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Israeli Official: Obama Envoy Coming To Mideast

Posted: 01/25/2009 - President Barack Obama's special envoy to the Middle East will come to Israel Wednesday for talks on keeping alive a fragile Gaza cease-fire and reviving Mideast negotiations, an Israeli foreign ministry official said Saturday.

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Blagojevich: I'm The Victim Of Plot To Raise Taxes

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Launching an all-out media blitz as his impeachment trial draws near, Gov. Rod Blagojevich compared himself Friday to an honest, hardworking cowboy and said he was about to be lynched by a band of black-hatted political insiders eager to raise taxes.

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Obama Tackles Afghanistan And Mideast Conflict

Posted: 01/23/2009 - Taking on two of his toughest foreign policy challenges, President Barack Obama pledged to find a new course in Afghanistan and to help Israel achieve a broad peace with the Arab world.

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Afghan President Welcomes Order To Shut Guantanamo

Posted: 01/23/2009 - Afghanistan's president applauded President Barack Obama's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp within a year, saying the move will help rally the world to the fight against terrorism.

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North Korea's Kim Meets With Chinese Official

Posted: 01/23/2009 - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il met Friday with a senior official from China in Pyongyang, Chinese state media reported, the first known contact between the reclusive leader and a foreign dignitary since he reportedly fell ill last August.

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Senate Nears Deal To Delay Digital TV Transition

Posted: 01/23/2009 - The Senate appeared close to agreement late Thursday on a bill to delay next month's planned transition from analog to digital television broadcasting to June 12 — setting the stage for a vote early next week.

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Obama, Lawmakers To Meet On Economic Stimulus

Posted: 01/23/2009 - Congressional leaders and President Barack Obama are having a hard time finding common ground on an economic recovery plan as Republican resistance to the stimulus package emerges in the House.

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News Access Issues Concern Those Covering Obama

Posted: 01/23/2009 - News organizations that cover the White House sparred with the Obama administration on Thursday over access issues for photographers and rules for briefings.

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Ill. Governor's Lawyer: I Might Sue To Stop Trial

Posted: 01/23/2009 - Facing almost certain defeat in a Senate impeachment trial, Gov. Rod Blagojevich might ask the courts to step in and block a proceeding that he considers "a sham," a lawyer for the Democratic governor said Thursday.

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House Dems Push Tax Breaks Through Committee

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Amid grim new evidence of economic weakness, legislation at the heart of President Barack Obama's recovery plan advanced in Congress Thursday over the persistent opposition of Republicans seeking deeper tax cuts.

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Geithner Apologizes For Failure To Pay Taxes

Posted: 01/21/2009 - Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner apologized to Congress Wednesday saying he was careless in failing to pay $34,000 in Social Security and Medicare taxes earlier this decade but declared "I have paid what I owed."

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China Censors Obama's Inauguration Speech

Updated: 01/22/2009 - China censored its translation of President Obama's inauguration speech, removing references to communism and dissent, and quickly halted the live broadcast when Cold War-era animosities were mentioned.

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Obama To Begin Workaday Task Of Governing Nation

Posted: 01/21/2009 - President Barack Obama is turning from the star-studded, crowd-pleasing pomp of his inauguration to the workaday task of governing a hurting nation of 304 million and meeting the soaring expectations that he and others have put on his shoulders.

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Asian Stocks Track Down After Obama Inauguration

Posted: 01/21/2009 - Asian stock markets dropped Wednesday, with Japan's benchmark losing 2 percent, as concern that rising bank losses will cripple the world economy overshadowed the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Sen. Kennedy OK After Seizure At Obama's Luncheon

Posted: 01/21/2009 - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, ill with a brain tumor, was hospitalized Tuesday but quickly reported feeling well after suffering a seizure at a post-inauguration luncheon for President Barack Obama.

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Obama Poised To Put Imprint On Iraq, Afghan Wars

Posted: 01/21/2009 - President Barack Obama will begin to put his imprint on the nation's war strategy in his first full day in office, gathering his top military and national security advisers at the White House for what is expected to be the start of the new commander in chief's shift in emphasis from Iraq to Afghanistan.

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Obama Administration Moves To Suspend Gitmo Trials

Posted: 01/21/2009 - Military judges on Wednesday will consider motions by the Obama administration to suspend the Guantanamo war crimes trials for 120 days during a review of the system for prosecuting suspected terrorists.

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Residents Gather To Watch Obama Inauguration

Updated: 01/21/2009 - As millions headed to Washington D.C. to witness President Obama take the oath of office, many stayed at home or gathered with friends across eastern Carolina to watch the inauguration of the first African-American President.

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N&O Special Obama Edition

Updated: 01/20/2009 - A North Carolina newspaper is covering President Barack Obama's inauguration in its first special afternoon edition since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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