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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

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Pope Francis Inaugurated: Appeals for Protection of Poor, Environment - Pope Francis issued an appeal for the protection of the weak, the poor and the world environment Tuesday at a special Mass marking his inauguration as the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.


Obama Begins Middle East Trip - Tonight, President Obama begins his trip to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.

As White House officials readily acknowledge, Mr. Obama’s visit beginning Wednesday is primarily aimed at allowing him to build bridges both to Israelis and to Mr. Netanyahu, who just formed a new government that will likely keep him in office for several more years. The has more here.


Cyprus Vote Expected to Reject Bailout - Cyprus’s Parliament is likely to reject an international bailout package that involves taxing ordinary depositors to pay part of the bill, President Nicos Anastasiades said Tuesday, despite a revision that would remove some objections by exempting small bank accounts from the levies.

Lawmakers were scheduled to vote late Tuesday on the €10 billion, or $13 billion, bailout.

Should the measure fail in Parliament, Mr. Anastasiades and his E.U. partners would have to return to the negotiating table. Analysts have also raised the possibility of bank runs and a halt in liquidity to Cypriot banks from the European Central Bank if the measure did not pass. The NY Times has more here. 


Rand Paul Supports "Pathway To Citizenship" - Republican Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) is endorsing a path to citizenship for the nation’s illegal immigrants, a move that could bolster support for the proposal among conservative lawmakers.
Paul will announce his support during an address to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, The Associated Press first reported.

“If you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you,” Paul will say, according to his prepared remarks, the AP reports.


Training Accident Kills 7 Marines in Nevada - The Marine Corps says seven Marines have been killed in a training accident at the Hawthorne Army Depot, Nev.

The Corps said in a statement Tuesday that the accident at around 10 p.m. Monday also injured several with the 2nd Marine Division. The cause is under investigation. has more here.


South Carolina 1st District Primary Election Today - The dramatic South Carolina special congressional primary election has turned into a battle for who will face disgraced former Gov. Mark Sanford in a GOP runoff on April 2.

With Sanford all but certain to finish first but unlikely to clear the 50 percent bar needed to avoid the runoff, the fight is for the No. 2 spot. Among the more than dozen Republican candidates competing for the slot are state Rep. Chip Limehouse, former Charleston City Councilman Curtis Bostic and Teddy Turner, the son of media mogul Ted Turner. Also in the running are former state Sen. John Kuhn and state Sen. Larry Grooms.

Whoever wins the GOP nod is expected to face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, in the May general election. The race is to replace Republican Tim Scott, who vacated the seat when he was appointed to the Senate.  You can read more here.


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