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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Republicans lobby the President for Defense spending

While Rand Paul and likeminded senators staged a 13 hour filibuster last night protesting the administration's official determination that drone strikes could be used against US citizens, even in the homeland, the president schmoozed 13 of the US Senate's wettest Republicans over dinner at a swanky Washington DC hotel.

These Republicans want their defense spending restored after Sequester cuts. Understandable given that Kelly Ayotte is concerned she'll lose her seat if Electric Boat doesn't get another submarine contract, and Richard Burr wants to make sure teachers don't get cut at North Carolina's military bases.

Meanwhile Quinnipac reports the president's job approval slid below 50% for the first time since reelection. A temporary blip, no doubt, but illustrative of how the table will be set for the CR showdown later this month.
-- Gavin Witter

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