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Obama's Late Budget Submission A Strategic Move

President Obama submits his budget on Wednesday and he's more than two months late. But there's a political strategy behind his tardiness — he waited until after both House Republicans and Senate Democrats passed their budget plans.
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Kerry Hopes 'Shuttle Diplomacy' Will Spur Mideast Peace Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry was in Israel for the third time in as many weeks in an attempt to bring back to life serious peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials. The Palestinians appear to have a number of conditions, including prisoner releases, a freeze on settlements and a map of the borders Israel will accept. Israel has made it clear no map will kick off the peace process and remains focused on security.
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Energy Secretary Nominee Dodges Question On Gas Exports

A U.S. Senate committee held a confirmation hearing for Ernest Moniz on Tuesday, who has been nominated to be the U.S. Energy Secretary. Moniz says he will retire from MIT, where he's a professor of physics and energy systems. He would advocate for the Obama administration's "all of the above" energy strategy, which calls for continued fossil fuels development and supports nuclear energy, wind and solar.
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Kansas City Slow To Connect With Google's Super Fast Internet

Google has already rolled out an experimental broadband network in parts of Kansas City.
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New York's Penn Station Makeover Faces Arena-Sized Obstacle

Every day, more than 600,000 thousand rail commuters navigate the crowded maze of tunnels and tracks that is Penn Station. Mass transit advocates would like to replace the aging station with a world-class transportation hub. But there's a big obstacle: Madison Square Garden, the arena that sits directly on top of Penn Station. And the Garden's owners show no signs of moving.
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Keystone XL Pipeline Could Be Huge Boon For Canada

Audie Cornish talks to Alberta Premier Alison Redford about the controversial Keystone XL pipeline proposed from the oil sands of her Canadian province through the United States.
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Republican Senators Threaten To Filibuster Gun Control Bill

Melissa Block talks to Idaho Sen. James Risch about opposing the gun legislation Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to move to the floor later this week. Risch was one of thirteen Republican senators who signed a letter addressed to Sen. Reid on Monday, threatening to filibuster the bill.
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Senate Committee: Campaign Finance Laws Aren't Enforced

Senators on a Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday heard about the hundreds of millions of dollars spent in political campaigns last year from secret donors, and why federal agencies are nearly powerless to do anything about it.

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