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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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Economic jitters compete with Obama agenda

Posted: 01/31/2013 - Consumer confidence is falling, the economy is contracting and large automatic spending cuts are threatening to hit the Pentagon and other programs, with uncertain consequences.

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Republican Hagel faces GOP critics at hearing

Posted: 01/31/2013 - Republican Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary, is facing GOP critics who have challenged his past comments on Israel, Iran and nuclear weapons.

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Senate to clear debt limit increase for Obama

Posted: 01/31/2013 - The Senate is poised to permit the government to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars more to meet its obligations, putting off one Washington showdown even as others loom in coming weeks.

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Menendez says he reimbursed donor for 2 jaunts

Posted: 01/31/2013 - Sen. Robert Menendez's office says he reimbursed a prominent Florida political donor $58,500 for the full cost of two of three trips Menendez took on the donor's plane to the Dominican Republic in 2010.

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Illegal immigration foes despair over GOP moves

Posted: 01/31/2013 - Prominent Republicans, from television commentator Sean Hannity to former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, now support legalizing the status of some illegal immigrants.

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House members negotiate a proposal on immigration

Posted: 01/31/2013 - The group intends to unveil the legislation soon, perhaps around the time of Obama's State of the Union address Feb. 12, according to lawmakers and aides involved.

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Giffords pleads for gun curbs; NRA fights back

Posted: 01/31/2013 - Severely wounded and still recovering, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords begged lawmakers at an emotional hearing Wednesday to act quickly to curb firearms because "Americans are counting on you."

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Aide: Gabrielle Giffords to testify at gun hearing

Posted: 01/30/2013 - A Senate aide says wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be a surprise witness at Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on how to curb gun violence.

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Senate hearing pits NRA, gun-control supporters

Posted: 01/30/2013 - The two sides were squaring off Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose own members are divided in a microcosm of the debate that gun limits will face on their way through Congress.

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GOP lawmakers see automatic cuts as leverage

Updated: 01/30/2013 - Republican conservatives are pushing a politically risky move to permit painfully large automatic spending cuts to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs alike

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Report: Iran, Hezbollah terror threat rising

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Operating both independently and together, the militant groups are escalating their activities around the world, fueling worries in the U.S. that they increasingly have the ability and the willingness to attack the U.S

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Obama on immigration overhaul: 'Now is the time'

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Potential Senate roadblocks center on how to structure the avenue to citizenship and on whether legislation would cover same-sex couples — and that's all before a Senate measure could be debated.

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Dems agree on candidate to challenge NJ's Christie

Posted: 01/30/2013 - You might not have heard of New Jersey state Sen. Barbara Buono, though you've probably heard of the man she's itching to take on in the November election — Gov. Chris Christie.

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