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A revised GOP attack on 'Obamacare'

Posted: 09/18/2013 - It's a strategy fraught with political risk for Republicans, who could find themselves bearing the blame for any partial government shutdown that results from an impasse with the Senate.

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House conservatives back 'Obamacare' alternative

Posted: 09/18/2013 - A large group of House conservatives intends to unveil legislation providing an expanded tax break for consumers who purchase their own health coverage and increasing the government funding for high-risk pools.

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Report: Budget cuts hurt tax collections by IRS

Posted: 09/18/2013 - Collections from delinquent taxpayers dropped for the second straight year in 2012, due in part to budget cuts at the Internal Revenue Service, the agency's inspector general said.

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Shooting reignites gun talk, but bills still cold

Posted: 09/17/2013 - As Senate office buildings were closed to visitors Monday following the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, lawmakers from both sides of the debate offered sympathy for the victims.

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Congress looks to relax mandatory prison terms

Posted: 09/17/2013 - Mandy Martinson was at a low point in her life, her mother said, addicted to methamphetamine when she allowed a drug dealer she was dating to move in with her. Within weeks, police raided her house.

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Daley abruptly ends race for Illinois governor

Posted: 09/17/2013 - Just months ago, former White House chief of staff William Daley was among several influential Democrats threatening primary challenges to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn from within his own party.

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In budget faceoff, Obama warns of 'economic chaos'

Posted: 09/17/2013 - A potential federal shutdown looming, President Barack Obama on Monday warned congressional Republicans they could trigger national "economic chaos" if they demand a delay of his health care law

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Obama to tout economy while marking Lehman fall

Posted: 09/16/2013 - President Barack Obama is seeking credit for an economic turnaround, using the fifth anniversary of the collapse of the Lehman Brothers investment bank to highlight signs of recovery

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In Iowa, Biden touts diplomatic progress in Syria

Posted: 09/16/2013 - Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to a decidedly anti-war audience in Iowa on Sunday, played down the Obama administration's pledge to use military force to rid Syria of chemical weapons.

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Obama: Syria debate is diplomacy lesson for Iran

Posted: 09/16/2013 - President Barack Obama says his administration's approach to Syria's chemical weapons should show Iran that there's the potential for diplomatic solutions to arms standoffs.

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Lawmakers debate whether US was outfoxed on Syria

Posted: 09/16/2013 - Lawmakers assessing the agreement on Syria's chemical weapons argued Sunday about whether President Barack Obama was outfoxed by the Russians and had lost leverage in trying to end the civil war

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Senate confirms nominee caught up in Benghazi

Posted: 09/13/2013 - By voice vote and with no debate, the Senate approved the nomination of Nuland, who had served as State Department spokeswoman during Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure.

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Kerry: Syria peace prospects ride on weapons talks

Updated: 09/13/2013 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that prospects for a resumption in the Syrian peace process are riding on the outcome of U.S.-Russian talks

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Kerry set to test Russia on Syria weapons

Posted: 09/12/2013 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva Thursday morning to test the seriousness of a Russian proposal to secure Syria's chemical weapons.

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Health overhaul confuses Medicare beneficiaries

Posted: 09/12/2013 - That's the message federal health officials are trying to get out to elderly consumers confused by overlapping enrollment periods for Medicare and so-called "Obamacare."

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Democrats hit Speaker Ramsey over Obama tweet

Updated: 09/12/2013 - State Democrats are criticizing Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey over a Twitter post that said President Barack Obama was trying to become an ally with al-Qaida in Syria.

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