Politics

4:43pm

Thu February 27, 2014
It's All Politics

Seth Rogen Tees Off On Senators Who Walked Out On His Testimony

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 5:42 pm

Actor and Alzheimer's advocate Seth Rogen prepares to testify before a Senate hearing on the rising cost of Alzheimer's disease in America.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Celebrities regularly testify on Capitol Hill about issues important to them. But when comic actor Seth Rogen addressed a U.S. Senate subcommittee about Alzheimer's disease Wednesday, the experience was anything but typical.

Disappointed by the hearing's low turnout, Rogen took to Twitter — where his account has 1.84 million followers — to voice his frustration.

"Not sure why only two senators were at the hearing. Very symbolic of how the Government views Alzheimer's. Seems to be a low priority," Rogen tweeted after the hearing.

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3:07pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Governing

Obama Announces Task Force To Help Young Minority Men

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 6:57 pm

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3:07pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Politics

Lay Of The Land Looks Steep For Senate Democrats

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 6:57 pm

With the House of Representatives expected to remain in Republican hands, the Senate will be the focus of midterm elections in 2014. The political landscape there appears unfavorable for Democrats.

2:24pm

Thu February 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Arizona's Rep. Pastor, A Democrat, Won't Seek Re-Election

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 3:16 pm

After more than 20 years in Congress, Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., says he won't be running for reelection. He's seen here with Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., in 2010.
Ross D. Franklin AP

He has held his seat in the House of Representatives since 1991 But today Rep. Ed Pastor announced that he won't seek another term. Pastor, 70, announced his decision on Twitter, saying that it was time for him "to seek out a new endeavor."

"After 23 years in Congress serving the people of AZ, I have decided not to seek re-election this year. It has been an honor," he tweeted. "Thank you."

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12:18pm

Thu February 27, 2014
It's All Politics

Pentagon Cuts Promise Political Pain

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 1:17 pm

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters at the Pentagon on Monday. Hagel and President Obama will need to fight through a wall of resistance to their proposed defense budget cuts, say former members of a defense base closing commission.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Cutting defense spending in Washington is about as popular as proposing Social Security cuts. In other words, not very.

Which explains why, following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's announcement Monday that the Obama administration's new budget would propose shrinking the Army, closing bases and ditching weapons systems, the responses from Capitol Hill lawmakers have been some version of "over my dead body."

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