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Sen. Rubio's Response Gives GOP A Chance To Woo Hispanics

The 41-year-old Florida senator will deliver the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. It's a chance for a party that has fared badly with both young and Hispanic voters to showcase a new stance on immigration.
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Treasury Nominee's Citigroup Experience Raises Questions For Some

Jack Lew is known as a smart, unassuming budget wonk who has spent most of his career in government policy-making jobs. Lew, President Obama's nominee to be Treasury secretary, is expected to face questions about his management years at Citigroup before the government bailed out the banking giant.
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In Cyberwar, Software Flaws Are A Hot Commodity

In the past, security researchers who stumbled on a software flaw would typically report the flaw to the software's manufacturer. But that changed when cyberweapon designers started looking at these flaws as vulnerabilities that could serve as a back door into a computer network.
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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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