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Daily Archives: December 14, 2012

Members of Utah National Guard's 211th aviation unit attend a job fair.

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Members of Utah National Guard's 211th aviation unit attend a job fair.

Watchdog to Vets: Sorry, No More Contract Protests

A U.S. government watchdog agency said today it will no longer hear protests from military veterans seeking to use a 2006 law to get first dibs on contracting opportunities from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Government Accountability Office has...

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President Barack Obama wipes his eye as he speaks about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington.

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President Barack Obama wipes his eye as he speaks about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington.

Obama, Tearful: Action Needed — and a Gun Control Rally Assembles

Updated at 4:30 pm EST We heard only a brief mention of politics today, as the president swept aside tears for the fallen children of Newtown, Connecticut. That mention, made in passing during President Barack Obama’s statement in the West...

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House Speaker John Boehner walks past journalists on his return to the Capitol after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Dec. 13, 2012 in Washington.

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House Speaker John Boehner walks past journalists on his return to the Capitol after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Dec. 13, 2012 in Washington.

Getting Primaried: The Dreaded Verb

No one wants to get “primaried.” Certainly not Republican members of Congress who have seen some of their colleagues run out of office in party primaries by Tea Party-backed candidates and others who have challenged them for breaking with an...

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Glenn Rehn, center, and Sandy Lleo, right, protests outside the office of Sen. Marco Rubio on Dec. 10, 2012 in Doral, Florida.

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Glenn Rehn, center, and Sandy Lleo, right, protests outside the office of Sen. Marco Rubio on Dec. 10, 2012 in Doral, Florida.

Republicans May Trade Tax Rates for Entitlement Cuts, Sessions Says

A lawmaker close to House Speaker John Boehner said congressional Republicans would be willing to accept an increase in tax rates for top earners if Democrats make significant reductions in entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. “If it’s...

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Richard Fisher, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

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Richard Fisher, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Fisher Warns Fed of Trap: `Hotel California’

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher, hardly one to resist using a good metaphor to explain the intricacies of central banking, has upgraded his equine assessment of the economy. He’s also added some classic rock and roll the...

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Sen. Scott Brown after voting in Wrentham, Mass., on Nov. 6, 2012.

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Sen. Scott Brown after voting in Wrentham, Mass., on Nov. 6, 2012.

One-Senator Loss in November Matched Post-World War II Low

One defining characteristic of the 2012 election was that nine in 10 members of Congress who wanted new terms on Nov. 6 were successful, even as approval of Congress was at or near record lows. Scott Brown, a Massachusetts Republican,...

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Senator John Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, during day three of the Democratic National Convention.

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Senator John Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, during day three of the Democratic National Convention.

Kerry’s Moment: A Listening Tour

John Kerry came to the back of the 2004 campaign plane, where some reporters were milling in the aisle. We were having a mundane conversation about the way we connect our traveling laptop computers with the home office. The lanky...

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President Barack Obama, second right, Timothy F. Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary, left, House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, second left, and Harry Reid, a Democratic Senator from Nevada, during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Nov. 16, 2012.

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President Barack Obama, second right, Timothy F. Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary, left, House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, second left, and Harry Reid, a Democratic Senator from Nevada, during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Nov. 16, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Obama, Boehner Still Stymied

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner remain stymied in negotiations over the fiscal cliff. The two men met for almost an hour yesterday, their third third meeting aimed at finding ways to avoid more than $600 billion in...

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President Barack Obama greets an audience member after speaking to workers about the economy during a visit to the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Mich., on Dec. 10, 2012.

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President Barack Obama greets an audience member after speaking to workers about the economy during a visit to the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Mich., on Dec. 10, 2012.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 55

That’s the percentage of Americans who said President Barack Obama is “making a serious effort” to work with Republican leaders in Congress to reach a budget agreement, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People &...

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