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Senate OKs gay rights bill banning discrimination

Posted: 11/08/2013 - Reflecting Americans' increasing acceptance of gays, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Voters reward pragmatic, but limited government

Posted: 11/08/2013 - That could be instructive for lawmakers as a dysfunctional and divided Washington wrestles with philosophical questions about the federal budget and President Barack Obama's health care law.

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State GOP and former top aide settle lawsuit

Posted: 11/08/2013 - The state GOP and former chief of staff Mark Winslow have settled a lawsuit over the public disclosure of his severance pay after he left the party.

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Women heading to Navy Riverine combat jobs

Posted: 11/07/2013 - Her instructor, standing next to her, orders her forward again, and despite the slow, careful creep, the Navy boat knocks into the pier.

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Kerry sees some clarity from Mideast peace talks

Posted: 11/07/2013 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he was "pleased" with his discussions among Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week as he scrambled to salvage faltering peace talks in a furious round of shuttle diplomacy.

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FBI wants hacker who helped catch cheating lovers

Posted: 11/07/2013 - Among the five people added this week to the FBI's list of "most wanted" cybercriminals is a former San Diego college student who developed an $89 program called "Loverspy" or "Email PI."

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Jason Carter to run for Ga. governor

Posted: 11/07/2013 - Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and a state lawmaker from Atlanta, said Thursday he plans to run for governor of Georgia next year.

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Former Democratic senator facing charges

Posted: 11/07/2013 - The former lawmaker left the Legislature to run for the 4th Congressional District seat last year but was easily defeated by Republican incumbent Scott DesJarlais.

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Analysis: Post-shutdown, pragmatism is in

Posted: 11/06/2013 - In Democratic-leaning New Jersey, voters gave Republican Chris Christie a second term and rewarded him for his bipartisan, get-it-done, inclusive pitch.

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Health website's security prompts worries

Posted: 11/06/2013 - Obama administration officials are facing mounting questions about whether they cut corners on security testing while rushing to meet a self-imposed deadline to launch online health insurance markets.

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Sebelius faces lawmakers anew on health care law

Posted: 11/06/2013 - Sebelius was due to face questions Wednesday from the Senate Finance Committee, whose chairman, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., was a chief author of the 2010 law and remains a vocal defender.

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Kerry seeks movement in Israeli, Palestinian talks

Posted: 11/06/2013 - After being launched in July with great fanfare, peace negotiations quickly ran into trouble with no visible signs of progress and both sides reverting to a familiar pattern of finger pointing.

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Casinos, pot, secession among US ballot measures

Posted: 11/06/2013 - Voters across the country faced ballot measures Tuesday ranging from whether to approve seven casinos in New York to the fate of Houston's iconic Astrodome.

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Chris Christie re-elected governor of New Jersey

Posted: 11/06/2013 - Gov. Chris Christie was re-elected with ease Tuesday, demonstrating the kind of broad, bipartisan appeal that will serve as his opening argument should he seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

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Democrat Bill de Blasio elected mayor of New York

Posted: 11/06/2013 - With 51 percent of precincts reporting, De Blasio, the city's public advocate, had 73 percent of the vote compared with 25 percent for Republican Joe Lhota, former chief of the metropolitan area's transit agency.

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Turner to step down as caucus chair

Posted: 11/06/2013 - State Rep. Mike Turner, who has served in the role for five years, cited philosophical differences with the state's Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron.

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Senate moves ahead on gay rights bill

Posted: 11/05/2013 - The Senate is moving forward on the first major bill barring workplace discrimination against gays in nearly two decades as Americans' shifting views about homosexuality have significantly changed the political dynamic.

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Senators grapple with health care rollout woes

Posted: 11/05/2013 - Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner will go before the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, or HELP, committee as the balky HealthCare.gov website continues to experience service problems.

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Hagel warns of dangers in deep cuts to defense

Posted: 11/05/2013 - The Pentagon is preparing top-to-bottom changes, including a push to limit the growth of military pay, as it adjusts to steep budget cuts and the winding down of war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

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