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Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress?

ANALYSIS: The president was brisk and confident during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. He also managed to avoid a remarkable array of issues that could have proved problematic. But he hasn't been nearly as adept at the less-dramatic business of dealing with Congress and the media.
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'Rush Hour From Hell' Drags On In Icy Southern Cities

In Atlanta, Birmingham and other places, people who got on the roads Tuesday afternoon still weren't home Wednesday. At many schools, students and teachers slept overnight on wrestling mats and classroom carpets. Forecasters got it wrong — the storm hit further north than they expected.

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Farm Bill Charts New Course For Nation's Farmers

The House on Wednesday approved a five-year compromise farm, signalling perhaps the final stretch for a two-year legislative battle. Because so much of the spending in the measure depends on enrollment in programs like food stamps, it's hard to know if it will save taxpayers money.
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Freezing Weather Paralyzes Parts Of The South

Ice, snow and freezing temperatures have combined to bring a large chunk of the southeast to a halt. Children are stranded at schools and travelers at airports. More than 3,000 flights were canceled.
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Is There An Economic Benefit To Hosting The Super Bowl?

Towns in New Jersey, where the Super Bowl will be played, were expecting an economic boost from the game. Local officials grumble the biggest share of spending is happening across the Hudson River in New York City. Economists say the total economic impact of the game is close to zero anyway, despite the NFL's claims to the contrary.
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Traffic Comes To Halt Around Atlanta But Baby Couldn't Wait

Snow and ice sweeping through the South caused an epic traffic jam around Atlanta on Tuesday. One couple stuck on the freeway found themselves in a different kind of jam: Their unborn baby wouldn't wait to get to the hospital.
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Obama Proposes Ambitious Agenda In Address To Nation

President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech with enthusiasm Tuesday night. Facing a Congress that has often frustrated him, the president offered a list of proposals they could pass — and a series of plans he could enact if they don't.
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Lawmakers Hear President Say He's Ready To Go It Alone

Members of the House and Senate sit and listen and often applaud the presidential State of the Union, but when it's done many members crowd the microphones in Statuary Hall to oppose the chief executive's vision.
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Rep. Michael Grimm Threatens Reporter

The New York congressman went on live TV to comment on the State of the Union speech. At the end, the reporter started to ask about a problem with one of his campaign contributors. Grimm stormed off. The camera was still on when he returned and said, "I'll break you in half."
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Cold Temperatures Boost Demand For Natural Gas

Prices for natural gas are rising again with much of the nation experiencing cold weather. In Ohio, utilities are asking customers to turn down thermostats to make sure there's enough gas for everyone.

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