The Wire: March 2013

  • 9:48 p.m.

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    STVERAK: Organizing for Action: Obama's broken transparency promises

    President Barack Obama campaigned on a new era of government transparency and crusaded against deep-pocketed special interests, so it’s highly disappointing to see him now blatantly sell access to the White House. The conversion of his campaign into a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization mocks the very campaign finance laws the president argued needed to be strengthened in the first place.

  • 2:01 p.m.

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    U.S. joins South Korea in show of force with B-2 bomber

    Tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula rose even higher Thursday, after the U.S. military announced that nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers had taken part in joint exercises with South Korean forces — an unprecedented event following weeks of belligerent rhetoric and acts by the North.

  • 8:54 p.m.

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    UPDATE - Sacred mystery: Latest blockbuster ratings for 'The Bible' continue to confound Hollywood

    According to the latest Nielsens, released Tuesday, Sunday night’s telecast of “The Bible,” produced by husband-and-wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey for basic cable’s History channel, managed to attract more viewers than anything on two of the “Big 4” broadcast networks — NBC and ABC — during the entire week.

  • 1:34 p.m.

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    School board tosses out dodgeball over bullying concerns

    A New Hampshire school board has decided to ban the game dodgeball and other so-called “human target” activities from being played in gym classes.

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    Gas prices might soar because of EPA renewable fuels mandate, Congress warns

    Congress is warning gas prices — already on the upswing, these past few weeks — could go even higher, given an Environmental Protection Agency mandate on renewable fuels that’s about to take effect.

  • 2:20 p.m.

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    GOP road map: Immigration reform, fewer debates, $10M for minority outreach

    Republican leaders spent three months studying their 2012 election defeat and on Monday announced they were beat on nearly every aspect of politicking, from money to message to manpower, and said one immediate change should be to embrace immigration reform — a lightning-rod issue that nearly tore the party apart under the George W. Bush administration.

  • 6:14 p.m.

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    71M Americans eligible for one free service of Obamacare, health officials say

    Health officials on Monday said President Obama’s health care law deserves credit for making 71 million Americans with private health insurance eligible to receive at least one free service, such as a flu shot or mammogram, in 2011 and 2012.

  • 4:20 p.m.

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  • 6:46 p.m.

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    CPAC 2013: Donald Trump: Immigration reform is a 'suicide mission' for GOP

    Donald Trump said the Republican party will lose elections if it reforms the nation’s entitlement programs and will hand Democrats 11 million votes if Congress grants citizenship to illegal immigrants, likening the reform efforts to a “suicide mission.”

  • 11:36 p.m.

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    CPAC 2013 FLASHBACK: Palin takes aim at Obama, Bloomberg and Rove

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, blasted away at President Obama on Saturday with a flurry of verbal jabs and zingers that revved up the thousands gathered for the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

  • 7:37 p.m.

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    CPAC 2013: Marco Rubio, Rand Paul get a boost as conservatives endorse new generation

    As the Republican Party ponders its future, this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference showcased two men who could be its leader: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who activists saw as the man who can unite their movement, and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has staked his claim to be the GOP’s fighting heart.

  • 7:37 p.m.

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    CPAC 2013: Rubio urges conservatives to champion middle class

    Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday that conservatives need to be the “voice” for the middle class, saying that the federal government must adopt pro-business and pro-growth policies that will help create jobs, and get the nation’s fiscal house in order.

  • 7:37 p.m.

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    CPAC 2013: Jindal says growth, not austerity, the best path for GOP

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal challenged the recent Republican drumbeat decrying bloated government spending and deficits Friday, saying that the conservative movement’s “obsession with zeroes” and federal spending only serves to narrow the political discourse to its opponents’ turf.

  • 6:45 p.m.

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    CPAC 2013: Palin tells conservatives: Rebuild the country, not the party

    “We’re at CPAC not to rebrand a party; we’re here to rebuild a country,” said former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, in a speech that shows for many conservatives she’s still a rock star of the right.

  • 6:45 p.m.

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    CPAC 2013: Dr. Carson teases conference with possibility of a White House run

    Dr. Ben Carson, the Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon who has become a conservative icon, says he will retire from medicine this year because, he said, “there are so many more things that can be done.”

  • 6:45 p.m.

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    CPAC 2013: Youth-favorite Rand Paul chastises 'stale and moss-covered' GOP

    Fresh off his filibuster that captured the hearts of libertarian conservatives, Sen. Rand Paul told attendees Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that the Republican Party has become “stale” and must return to basic constitutional principles if it wants to ignite a political revolution.

