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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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Hawaii lieutenant gov. picked to fill Senate seat

Posted: 12/27/2012 - Hawaii's lieutenant governor and former head of President Obama's 2008 election effort there has been named the state's newest U.S. senator, a choice that went against the dying wish of revered longtime Sen. Daniel Inouye.

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GOP willing to bend on issues after election

Posted: 12/26/2012 - For years, Republicans have adhered fiercely to their bedrock conservative principles, resisting Democratic calls for tax hikes, comprehensive immigration reform and gun control.

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Obama to fly to home early as 'fiscal cliff' looms

Posted: 12/26/2012 - Obama was expected to arrive in Washington early Thursday, the White House said Tuesday night. First lady Michelle Obama and the couple's two daughters will remain in Hawaii.

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Obama has long work list to tackle when he returns

Posted: 12/24/2012 - He draws political strength from his surprisingly easy re-election in a bad economy. It's partly offset, however, by Republicans' continued control of the House, plus their filibuster powers in the Senate.

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Illegal votes were likely in liquor referendum

Posted: 12/24/2012 - Depositions in a court case challenging the referendum that allowed liquor-by-the-drink in Pigeon Forge show that some people likely did vote illegally.

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Unwavering NRA opposes any new gun restrictions

Posted: 12/24/2012 - An unwavering National Rifle Association said Sunday that new gun regulations would not make children safer and that a White House task force on gun violence may try to undermine the Second Amendment.

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Lieberman fears country may go over 'fiscal cliff'

Posted: 12/24/2012 - Senators bickered Sunday over who's to blame for lurching the country toward a year-end "fiscal cliff," bemoaning the lack of a deal days before the deadline but bridging no differences in the debate.

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Is air marshal program a model for schools?

Posted: 12/24/2012 - He says putting trained guards such as retired police officers or military persons at schools will help protect students. Hutchinson says hiring guards to defend schools is a "very reasonable approach

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Senators: Hagel would face tough confirmation

Posted: 12/24/2012 - Two senators predicted Sunday that former Sen. Chuck Hagel would face a difficult confirmation if nominated by President Barack Obama to be defense secretary.

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Hot rhetoric, tiny numbers separate Obama, Boehner

Posted: 12/21/2012 - In their cliff standoff, Obama wants to raise taxes by about $20 billion a year more than Boehner. The two men differ over spending cuts by roughly the same amount.

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Final Capitol tribute to late Hawaii Sen. Inouye

Posted: 12/21/2012 - Colleagues and aides lined the Capitol rotunda five deep to say farewell. The rare ceremony demonstrated the respect and good will he generated over the years.

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House GOP puts off vote on 'Plan B'

Posted: 12/21/2012 - Confronted with a revolt among the rank and file, House Republicans abruptly scrapped a vote Thursday night on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up

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Ramsey to join GOPAC advisory board

Posted: 12/21/2012 - Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is joining the advisory board of a conservative political group that recruits and trains Republican political candidates.

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Booker won't run for NJ gov, eyes US Senate seat

Posted: 12/20/2012 - Booker's announcement Thursday on Twitter ended months of speculation over whether the Democratic Party's biggest draw would seek to challenge Gov. Chris Christie next year.

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