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Obama Begins State Of The Union Preview In Michigan

President Obama hits the road to promote his upcoming State of the Union address, and perhaps, to try to steal the spotlight away from Republicans in their first week leading the new Congress.
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Mitch McConnell Begins Dream Job As Senate Majority Leader

The Kentucky Republican never really thought about running for president while growing up. Instead, he dreamed of being Senate majority leader. That dream came true on Tuesday.
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Fla. Gov. Scott Starts Second Term With Markedly Different Tone

Rick Scott was elected four years ago with Tea Party support. As re-election approached, he moderated many of his conservative views, even supporting Medicaid expansion, an idea he'd long opposed.
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Crowning The 33rd-Best Football Team In America

As we eagerly await the first official college football championship, commentator Frank Deford says it's intriguing that the U.S. places as much emphasis on college sports as it does on the pros.
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U.S. Court Weighs Texas Law's Burden On Women Seeking Abortions

If upheld, the law — which mandates stricter building codes for clinics that perform the procedure — could leave only six clinics open in the entire state of Texas.
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Suspect, 1 Victim Dead In Shooting At Texas VA Clinic

An unidentified gunman opened fire at the El Paso Veterans Affairs Health Care System clinic Tuesday afternoon. Investigators did not provide any details about the victim or the gunman.
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Construction Begins On California's $68 Billion High-Speed Rail Line

Once completed, the line could travel faster than 200 mph and get people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than three hours. But the project has only a fifth of the funding it needs.
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Two Small Earthquakes Shake Dallas; Jokes Ensue

Some residents said they felt nothing; some worried about the effects of fracking; others joked about it all.
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Republican Majority Makes Boehner's Job Easier — And Harder

Republicans formally took full control of Congress for the first time during Barack Obama's presidency on Tuesday. Republicans took over the Senate and added to their majority in the House.
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Botched Lethal Injection Executions Reignite Death Penalty Debate

Capital punishment and lethal injection were in the news quite a bit in 2014. Unable to secure certain drugs, states began using new ones, and that caused a number of executions to go awry.

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