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Hagel pick test of Senate on presidential choices

Posted: 01/18/2013 - In the middle of a bitter fight over a Republican president's nominee for defense secretary, a former White House occupant pleaded with senators to give the president his choice for the Pentagon job.

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US helping but hesitant on Mali intervention

Posted: 01/17/2013 - The Obama administration has declared it cannot accept new terrorist sanctuaries in Mali or anywhere else and has promised to support French and African efforts to restore security.

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AP sources: McDonough likely for chief of staff

Posted: 01/17/2013 - President Barack Obama is likely to name Denis McDonough, one of his closest national security advisers, as his next chief of staff, according to people familiar with the White House thinking.

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Obama is flexing his leverage on debt, immigration

Posted: 01/17/2013 - Obama is hiking pressure on congressional Republicans on the debt ceiling and immigration, two big issues in which public sentiment and political risks seem to favor him.

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Obama's gun measures face a tough road in Congress

Posted: 01/17/2013 - Although they are unlikely to endorse the president's call for banning assault weapons, they might go along with other proposals, such as requiring universal background checks on gun purchases.

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NRA begins pushback with Web ad criticizing Obama

Posted: 01/17/2013 - "Are the president's kids more important than yours?" a male narrator asks in the video. "Then why is he skeptical of putting armed security in schools, when his kids are protected by armed guards in their school?"

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Polls give hard-line bloc edge in Israel elections

Posted: 01/17/2013 - Polls give hawkish and religious parties led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a comfortable edge over their center-left rivals ahead of next week's parliamentary elections.

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Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package

Updated: 01/16/2013 - President Barack Obama on Wednesday launched the most sweeping effort to curb U.S. gun violence in nearly two decades, announcing a $500 million package that sets up a fight with Congress

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Stormy issue of Sandy aid settles down in House

Posted: 01/16/2013 - The political tempest stirred up by Superstorm Sandy appears to have moved on after wreaking havoc among congressional Republicans divided over how much aid to allocate to the victims.

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Tight security, protests expected at inauguration

Posted: 01/16/2013 - City and federal officials are implementing measures intended to prevent calamities, such as a terrorist attack, and to address more mundane concerns, such as slow-moving security lines and cold weather.

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IMF on sidelines as US budget fights brew nearby

Posted: 01/16/2013 - The IMF has been left largely on the sidelines as Democratic and Republican fights over the budget raise the specter of a U.S. default or another recession.

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Pentagon chief Panetta meets Pope Benedict

Posted: 01/16/2013 - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the leader of the world's largest military, met Pope Benedict XVI, the world's best known advocate for peace, at the Vatican on Wednesday.

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NRA shooting game no longer for preschoolers

Posted: 01/16/2013 - The move came amid pushback from liberal organizations that called the game tasteless and its timing politically motivated. It was released Sunday.

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Schumer, Boxer to back Hagel for Pentagon's job

Posted: 01/16/2013 - Chuck Hagel secured the backing of two of the staunchest pro-Israel Senate Democrats in a clear boost to the Republican's prospects of becoming President Barack Obama's next defense secretary.

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Ex-SC Gov. Sanford to announce run for Congress

Posted: 01/16/2013 - Nearly four years after his affair with an Argentine woman was exposed, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford plans to announce his return to politics and run for his old congressional seat.

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THE RESET: Obama, Congress spar over guns and debt

Posted: 01/16/2013 - They're at the heart of two of the most heated current debates now before Congress — on restricting gun ownership and raising the government's borrowing ceiling to pay current bills.

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Gingrich: GOP unwise to pick fight on debt limit

Posted: 01/15/2013 - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says House Republicans are making a mistake by using the issue of increasing the borrowing limit to challenge President Barack Obama on spending issues.

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Jeb Bush inadvertently criticizes Haslam priority

Posted: 01/15/2013 - The Republicans were discussing education initiatives Monday when Bush said he relished taking aim at the bigger issues facing his state even if it meant facing stronger resistance.

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Cost-cut talk is long on emotion, short on details

Posted: 01/15/2013 - The reason is simple. Americans embrace the general, abstract idea of reducing federal spending. Their support quickly fades, however, when specific programs are targeted.

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