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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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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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