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Political Quick Hits: May 16th Edition

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

  • President Obama on Wednesday spoke about the country’s infrastructure, saying that rebuilding America “shouldn’t be a partisan issue.” The President criticized Republicans for not approving money that would replenish the nation’s Highway Trust Fund, which could run out of money later this summer. President Obama said if Congress doesn’t “act by the end of the summer, federal funding for transportation projects will run out. There will be no money, the cupboard will be bare.” The President noted that states are already cutting back on projects due to the uncertainty, and good construction jobs could be lost. America’s highways and bridges along with other important parts of our transportation infrastructure such as railways , are old and in serious need of upgrades and repairs. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives U.S. infrastructure a D+ in terms of condition and performance.

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Political Quick Hits: May 2nd Edition

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

  • U.S. Representative Michael Grimm, Republican from New York, was indicted Monday on 20 different federal mail, wire and tax fraud charges. Grimm pleaded not guilty to these charges, which are connected to a restaurant he ran before he was in Congress, and was released on $400,000 bail. Grimm is accused of hiding more than $1 million dollars in sales and wages. Authorities say this occurred between 2007-2010 before Grimm, a former FBI agent, was elected to Congress in 2010. George Venizelos, head of the FBI’s New York office, said “Rep. Grimm billed himself as a patriot and an American hero. But Rep. Grimm was anything but an upstanding citizen. He cheated, evaded and then lied.” Grimm is claiming the government set him up and he is part of a political witch-hunt, and he said he will not be taking a leave of absence.

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Political Quick Hits: April 25th Edition

April 25, 2014 Front Page, Politics No Comments

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

  • The Obama administration announced late last week that they would extend the comment period on the State Department’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline report. The reason for the extension is that there is a Nebraska Supreme Court case that could, when resolved, confirm or change the pipeline route. The state department’s report was to be finalized after a 90-day comment period ending in early May. Rachel Wolf, a spokesperson for a group opposing the pipeline said, “Every day without Keystone XL is a day that we keep high-carbon tar sands in the ground.” Protesters against the controversial oil pipeline, which would run from Canada to the gulf coast, say it will hurt the environment, while supporters say it will create jobs.

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Political Quick Hits: April 11th Edition

April 11, 2014 Front Page, Politics No Comments

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Political Quick Hits: April 4th Edition

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

  • The White House announced this week that, after a strong final push and despite numerous technical glitches, 7.1 million people signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. President Obama spoke on Tuesday saying, “This law is doing what it’s supposed to do — it’s working.” The President said the law is here to stay and if Republicans continue to pursue its repeal, they will have to explain to millions of newly insured Americans why they want to take away their insurance. The President also said he wants to work with Republicans to help improve the law where it’s needed, including expansion of Medicaid in states that have resisted it.

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