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Medicare chief apologizes for 'Obamacare' woes

Updated: 10/29/2013 - "I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should," Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner said as she began her testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Senators bicker over state stand your ground laws

Updated: 10/29/2013 - Trayvon Martin's mother told a panel of senators Tuesday that state stand your ground self-defense laws do not work and must be amended, reviving the politically charged gun control issue.

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US spying prompts reversal by anti-terror lawmaker

Posted: 10/29/2013 - He gave more surveillance power to U.S. government spies, railed against civil liberties advocates who warned about privacy abuses, and famously shut down a 2005 hearing to silence critics.

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AP source: US weighs end to spying on leaders

Posted: 10/29/2013 - The revelations about National Security Agency monitoring of Merkel were the latest in a months-long spying scandal that has strained longstanding alliances with some of America's closest partners.

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GOP set to question Sebelius on health law

Posted: 10/28/2013 - Republicans plan to seek answers from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Obama administration's troubled start for its health care website to buy insurance.

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Clinton: Ideologues reliable GOP voters

Posted: 10/28/2013 - With little more than a week before Nov. 5's Election Day, McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli each have sought to energize their strongest supporters, by inspiration or fear.

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Cheney: Republicans need to look to new generation

Posted: 10/28/2013 - Dick Cheney said Sunday that Republicans need to look to a new generation of leaders as the party deals with poor approval ratings following the government shutdown.

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Congress eyes milk prices, politics in farm talks

Updated: 10/28/2013 - The fight over renewing the nation's farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices.

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Democrats want 'Obamacare' deadlines moved back

Posted: 10/25/2013 - After uniting against Republican efforts earlier this month to delay President Barack Obama's health care law, a growing number Democrats in Congress now want to extend the enrollment deadline.

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AP sources: foreign help to US could be exposed

Posted: 10/25/2013 - Word of the briefings by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence comes amid questions swirling around overseas surveillance by the National Security Agency.

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More victims of online abuse reach out to parents

Posted: 10/24/2013 - Sarah Ball was a 15-year-old high school sophomore at Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla., when a friend posted on Facebook: "I hate Sarah Ball, and I don't care who knows."

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Nearly united House backs new water projects bill

Posted: 10/24/2013 - Voting on its first big bill since the end of a 16-day partial government shutdown, House Republicans and Democrats acted in near unison, voting 417-3 to pass an $8.2 billion bill.

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Obama, Pakistani PM to meet amid easing tensions

Posted: 10/23/2013 - In the rocky relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan, the mere fact that President Barack Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are sitting down together at the White House is seen as a sign of progress.

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College prices appear to be moderating

Posted: 10/23/2013 - For in-state students at a four-year public college or university, published tuition and fees increased this year on average $247 to $8,893.

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