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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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Obama weighing executive action on guns

Posted: 01/15/2013 - Facing powerful opposition to sweeping gun regulations, President Barack Obama is weighing 19 steps that could be taken through executive action alone, congressional officials said.

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Pentagon nominee Hagel reaches out to senators

Posted: 01/15/2013 - Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, Obama's choice to be his new defense secretary, has reached out to all 100 senators and will be meeting personally with dozens of them starting this week

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Obama: Debt limit fight imperils elderly's checks

Posted: 01/15/2013 - Obama said he was willing to negotiate deficit reduction with GOP leaders but insisted that those talks be separate from decisions to raise the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling and avert a possible first-ever national default.

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Presidential strut is now iconic inaugural moment

Posted: 01/15/2013 - At some point on Inauguration Day, if all goes as expected, the president's limousine will slow to a stop on its journey down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House.

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Sandy aid package moving toward House votes

Posted: 01/15/2013 - Northeastern lawmakers hoping to push a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package through the House face roadblocks by fiscal conservatives seeking offsetting spending cuts to pay for recovery efforts

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Suicides in military rise, even as combat lessens

Posted: 01/15/2013 - For U.S. troops, less combat is not translating to less stress. Members of the military committed suicide at a record pace in 2012 — almost one per day — and some experts think the trend will grow worse this year.

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Court continues order targeting voter intimidation

Posted: 01/14/2013 - The Supreme Court has turned down an effort by the Republican National Committee to end a 30-year-old court order aimed at preventing intimidation of minority voters.

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Colin Powell says GOP having 'an identity problem'

Posted: 01/14/2013 - He says the GOP needs to "take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed" demographically, and that if the party doesn't change, "they're going to be in trouble."

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Sen. Corker raises issue of Hagel's 'temperament'

Posted: 01/14/2013 - A Republican senator says he thinks the issue of "overall temperament" will come up during former Sen. Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearing to be defense secretary.

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Critics complain Sandy aid tied to other projects

Posted: 01/14/2013 - Their complaint is that lots of the money that lawmakers are considering will actually go toward recovery efforts for past disasters and other projects unrelated to the late-October storm.

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