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Obama's Efforts To Address Income Inequality Could Be Uphill Battle

President Obama is expected focus on middle-class job growth and the economy in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. And while the president has fought to make the tax code more progressive, broader efforts to address income inequality could be an uphill battle at a time when the government seems bent on tightening its belt.
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$1 Million Reward Nets Hundreds Of Tips In Manhunt For Ex-LAPD Officer

Melissa Block talks with Kirk Siegler about the latest in the search for Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles Police Department officer who has eluded police for more than a week. Dorner is wanted in three murders and there is now a $1 million reward for his capture and conviction.
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Though A Republican Invention, Obama Could Get Blamed For Sequester

With the deadline approaching for automatic spending cuts, Republicans in Congress are pushing hard to rebrand the cuts that were agreed to as part of the debt-ceiling agreement of 2011. The sequester is now the president's sequester, according to congressional Republicans.
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Pentagon To Extend Some Military Benefits To Same-Sex Partners

The Pentagon announced on Monday that it will offer benefits to same-sex military couples, including access to base facilities. But the military stopped short of providing base housing and burial at Arlington National Cemetery, saying those are still under review. Other benefits — like health care — are prohibited by federal law under the Defense of Marriage Act.
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American Catholics Divided On Pope Benedict's Legacy

Catholics in the U.S. had varying reactions to Pope Benedict's surprise resignation on Monday.
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Gas, Oil Booms Bring Complications To Small Towns

The discovery of oil and natural gas in Wyoming, Colorado and North Dakota has created a new generation of boomtowns. The explosive growth generated by the oil and gas drilling is often accompanied by an influx of new labor. The small towns near the fields wrestle to balance the economic advantages of the boom with the dramatic changes it brings to these tight-knit communities.
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Pentagon Details Which Benefits Will Be Extended To Same-Sex Partners

Commissary privileges, family center programs, dependent I.D. cards, joint duty assignments and space-available travel on military aircraft are among the benefits that will become available.

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