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Shuler Breaks From Party On Stimulus Vote

Posted: 01/28/2009 - North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler is the only House lawmaker from the state who is breaking from party ranks as Congress votes on an economic recovery package.

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House Approves Economic Stimulus Bill

Updated: 01/29/2009 - The Democratic-controlled House has approved an $819 billion economic stimulus package critical to President Barack Obama's plan to revive the economy.

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Analysis: Obama Outreach To GOP A Balancing Act

Posted: 01/28/2009 - In his first days on the job, President Barack Obama has acted to appease core Democratic interest groups, making good on a few campaign promises and shoring up support among key constituencies as he reaches out to Republicans on the big economic stimulus package. It's a balancing act.

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House To Vote On Obama's Economic Stimulus Plan

Posted: 01/28/2009 - President Barack Obama's expansive and expensive plan to jump-start the economy is all but certain to clear its first hurdle when the Democratic-controlled House votes on a $825 billion version that melds new spending and tax cuts.

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Gore: Economy Should Spur Action On Global Warming

Posted: 01/28/2009 - Former Vice President Al Gore is urging Congress not to be sidetracked by the current financial crisis and to take "decisive action" this year to reduce the heat-trapping gases responsible for global warming.

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Obama To Hear Advice Of Service Chiefs On Iraq

Posted: 01/28/2009 - Barack Obama often has said he will issue orders to swiftly close down the Iraq war. Now military leaders are getting a chance to tell the new commander in chief how they could comply, and why he might want to wait.

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Bill Clinton Praises Kay Yow As Inspiration

Posted: 01/26/2009 - Former President Bill Clinton says he admired former North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow for the way she lived during her two-decade fight with cancer.

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House Dems May Drop Contraceptive Spending

Posted: 01/26/2009 - Democratic officials say House leaders are seriously considering deleting family planning funds for the low-income from an economic stimulus bill headed for a vote later in the week.

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McCain On Obama's Defense Pick: "I Don't Like It"

Posted: 01/25/2009 - Sen. John McCain said Sunday the confirmation of President Barack Obama's choice for deputy defense secretary should move forward despite concerns about the nominee's role as a former defense lobbyist.

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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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