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Analysis: Post-shutdown, pragmatism is in

Posted: 11/06/2013 - In Democratic-leaning New Jersey, voters gave Republican Chris Christie a second term and rewarded him for his bipartisan, get-it-done, inclusive pitch.

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Health website's security prompts worries

Posted: 11/06/2013 - Obama administration officials are facing mounting questions about whether they cut corners on security testing while rushing to meet a self-imposed deadline to launch online health insurance markets.

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Sebelius faces lawmakers anew on health care law

Posted: 11/06/2013 - Sebelius was due to face questions Wednesday from the Senate Finance Committee, whose chairman, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., was a chief author of the 2010 law and remains a vocal defender.

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Kerry seeks movement in Israeli, Palestinian talks

Posted: 11/06/2013 - After being launched in July with great fanfare, peace negotiations quickly ran into trouble with no visible signs of progress and both sides reverting to a familiar pattern of finger pointing.

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Casinos, pot, secession among US ballot measures

Posted: 11/06/2013 - Voters across the country faced ballot measures Tuesday ranging from whether to approve seven casinos in New York to the fate of Houston's iconic Astrodome.

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Chris Christie re-elected governor of New Jersey

Posted: 11/06/2013 - Gov. Chris Christie was re-elected with ease Tuesday, demonstrating the kind of broad, bipartisan appeal that will serve as his opening argument should he seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

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Democrat Bill de Blasio elected mayor of New York

Posted: 11/06/2013 - With 51 percent of precincts reporting, De Blasio, the city's public advocate, had 73 percent of the vote compared with 25 percent for Republican Joe Lhota, former chief of the metropolitan area's transit agency.

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Turner to step down as caucus chair

Posted: 11/06/2013 - State Rep. Mike Turner, who has served in the role for five years, cited philosophical differences with the state's Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron.

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Senate moves ahead on gay rights bill

Posted: 11/05/2013 - The Senate is moving forward on the first major bill barring workplace discrimination against gays in nearly two decades as Americans' shifting views about homosexuality have significantly changed the political dynamic.

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Senators grapple with health care rollout woes

Posted: 11/05/2013 - Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner will go before the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, or HELP, committee as the balky HealthCare.gov website continues to experience service problems.

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Hagel warns of dangers in deep cuts to defense

Posted: 11/05/2013 - The Pentagon is preparing top-to-bottom changes, including a push to limit the growth of military pay, as it adjusts to steep budget cuts and the winding down of war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

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McAuliffe, Cuccinelli seek votes in Va gov race

Posted: 11/05/2013 - The acrimonious campaign for Va. governor neared its end Tuesday, capping a race driven by negative ads, unrelenting accusations of dodgy behavior and a deep rancor between rivals Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli.

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Senate leader calls Medicaid talks waste of time

Posted: 11/05/2013 - State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he would be against an effort to expand Medicaid even if fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam successfully negotiated a special deal for Tennessee.

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Crimetracker: Three county chase ends in Knoxville

Updated: 11/05/2013 - According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the chase, involving a truck from Grainger Co., started in Jefferson Co., passed through Sevier Co., before ending in Knox Co.

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Will Social Security run out of money?

Posted: 11/04/2013 - Social Security is not in financial trouble, at least not under the current laws that govern the retirement program. That's the unequivocal answer from Steve Goss, chief actuary for the Social Security Administration

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White House, lawmakers: no clemency for Snowden

Posted: 11/04/2013 - The White House and the leaders of the congressional intelligence committees are rejecting former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's plea for clemency.

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Kerry lauds Saudi role in Mideast stability

Posted: 11/04/2013 - Seeking to bridge multiple policy rifts with Saudi Arabia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the kingdom's role as "the senior player" in the Middle East on Monday.

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Legislative prayer gets Supreme Court review

Posted: 11/04/2013 - The Supreme Court, which asks for God's protection before every public session, will settle a dispute over prayer in the halls of government.

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Congress governs self under 'Obamacare'

Posted: 11/01/2013 - Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama's signature law, which means they have great leeway in how to apply it to their own staffs.

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