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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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Graham calls for delay on Brennan nomination

Posted: 01/08/2013 - A Republican senator is calling for a delay in confirming President Barack Obama's pick for CIA director until the administration provides answers on the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Libya.

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White House ramping up gun violence discussions

Updated: 01/08/2013 - The group, led by Vice President Joe Biden, was formed in response to last month's horrific massacre of 20 children and six adults at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

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Obama defense pick faces rough going in Senate

Posted: 01/08/2013 - President Barack Obama's pick of Chuck Hagel to helm the Pentagon faces rough going in the Senate as a handful of Republicans quickly announced their opposition to a former GOP colleague

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Obama, Karzai to meet in Washington on Friday

Posted: 01/08/2013 - The White House says Obama and Karzai will discuss the next phases of the U.S. transition out of Afghanistan. Obama is expected soon to decide what the U.S. role in Afghanistan will be after 2014.

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Obama's CIA pick chose spycraft over priesthood

Posted: 01/08/2013 - The stern-looking man who nonetheless salted a few wry quips into his brief comments Monday pulled himself out of consideration in 2008 after being accused of supporting a terrorist interrogation program

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Reid says he misspoke with disaster comparison

Posted: 01/08/2013 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that he misspoke when he suggested in a Senate speech that damage from Superstorm Sandy was worse than that inflicted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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Black ties, booze and access marks of inauguration

Posted: 01/08/2013 - With ticket costs reaching into five figures for some of these events — and free for the coveted VIPs, of course — the sideline events throughout inauguration weekend are the big draws for advocates and lobbyists

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Unusual respite from surging health care costs

Posted: 01/08/2013 - Americans kept health care spending in check for three years in a row, the government reported Monday, an unusual respite that could linger if the economy stays soft

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McChrystal calls for enduring Afghan force

Posted: 01/08/2013 - Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal said he backs the White House's drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan slated for 2014, but added that the U.S. owes Afghans some sort of enduring security presence

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Obama taps Hagel for Pentagon, Brennan for CIA

Updated: 01/07/2013 - Obama formally announced his choice of Hagel in the White House East Room on Monday even as critics questioned the pick over issues including Hagel's views on Israel and Iran.

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White House, GOP draw red lines in debt debate

Posted: 01/07/2013 - Struggling for the upper hand in the next round of debt talks, Republicans and Democrats this weekend drew lines in the sand they said they'd never cross when it comes to the U.S. debt limit.

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McConnell: Any gun proposals to take back seat

Posted: 01/07/2013 - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says federal spending and the country's debt will dominate the congressional agenda for the next three months

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US quickly rejects Assad's plan to stay in power

Updated: 01/07/2013 - The Obama administration is rejecting a new proposal from Syrian President Bashar Assad that would begin a peace process and keep the besieged leader in power.

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Obama returns to capital after Hawaii vacation

Posted: 01/07/2013 - Obama faces a full agenda in Washington, including possible appointments of a new defense secretary and CIA director and a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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