  • 6:45 p.m.

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    Rand Paul wins The Washington Times-CPAC 2013 Straw Poll

    Sen. Rand Paul won the 2013 Washington Times-CPAC presidential preference straw poll this past weekend with Sen. Marco Rubio coming in a close second, easily outdistancing the rest of the field and signaling the rise of a new generation of conservative leaders.

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    CPAC 2013: Romney urges GOP to look to governors for guidance

    Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, returned Friday to the political stage for the first time since his disappointing loss in the November election, urging conservatives to learn from the mistakes that he made on the campaign trail to take back the White House and Senate — and put conservative principles in place.

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    CPAC 2013: Young conservatives looking for leadership, want help spreading the word on campuses

    Young conservatives have descended on this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference in search of ideas, skills and connections they can use to sway their undecided and liberal-leaning peers, but many say they could use a little more help from the older generation of conservative leaders.

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    CPAC 2013: 'We will not be demonized, and we will not be silent,' NRA's LaPierre says

    National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre struck a defiant tone during an address Friday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference, saying that advocates of the Second Amendment will never back down, despite the “elitists” who constantly denigrate and mock them.

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    CPAC 2013: Bush’s legacy lingers over new GOP stars

    President George W. Bush’s shadow still hangs over the Republican Party four years after he left office, and as conservatives converge on the Washington region this week they will find themselves once again grappling with his legacy — more so now that his younger brother, Jeb, is flirting with a 2016 presidential bid and has been invited to address the annual gathering.

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    CPAC 2013: Still tackling the tough issues facing conservatives after 40 years

    America’s biggest right-wing teach-in/gabfest/fireworks show kicks off Thursday when the annual Conservative Political Action Conference convenes, 40 years after the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam, the Supreme Court issued Roe v. Wade and CPAC was born.

  • 12:53 p.m.

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    SpaceX Dragon cargo ship leaves space station

    A privately owned cargo ship left the International Space Station with a full science load Tuesday and aimed for a splashdown in the Pacific.

  • 8:45 p.m.

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    Embassy Row: Iran buying time

    Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren accused Iran of deceiving the West by opening new talks about its suspected nuclear weapons program, as he addressed a major Jewish conference in Washington on Sunday.

  • 8:45 p.m.

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    Embassy Row: Russia reset again

    The U.S. ambassador to Russia insists that Washington and Moscow are actually quite close, despite the news media’s focus on their bitter disputes.

  • 8:45 p.m.

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    Embassy Row: Politically motivated in Ukraine

    The United States this week denounced Ukraine for stripping a lawyer of his seat in parliament because he serves as a defense attorney for Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is dubiously imprisoned for malfeasance in office and now also facing murder charges.

  • 8:45 p.m.

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    Embassy Row: Nigeria’s diversity

    Nigeria is rich in oil and plagued by ethnic violence, but the U.S. ambassador there praises “diversity,” not energy, as the West African nation’s “greatest asset.”

  • 8:45 p.m.

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    Embassy Row: Don’t raze me, Broh

    Lawmakers in Liberia are outraged by strongly worded comments from the U.S. ambassador, who complained about sexist actions by the legislature over a wild political scandal involving the corruption-fighting female former acting mayor of the capital.

  • 8:45 p.m.

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    Embassy Row: Prison camp Liberty

    Iranian dissidents in the U.S. are preparing for the Persian New Year with a major push in Washington for the removal of the brutal, theocratic regime in Iran and for the relocation of 3,000 Iranian refugees confined to a squalid camp in Iraq where they are targeted by pro-Iranian terrorists.

  • 8:45 p.m.

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    Embassy Row: Jihad and cyberwar

    President Obama’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan is “strategically risky and threatens to plunge” the region back into a safe haven for terrorists, a top House Republican said as he announced plans for a congressional hearing this week.

  • 8:45 p.m.

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    Embassy Row: Twitter trauma

    Nigeria is miffed at U.S. criticism of its president after he pardoned a politician convicted of corruption and of the Nigerian army’s response to terrorist attacks in the oil-rich West African nation.

  • 8:45 p.m.

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    Embassy Row: Obama’s diplomacy

    President Obama defined his approach to dealing with dictators in his first inaugural address, telling tyrants he would “extend a hand” if they unclench their fists.

