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NY Passes 1st US Gun Control Bill Since Massacre

Posted: 01/15/2013 - New York's Legislature has passed the nation's toughest gun control law and the first since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. The bill calls for a tougher assault weapons ban and provisions to try to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats.

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Clinton to Testify Before House Committee

Posted: 01/14/2013 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify Jan. 23 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the deadly Sept. 11 assault on the US mission in Libya.

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Reid Denies Involvement in Utah Businessman Scheme

Posted: 01/14/2013 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office says the senator was never involved in a deal to have a Utah businessman pay Reid to make a federal investigation disappear.

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Obama: Debt Ceiling Fight Threatens SS Checks

Updated: 01/14/2013 - President Barack Obama says Congress' failure to raise the government's borrowing authority would delay payments of benefits to veterans and Social Security recipients. He again warned that he will not negotiate on raising the debt ceiling, aiming to pin the burden of an unprecedented default on congressional Republicans.

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White House Nixes Idea for Trillion-Dollar Coin

Posted: 01/12/2013 - The White House has ruled out minting a coin worth $1 trillion to pay the government's bills and avoid a nasty battle with Congress over the debt ceiling.

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US Mission in Afghanistan to Shift to Support Role

Updated: 01/11/2013 - President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai say in a statement that the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan is expected to shift to a support role later this spring - a few months earlier than expected.

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Signature Causes Currency Concern

Updated: 01/10/2013 - President Barack Obama is joking that Jack Lew's nomination as treasury secretary nearly fell through because of Lew's loopy signature.

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Panetta Hails 'Last Chapter' of War in Afghanistan

Posted: 01/10/2013 - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is hailing what he calls "the last chapter" of a long and costly struggle to ensure that Afghanistan can govern itself and avoid reverting to a haven for terrorists.

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House Dems Say President Can Raise Debt Ceiling

Posted: 01/09/2013 - House Democrats say President Barack Obama should consider invoking a little-known constitutional provision to sidestep Republican demands for major spending cuts as a condition to raising the debt ceiling.

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President Picks Lew for Treasury Secretary

Updated: 01/09/2013 - White House chief of staff Jack Lew is President Barack Obama's expected pick to lead the Treasury Department, with an announcement possible before the end of the week.

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Biden to Meet with Gun-Safety, Victims Groups

Posted: 01/09/2013 - Vice President Joe Biden will meet at the White House on Wednesday with victims groups and gun-safety organizations, as the administration seeks to spur action on gun legislation.

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US May Leave No Troops in Afghanistan After 2014

Posted: 01/09/2013 - The Obama administration says it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014, an option that defies the Pentagon's view that thousands of troops may be needed to contain al-Qaida (al-KAH'-ee-duh) and to strengthen Afghan forces.

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Clinton Likely to Testify on Libya Assault January 22

Updated: 01/08/2013 - The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton likely will testify before the panel on Jan. 22 about the assault in Libya that killed four Americans.

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