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Stimulus Package Headed For House Vote Friday

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Reluctant to call it quits, key lawmakers bargained into overtime Thursday on the $790 billion economic stimulus legislation before reaching final agreement more than 24 hours after first announcing a deal.

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Senate Confirms Panetta As CIA Chief

Posted: 02/13/2009 - The Senate confirmed Leon Panetta as director of the CIA on Thursday, placing the nation's top spy agency in the hands of a government veteran valued for his skills as a lawmaker and policy manager rather than an expert at intelligence-gathering and analysis.

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Obama Seeks Grass-Roots Support For Stimulus

Posted: 02/09/2009 - President Barack Obama will face a barrage of questions from ordinary Americans and skeptical reporters on his plans to reinvigorate the economy with a massive stimulus bill and additional billions in bailout money for the financial markets.

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Obama And Senate Republicans Bicker Over Stimulus

Posted: 02/08/2009 - President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans bickered Saturday over his historically huge economic recovery plan after states and schools lost tens of billions of dollars in a late-night bargain to save it.

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KBR Gets Huge Contract Despite Electrocutions

Posted: 02/07/2009 - Defense contractor KBR Inc., which is under criminal investigation in the electrocution deaths of at least two U.S. soldiers in Iraq, has been awarded a $35 million contract by the Pentagon to build an electrical distribution center and other projects there.

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Deal Reached On Senate Stimulus Bill

Updated: 02/07/2009 - Senators from both parties are announcing that a deal has been reached to advance President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan through the Senate.

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Moderates Seek Bipartisan OK Of Stimulus Package

Posted: 02/06/2009 - Senate moderates seeking to pare back Barack Obama's economic plan are rekindling their efforts in hopes of building a bipartisan vote that eluded the president in the House.

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A Billionaire Runs For NY Mayor During Tough Times

Posted: 02/06/2009 - At a time when corporate jets, executive bonuses and Wall Street excess inspire anger and resentment in a nation struggling against a recession, billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg will likely spend tens of millions of dollars on another lavish campaign this year.

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Senate Panel Vote Delayed For Labor Dept. Nominee

Posted: 02/06/2009 - Another White House Cabinet pick is dealing with questions about unpaid taxes, but White House officials insist the confirmation of Labor Secretary-nominee Hilda Solis is not in jeopardy.

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Senate Struggles On Stimulus In Nighttime Session

Posted: 02/06/2009 - In an uncertain reach across party lines, Senate moderates struggled for a compromise on economic stimulus legislation Thursday as the government spit out grim new jobless figures and President Barack Obama warned of more bad news ahead.

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Obama Admin. Seeks Treaty To Cut US, Russia Nukes

Posted: 02/06/2009 - The Obama administration, reversing the Bush administration's limited interest in nuclear disarmament, is gearing up for early negotiations with Russia on a new treaty that would sharply reduce stockpiles of nuclear warheads.

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Ex-Ill. Gov's Fundraiser Faces New Fraud Charges

Posted: 02/06/2009 - Prosecutors filed new charges against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's ex-chief fundraiser Thursday, alleging that he used a bid-rigging scheme to get $8.5 million in inflated contracts for roofing work at O'Hare International Airport.

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Obama Creates Faith-Based Office With Wide Mission

Posted: 02/06/2009 - Declaring that "there is a force for good greater than government," President Barack Obama on Thursday established a White House office of faith-based initiatives with a broader mission than the one overseen by his Republican predecessor.

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Charges Dropped In Guantanamo Terror Trial

Updated: 02/06/2009 - The Pentagon's senior judge overseeing terror trials at Guantanamo Bay dropped charges Thursday against an al-Qaida suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing, upholding President Barack Obama's order to freeze military tribunals there.

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Agent Orange Exposure Hits Eastern Carolina Family Hard

Updated: 02/06/2009 - It is a chemical that forever changed the lives of Vietnam vets and their offspring. Agent Orange is a chemical used during the war between 1962 and 1971 was initially a big help fighting enemy forces. But the United States' decision to use the herbicide turned out to create a non-stop fight against the health problems it caused and one local family is living proof.

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On Day 1, Holder Promises Break With Bush Policies

Posted: 02/04/2009 - On Attorney General Eric Holder's first day on the job, he signaled a clean break with past policies of the Bush administration and promised to hold Wall Street accountable if any major financial institutions engaged in fraud that contributed to the global financial crisis.

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