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Menendez forcefully denies prostitution allegation

Posted: 02/05/2013 - After ducking comment for days, Sen. Robert Menendez is forcefully denying allegations he engaged with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, calling the claims false "smears."

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Obama stands firm on gun control despite long odds

Posted: 02/05/2013 - President Barack Obama declared Monday on his first trip outside Washington to promote gun control that a consensus is emerging for universal background checks for purchasers.

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Business, unions negotiating guest worker program

Posted: 02/05/2013 - Business leaders and labor union officials are delving into high-stakes negotiations over a particularly contentious element of immigration reform — a guest worker program to ensure future immigrants come here legally.

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Totals of number of Hispanics in House differ

Posted: 02/05/2013 - How many Hispanic members are there in Congress? Turns out narrowing it down to one number is not easy. There is no dispute about the Senate. The House, however, is another matter.

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Kerry has 'big heels to fill' at State Dep't

Posted: 02/05/2013 - New Secretary of State John Kerry reported for duty Monday, acknowledging that as Hillary Rodham Clinton's successor he has "big heels to fill."

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McCain cool to suggestion of Hagel filibuster

Posted: 02/05/2013 - Republican Sen. John McCain, a sharp critic of Chuck Hagel's nomination as defense secretary, said Monday he will not support a filibuster of President Barack Obama's pick.

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Senate tries again to move anti-violence bill

Posted: 02/05/2013 - The legislation to renew the Violence Against Women Act appeared on a smooth path toward passage in the Senate, possibly by the end of this week. Monday's vote to make the bill the next order of business was 85-8.

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Parking lot guns measure to get year's 1st hearing

Posted: 02/05/2013 - The state Senate is scheduled to hold its first hearing Tuesday on a gun bill that dominated last year's legislative session and caused aftershocks in the ensuing election season.

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Haslam may not be given choice on Medicaid growth

Posted: 02/04/2013 - Republican bills before both chambers of the General Assembly would prohibit the governor from pursuing an expansion to TennCare, the state's expanded Medicaid program.

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Coaching or online help; comparison tried

Updated: 02/04/2013 - As part of a grant to the Memphis City Schools, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is trying to determine which model will be more useful.

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NRA likens universal checks to gun registry

Posted: 02/04/2013 - The National Rifle Association's executive vice president continued to oppose background checks for all gun purchases despite polls indicating that most NRA members don't share his position.

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Panetta says politics at play in Hagel questioning

Posted: 02/04/2013 - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said "the political knives" came out when Chuck Hagel faced fellow Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing to be Pentagon chief.

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White House photo shows Obama skeet shooting

Posted: 02/04/2013 - Obama had set inquiring minds spinning when, in an interview with The New Republic magazine, he answered "yes" when asked if he had ever fired a gun. The admission came as a surprise to many.

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Report: FAA lags on fulfilling airline safety law

Posted: 02/04/2013 - Faced with substantial industry opposition, federal regulators are struggling to implement a sweeping aviation safety law enacted after the last fatal U.S. airline crash nearly four years ago.

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THE RESET: Gov't slowing economic and job growth

Posted: 02/04/2013 - The government continued to shed jobs in the first month of 2013, while the private sector again posted solid — if not robust — gains, the Labor Department reported Friday.

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Secret Service chief to step down this month

Posted: 02/04/2013 - In nearly seven years as director, Sullivan had to answer serious questions from lawmakers on two occasions about his employees' actions on the job and off.

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Obama to campaign for gun proposals in Minnesota

Posted: 02/04/2013 - President Barack Obama is seeking to rally support from the public and law enforcement community for his calls to ban assault weapons and install universal background checks

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John Kerry to address colleagues at State Dept.

Posted: 02/04/2013 - New Secretary of State John Kerry will be introducing himself to his agency's employees Monday after spending much of the weekend making connections with leaders around the world.

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Obama offers faith groups new birth control rule

Posted: 02/04/2013 - Facing a wave of lawsuits over what government can tell religious groups to do, the Obama administration is proposing a compromise for faith-based nonprofits that object to covering birth control

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Proposal seeks to block state Medicaid expansion

Posted: 02/01/2013 - Tennessee Senate Republicans are proposing legislation that seeks to prevent expansion of the state Medicaid program under provisions of President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Hagel emerges with solid Dem support for Pentagon

Posted: 02/01/2013 - Bruised and battered, Chuck Hagel emerged from his grueling confirmation hearing with solid Democratic support for his nomination to be President Barack Obama's next defense secretary

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Marines head shares skepticism on women in combat

Posted: 02/01/2013 - Gen. James Amos made the remarks to reporters Thursday at a defense conference in San Diego hosted by the U.S. Naval Institute and the defense trade group AFCEA.

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