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Dem source: Obama to name environmental figure

Posted: 12/10/2008 - A Democratic official says Presidential-elect Barack Obama has selected a deputy mayor of Los Angeles to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

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Durbin urges special election to succeed Obama

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois says the state's legislature should order a special election to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat rather than allow Gov. Rod Blagojevich to pick a new senator.

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US Atty: Not alleging Obama knew of Ill. gov. plan

Posted: 12/09/2008 - The U.S. Attorney in Chicago says his office is making "no allegations" that President-elect Barack Obama was aware of any alleged scheming by arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Rice, Clinton dine on sea bass, American diplomacy

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and designated successor Hillary Rodham Clinton have met and broken bread for the first time since the former first lady was tapped to become America's next top diplomat.

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NY Rep. King interested in NY Senate

Posted: 12/09/2008 - New York Republican Rep. Peter King tells The Associated Press he is preparing for a run for the New York Senate, even if that means facing off against Caroline Kennedy for the seat now held by Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Tennessee GOP chief foresees new legislative map

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Tennessee Republican Chairman Robin Smith is looking for GOP majorities in the state Legislature to get bigger when new districts are drawn after the census in 2010.

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7 NC soldiers charged with death not in jail

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Seven paratroopers charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a soldier at Fort Bragg aren't incarcerated while they await investigative hearings.

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Iacocca says US auto execs shouldn't be ousted

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Former Chrysler Chairman and CEO Lee Iacocca says the leaders of Detroit's automakers should not be forced to quit as a condition of getting government loans.

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Markey wants waiver for air pollution standards

Posted: 12/09/2008 - The head of a House global warming panel says Congress should grant a waiver to allow California and other states to impose stricter emission rules than the federal standard.

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North Korea nuke envoys discuss verifying past activity

Posted: 12/09/2008 - He admits there's still a long way to go. But U.S. envoy Christopher Hill says it would be "an important milestone" if a draft proposal for verifying North Korea's accounting of its nuclear program is ironed out.

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Progress reported in talks on bailout legislation

Posted: 12/09/2008 - The White House and Congress continue to move toward the finish line on a bailout package for the Big Three automakers. However, the Bush administration still wants tougher consequences than Democratic leaders are looking for, if carmakers fail to control costs.

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Ill. Gov. Blagojevich arrested on federal charges

Updated: 12/09/2008 - Federal authorities in Chicago have arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and they've accused him of attempting to benefit financially from his position to appoint Barack Obama's Senate replacement. Gov. Blagojevich is quoted as saying he wasn't going to give a Senate seat "away for nothing."

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House speaker says talks continue on auto bailout

Updated: 12/08/2008 - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says negotiations are continuing with the White House on a $15 billion auto bailout that lawmakers are hoping to bring to a vote this week.

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Ex-Mass. sen. pleads not guilty to taking bribes

Posted: 12/08/2008 - A former Massachusetts state senator who was photographed by the FBI allegedly stuffing bribe money under her sweater has pleaded not guilty to attempted extortion charges at her formal arraignment in federal court.

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Obama, Gore to meet in Chicago

Posted: 12/08/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama will meet privately with former Vice President Al Gore in Chicago Tuesday.

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Bush: Pressure best response to combat terror

Posted: 12/08/2008 - President George W. Bush says the United States will continue to face the threat of terror and the best response is to "keep the pressure on constantly."

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AP Interview: Marines will shift to Afghanistan

Posted: 12/08/2008 - The top U.S. Marine general says there is a growing consensus among defense leaders to send a substantial contingent of Marines to Afghanistan, probably beginning next spring, while dramatically reducing their deployments to western Iraq.

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Franken retracts hundreds more ballot challenges

Posted: 12/08/2008 - Democrat Al Franken is pulling back another 425 of the ballots he challenged in the Minnesota Senate recount, bringing the total he's retracted to more than 1,000.

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