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Obama Calls on Congress to Pass 'Buffett Rule' Tax

Posted: 03/31/2012 - President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to increase taxes on millionaires, reviving a proposal he first pitched last September that aims to draw sharp election-year lines between the president and the Republican opposition.

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Obama Could Face Election-Year Jam on Gay Marriage

Posted: 03/30/2012 - President Barack Obama could be caught in an election-year bind on gay marriage, wedged between the pressure of supporters who want him to back same-sex marriage and the political perils of igniting an explosive social issue in the midst of the campaign.

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Obama Moving Ahead with Sanctions to Squeeze Iran

Updated: 03/30/2012 - President Barack Obama is moving ahead with tough new sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran's oil exports after determining there is enough crude on world markets to take the step without harming U.S. allies.

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House Approves Republican Deficit-Cutting Plan

Updated: 03/29/2012 - Republicans have pushed an election-year $3.5 trillion budget through a divided House that showcases their plans for trimming federal deficits and contrasts sharply with how President Barack Obama and Democrats would tackle the nation's fiscal problems.

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House Ready to OK GOP Budget, Rejects Rival Plans

Updated: 03/29/2012 - Republicans are ready to ram through the House an election-year, $3.5 trillion budget that showcases their deficit-cutting plan for revamping Medicare and slicing everything from food stamps to transportation while rejecting President Barack Obama's call to raise taxes on the rich.

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White House: No Contingencies for Health Care Law

Updated: 03/28/2012 - Voicing optimism, the White House on Wednesday said it is too early to devise contingency plans that anticipate the Supreme Court striking down any portion of President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Biden Calls Romney 'Consistently Wrong' on Jobs

Updated: 03/28/2012 - Vice President Joe Biden is painting likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a foe of U.S. manufacturing jobs and in favor of sending jobs overseas.

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Health Care Arguments: Now What About Medicaid?

Updated: 03/28/2012 - The Supreme Court's liberal justices are making clear they will vote to uphold the massive expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income Americans that is part of the health care overhaul.

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Gingrich Pledges to Support Romney

Updated: 03/27/2012 - Under pressure to help unify his party, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich pledged Tuesday to support Mitt Romney if the former Massachusetts governor wins enough convention delegates to clinch the nomination by the end of the GOP primary season in June.

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Conservative Justices Question Health Care Law

Updated: 03/27/2012 - Sharp questioning by the Supreme Court's conservative justices cast serious doubt Tuesday on the survival of the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul.

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Santorum Argues His Own Case Outside Supreme Court

Updated: 03/26/2012 - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has appeared outside the Supreme Court, where the justices are hearing arguments over whether President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is constitutional.

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Battle over Obama Health Law Reaches High Court

Posted: 03/25/2012 - The monumental fight over a health care law that touches all Americans and divides them sharply comes before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. The justices will decide whether to kill or keep the largest expansion in the nation's social safety net in more than four decades.

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Obama Squeezes N. Korea to Change, China to Help

Posted: 03/25/2012 - Trying to muscle North Korea toward peace over provocation, President Barack Obama is broadening his squeeze play from the heart of this tensely divided peninsula, pressuring China to show more influence and warning North Korea that it is headed toward a crippling "dead end" of isolation.

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Santorum Looks for Rebound in Louisiana

Posted: 03/24/2012 - Rick Santorum looked for a win in Louisiana's primary Saturday to sustain his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. The former Pennsylvania senator badly needed a rebound after a decisive loss to front-runner Mitt Romney earlier in the week that moved party stalwarts to rally around the former Massachusetts governor and urge Santorum to drop out of the race.

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Republicans Offer Few Details on Afghanistan Plans

Posted: 03/24/2012 - As Afghanistan seizes more of the political spotlight, the Republican presidential candidates are quick to criticize President Barack Obama's handling of the war but struggle to explain how they would change the strategy they would inherit.

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Jim Kim: Obama Makes Surprise Pick for World Bank

Posted: 03/23/2012 - Passing over better-known candidates, President Barack Obama on Friday nominated global health expert and Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank. It was a surprise pick aimed in part at fending off challenges from developing nations eager to end the U.S. monopoly of the top job at the international institution.

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Romney: Obama's Health Law an 'Unfolding Disaster'

Posted: 03/23/2012 - Mitt Romney on Friday looked to pre-empt Supreme Court arguments that will shine a spotlight on a key vulnerability for him in the Republican primary - health care reform.

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Santorum's Rural Edge Keeps Him in GOP Contest

Posted: 03/23/2012 - Republican presidential nominating contests often reveal a rural-urban split in the party, but what sets this year's campaign apart is the emphasis Rick Santorum is placing on that divide and wearing his successes in small-town America as a badge of honor.

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Romney Takes Wyoming Delegate from Santorum

Updated: 03/20/2012 - Mitt Romney's supporters in Wyoming have successfully challenged a delegate to the party's national convention that had been awarded to rival Rick Santorum - showing the lengths the campaigns are willing to go to fight over a single delegate.

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Romney Seeks Primary-Fight Breaking Point in Illinois

Updated: 03/19/2012 - His confidence surging, Mitt Romney pointedly ignored his Republican rivals on the eve of Tuesday's high-stakes primary election in Illinois and turned his fire instead on the Democrat he hopes to oust in the fall.

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Anger Over Attack Ads Keeps Romney Rivals Fighting

Posted: 03/18/2012 - The millions of dollars spent by Mitt Romney's allies on TV ads attacking his two main rivals have helped Romney pull ahead in the GOP presidential race. The resulting bitterness, however, is making it hard for him to lock down the nomination and end the party fighting that delights Democrats.

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Romney, Santorum Head to Ill., Next Battleground

Posted: 03/17/2012 - Looking toward the critical primary in Illinois, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney wrapped up a shortened campaign trip to Puerto Rico on Saturday as he prepared for more tough contests against chief rival Rick Santorum.

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Obama to Congress: Kill Oil Industry's Tax Breaks

Posted: 03/17/2012 - Pump prices on his mind, President Barack Obama says Congress should kill tax breaks for the oil and gas industry and help develop alternative sources of energy.

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