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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Is The Secession Movement Succeeding?

A screenshot taken Tuesday of the petition to allow Texas to withdraw from the United States.

Within days of the election, dozens of petitions for secession from the United States were gaining signatures on the White House’s “We The People” website.

Now some of the most popular ones have passed the threshold of 25,000 signatures needed to trigger a review and response from the White House.

The White House has a self-imposed limit of 30 days to respond to a petition from the time it gains enough signatures. Kevin Cirilli has been monitoring the petitions for Politico.

He tells Here & Now he would be surprised if the White House doesn’t respond.

“They’ve been very good about answering in the past,” he said. “I think we’ll see something in the next couple of weeks.”

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