While You Were Sleeping: 30 January 2013

By Newsroom America Staff at 30 Jan 2013

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(Wednesday, 30 January 3:30am) - While you were sleeping the gun and immigration debate continued to dominate politics, deep cuts were predicted for the Pentagon and other federal agencies and Toyota recalled a million cars in the United States.

PENTAGON

Washington Post: - Lawmakers in both parties are predicting that deep, across-the-board spending cuts will probably hit the Pentagon and other federal agencies on March 1.

Reuters: As Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Pentagon, prepared to meet with senior New York Senator Chuck Schumer in mid-January, the White House stepped in and ensured that the get-together would take place quickly - and in the West Wing.

IMMIGRATION

CNN: President Obama has acknowledged a fierce debate ahead on immigration, an issue he described as emotional and challenging.

GUN DEBATE

Fox News: As antigun measures struggle to win support of lawmakers, firearm critics urge President Obama to bypass Congress where possible, while some local leaders are taking matters into their own hands. SYRIA HORROR

BBC News: The conflict in Syria has reached "unprecedented levels of horror", UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says.

DREAMLINER GROUNDING

New York Times: Boeing knew of problems with the 787 Dreamliner batteries before the failures which led to the fleet being grounded.

CLINTON 2016?

ABC News: In her final television interview as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton told ABC's Cynthia McFadden that she is "flattered and honored" at the intense interest in whether she might run for president in 2016.

TOYOTA RECALL

USA Today: Toyota has recalled more than 1 million vehicles in the U.S.

BP OIL SPILL

Associated Press: Now that the U.S. Justice Department's criminal probe of BP PLC is resolved, the company faces billions of dollars more in civil penalties for its role in the 2010 massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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