quick look at few developing stories in the political arena:

  • On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified for more than 5 hours in regards to the September 11th attacks in Benghazi Libya. Clinton took on many of her Republican critics head to head in what was at times a very emotional and heated hearing. Clinton said, “As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility.” Clinton answered her harshest critic, Wisconsin Tea Party Republican Senator Ron Johnson by saying,”With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because guys out for a walk one night decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again.” The hearing had been delayed by Clinton’s recent health issues. She is also stepping down as Secretary of State soon. So what did we learn? CNN has a list of the 5 major things we learned from Clinton’s hearing.
  • There will be no debt ceiling fight for at least another four months as the House of Representatives voted to suspend enforcement of the debt ceiling through May 18. It is also expected to pass in the Senate. Congress, however, still needs to deal with the deep automatic spending cuts that will effect the Pentagon and other federal agencies on March 1. Many believe the cuts will take effect, even if briefly, while both parties try to work out a long-term plan to lower our national debt. (Washington Post)
  • The U.S. Military announced this week that it is ending its policy of excluding women from combat and will open combat jobs and direct combat units to female troops. This won’t happen right away, however, because once the policy is changed, the Department of Defense will enter an “assessment phase,” in which each branch of service will examine all its jobs and units not currently integrated and then produce a timetable for integrating them. (CNN)
  • Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who came into the national spotlight during Hurricane Katrina, has been indicted by a grand jury on 21 federal corruption charges. Nagin, who was mayor from 2002-20010, is accused of awarding lucrative city contracts to contractors in exchange for more than $200,000 in kickbacks and first-class trips to Hawaii, Jamaica and Las Vegas. Nagin faces more than 15 years in prison if convicted. (USA Today)
  • And finally, Barack Obama gave his 2nd inauguration speech in front of an estimated 800,000 – 900,000 people in the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Monday. President Obama’s speech touched on many things, including gay marriage, gun control, immigration, and the economy. “For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” President Obama said in part of this speech. To see the full video of the speech from C-Span’s youtube page: (click here)

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