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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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Lawmakers re-elect Tenn. constitutional officers

Posted: 01/09/2013 - Hargett was elected Wednesday to another four-year term, while Wilson and Lillard won their third two-year terms in office. All three were first elected by the Republican majority in the General Assembly in 2009.

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Beyonce, Clarkson to perform at Obama inauguration

Posted: 01/09/2013 - The committee planning the Jan. 21 event also announced Wednesday that Kelly Clarkson will perform "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and James Taylor will sing "America the Beautiful"

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Biden to meet with gun-safety, victims groups

Posted: 01/09/2013 - Seeking to spur fresh action on gun legislation, Vice President Joe Biden is meeting at the White House with victims groups and gun-safety organizations.

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Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib, other sites receive $5M

Posted: 01/09/2013 - A defense contractor whose subsidiary was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to torture detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison has paid $5.28 million to former prisoners held there.

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US may leave no troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014

Updated: 01/09/2013 - The Obama administration says it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014, an option that defies the Pentagon's view that thousands of troops may be needed to contain al-Qaida

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US sees Iran behind hostage photos of ex-FBI agent

Updated: 01/09/2013 - The extraordinary photos — showing Levinson's hair wild and gray, his beard long and unkempt — are being seen for the first time publicly after the family provided copies to the AP.

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