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Daily Archives: December 12, 2012

President Barack Obama takes the stage to speak about the economy at the Daimler Detroit Diesel engine plant on Dec. 10, 2012 in Redford, Michigan.

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President Barack Obama takes the stage to speak about the economy at the Daimler Detroit Diesel engine plant on Dec. 10, 2012 in Redford, Michigan.

NBC/Journal Poll on Fiscal Cliff: Advantage, Obama

A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released today mirrors recent surveys by Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University and the Pew Research Center/Washington Post in giving President Barack Obama the public-opinion edge in the effort to avoid more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending reductions scheduled...

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Ralph Reed, president of the national Faith and Freedom Coalition, addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition on June 3, 2011 in Washington.

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Ralph Reed, president of the national Faith and Freedom Coalition, addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition on June 3, 2011 in Washington.

`Stained Glass Ghetto’ A Trap for Republicans, Ralph Reed Warns

Ralph Reed, who helped build the Christian Coalition in the 1990s, says House Republicans should fight to retain charitable tax deductions and child tax credits as they negotiate with President Barack Obama on avoiding automatic spending cuts and tax increases...

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A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee pushes a cart full of mail from a postal delivery truck in New York on Nov. 15, 2012.

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A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee pushes a cart full of mail from a postal delivery truck in New York on Nov. 15, 2012.

Junk-Mail Relief — Bad for Business

This isn’t the kind of help the U.S. Postal Service had in mind when it asked Congress to pass a bill affecting it before adjourning for the year. The House, which hasn’t acted on a broad postal reform bill proposed...

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Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaking at a news conference for the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12, 2012.

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Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaking at a news conference for the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12, 2012.

Bernanke `Bilingual:’ Any More Quantitative Easing, Y’all?

Ben Bernanke, a son of the South, speaks Washington these days. He has grits in his roots. A highway interchange was named for the Federal Reserve chairman where Interstate-95 courses past Dillon, South Carolina, his birthplace — just south of...

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Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state, observes a moment of silence during a wreath-laying ceremony ahead of the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) in Perth, Australia.

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Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state, observes a moment of silence during a wreath-laying ceremony ahead of the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) in Perth, Australia.

Hillary Clinton: `Don’t Believe… That’s Something I Will Do Again’

Read my lips — Hillary Clinton’s response to the idea of running for president again. “I’ve said I really don’t believe that that’s something I will do again,” she says in an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters. “I am so...

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, is sworn in as wife Michelle holds up the same bible used by former President Abraham Lincoln, during the inauguration ceremony at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009.

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, is sworn in as wife Michelle holds up the same bible used by former President Abraham Lincoln, during the inauguration ceremony at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009.

Obama’s Fourth Oath of Office: Inauguration Day 2013

There’s only one president who has been sworn in as many times as President Barack Obama will be sworn in as chief executive of the nation on the public Inauguration Day of Jan. 21, 2013. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Steve Kerrigan,...

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Senator Scott Brown, a Republican from Massachusetts, speaks during an interview at the Capitol building in Washington, in this July 15, 2010 file photo.

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Senator Scott Brown, a Republican from Massachusetts, speaks during an interview at the Capitol building in Washington, in this July 15, 2010 file photo.

Scott Brown: `We May… Meet Again’

So was that a cheerful goodbye or something else? It’s going-away-speech day on the Senate floor, and so far the one most likely to generate buzz came from defeated Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown,  who told his colleagues that “victory and...

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