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    Embassy Row: ‘Nighmare’ in Syria’

    The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee believes the Obama administration has been “adrift” for the past two years in its policy toward Syria, but he realizes the White House has “no good options” in the civil war between President Bashar Assad and rebels with a strong Islamic jihadist element.

  • 8:44 p.m.

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    Embassy Row: Double standards

    A Hungarian official is complaining about U.S. criticism of his government’s presentation of an award to a journalist accused of anti-Semitic rants, this just weeks after the State Department nearly gave a human rights prize to an Egyptian activist who denounced Jews and praised Islamic terrorists.

  • 8:44 p.m.

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    Embassy Row: America's interests

    The U.S. ambassador in London lectured British voters this week on what he says is their responsibility to keep the United Kingdom within the European Union, despite rising popular support for pulling out of the 27-nation federation.

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    Embassy Row: Korea's new course

    South Korea’s new conservative president is planning to dispatch a career diplomat as her ambassador to the United States to help manage a bilateral trade deal, while sending a different signal to China and Japan by naming close political supporters as envoys to those neighboring countries.

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    Nutella thefts threaten to set Columbia University back $250K

    Columbia University students really do love their Nutella. They’re stealing the spread – a mix of flavored chocolate with hazelnut – with such widespread abandon that the school’s having to pay an extra $5,000 a week to keep shelves stocked enough to meet demand.

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    Cadbury to Muslims: Our candy is sharia-compliant

    As Cadbury ramps up its inventory for Easter, a little-known fact has come to light about its candies — many are sharia-compliant.

  • 2:13 p.m.

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    Iditarod kicks off with festive ceremonial start

    Mushers and their dogs are taking a leisurely jaunt through Anchorage in the ceremonial start of Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

  • 2:13 p.m.

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    James Franco takes divergent paths to ‘Oz’

    It’s a long way from leather bars to Oz. James Franco is trying to traverse the distance in consecutive movies.

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    Shaquille O'Neal rejects Rodman's 'risky' N. Korean trip

    Former Lakers star Shaquille O’Neal appeared on CBS “This Morning” Tuesday and had some tough criticism for his formal rival Dennis Rodman.

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    Lucasfilm rushed to Obama's defense after 'mind-meld' flap

    President Obama’s “friends at Lucasfilm” rushed to the president’s defense after his recent “Jedi mind-meld” flap. The creator of Star Wars and founder of Lucasfilm, George Lucas, was a major Obama donor in past election bids.

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    French study claims Mother Teresa wasn't so saintly

    Even Mother Teresa was — well, no Mother Teresa? A new study published in the French-language magazine, Religieuses, argues that Mother Teresa — whose sainthood is so well established that her name actually serves as a synonym for the word saint — wasn’t really all that.

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    Van Jones: Roger Ailes calling Obama 'lazy' is racist

    Fox News chief Roger Ailes has stirred up some controversy in his new biography that includes critiques against Newt Gingrich, Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. The biography, by Zev Chafets, quotes Mr. Ailes as saying that President Obama “never earned a penny that wasn’t public money.”

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    Chris Matthews: 'Hate groups must root for Ted Cruz'

    MSNBC host Chris Matthews took to his show Wednesday night to blast the filibuster against John Brennan, led by Sen. Rand Paul. Mr. Matthews cited a study released this week by the Southern Poverty Law Center, stating that “patriot groups” or hate groups have been on the rise since Barack Obama took office.

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    Applebee's waitress shocked when woman hands over her stolen I.D.

    A Colorado Applebee’s server was shocked when she asked for identification from a patron, only to have her own I.D. handed to her.

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    Chefs for ambassadors will compete on Embassy Row

    Along a roughly two-mile stretch of Massachusetts Avenue exists a secret world, one with high-profile names, ritzy locations, and extravagant experiences that many can only dream about: the kitchens of Embassy Row.

  • 2:13 p.m.

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    Catholics create 'virtual conclave' for new pope

    A pastor in Ontario wondered about behind-the-scenes politicking ahead of the conclave to elect the next pope. He could have read news reports or listened to briefings by the Vatican spokesman. Instead, he asked a cardinal. Less than an hour later via Twitter, the response arrived.

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    Michelle Obama to appear on cover of Vogue

    First lady Michelle Obama will appear on the cover of Vogue magazine’s April edition, which is set to hit the stands in the next week or two.

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    N.Y. baby survives after mother holding him plunges 8 stories to her death

    A New York woman holding her baby plunged to her death from an eight-story West Harlem building Wednesday in an apparent suicide, officials reported. Her 10-month-old baby miraculously survived.

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