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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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State Rep. Carr exploring bid for DesJarlais seat

Posted: 12/20/2012 - Republican State Rep. Joe Carr, who won a third term in the state House last month, said in a release Thursday that Nashville auto dealer Lee Beaman will chair his exploratory committee.

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Medicare premiums could rise for many retirees

Posted: 12/20/2012 - It's a health care change that President Barack Obama and Republicans both embrace: Expand a current, little-known law so more retirees the government considers well-off are required to pay higher Medicare premiums.

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Gun laws show difficulty of stemming violent acts

Posted: 12/20/2012 - One early focus of new gun regulations by President Barack Obama and some lawmakers would reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons, a law widely regarded as imperfect.

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Boehner plan ends tax cuts for rich, poor

Updated: 12/20/2012 - Taxpayers making more than $1 million would get hit with tax increases averaging $100,000 next year under House Speaker John Boehner's alternative tax bill, according to an independent analysis.

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Obama sets January deadline for gun proposals

Posted: 12/19/2012 - Spurred by a horrific elementary school shooting, President Barack Obama vowed to send Congress new policy proposals for reducing gun violence by January.

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State Dept security chief resigns after Benghazi

Posted: 12/19/2012 - An administration official says the chief of the State Department's security service, one of his deputies and an official from the agency's Middle East bureau have resigned

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Benghazi review slams State Department on security

Posted: 12/19/2012 - The two most senior members of the Accountability Review Board are set to testify behind closed doors before the House and Senate foreign affairs committees on the classified findings of their harshly critical report.

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Obama Social Security offer at odds with top Dems

Updated: 12/19/2012 - Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pledged not to touch Social Security as part of deficit reduction talks.

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House GOP focusing on fiscal cliff backup plan

Posted: 12/19/2012 - House Speaker John Boehner's so-called Plan B, which is aimed at letting GOP lawmakers vote to prevent New Year's Day tax boosts on more than 99 percent of taxpayers.

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Congressional backing grows for gun control debate

Posted: 12/19/2012 - Congressional gun rights supporters showed an increased willingness Tuesday to consider new legislation to control firearms in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings

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Senators taking look at November voting problems

Posted: 12/19/2012 - A polarized and gridlocked Congress is taking its first look at problems voters had in November, including long lines that left many waiting for hours to cast ballots.

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Leahy sworn in as president pro tempore of Senate

Posted: 12/18/2012 - As the longest serving Democrat now in the Senate, Leahy moved to third place in the line of presidential succession, behind Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner.

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Scott plays up modest background, downplays race

Posted: 12/18/2012 - To U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, keeping his modest upbringing in the front of his mind has helped guide his swift ascent in South Carolina's business and political circles and will continue to serve him in the U.S. Senate.

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NRA goes silent after Connecticut school shooting

Updated: 12/18/2012 - The nation's largest gun-rights organization — typically outspoken about its positions even after shooting deaths — has gone all but silent since last week's rampage at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school

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Obama backs off hard lines in search of compromise

Posted: 12/18/2012 - A new proposal handed to House Speaker John Boehner on Monday drops Obama's long-held insistence that taxes rise on individuals earning more than $200,000 and families making more than $250,000.

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