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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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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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