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President Obama Calls for 'Collective Action' on Nation's Challenges


From: ABC News

President Obama Calls for 'Collective Action' on Nation's ChallengesInvoking the nation's founding values, President Obama marked the start of his second term today with a sweeping call for "collective action" to confront the economic and social challenges of America's present and future.

"That is our generation's task, to make these words, these rights, these values -- of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness -- real for every American," Obama said in an inaugural address delivered from the west front of the U.S. Capitol.

"Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time," he said, giving nod to the yawning partisan divide.

"But it does require us to act in our time." -Video-

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Sen. Randy Paul Repeats Debunked Obamacare Conspiracy Theory

From: HuffPo

Sen. Randy Paul Repeats Debunked Obamacare Conspiracy Theory  A nutty conspiracy theory involving doctors gathering intelligence on gun-owning patients in advance of a mass gun-confiscation plan has cropped up again after being touted Wednesday by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Speaking with evangelical leader Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, the outspoken Paul claimed that the President was "going to use Obamacare apparently to have doctors informing on their patients to whether or not they have guns," and then store the information in "government databanks," reports Right Wing Watch.

Perkins said he, too, had read of this plan to have doctors acting as informants and had been "just flabbergasted."

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Rep. Yarmuth Introduces Public Financing Bill to Get Money Out of Politics


Rep. John YarmuthWashington, D.C. – Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) has introduced the Fair Elections Now Act (H.R. 269), legislation that creates a public financing system for Congressional campaigns.

The bipartisan legislation, filed Tuesday with 52 original cosponsors, would enable small-dollar campaign donors to compete with special interests in Congressional elections, mitigate the effects of outside money in politics, and encourage a more diverse pool of candidates to run for federal office.

“Special-interest money has corroded the public’s confidence in our government and fueled the perception that Congress is for sale to the highest bidder,” Yarmuth said. “Until we get big money out of politics, we will never be able to responsibly address the major issues facing American families. The public financing system this legislation establishes is critical to repairing our broken electoral system and rebuilding our trust with the American people.”

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