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Ex-Ambassador Crocker Supports Hagel's Nomination

Many Republicans have criticized President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary. Some Democrats are uneasy about their president's pick as well. But former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Ryan Crocker tells Steve Inskeep that Hagel is the right man for the job.
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This Butter Sculpture Could Power A Farm For 3 Days

The biggest attraction at the annual Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pa., is always a giant, 1,000-pound sculpture crafted from butter. Once this year's show wraps up, all that beautiful butter will go right into a manure pit to become methane gas.
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Geithner Began With 'Smoldering' Economy; What Does He Leave?

Timothy Geithner presided over Treasury at a particularly tumultuous time. The banking system was still in a crisis, and people were soon calling for his head. Naming his replacement four years later, President Obama said Geithner will be remembered "as one of our finest secretaries of the Treasury."
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Mother To Daughter: 'That's When I Knew I Was Adopted'

Diane Tells His Name was 37 when she discovered she was adopted as a child. Rather than feeling anger or sadness, she embraced the opportunity to discover her Native American roots and eventually adopted a child of her own.
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Enough Evidence For Holmes To Stand Trial, Judge Rules

James Holmes is accused of opening fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., last summer, killing 12 people and wounding dozens of others. He will be formally arraigned Friday on 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other crimes.
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NRA Says White House Has 'Agenda To Attack The Second Amendment'

The National Rifle Association accused the White House of having "an agenda to attack the Second Amendment" Thursday, after representatives of the group attended meetings on gun control hosted by Vice President Biden.
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For Young Republican, Defying Boehner In Washington Plays Well Back Home

After trying to help remove fellow Republican John Boehner as House speaker, Rep. Justin Amash got a very warm reception upon returning to his Michigan district. For a conservative Republican from a conservative district, being labeled a Washington troublemaker is not necessarily a bad thing.
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Lawyers Say Teenage Terror Suspect Was Entrapped By FBI

Jury selection began Thursday in the trial of young Somali-American who is accused of wanting to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., two years ago. The case of Mohamed Mohamud is drawing attention because the defendant was just a teenager when he was arrested and the charges leveled against him came as a result of an FBI sting operation. His lawyers are likely to mount an entrapment defense.
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Biden's Gun Violence Recommendations Could Include Expanded Background Checks

The Obama administration says it's looking at all the possible options for preventing future acts of gun violence. The White House can do some things on its own through executive action, but other proposals will have to wait on Congress.
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Obama's Treasury Secretary Nomination Reflective Of His Second Term Priorities

President Obama announced his nomination of Jack Lew as the new secretary of Treasury. Lew has been the president's third and — by some accounts — most successful chief of staff.

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