Politics

2:48pm

Wed February 12, 2014
It's All Politics

Democrats Clash In Military Sexual Assault Debate

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 5:45 pm

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (center) and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (right) are at odds over the best way to respond to military sexual assaults.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The Capitol Hill crackdown on sexual assaults in the U.S. military has been a rare mission on which Republicans and Democrats have found common ground over the past year.

The effort, spearheaded by Senate women — including an unprecedented seven on the Armed Services Committee — has already resulted in scores of tough new provisions designed to root out sexual predators, improve victims' services, and end commanders' ability to overturn jury convictions.

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2:45pm

Wed February 12, 2014
The Two-Way

With Senate's OK, Debt Limit Bill Will Head To White House

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 3:22 pm

The Senate has voted to extend the federal debt limit, giving final congressional approval to a bill that is meant to cover the government's finances into 2015. The measure passed on a 55-43 vote.

But the most dramatic phase of the legislation's passage came just before the final tally, when it had to get past a cloture vote. Politico says, "Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) demanded the 60-vote threshold on the debt hike."

As The Hill reports:

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12:58pm

Wed February 12, 2014
The Two-Way

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Found Guilty Of Corruption

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 6:35 am

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin enters court for his corruption trial in New Orleans last month. He was charged with accepting bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work.
Gerald Herbert AP

A federal jury has found Ray Nagin guilty of bribery and fraud. The former New Orleans mayor, 57, was accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, in an indictment that included 21 counts. He was found guilty on 20 of those counts.

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6:50am

Wed February 12, 2014
The Two-Way

Republican Faulconer Elected Mayor In San Diego

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 9:35 am

San Diego Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer celebrated with his family and supporters Tuesday night as votes were counted.
Lenny Ignelzi AP

Six months after Democratic Mayor Bob Filner left office in disgrace because more than a dozen women had stepped forward to accuse him of sexual harassment, San Diegans have chosen a Republican to take over.

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5:53am

Wed February 12, 2014
Election 2012

San Diego Voters Elect Republican Mayor To Fill Filner's Term

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 6:57 am

The special election was held after Democratic Mayor Bob Filner resigned. He was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment.

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