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Health Program for Sept. 11 Responders Expires

72K beneficiaries may stop receiving federal health care by next September

(Newser) - A law that provides medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders expired at midnight Wednesday due to the failure of Congress to act. For now, first responders who rushed to the World Trade Center after the 2001 terrorist attacks, worked for weeks, and now suffer from illnesses like... More »

Gillibrand: Military Not 'Being Honest' About Sex Assaults

NY senator says brass is not providing data, overlooking civilian assaults

(Newser) - The number of sex-related crimes occurring in US military communities is far greater than the Defense Department has publicly reported, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said today in a scathing critique that asserts the Pentagon has refused to provide her information about sexual assaults at several major bases. The spouses... More »

Senator Who Called Kirsten Gillibrand 'Chubby' Revealed

It was Daniel Inouye, sources say

(Newser) - In case you were wondering which senator called Kirsten Gillibrand "chubby," the New York Times has the answer: Daniel Inouye, the Hawaii Democrat who died in 2012 at age 88 . "People with knowledge of the incident" gave away his identity to the Times, which reminds us that... More »

White House: We Did Not Threaten Foleys or Sotloffs

'We made clear what the law is,' when families weighed paying ransom

(Newser) - The White House hit back at allegations from the families of James Foley and Steven Sotloff that they were threatened with prosecution as they weighed whether to pay Islamic State militants ransom for their sons. "In terms of what was communicated to the families, in the midst of many,... More »

Gillibrand: Colleagues Called Me 'Fat,' 'Porky,' 'Chubby'

Your elected politicians behave badly in her book, 'Off the Sidelines'

(Newser) - New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has a new book, Off the Sidelines , out next month, and it takes a frank look at the reality of being a woman on Capitol Hill. Among the more surprising and perhaps not-so-surprising tidbits:
  • Gillibrand reveals she had lost 50 pounds after giving birth when
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Gillibrand's Sex-Assault Bill for Military Fails in Senate

She hoped to remove authority from commanders

(Newser) - New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand has lost her fight to dramatically change the way the Pentagon handles sex-assault cases, reports AP . For now, anyway. She needed 60 votes to overcome a filibuster but came up with only 55. And the Hill points out that this wasn't exactly a party-line... More »

Marine Faces Discharge for Warning About Child Rapist

Jason Brezler sent classified info, turned himself in

(Newser) - Jason Brezler is a highly decorated Marine Corps reserve officer, and has served four tours in Afghanistan and Iraq over 13 years. But now he faces "other than honorable" discharge, and all because he tried to warn his colleagues in Afghanistan about a child rapist, CNN reports. During his... More »

Senate Kills Plan for Military Rape Prosecutors

Carl Levin leave commanders to handle cases

(Newser) - A proposal that would have appointed independent prosecutors, rather than unit commanders, to handle sexual assault cases in the military will be MIA from the Defense Authorization Act. Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin has decided to kill the provision, siding with military brass who complained that the measure... More »

Military Chiefs: Sexual Assault 'Like a Cancer'

But commanders must keep their authority, they say

(Newser) - Lawmakers are attempting to deal with the apparent epidemic of sexual assault in the military, and some of the proposals currently wending their way through Congress would see commanders stripped of some authority. But at a Senate hearing on the matter today, though military leaders agreed that sexual assault within... More »

Sexual Assaults Within US Military Rise Again

Both the number of reported cases and estimates on total assaults

(Newser) - The number of sexual assaults reported by members of the US military rose 6% to 3,374 last year, which is bad but apparently not even close to real scope of the problem. A Pentagon survey in which recipients could remain anonymous puts the real figure closer to 26,000,... More »

Gillibrand for President?

New York senator appeals to center, left: Maggie Haberman

(Newser) - Everyone's talking about Hillary Clinton in 2016—but the next time the Dems are choosing a candidate, Clinton's Senate successor might be their best bet. Kirsten Gillibrand has a reputation as a moderate, but as a senator since 2009, she's managed to win over skeptical lefties, too,... More »

Hope for Tighter Gun Laws Still Alive in Senate

Two different efforts 'quietly' underway, says NYT

(Newser) - The push for stricter gun laws might not be quite so dead after all in the Senate. The New York Times reports that efforts are "quietly" underway to get something done on background checks and illegal trafficking. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey, the co-sponsors of the background-check bill that... More »

Bipartisan Group Hatches Gun Bill in Senate

Patrick Leahy announces push against 'straw purchasers'

(Newser) - A bipartisan group of senators hatched a bill today that would increase penalties for so-called "straw purchasers" of firearms, the Washington Post reports. Sen. Patrick Leahy, announcing the deal, said anyone who illegally buys a gun for someone else would face up to 20 years in prison; the seller... More »

NRA Darling Gillibrand Shifts on Gun Control

New York's once-fierce proponent of gun rights now calls for tighter gun control

(Newser) - New York's junior senator once bragged about the two rifles under her bed and her A-rating from the NRA, but Kirsten Gillibrand has shifted away from her once-vigorous defense of the Second Amendment, reports the New York Post. In the wake of high-profile shootings of her friend Gabrielle Giffords... More »

The Inevitable: 2016 Speculation Begins

Clinton? Biden? Ryan? A look at the current possibilities

(Newser) - And so it begins: Speculation about Election 2016 is already running rampant, mere hours after President Obama was re-elected. Some of the frontrunners for a presidential run next time around, courtesy of ABC News and US News & World Report :
  • Hillary Clinton: Not surprisingly, she's at the forefront of
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Wall Street Has Plenty of Democrat Pals, Too

They know how to 'tow the line,' too: Gary Weiss

(Newser) - Yes, Wall Street would love to see Mitt Romney win in November, writes Gary Weiss at TheStreet , but Weiss wants to debunk the "conventional wisdom" that the financial services industry and Democrats don't get along. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is a case in point. She's a... More »

Kill Geese to Protect Jets: Sen. Gillibrand

Birds involved in pair of air emergencies this week

(Newser) - Jets' collisions with birds have caused two emergency landings in New York in the past week , and geese in the engine prompted the near-disaster before the miracle landing on the Hudson in 2009 . Now, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says it's time to let wildlife officials cull the goose population near... More »

Bachmann: Stay-at-Home Moms Know Economy Best

Latest salvos in political mommy wars

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann has jumped into the new mommy war, proclaiming that stay-at-home moms know the economy the best. She blasted Democrat Hilary Rosen's gaffe that mom-of-five Ann Romney has "never worked a day in her life" as "shocking and insulting." Not only does her experience qualify... More »

Gillibrand: I'll Ask Hillary to Run in 2016

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand likes her as candidate

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton in 2016? New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she'll be among those pushing for it. Gillibrand, who took over Clinton's Senate seat after Clinton left to become secretary of state, sat down with BuzzFeed to discuss women in politics. "I'm going to be one... More »

Congress Moves to Ban Its Own Insider Trading

Bill an attempt to restore faith of hostile public

(Newser) - Soon, insider trading may be illegal for lawmakers, too . In an effort to boost its historically low approval rating, the Senate will today hold a procedural vote allowing it to later this week pass a bill banning Congress from trading on nonpublic info, or giving that info to others to... More »

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