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Fiscal Cliff Talks Get Started; Two Sides Sound Optimistic

President Obama and congressional leaders from both major parties met at the White House for the first of what will likely be many negotiations aimed at averting a plunge over the so-called fiscal cliff. Afterward, Congressional leaders sounded optimistic about the chances for a deal.
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Can A Lame-Duck Congress Save The Day?

As members of the House and Senate head to Capitol Hill for the final weeks of this Congress, perhaps they will bring the "Spirit of 2010" with them. Despite partisan bickering, the lame-duck session two years ago got big things done. Then again, those lawmakers weren't being asked to avert a fiscal cliff.
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Petraeus Supports White House On Post-Benghazi Accounts, Lawmakers Say

The doors were closed so the nation wasn't be able to watch. One week after his scandal-tinged resignation, former CIA Director David Petraeus fielded questions from members of both the House and Senate intelligence committees.
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Colorado Charity Sends Underwear To Sandy Victims

People trying to help victims of Hurricane Sandy usually don't think to send underwear. A Colorado nonprofit called Underwearness exists to send underpants to the needy. They raise money with an annual race, which people run without any pants.
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FHA Faces Shortfall From Mortgage Losses

The next victim of the foreclosure crisis could be the Federal Housing Administration. The agency is on the verge of burning through its cash reserves and will eventually ask for taxpayer assistance, according to Rep. Spencer Bachus, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. The FHA insures many of the nation's low-down-payment mortgages.
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Deadline Extended For Health Insurance Exchanges

Friday was supposed to be the deadline for a key part of the health care law: states were to tell the federal government about their progress on building a state exchange. But the deadline has been extended for the second time in a week. States now have until Dec. 14.
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Obama Promises To Keep Sandy Commitments

President Obama traveled to New York Thursday to assess the damage from Superstorm Sandy. He promised to help the affected residents until the rebuilding effort is complete.
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Everyone 'Has To Participate' To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Patty Murray about going over the fiscal cliff. As the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Murray helped the Democrats maintain their Senate majority. She has said that if Republicans do not agree to let tax cuts expire for those making over $250,000 per year, the country should go over the fiscal cliff.

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