Senate Confirms ATF Director After Nearly Record-Long Vote

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_9276f699b0.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time in seven years, the Senate confirmed a director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Wednesday after an almost record-setting procedural vote that took five hours. The Senate voted 53-42 to confirm Todd Jones as director of ATF Wednesday evening.

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Hagel Details Potential Impacts of Sequestration, Military's Tough Choices

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_5827b2b056.jpgAndrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) - The future appears bleak for the Pentagon next year if another round of sequestration cuts totaling $52 billion go through. Defense Secretary Hagel on Wednesday released the results of a review he had requested to see what the potential impacts of sequestration might be on the military’s ability to carry out its strategic role. 

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Rep. Lewis: March on Washington ‘One of this Nation’s Finest Hours’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_2e6c863f2e.jpgMichael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Members of Congress gathered on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who as a young activist had delivered a keynote speech at the march, addressed his colleagues Wednesday as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used the occasion to criticize the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Voting Rights Act .

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Hillary Clinton Super PAC Pulls Donors from Obamaland

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_92b608d150.jpgSAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton’s super PAC is up and running with millions in the bank, and some of it comes from President Obama’s biggest financial backers in 2012. The group Ready for Hillary raised $1.25 million in its first full quarter of existence.  Its mission is to promote the still-non-existent presidential candidacy of Clinton, who is widely considered a top White House contender in 2016.

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Anthony Weiner: 'Quit Isn’t the Way We Roll' in NYC

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_ece5b577a6.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If Anthony Weiner is having second thoughts about his New York City mayoral run in the wake of new sexting revelations, sagging poll numbers and a circus-like atmosphere at campaign stops, he isn’t expressing them in public.

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