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The Wrap: From backlash over released illegal immigrants to Pope Francis, the week that was

- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Washington Times announced it was extending its reach and the American Conservative Union's 2013 Political Action Conference brought together the movement's rising stars, activists and advocates.

On the international stage, Catholics celebrated the first pope from the Americas.

Here's a recap, or wrap, on the week that was from The Washington Times:

Herring Broadcasting, owner of the Wealth TV network, and The Washington Times announced Thursday that they have joined in a strategic partnership to create a new national cable news network called One America News, set to debut nationwide this summer.

A senior Republican in Congress said Wednesday that he wants to know why Justice Department employees whose "hostile, racist and inappropriate behavior" was documented in a new report — including one who admitted lying to the department’s office of inspector general — are still employed.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed Thursday Sen. Dianne Feinstein's "assault weapons" ban by a straight party-line vote, despite Republican efforts to point out the obvious holes in the legislation.

The Washington Times provided comprehensive coverage from the American Conservative Union's 2013 Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

Former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer told TMZ on Tuesday that wind technology was the worst investment he's ever made. Grammer told the tabloid that though his finances are good, he lost hundreds of thousands of dollars on a small wind investment.

"Is Bergoglio a progressive — a liberation theologist even? No. He's no third-world priest. Does he criticize the International Monetary Fund, and neoliberalism? Yes. Does he spend a great deal of time in the slums? Yes," Rubin said.

Disgraced Lance Armstrong said in an interview that the public will soon forget about him being the biggest dope cheat in cycling's history, just like they did former president Bill Clinton for his affair with an intern.

A U.S. Army veteran who has fought alongside al Qaeda-linked extremist rebels against the government in Syria has been killed, according to a pro-regime video-sharing site.

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's ban on big sugary sodas fell flat Monday after a state judge invalidated the rule. New York Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling in Manhattan said the regulations, which were set to take effect Tuesday, are "fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences."

The Obama administration's decision to release some immigrants awaiting deportation back into the community has spawned a furious backlash from Congress, where stunned lawmakers have besieged the Homeland Security Department with questions.

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