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Taxing Work Ahead: Have Negotiating Tables Turned?

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner both made their opening bids on how to deal with tax, spending and debt problems Friday. Their proposals sound strikingly familiar, but Obama says this time he has proof that "the majority of Americans agree with my approach."
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Amidst War, U.S. Soldier Forges Unexpected Bond

Spc. Justin Cliburn was in his 20s when he served in Baghdad, training Iraqi police. During his deployment, he made a friends with a teenager that he says "made every day something I looked forward to." But even their friendship could not escape the reality of violence.
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What An All-Female Delegation Says About N.H.

The state has a history of electing women. This year's "first" follows a pattern, which the elected female politicians say speaks to New Hampshire's "ability to make decisions regardless of gender."
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Supreme Court To Review Voting Rights Act

The court said it would look at a key provision that requires certain jurisdictions with a history of discrimination to get approval before changing any election procedures. For decades, the law has been the government's main tool for fighting discrimination at the polls.
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The Upside To Plunging Off The Fiscal Cliff

Post-election Washington is buzzing with talk of compromise and cooperation. Republicans and Democrats want to avoid a looming budget and economic disaster, and their leaders say they're ready to get to work. But some budget experts say it may be necessary to go over the fiscal cliff to reach an agreement.
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Deja Vu All Over Again: Obama And Boehner Clash On Fiscal Cliff And Taxes

The words from President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on Friday over taxes and the fiscal cliff could be properly viewed as the two men staking out opening positions in coming negotiations. They also could be seen as addressing the two very different constituencies the men must answer to.
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North Dakota's Newest Senator On Her Tax Plans

Robert Siegel speaks with new Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp. The North Dakota Democrat won the seat vacated by the retiring Kent Conrad.
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Boehner: GOP Won't Support Raising Tax Rates

House Speaker John Boehner went before the press on Friday as the White House and Congress quickly shifted from the election to the so-called "fiscal cliff."

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