Archive for June 23rd, 2012

June 23, 2012

Daily Scoop Xtra: Is Obama a big spender?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)  — Is President Obama a big spender who has blown up the national debt?

Republicans say he is, and Democrats say he isn’t. And they both use numbers and past presidents’ records to make their point.

Trouble is, “you can make the numbers tell you what you want if you torture them enough,” said Rudolph Penner, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office.

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June 23, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: Oh NO! The Space Drones are Coming! [video]

The U.S. Air Force’s robotic X-37B space plane finally returned to Earth Saturday (June 16), wrapping up a mysterious mission that lasted more than year in orbit.

The unmanned X-37B spacecraft, also known as Orbital Test Vehicle-2 (OTV-2), glided back to Earth on autopilot, touching down at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:48 a.m. PDT this morning. The landing brought to an end the X-37B program’s second-ever spaceflight, a mission that lasted more than 15 months with objectives that remain shrouded in secrecy.

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June 23, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Powerful GOP congressman accused of campaign finance violations

Amidst swirling questions about the small number of very large GOP campaign donors, their fights in Congress and the courts to keep those donors’ names from the public, a new campaign finance scandal is building around a powerful, 3 term Republican congressman. 

Washington (CNN) — Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan, a self-made Florida millionaire, is only in his third term in Congress, but he already is in charge of fundraising for the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, and he sits on the powerful House Ways and Means committee.

But all that could be jeopardized. Federal investigations underway could result in Buchanan serving his next term behind bars.

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