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Obama To Nominate Jack Lew As Head Of Treasury

President Obama will nominate his Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be the next Treasury Secretary. Lew is a budget expert who could hit the ground running as the treasury tries to cope with a looming debt ceiling, automatic spending cuts and the ongoing push for long-term deficit reduction.
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Helping The Disabled, 'I Get To Be Santa All Year'

Bill Sand of Cincinnati has made it his mission to help those who need assistance. Sand spends most of his free time crafting, creating and building gadgets to help the disabled enhance their lives. He volunteers for the group May We Help.
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Conn., N.Y. Governors Want Tighter Gun Control

In the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, come ambitious new efforts aimed at gun violence both in Connecticut and neighboring New York state.
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Obama Wants Urgent Action To End Gun Violence

Vice President Joe Biden is tasked with coming up with recommendations to stem gun violence. On Wednesday, he met with gun control advocates. Next he meets with backers of gun rights.
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The North Dakota Town Where A One-Bedroom Apartment Rents For $2,100 A Month

The strange troubles of a small town where an oil boom has driven unemployment below 1 percent.
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'Whitey' Bulger's Lawyers Want Judge Off The Case

Lawyers for the alleged Boston mob boss say the federal judge presiding over his murder trial is not impartial. The judge was a prosecutor when Bulger — then an FBI informant --had a corrupt relationship with other prosecutors.
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In Talking To Their States, Governors Keep An Eye On Washington

From Superstorm Sandy to gun laws to the fiscal cliff, national issues are on the minds and the lips of the nation's governors setting their state agendas this week. Some want Congress and President Obama to act; others are urging state legislators to do what Congress hasn't.
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Sebelius, Holder, And Shinseki Will Stay Put When Obama's Second Term Begins

Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki plan to remain with President Obama's administration as his second term begins, according to a White House official.

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