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Shutdown affected us in ways we did not see

Posted: 10/18/2013 - Our food was a little less safe, our workplaces a little more dangerous. The risk of getting sick was a bit higher, our kids' homework tougher to complete.

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Vote to end shutdown could linger in 2014

Posted: 10/17/2013 - A majority of Republicans in the Senate supported the bill Wednesday, but nearly two-thirds of the Republicans in the House opposed it, putting them at odds with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

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Shutdown bill has items for states, fed agencies

Posted: 10/17/2013 - Here's a little secret about the bill Congress has approved ending the partial government shutdown and preventing a possible federal default: It's got goodies for some states and federal agencies too.

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Carr raises just $52K for Alexander challenge

Updated: 10/16/2013 - State Rep. Joe Carr's campaign says the Republican raised just than $52,000 in the first fundraising period of his challenge of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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Alexander raises $838K in quarter for Senate race

Posted: 10/15/2013 - Alexander, who faces a tea party-backed challenge from state Rep. Joe Carr for next year's GOP nomination, has raised $3.9 million since the beginning of the year.

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US courts convict terrorists; Gitmo trials drag on

Posted: 10/15/2013 - Four years after his failed effort to bring the 9/11 mastermind to New York for trial, President Barack Obama has reinstated the federal courthouse as America's preferred venue for prosecuting suspected terrorists.

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Va. race previews shutdown politics for 2014

Posted: 10/15/2013 - The Virginia governor's race has turned into a real-time test of Republican and Democratic positions in the congressional budget battle raging in the nation's capital.

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Automatic cuts re-emerge as budget battle issue

Posted: 10/15/2013 - The broad, automatic spending cuts known as sequestration have re-emerged as a central issue in efforts to end the partial government shutdown and avert a federal default.

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Rights groups urge Justice probe of 1985 bombing

Posted: 10/15/2013 - California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez sent a letter to the department in June and is seeking other lawmakers to sign a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Default looming, Day 14 of shutdown, no solution

Posted: 10/14/2013 - The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its third week as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending.

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Poll: Americans find little to like in Washington

Posted: 10/11/2013 - Americans are finding little they like about President Barack Obama or either political party, according to a new poll that suggests the possibility of a "throw the bums out" mentality in next year's midterm elections.

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Global finance officials watching US debt talks

Posted: 10/11/2013 - The threat posed by the U.S. debt standoff is sure to be a prime topic of discussion when finance officials from major nations gather for their latest stock-taking of the global economy.

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House GOP, White House seeking end to budget fight

Posted: 10/11/2013 - After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown

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Establishment GOPers assail tea party on shutdown

Posted: 10/11/2013 - From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.

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Kerry in Afghanistan for urgent security talks

Posted: 10/11/2013 - Kerry's unannounced visit to Kabul comes as talks on the Bilateral Security Agreement have foundered over issues of Afghan sovereignty despite a year of negotiations.

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GOP moderates in tough spot in swing districts

Posted: 10/10/2013 - The fight for control of the House likely will be won and lost in suburban swing districts where most voters favor political moderation and independence over party ideology.

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US holds out possibility of restoring aid to Egypt

Posted: 10/10/2013 - Much of the aid is in military equipment, and at least a quarter-billion in cash assistance to the Egyptian government and $300 million in a loan guarantee are also now in limbo.

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