USIS, a contractor currently being investigated by the feds for
possible criminal violations relating to its oversight of
background checks, vetted NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and
Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.
- The Western-backed Syrian opposition group the
Syrian National Coalition has said that rebels with links to Al
Qaeda are shifting their focus from fighting the Assad regime to
controlling rebel territories.
Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has questioned whether a filibuster could
stop Obamacare funding. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that he will
filibuster any budget that includes funding for Obamacare.
- The Israeli prime minister’s office
has released a statement urging the world not to be fooled by
Iran’s “charm offensive.” In a recent interview for NBC Iranian
President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran was not seeking a nuclear
Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), who according to the Center for
Responsive Politics is worth between $3 million and $7.6 million as
of 2011, complained about his $172,000 salary during a meeting with
congressional Republicans on the treatment of lawmakers and their
staff under Obamacare.
- The House has voted to cut about
$4 billion a year from the food stamp program.
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