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Bachmann campaign allegations attract attention of FBIMay 19, 2013 - Star Tribune
May 19--The FBI has contacted two former staffers of U.S. Rep. Parrish will cooperate fully." Veteran election lawyers say an FBI inquiry would be unusual in a typical campaign finance case. Kent Sorenson, a Milo Republican who served as Bachmann's campaign chairman before the 2012 Iowa caucuses.
Big questions await Charlotte's next mayorMay 19, 2013 - The Charlotte Observer
The population has exploded, with Census figures last year showing the city added 19,600 people from mid-2010 to mid-2011 alone. That made it the ninth-fastest-growing city in the country, with 751,087 residents. An increasingly diverse city Diversity's on the rise.
Officials rule out foul play in Metro-North train derailment, looking into broken railMay 19, 2013 - New Haven Register
The NTSB team took control of the investigation Saturday morning, after touring the crash site with state and local officials. Richard Blumenthal, who visited the site with Malloy, U.S. Sen. Both of the trains in the crash had the newer cars. Weener said it will be some time before the cause of the crash is known.
NRA tactics: Take no prisonersMay 19, 2013 - Washington Post
Debra Maggart Says She Supports Your Gun Rights. Even conservative lawmakers who cross the NRA are labeled as traitors. I just felt that the Second Amendment, just like any other amendment, is not absolute.”Feldman, the former NRA lobbyist, remembers the Darden-Barr race well.
Commuters Face Nightmare As Search Begins for Cause of Metro-North CrashMay 19, 2013 - The Hartford Courant
It then hit the side of a westbound 5:35 p.m. train from New Haven on the adjacent track. But, again, it's only speculation." Construction work has been ongoing in the area, mostly to the catenary system that provides electrical power to the trains, Malloy said. Buses are running between Waterbury and Bridgeport, with no train connections. On Amtrak, limited Northeast Regional service is available between Boston and New Haven.
Washington Notebook: Snowe recalls offer to play Joan of ArcMay 19, 2013 - Portland Press Herald
May 19--WASHINGTON -- Former Maine Sen. It would reopen the Cape Arundel Disposal Site, a federally designated dumping site for dredged materials that is located several miles off the coast of Kennebunkport. The White House confirmed Friday that it had received the Pingree-Tester letter but offered no other comment. MICHAUD PUSHES RETAILERS U.S. Rep.
Notoriety follows Rivera pal in NicaraguaMay 19, 2013 - The Miami Herald
Alliegro was scheduled to sit down with federal agents on Sept. 6, but never showed. She and Rivera entered Nicaragua at the Penas Blancas border crossing on March 1 -- 26 seconds apart. His latest crossing took place April 23. It is unclear why Rivera traveled to Nicaragua through Costa Rica, rather than flying directly to Managua.
Deal brokered to keep hatcheries openMay 18, 2013 - The Knoxville News-Sentinel
Erwin National Fish Hatchery in Unicoi County and the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery in Celina, Tenn.. Alexander credited TVA's participation in a three-year agreement with federal and state wildlife agencies with keeping the hatcheries open while a permanent solution is being negotiated. Alexander said closing the hatcheries would have been a disaster for 900,000 Tennesseans and visitors who bought fishing licenses last year. The Dale Hollow hatchery helps make Tennessee's...
Senate Fish FightMay 18, 2013 - Roll Call - #WGDB
The last farm bill to become law included a program requiring the USDA to deploy a new program to inspect catfish, thanks in no small part to then-Sen. Skeptics, including a majority of the House Agriculture Committee and no shortage of senators, say the program is wasteful and duplicative.Sens.
Energy Department approves expanded LNG exportsMay 18, 2013 - Washington Post
Osaka Gas and Chubu Electric agreed to buy all of the liquefied natural gas, or LNG, from the first of three phases of the Freeport export project for 20 years. The department said it weighed economic, energy security and environmental considerations as well as nearly 200,000 public comments.The issue of whether to export natural gas has been controversial. Producers of natural gas and supporters of free trade have urged the Obama administration to approve LNG export facilities.
GSA awards for executives are excessive, inspector findsMay 18, 2013 - Washington Post
Miller assigned his staff to find out whether the GSA’s culture of overly generous bonuses went beyond Las Vegas. “As a result, GSA no longer has a peer to peer awards system .?.?. bonuses are coming down to their lowest levels in five years.”On Friday, Sen. Many of these executives also received traditional bonuses.Martha Johnson started the “Peer-2-Peer” system to encourage and reward leadership skills.
Despite setback, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz continues push for transparencyMay 18, 2013 - Star Tribune
May 18--WASHINGTON -- When President Obama signed the STOCK Act into law last spring, the legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Walz and fellow House Democrat Louise Slaughter of New York had worked since 2007, with help from Republican Sen. As a compromise, the final legislation authorized a government study of the political intelligence market.
Pastor Timothy Murphy On Hunger Strike In Solidarity With Guantanamo InmatesMay 18, 2013 - The Huffington Post
As one of our Ph.D. students and an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Timothy felt spiritually called to the hunger strike. I also believe that it is critical for the health of our nationâ€™s collective soul and integrity to get it resolved. He has consulted a doctor, because he doesnâ€™t intend to fast to the death, unlike the 100 prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo.
LePage vetoes bill calling for Internet sales tax studyMay 18, 2013 - Bangor Daily News
Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was proposed last year but failed to make it to a vote. It is still under debate. LePage encouraged the state's congressional delegation to pursue the federal solution in a March 12, 2012, letter to Collins and then-Sen.