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For Israel, attack on Iran seems off the table

Posted: 10/02/2013 - Despite some tough rhetoric in a speech to the U.N. by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it will be all but impossible for Israel to take military action once negotiations between Iran and world powers resume.

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Pentagon wants more workers exempt from furloughs

Posted: 10/01/2013 - Hagel, who is on a weeklong trip to South Korea and Japan for meetings with defense and diplomatic officials, said he is being asked about the budget battle during his visit.

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GOP demanded lawmakers pay more for health care

Posted: 10/01/2013 - The government pays roughly three-fourths of federal workers' health insurance premiums. House Republicans would end that contribution by amending the Senate's temporary spending bill.

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Congress plunges nation into government shutdown

Posted: 10/01/2013 - Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill.

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Anti-Lamar group wants to oust Tenn GOP head

Posted: 09/30/2013 - A group seeking to deny incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander another term in office is pushing to oust the head of Tennessee's Republican Party.

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Foreign minister: Iran open to negotiations

Posted: 09/30/2013 - Iran would open its nuclear facilities to international inspectors as part of broad negotiations with the United States that could eventually restore diplomatic relations between the adversaries.

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Obama to meet with Netanyahu, Iran likely topic

Posted: 09/30/2013 - President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are meeting at a time that the three-decade estrangement between the United States and Iran may be nearing an end.

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Small number of schools drop out of lunch program

Posted: 09/30/2013 - The Agriculture Department says 524 schools have dropped out of the federally subsidized national school lunch program since the government introduced new standards for healthier foods last year.

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Thune to headline Rutherford County GOP event

Posted: 09/27/2013 - John Thune, the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, is scheduled to be the featured speaker at a Rutherford County Republican Party event in November.

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Obama's no-negotiation stance setting new tone

Posted: 09/27/2013 - It's a proposition not without risk and one with a history of last-minute accommodations on both sides. Brinkmanship between Obama and congressional Republicans has often stopped at the precipice's edge.

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Preparing for shutdown, government plans furloughs

Posted: 09/27/2013 - More than a third of federal workers would be told to stay home if the government shuts down, forcing the closure of national parks from California to Maine and all the Smithsonian museums in the nation's capital.

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Senate seeks to reverse law on engineered crops

Posted: 09/27/2013 - The Senate is seeking to reverse a controversial law that allows farmers to harvest genetically modified crops even when the crops are caught up in legal battles.

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Obamacare online sign-up delayed for small businesses

Posted: 09/26/2013 - Administration officials are quietly telling key interest groups to expect initial glitches signing up online for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

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House GOP considers options on possible shutdown

Posted: 09/26/2013 - Pressure is building on fractious House Republicans over legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown, as the Democratic-led Senate is expected to strip a tea party-backed plan to defund Obamacare

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Lawmakers seek to fix 'terrorist lottery loophole'

Posted: 09/26/2013 - Lawmakers who oversee U.S. intelligence agencies are working to expand the government's spying powers to allow it to continue electronically monitoring terror suspects who travel to the U.S.

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SAT scores remain mostly stagnant

Posted: 09/26/2013 - Scores on the SAT college entrance exam were largely stagnant for a third year, although African-American students made slight gains, the College Board said Thursday.

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Postal rate hike proposal faces Senate scrutiny

Posted: 09/26/2013 - The Postal Service's proposal to raise the price of mailing a letter to 49 cents is sure to face scrutiny from lawmakers as a Senate panel considers bipartisan legislation to overhaul the cash-strapped agency.

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Government shutdown wouldn't stop Obamacare

Posted: 09/26/2013 - Deleting the money to implement the law, the GOP's dream scenario, would indeed cripple Obamacare. But that's much less likely to happen than a government shutdown.

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State Rep. Joshua Evans to seek Senate seat

Posted: 09/25/2013 - State Rep. Joshua Evans of Greenbrier announced Tuesday that he will run for the Senate District 25 seat next year, joining former Sen. Kerry Roberts of Springfield in the race.

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