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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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Obama, Karzai meeting to discuss ending Afghan war

Posted: 01/11/2013 - President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai meet Friday at the White House to discuss the future of the U.S. role in Afghanistan and the 66,000 American troops in harm's way.

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Top talent lined up for Obama's inaugural events

Posted: 01/11/2013 - President Barack Obama is drawing an A-list of performers for his inaugural festivities, including a massive gala expected to draw more than 35,000 revelers.

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Clock ticks down for decision on Detroit finances

Posted: 01/11/2013 - Mayor Dave Bing, who has been dead-set against state oversight, said earlier this week that results of a monthlong review of the city's red ink-stained books could be presented as early as Friday to Gov. Rick Snyder.

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Obama campaign supporters to discuss future

Posted: 01/11/2013 - President Barack Obama's supporters plan to gather during the weekend of his inauguration to discuss the future of his campaign operation — and how it could support his second-term agenda.

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THE RESET: Obama picks familiar faces for 2nd term

Posted: 01/11/2013 - He's been nominating people who are already well within his comfort zone and likely to actively promote his agenda, let the chips fall where they may in dealings with Republicans.

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Biden seeks video game industry input on guns

Posted: 01/11/2013 - Biden is scheduled to meet with video game representatives Friday as the White House explores cultural factors that may contribute to violent behavior.

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