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4:10pm

Thu February 28, 2013
It's All Politics

Christie's Post-Sandy Remarks About House GOP Behind Non-Invite To CPAC

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 5:17 pm

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks with reporters in Trenton, N.J., this month. Christie was not invited to this year's CPAC conference.
Mel Evans AP

If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was hoping for a return invite to the big CPAC convention this year, he probably should have thought of that before he bad-mouthed House Speaker John Boehner a couple of months back.

Christie was incensed by the House's failure to pass a relief bill helping victims of Superstorm Sandy, which hammered New Jersey and the rest of the Northeast last autumn. In typical Christie style, he did not pull any punches.

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3:42pm

Thu February 28, 2013
It's All Politics

Some Political Lessons From The Violence Against Women Act Vote

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 5:22 pm

Supporters of the Violence Against Women Act rally in front of the U.S. Capitol last June. On Thursday, the House passed a reauthorization measure.
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Flickr

The fight over reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act is now behind us. But like much of what happens in Washington, the process wasn't pretty.

In the debate leading up to Thursday's House vote, you had Democrats accusing Republicans of continuing a "war on women," and Republicans accusing Democrats of crass political pandering.

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3:32pm

Thu February 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

Change In Law May Spur Campus Action On Sexual Assaults

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 7:41 pm

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi discusses the Violence Against Women Act on Capitol Hill on Thursday. The House passed the measure, which could help curb violence on campus.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

12:35pm

Thu February 28, 2013
Planet Money

The Last Time Congress Built A Doomsday Machine

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 4:30 pm

Sequester 1.0
Lana Harris AP

After years of tax cuts and a big hike in defense spending, deficits were rising. Then came a bitter battle over the debt limit. Three senators came up with a plan: Unless Congress and the White House could get the deficit under control, this thing called "sequestration" would do it for them.

The year was 2013 1985.

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10:06am

Thu February 28, 2013
The Two-Way

House Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 12:02 pm

After much handwringing from GOP House members, the Democratic minority and some Republicans joined forces to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

The vote was 286 to 138. Eighty-seven Republicans voted in favor of the bill; no Democrats voted against it.

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