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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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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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