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Deal will prevent spike in milk prices

Posted: 01/01/2013 - A potential doubling of milk prices will be averted as part of the compromise that White House and congressional bargainers reached on wide-ranging legislation to avert the "fiscal cliff."

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Intelligence agencies faulted for Libya fallout

Posted: 01/01/2013 - A Senate report has found that the White House did not make major changes in the talking points that administration officials used after the attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya

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Clinton receiving blood thinners to dissolve clot

Posted: 01/01/2013 - Doctors treating Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for a blood clot in her head said blood thinners are being used to dissolve the clot and they are confident she will make a full recovery.

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Illinois Sen. Kirk to return a year after stroke

Posted: 01/01/2013 - Nearly a year after a stroke left him barely able to move the left side of his body, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is expected to climb the 45 steps to the Senate's front door this week

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'Fiscal cliff' disputes remain as deadline nears

Posted: 12/31/2012 - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke repeatedly Sunday to Vice President Joe Biden, a former Senate colleague, in hopes of settling remaining differences and clinching a breakthrough

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Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013

Posted: 12/31/2012 - Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama pledged to put his "full weight" behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

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Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

Posted: 12/31/2012 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is under observation at a New York hospital after being treated for a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

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Obama signs renewal of foreign surveillance law

Posted: 12/31/2012 - The warrantless intercept program would have expired at the end of 2012 without the president's approval. The renewal bill won final passage in the Senate on Friday.

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Deal could prevent spike in milk prices

Updated: 12/31/2012 - The leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October.

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GOP governors walk balance beam on health law

Posted: 12/31/2012 - Both Republican governors face re-election in states that Obama won twice, Christie in 2013 and Scott in 2014. And both will encounter well-financed Democrats.

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US troops sent to aid African diplomat evacuation

Posted: 12/31/2012 - Obama informed congressional leaders of Thursday's deployment in a letter Saturday citing a "deteriorating security situation" in the Central African Republic.

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Proposed bill limits causing lobbyists to scramble

Posted: 12/31/2012 - Lobbyists are scrambling to nail down sponsors for their clients' key legislative initiatives following House Harwell's announcement that she wants to impose a cap on how many bills are filed each year.

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Over the fiscal cliff: Soft or hard landing?

Posted: 12/28/2012 - Efforts to save the nation from going over a year-end "fiscal cliff" were still in disarray as lawmakers returned to the Capitol to confront the tax-and-spend crisis.

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Schumer still confident fiscal cliff deal possible

Posted: 12/28/2012 - Appearing on the same show Friday, Republican Sen. John Thune noted a meeting later Friday among President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, saying, "It's encouraging that people are talking."

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White House meeting a last stab at a fiscal deal

Posted: 12/28/2012 - The Friday afternoon meeting among congressional leaders and the president stood as a make-or-break moment for negotiations to avoid across-the-board first of the year tax increases and deep spending cuts.

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US shuts embassy in Central African Republic

Posted: 12/28/2012 - The State Department has closed its embassy in the Central African Republic and ordered the ambassador and his diplomatic team to leave the country as rebels there continue to advance and violence escalates

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No ethics breaches found in Countrywide VIP loans

Posted: 12/28/2012 - The House Ethics Committee said Thursday it found no violations among House members whose mortgage loans went through the VIP section of the former Countrywide Financial Corp

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House to return to session Sunday evening

Posted: 12/28/2012 - The House will be back in session Sunday evening as the "fiscal cliff" looms, threatening across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts with the new year.

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Little time left to head off longshoremen's strike

Posted: 12/28/2012 - If more than 14,000 longshoremen go on strike as threatened — a wide-ranging work stoppage that would immediately close cargo ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico to container ships.

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No deal in sight as deadline for fiscal deal nears

Posted: 12/27/2012 - President Barack Obama returns from Hawaii Thursday to this increasingly familiar deadline showdown in the nation's capital, with even a stopgap solution now in doubt.

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