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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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Idaho senator pleads guilty to DWI charge in Va.

Posted: 01/04/2013 - Idaho Republican Sen. Michael Crapo pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of driving while intoxicated and then apologized for his actions and asked forgiveness from his constituents.

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More fiscal clashes loom as new Congress opens

Posted: 01/04/2013 - A new Congress opened for business Thursday to confront long-festering national problems, deficits and immigration among them, in an intensely partisan and crisis-driven era of divided government.

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Farm bill extension evidence of lost clout

Posted: 01/04/2013 - A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to

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New tax law packed with breaks for businesses

Posted: 01/04/2013 - Tucked into the "fiscal cliff" tax package approved by Congress are billions of dollars in tax breaks that should make the new year a lot happier for businesses of many stripes.

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Nearly 1 year after stroke, Kirk returns to Senate

Posted: 01/04/2013 - Nearly a year after suffering a debilitating stroke, Sen. Mark Kirk walked the 45 steps up the Capitol on Thursday and reclaimed his seat in the U.S. Senate on the first day of the 113th Congress.

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House adopts GOP rules after partisan debate

Posted: 01/04/2013 - The House on Thursday adopted Republican-written rules for the chamber that reflect the party's efforts to cut spending, stop government regulations and oppose same-sex marriage.

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Clinton planning to return to work next week

Posted: 01/04/2013 - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sidelined for almost a month by a string of medical problems, is upbeat and planning to return to work next week, the State Department said Thursday.

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NJ Gov. Christie blasts Boehner, Republicans

Posted: 01/03/2013 - In a State House news conference, Christie blasted Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio for delaying a vote on a $60 billion aid package for Superstorm Sandy recovery.

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Congress ushering in new members, with old divide

Updated: 01/03/2013 - Congress is ushering in the new and the old — dozens of eager freshmen determined to change Washington and the harsh reality of another stretch of bitterly divided government.

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2016 politics on display as Congress ends term

Updated: 01/03/2013 - Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP's 2012 vice presidential candidate, voted for the "fiscal cliff" compromise that raised taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

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Cliff averted, it's on to the next fiscal crisis

Posted: 01/03/2013 - The New Year's Day deal averting the "fiscal cliff" lays the groundwork for more combustible struggles in Washington over taxes, spending and debt in the next few months.

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House sets vote for Sandy aid after criticism

Updated: 01/03/2013 - The House is headed for a vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy victims after House Speaker John Boehner mollified Republicans from New York and New Jersey upset with his decision to cancel action on the bill.

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THE RESET: More fiscal battles loom despite deal

Posted: 01/03/2013 - Financial markets around the world are celebrating the climactic New Year's agreement to avert scheduled tax increases and budget cuts in the United States. But the party could be a short one.

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