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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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Obama Administration To Issue Executive Pay Limits

Posted: 02/04/2009 - The Obama administration plans to limit pay to $500,000 a year for executives of government-assisted financial institutions in a new get-tough approach to bankers and Wall Street, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

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Blagojevich Tells Letterman He's Misunderstood

Posted: 02/04/2009 - Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich tells David Letterman he keeps thinking he'll wake up and people will realize "this is just one big misunderstanding."

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Obama Takes Blame In Daschle, Killefer Controversy

Posted: 02/04/2009 - Barack Obama on Tuesday abruptly abandoned his nomination fight for Tom Daschle and a second major appointee who failed to pay all their taxes, fearing a lingering ethics dispute would undercut his claims to moral high ground and cripple his presidency in just its second week.

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Tom Daschle Withdraws His Nomination

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle on Tuesday withdrew his nomination to oversee the Health and Human Services Department, just a few hours after another Obama nominee also withdrew.

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Burr Blogs About Visit To Guantanamo Prison Camp

Posted: 02/02/2009 - North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr has blogged about his recent visit to the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, recommending the United States focus on where to place detainees if the facility closes.

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Governor Perdue Orders Flags At Half-Staff

Posted: 02/02/2009 - Gov. Perdue ordered all North Carolina state flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of former North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Jim Long who passed away Monday, February 2nd.

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GOP Governors Press Congress To Pass Stimulus Bill

Posted: 02/01/2009 - Most Republican governors have broken with their GOP colleagues in Congress and are pushing for passage of President Barack Obama's economic aid plan that would send billions to states for education, public works and health care.

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Official: GOP Senator Tops List For Commerce Post

Posted: 02/01/2009 - President Barack Obama appeared Saturday to be leaning toward appointing a third Republican to his Cabinet, a move that would place the fiscally conservative Sen. Judd Gregg at the head of the Commerce Department even though a liberal Democrat was initially tapped for the post

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Obama's Bi-Partisan Super Bowl Party

Posted: 01/31/2009 - President Barack Obama is inviting a group of lawmakers - some Republicans, many Democrats, and a few from Pennsylvania and Arizona - to join him for Sunday's championship game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals.

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Tax Issues Emerge In Daschle Nomination

Posted: 01/31/2009 - Former Sen. Tom Daschle, picked by President Barack Obama to lead his health reform efforts, recently filed amended tax returns to report $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest, according to a Senate document obtained by The Associated Press.

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Blackwater Contract Not Renewed

Posted: 01/30/2009 - A senior U.S. official says the State Department will not renew Blackwater Worldwide's contract.

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Tougher Battles Ahead For Labor After Early Win

Posted: 01/30/2009 - Lilly Ledbetter, a 70-year-old Alabaman with a quick smile and a slow Southern drawl, campaigned for Barack Obama, joined him on the inaugural train trip to Washington and danced with him at an inaugural ball.

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