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John Kerry Nominated as Secretary of State, NRA Calls for More Guns and Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

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John Kerry, who currently chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been nominated for Secretary of State by President Obama. You may not know this, but Kerry was instrumental in changing the way that Clarkston, Ga., dealt with its refugee population. 

Kerry was first elected to the Senate in 1984, and re-elected in 1990, 1996 and 2002, according to Biography.com. He ran for president in 2004 against George W. Bush, and lost. 

Other notable accomplishments:

  • Graduated from Yale in 1966
  • Earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts while serving in Vietnam
  • Served as head of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War when he returned in 1970
  • Has strong relationships with many different heads of state, according to CNN.com
  • Traveled to Pakistan to improve strained relationships, including after the raid that killed Bin Laden

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The NRA has called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools in a recent press conference. The conference was interrupted by activists calling for a ban on assault weapons, along with tighter regulations.

Members of CodePink, an antiwar organization, shouted that the NRA is "killing our kids" and "the violence begins with the NRA."

"The NRA is there with a stack of propaganda statements, so we are there to speak for the millions of people who dissent from their opinion," said CodePink member Joan Stallard

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And in "fiscal cliff" news, it looks like we might actually fall off it. The stock market fell 1 percent on Friday as investors grow increasingly nervous about the gridlock in Washington. 

Among other things, our tax rebates could be seriously delayed if a resolution isn't made by Jan. 1. That's because the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) needs to be adjusted for inflation, and that would be part of the negotiations. Not only would the rebates be delayed, but many families could pay more in taxes than they are anticipating. 

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John Kinison December 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM
how smart is it to have Kerry, who is a member of skull and bones, made Secretary of State, when its widely known that members of that secret society will be loyal to the skull and bones agenda first, before what is the best interests of our country
Jim Halpen December 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Is the swift boat business behind him now???
Rebecca McCarthy (Editor) December 22, 2012 at 03:54 PM
As was Georgia W. Bush and George HW Bush? Is this really your concern? What if he had been a member of Whiffinpoofs?
Michael k December 22, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Senator Kerry was nominated because his Republican buddies in Congress assured the President that his confirmation would be relatively painless. They got their partisan pound of flesh from Ambassador Rice. Some may put on a show of bluster but the confirmation process will go smoothly.
Kardashianblues December 22, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Better him than those lying, good for nothing, two for the price of one, pathetic waste of time Clintons. Read the late Barbara Olsons' book "Hell to pay". This past election just might have had a better outcome, truth been told. It was obvious from the get go. No one can even pretend to be as stupid over the Benghazi disaster. Further, Obama has quickly turned the tides of socialist ideals upon us, and Americans are too stupid, and dummed down to respond. We are in a police state, created by the majority of dummies who elect an inexperienced politician. Coverups, scams, and frauds.

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