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Kerry works to shore up relations with Brazil

Posted: 08/13/2013 - Kerry will have talks with Brazilian officials, including President Dilma Rousseff, on Tuesday as part of the Obama administration's quest for deeper relations with the region.

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Biden keeps his name in the game for 2016

Posted: 08/13/2013 - hree years out from the next presidential election, the vice president is polishing his connections and racking up favors in all the right states to ensure he stays part of the conversation.

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Holder goes after mandatory federal drug sentences

Posted: 08/13/2013 - Attorney General Eric Holder announced a major shift Monday in federal sentencing policies, targeting long mandatory terms that he said have flooded the nation's prisons with low-level drug offenders.

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Hillary Clinton calls for election reform

Posted: 08/13/2013 - Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton kicked off a series of speeches on Monday with a call to combat what she called an "assault on voting rights."

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Obama: Progress made on disability claims backlog

Posted: 08/12/2013 - President Barack Obama assured disabled veterans Saturday that his administration is making progress on reducing a backlog of disability claims and said the number of requests for assistance has fallen

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Holder proposes changes in criminal justice system

Posted: 08/12/2013 - Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation's criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes.

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Biden to attend fundraiser in Iowa, key 2016 state

Posted: 08/12/2013 - Vice President Joe Biden will head to Iowa next month to headline Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin's steak fry fundraiser, a key stop for aspiring presidential candidates.

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Obama tees off Vineyard vacation at golf course

Posted: 08/12/2013 - Obama spent more than five hours at the Farm Neck Golf Club on his first outing of a weeklong stay on the exclusive Massachusetts island, where he arrived Saturday afternoon.

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State museum show about Alexander put on hold

Posted: 08/09/2013 - The Tennessee State Museum has put on hold plans for a statewide traveling exhibit about U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's times as governor. Concerns were raised about the state promoting the Republican amid his e-election campaign.

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US, Russia show brave face despite tattered ties

Posted: 08/09/2013 - The U.S. and Russia are trying to repair deep damage to relations caused by diplomatic collisions on issues including missile defense, the crisis in Syria and the case of Edward Snowden.

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Palestinians complain to Kerry about settlements

Posted: 08/09/2013 - The second round of U.S.-brokered Mideast peace talks will be held next week, the State Department said Thursday, even as the Palestinians protested new Israeli settlement activity.

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Obama to sign student loan deal

Posted: 08/09/2013 - Students heading back to college this fall will save thousands in interest charges on their loans after they graduate once President Barack Obama signs into law a rare bipartisan compromise.

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Obama calls on Greece to balance growth, austerity

Posted: 08/09/2013 - President Barack Obama called on Greece Thursday to balance austerity with growth as it seeks to recover from financial crisis, invoking a need for the Greek people to "see a light at the end of the tunnel."

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US orders diplomats out of Lahore, Pakistan

Posted: 08/09/2013 - The move was not related to the threat of an al-Qaida attack that prompted Washington to close temporarily 19 diplomatic posts in the Middle East and Africa, U.S. officials said.

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Can Washington agree on anything? Yes, the Nats

Posted: 08/08/2013 - Other ballclubs may stake the claim to "America's team," but when it comes to the nation's political class, it's the Washington Nationals in a landslide.

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Greek premier to meet Obama, talk economic crisis

Posted: 08/08/2013 - The State Department says the U.S. will offer support for Greece's efforts to emerge from a deep economic crisis during the Greek prime minister's visit to Washington.

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Scientists plan controversial lab-made bird flu

Posted: 08/08/2013 - Scientists who sparked an outcry by creating easier-to-spread versions of the bird flu for research purposes want to try such experiments again using a worrisome new strain

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Same-sex spouses may get military benefits

Posted: 08/08/2013 - Same-sex spouses of military members could get health care, housing and other benefits by the end of August under a proposal being considered by the Pentagon.

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