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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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December tax collections beat projections by $25M

Posted: 01/10/2013 - Tennessee's general fund revenue collections came in $25 million above expectations in December, bringing the total surplus through the first five months of the budget year to $84 million.

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In picking Lew, Obama turns a page at Treasury

Posted: 01/10/2013 - Obama is expected to nominate Lew as early as Thursday, continuing to put a second-term imprint on his Cabinet by choosing yet another close ally for a key government post.

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Biden to meet with NRA to discuss gun safety

Posted: 01/10/2013 - The Obama administration is sitting down with gun owners groups — including the National Rifle Association — as officials look at ways to curb gun violence.

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Obama inauguration tickets peddled online

Posted: 01/10/2013 - Tickets to President Barack Obama's inauguration are supposed to be free, but they're being peddled on eBay and Craigslist for up to $2,000 apiece.

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Obama using MLK, Lincoln Bibles during oath

Posted: 01/10/2013 - President Barack Obama is putting a symbolic twist on a time-honored tradition, taking the oath of office for his second term with his hand placed not on a single Bible, but two

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Defense nominee Hagel lays out stand on Iran

Posted: 01/10/2013 - In private meetings with top military and defense leaders and staff this week, Hagel sought to counter critics who say he is soft on Iran and would be the most antagonistic secretary toward Israel.

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US tax code longer than Bible

Posted: 01/10/2013 - At nearly 4 million words, the U.S. tax law is so thick and complicated that businesses and individuals spend more than 6 billion hours a year complying with filing requirements, according to a report.

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THE RESET: Foreign policy moves into spotlight

Posted: 01/10/2013 - Re-elected American presidents often reset their focus to foreign policy when dealings at home with Congress become too contentious. President Barack Obama is moving the other way.

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Alexander: Swap feds Medicaid for education

Posted: 01/09/2013 - Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is proposing a "grand swap" in which the federal government would take over all responsibility for Medicaid and the states would gain all control over education.

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