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Leading Democrat: Gun control faces uphill climb

Posted: 01/28/2013 - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who's leading the push to restore an assault weapon ban, acknowledged on Sunday that the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress and she blamed the nation's largest gun-rights group.

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Kenya elections observers to enhance transparency

Posted: 01/28/2013 - An official says Kenya's March elections will be closely monitored by the international community and local groups to help identify potential problems that may lead to tensions in the electoral process.

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Obama birth control mandates loosens lawsuits

Posted: 01/28/2013 - The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court.

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AP Source: Obama picks Mary Jo White to lead SEC

Posted: 01/24/2013 - President Barack Obama will nominate Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, tapping an attorney with broad experience in prosecuting white-collar crimes

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Kerry testifies before panel he chairs

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Sen. John Kerry, President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of state, said Thursday that the United States must get its fiscal house in order to lead worldwide

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Panetta says women in combat is a strength

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Allowing women to serve in combat roles will strengthen the U.S. military's ability to win wars, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday, shortly before his official announcement of the landmark change.

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Democrats reintroduce assault weapons ban

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Congressional Democrats are reintroducing legislation to ban assault weapons but the measure faces long odds even after last month's mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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Kerry to field questions from panel he chairs

Updated: 01/24/2013 - Democratic Sen. John Kerry, on a smooth path to confirmation as secretary of state, is likely to face friendly questioning when he testifies before the committee that he's served on for 28 years and led for the past four.

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Military has to decide which combat jobs for women

Posted: 01/24/2013 - The Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat presents a daunting challenge to top military leaders who now will have to decide which, if any, jobs they believe should be open only to men.

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Congress charts new collision course over deficit

Posted: 01/24/2013 - The Republicans' new approach would require even deeper cuts in social programs than they pushed last year. Liberals denounced those earlier plans as severe and unfair

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Defiant Clinton takes on lawmakers on Libya attack

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered fiery rejoinders Wednesday to Republican critics of the Obama administration's handling of the deadly attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi

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Gay rights groups seek order on employer bias

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Gay rights advocates are renewing their push for President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees.

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53 senators urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline

Posted: 01/24/2013 - A letter signed by 53 senators said Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of a revised route through his state puts the long-delayed project squarely in the president's hands.

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Dems, GOP may be near end of filibuster dispute

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Whatever the resolution, it probably won't require filibustering senators to debate on the Senate floor until exhaustion, like the actor Jimmy Stewart did in the movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

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Soul-searching in focus as GOP gathers in NC

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Republican soul-searching begins in earnest this week as GOP officials from every state in the nation come together for the first time since their party's November shellacking.

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THE RESET: Delay becoming the norm for US gov't

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Congress often gives itself more breathing room. In other words, it kicks the can down the road. It's an overused expression nearly everybody scoffs at or denounces. Yet lots of cans litter the road ahead.

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Biden to promote gun control in pro-gun Virginia

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Vice President Joe Biden is launching a White House campaign of road trips to promote gun control with a visit to Virginia, a state that has experienced its own school shooting tragedy yet maintains an avidly pro-gun tradition.

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Bill targets hotel pay for Nashville-area lawmakers

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Under current rules, every lawmaker receives $173 each day to offset meals and lodging while they are participating in legislative proceedings, regardless of whether they spend the night at a hotel.

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Feisty Clinton: US strengthening embassy security

Posted: 01/23/2013 - In her last formal congressional testimony on Capitol Hill as America's top diplomat, Clinton once again took full responsibility for the department's missteps leading up to assault at the U.S. facility in Benghazi

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Clinton: 'very promising leads' on Benghazi attack

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the FBI is "following some very promising leads and putting together cases" as they investigate the Sept. 11 attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi

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Alexander, Hatch introduce bill repealing individual mandate

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is teaming up with fellow Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) to introduce new legislation to repeal the requirement that nearly all Americans have health insurance starting next year.

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