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House To Vote On Short-Term Debt Ceiling Extension

The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a Republican leadership plan to put off the debt ceiling fight for three months. This marks a new strategy for House Republicans who until recently had pledged not to raise the debt ceiling unless it was matched with an equal amount of spending cuts.
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Libyan Crisis Sparked Rising Extremism In North Africa

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears before two congressional committees Wednesday to talk about the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya last September. Her testimony, which had been delayed because she was ill, comes at a time when that region is back in the news. The hostage drama in Algeria, near the Libyan border, has put a spotlight back on that troubled area.
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Venezuelan Ex-Pats In Florida Monitor Chavez's Absence

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is still in Cuba recovering from cancer surgery. Nowhere in the U.S. is the political instability in Venezuela more apparent than in South Florida, home to hundreds-of-thousands of the country's expatriates. They are concerned about the instability Chavez's absence has caused in their homeland.
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Painkiller Paradox: Feds Struggle To Control Drugs That Help And Harm

Prescription drugs like Vicodin have provided much-needed relief for many people suffering from pain. But these painkillers can be addictive, and they kill thousands each year. Doctors and regulators are looking into how to limit access to the drugs without causing more suffering for pain patients.
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Farmers And Their Cooperative Settle Lawsuit On Fixing The Price Of Milk

Farmers in the Southeast had accused their own food cooperative, the Dairy Farmers of America, of striking a deal that created a milk monopoly and suppressed the price paid for raw milk. In settling the case, the cooperative said it did nothing wrong.
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Obama's Promise To Close Guantanamo Prison Falls Short

In January 2009, the president signed an executive order to close the U.S. prison camp. But four years later, the prison remains open, and critics say the president miscalculated how difficult it would be to close the facility that houses terrorism suspects.

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