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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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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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