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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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W.Va.'s Manchin: Time to rethink gun legislation

Posted: 12/18/2012 - Sen. Joe Manchin, an avid hunter and lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, says it's time for all sides in the gun policy debate to move beyond the political rhetoric.

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Developers worried about new rules for phone apps

Posted: 12/18/2012 - The software industry is bracing for new regulations that it says will stifle creativity and saddle small businesses with legal and technical costs to ensure their cellphone apps don't run afoul of the rules.

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Fitzhugh: Win not likely in gubernatorial bid

Posted: 12/17/2012 - House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh is mulling a gubernatorial bid in 2014, but the Ripley Democrat says it's not because he believes he can defeat Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

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Rep. Tim Scott named new South Carolina senator

Posted: 12/17/2012 - South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., has been appointed by Republican Gov. Nikki Haley to the Senate seat now held by Republican Jim DeMint. DeMint is leaving the Senate at the end of the year

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Millions face higher taxes real soon without fix

Posted: 12/17/2012 - While much of Washington is consumed by the debate over tax increases scheduled to take effect next year, big tax hikes have already gone into effect for millions of families and businesses this year.

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Movement seen in 'fiscal cliff' talks

Posted: 12/17/2012 - The White House and congressional Republicans are a long way from agreeing on a plan to deal with the "fiscal cliff." But it seems like some progress is being made.

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Lawmaker's hearing on DUI, gun charges delayed

Posted: 12/14/2012 - The Collierville Republican was arrested in October 2011 after failing a roadside sobriety test. A loaded .38-caliber gun was found stuffed between the driver's seat and center console.

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Obama, Boehner meet on "fiscal cliff"

Posted: 12/14/2012 - As the "fiscal cliff" negotiations have seemed to hit a stalemate, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met for 50 minutes at the White House Thursday afternoon.

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Obama celebrates Hanukkah at White House

Posted: 12/14/2012 - President Barack Obama says Hanukkah is a story of "resilience and optimism." He and first lady Michelle Obama held a White House reception Thursday on the sixth evening the Jewish Festival of Lights.

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'Fiscal cliff' talks vexing official Washington

Updated: 12/13/2012 - Five weeks after President Barack Obama won re-election and gained more leverage to make GOP conservatives bend on taxes, the new balance of power is proving vexing for both sides.

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Election over, administration unleashes new rules

Updated: 12/13/2012 - For months, federal agencies and the White House have sidetracked dozens of major regulations that cover everything from power plant pollution to workplace safety to a crackdown on Wall Street.

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US hesitant in condemning North Korean launch

Posted: 12/13/2012 - The U.S. has told the world that it won't tolerate Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons or Syria's use of chemical stockpiles on rebels. North Korea, in some ways, is a trickier case.

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Senate intern, a sex offender, faces deportation

Posted: 12/13/2012 - Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned.

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Obama's fiscal cliff strategy is tricky balance

Posted: 12/12/2012 - Playing both sides, President Barack Obama is trying to balance his public pressure campaign on Republicans over the looming "fiscal cliff" with his private negotiations with GOP leaders.

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Fiscal cliff talks appear to be stalled

Posted: 12/12/2012 - Despite an intensifying pace, little progress is being reported in talks on averting automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists fear could send the U.S. economy off a "fiscal cliff."

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Panetta in Afghanistan to meet with Karzai

Posted: 12/12/2012 - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit to consult with top commanders and President Hamid Karzai.

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