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Daily Archives: December 13, 2012

A collage of campaign buttons hangs on the wall while volunteers call potential voters to re-elect President Barack Obama at the campaign's Field Office in Chicago.

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A collage of campaign buttons hangs on the wall while volunteers call potential voters to re-elect President Barack Obama at the campaign's Field Office in Chicago.

Obama’s Favorite 389,821 Voters

When all the votes from the Nov. 6 presidential election are counted — they’re still tallying ballots in California and New York — President Barack Obama will have beaten Republican challenger Mitt Romney by close to 5 million votes. Yet...

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey briefs the media at the Pentagon.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey briefs the media at the Pentagon.

Generals Slide, Fall From `The List’ — Defense Industry Awaits Full Roster

Never mind Hollywood’s Golden Globe nominations. Defense industry bigwigs in Washington want to know who made The List. Two sister trade publications, Defense News and Army Times, are compiling their first Top 100 Most Influential People in Defense. The list,...

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Senator Chuck Hagel addresses the International Association of Fire Fighters in Washington in this file photo.

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Senator Chuck Hagel addresses the International Association of Fire Fighters in Washington in this file photo.

Hagel Leads Defense Candidates

Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel has emerged as the leading candidate to become Obama’s next Secretary of Defense and may be nominated as soon as this month, according to two people familiar with the matter. Hagel, who served as an...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed negotiations to avert the "fiscal cliff" and mentioned possible changes to filibuster rules in the Senate.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed negotiations to avert the "fiscal cliff" and mentioned possible changes to filibuster rules in the Senate.

Harry Reid: No Small-Scale AMT Fix

The Senate won’t consider a small-scale bill to avoid an expansion of the alternative minimum tax or a cut in Medicare reimbursements to physicians if no broader budget deal is reached, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says. Reid, a Nevada...

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Capitol Hill police check Santa Claus with a metal detector as he enters the U.S. Capitol on his way to Speaker of the House John Boehner's office on Dec. 12, 2012. The man was working with the group Catholics United, and wanted to urge Speaker of the House John Boehner to pass pending 'fiscal cliff' legislation before Christmas.

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Capitol Hill police check Santa Claus with a metal detector as he enters the U.S. Capitol on his way to Speaker of the House John Boehner's office on Dec. 12, 2012. The man was working with the group Catholics United, and wanted to urge Speaker of the House John Boehner to pass pending 'fiscal cliff' legislation before Christmas.

Boehner: Christmas Every Day — `Like Candy and Nuts’ in the Capitol

House Speaker John Boehner has warned his troops not to make any plans after Christmas. Then again, every day is like Christmas, the speaker says — so long as people are playing with hypothetical solutions to the year-end fiscal talks...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner after the weekly House GOP caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 12, 2012.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner after the weekly House GOP caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 12, 2012.

Republicans Receive Primary Threats Over Fiscal Deal

A letter to House and Senate Republicans circulating today bluntly warns that social conservatives will unite to vote them out in 2014 primary elections if they adopt President Barack Obama’s plan to raise taxes. “Let us also remind you that...

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Carbon dioxide emissions from a coal-fired power plant.

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Carbon dioxide emissions from a coal-fired power plant.

Republican Preaches Heresy Backing a Carbon Tax

Former South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis blames his efforts to combat global warming for the intra-Republican challenge that cost him his South Carolina congressional seat in 2010. That hasn’t deterred him. Since the loss, he has traveled the nation making...

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A Barack Obama supporter visits the Democratic Party's headquarters in Espanola, New Mexico.

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A Barack Obama supporter visits the Democratic Party's headquarters in Espanola, New Mexico.

Obama On the Air: English y Espanol

President Barack Obama has been accused of campaigning after Election Day. House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have chided him for the trips he’s made to places such as the toy factory in Pennsvylania and the...

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