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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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Clinton likely to testify on Libya assault Jan. 22

Posted: 01/09/2013 - The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton likely will testify before the panel on Jan. 22 about the assault in Libya that killed four Americans.

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Wisconsin Assembly's all-nighters targeted

Updated: 01/09/2013 - The new Republican speaker of the Assembly has some ideas for ending the all-night sessions, but he refused to announce what any of them were after a private meeting Tuesday with Democratic leaders

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GOP senator threatens delay on CIA nomination

Posted: 01/09/2013 - Sen. Lindsey Graham said the Senate should not confirm any Obama nominee for the nation's top spy post until the administration elaborates on the attack

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US Senator: Israel should not worry about Hagel

Posted: 01/09/2013 - Some in Israel view Chuck Hagel as unsympathetic to Israel because his positions on Iran and the Palestinians seem to be at odds with those of the Israeli government.

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