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Friday, March 22, 2013

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Obama Heads To Jordan after Visiting Israel - President Obama on Friday placed a stone from the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial at the tomb of assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on his final day in Israel.
Obama also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial complex and the gravesite of Zionism founder Theodor Herzl, where he also laid a stone, as he wrapped up his three-day trip to Israel, the first of his presidency. has more here.


Final Senate Budget Vote Nears - The Democrat-controlled Senate appears set to approve its first budget resolution in four years.

Votes on amendments to the budget began Thursday night, with a final vote set for late Friday or early Saturday.

Democrats can only afford to lose only five votes on their budget, which would allow Vice President Biden to cast a tie-breaking ballot. A handful of Democrats from red states, several of whom are facing re-election in 2014, are the key.

Undecided senators include Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.).
 If they all voted “no,” the budget would fail.  You can read more here.


Gingrich and Santorum Considered Unity Ticket - Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum held discussions in February last year over a unity ticket that they believed could have toppled eventual GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. But the deal fell apart when neither man could envision himself in the No. 2 slot.
“I was disappointed when Speaker Gingrich ultimately decided against this idea, because it could have changed the outcome of the primary,” Santorum told Bloomberg BusinessWeek. “And more importantly, it could have changed the outcome of the general election.”  You can read more here.


Bloomberg and Biden Continue Push For Assault Weapons Ban - Days after lawmakers sidelined a proposed assault weapons ban, Vice President Joe Biden and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday offered a stern warning to Congress: there are still political consequences for opposing the measure.

"Even though restrictions on military-style weapons will not be part of the bill that goes to the floor of the U.S. Senate, it will get a vote by the full Senate as an amendment to the bill. And everyone’s going to have to stand up and say yea or nay, and then the rest of us have to decide just how we feel about people and their stands," Bloomberg said at a New York press conference with Biden and several family members of children killed in last year’s Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.  NBC News has more here.


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