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News Roundup for January 25, 2013

This is the news roundup for January 25, 2012. Click to read more after the jump. (We’re working to improve the format to be a little easier to navigate! Hope it helps. If you have issues with Storify loading, then click reload.) Reload if you have issues with Storify loading.
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News Roundup – January 25, 2013
In this Issue: Commentary, Libertarian Party News, News – Another School Shooting, Iraqi Protest, and the second anniversary of the Arab Spring turns deadly.

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News Roundup – January 24, 2012

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News Roundup – January 24, 2013

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News Roundup – January 23, 2013

The News Roundup for January 21, 2013. Click read more!
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News Roundup January 23, 2013

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News Roundup – January 21, 2013

News of the day for January 21, 2013

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News Roundup – January 21, 2013

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Spangle: News Roundup 1-13-13

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News Roundup 1-13-13

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Spangle: Reason and Cato Videos on Gun Debate

Reason and Cato have released two excellent (per usual) videos on the current gun discussion.

First up, Reason.TV presents 5 Facts About Guns, Schools, & Violence:

Next is Cato with The Second Amendment in 2013:

News Roundup for 1-12-13

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Spangle: Why Does Jeff Sessions Hate Jack Lew?

Sen. Jeff Sessions has been very clear: Jack Lew (and his funny handwriting) will NOT be our next Treasury Secretary. Usually, the good-ole boys club lets whomever through. The Republicans understand that a Democrat is just going to choose an American-hating Socialist, and the Republican administrations will just appoint someone who only cares about abortion and giant flag pins. They don’t want to experience payback when their team starts nominating people. So it is interesting that Sessions is so adamant. Here is why:

Spangle: The Problem With Sandy Relief Aid

One of the insider-political discussions in Indiana has been a discussion on Rep. Todd Rokita and Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s vote against Sandy Relief. For Rokita’s part, here was his explanation. The conventional wisdom is this, “What cold heartless scumbags! Wait until a tornado hits their district!” These were just from the Republicans!

The bigger problem for the 80-some Republicans is the view that this is a goodie-bag for their districts. New spending always helps your re-election efforts.

I especially would like to point out this line: “Additionally, there are billions of dollars in the Senate’s emergency spending bill that are not for relief and repairs directly related to Sandy, but rather for future projects spread across several federal agencies. These types of requests do not belong in an emergency bill and should be handled through the normal budgeting process, where we can have  a discussion about spending priorities.”

If you’d like an accurate and entertaining view of the type of scams that these bills produce, then take a look at season 2 and 3 of Treme on HBO.

Reason.TV recently produced a concise view of the problem with this type of relief, and they go in to the philosophical issues with these types of bills.

Spangle: News Roundup for Jan. 11, 2013

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News Roundup – 1-11-13
News from Jan. 11, 2013.

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