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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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House GOP seeks to defuse debt crisis

Posted: 01/23/2013 - With tacit support from President Barack Obama, House Republicans are moving to try to defuse a potential debt crisis with legislation to prevent an economy-rattling fiscal crisis for at least three months.

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Clinton to face Congress on Libya assault

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faces tough questions in her long-awaited congressional testimony concerning the assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi

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Gay activists laud Obama speech, now want action

Updated: 01/23/2013 - President Barack Obama's emphatic gay-rights advocacy in his inaugural address thrilled many activists. Yet almost immediately came the questions and exhortations as to what steps should be taken next.

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Exonerated general says he's pleased to be cleared

Updated: 01/23/2013 - Gen. John Allen says he is pleased that he was exonerated in a Pentagon investigation into his email exchanges with a Florida socialite linked to the sex scandal that led David Petraeus to resign as CIA director.

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Biden's recent moves stoking chatter about 2016

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Joe Biden is thanking Democratic supporters in the afterglow of President Barack Obama's second inauguration, dropping plenty of hints that he may try to cement Obama's legacy with his own presidential campaign in 2016.

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White House: Obama wouldn't block GOP debt bill

Posted: 01/23/2013 - The Obama administration says it won't oppose a House Republican proposal to increase the nation's $16.4 trillion borrowing authority for only three months

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Clinton retires debt from 2008 campaign

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show Clinton's campaign made payments of $73,000 on Dec. 31 to a consulting firm run by former adviser and pollster Mark Penn.

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Corker named top Republican on Foreign Relations Cmte.

Posted: 01/22/2013 - On Wednesday, Hilary Clinton will testify before the committee about the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012.

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Obama stands his ground on fiscal debates

Posted: 01/22/2013 - President Barack Obama devoted one word — "deficit" — to the issue that brought Washington to the brink of fiscal crises time and again during his first term.

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Environmentalists hail Obama climate change focus

Posted: 01/22/2013 - Obama pledged in his inaugural speech to respond to what he called the threat of climate change, saying, "Failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."

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Study: High school grad rate highest since '76

Posted: 01/22/2013 - The nation's high school graduation rate is the highest since 1976, but more than a fifth of students are still failing to get their diploma in four years, the Education Department said in a study released Tuesday.

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