Obama Rewards Another Donor; Businesses Have To Swear They Aren’t Firing People Over Obamacare; NSA Stonewalls Inquiries; Secession Movement Brews In Maryland; Lindsey Graham Goes Bona Fide – Wednesday Morning News Roundup 2-12-2014

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • A controversial White House nominee for a human rights position is headed for a “nuclear” fight on the Senate floor. Citing ethical concerns, Senate Republicans have balked at confirming Keith Harper, a former fundraiser for President Obama who has been nominated to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Source: The Hill… 

 

  • Obama Administration officials made clear in a press briefing that firms would not be allowed to lay off workers to get into the preferred class of those businesses with 50 to 99 employees. How will the feds know what employers were thinking when hiring and firing? Simple. Firms will be required to certify to the IRS – under penalty of perjury – that Obamacare was not a motivating factor in their staffing decisions. Source: Fox News…

 

  • Since last year’s revelations about the National Security Agency’s massive communications data dragnets, the spy agency has been inundated with requests from Americans and others wanting to know if it has files on them. All of them are being turned down. Source: McClatchy…

 

  • A tale of two Marylands: Western Maryland and the rest of the state. Fed up with high taxes and gun control, some people want to break away and go it alone. Source: CBS Baltimore…

 

  • Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is going on the air early to tout his conservative bona fides months ahead of his June primary election. Graham has faced criticism from the right for his positions on immigration and climate change, and is facing five primary opponents, none of whom have much money for the race. Source: The Hill…

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