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Obama's Iraq Announcement And The GOP Race

As President Obama focuses this week on housing and jobs, Republican White House hopefuls are keeping up a drumbeat of criticism over his announcement last week that all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of this year. In debates and on the stump, the GOP candidates are attacking each other but also maintaining a steady anti-Obama refrain.
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Housing Crisis A Hot Topic For Presidential Hopefuls

President Obama is visiting Nevada, a state at the center of the foreclosure crisis. His administration has some programs in place to try to help struggling homeowners. But the leading GOP White House hopefuls so far haven't said much about how they would fix the downturn.
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U.S. Military Boosts Clean Energy, With Startup Help

Fuel convoys are expensive and dangerous, pushing the military to seek out new energy sources. That frequently pairs them with alternative energy startups, which some call risky ventures. For the companies themselves, the chance to work with the military means more investment and a chance to expand.
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Labor Worries Rise As Planting Season Nears In Ala.

Alabama farmers are facing a labor crisis because of the state's new immigration law. So far, piecemeal efforts to match the unemployed or work release inmates to farm jobs are not panning out, and farmers are asking state lawmakers to do something before the spring planting season.
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Medicare Enrollment Comes Earlier This Year

The annual "open enrollment" period for joining or changing prescription drug or private health plans is already under way. But the new dates are only one of several changes Medicare enrollees need to be aware of this year.
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Latino Republicans Find Party A Tough Sell

President Obama may have lost popularity among the community, but Hispanic voters looking for alternatives find problems with the Republican presidential slate as well — primarily with the rhetoric on immigration. GOP activists want to focus instead on the nation's struggling economy.
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Congressional Strongmen, Stripped Of Superpowers

For most of the past few decades, congressional appropriators decided how the federal budget would be spent. but since the supercommittee was formed in August to find federal deficit cuts, the House and Senate appropriations committees have seen their responsibilities wane.
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142 Square Miles Swept For Every Living Thing

In a single 24-hour period, the National Park Service and National Geographic led a "treasure hunt" to catalog all the species in Arizona's Saguaro National Park. NPR's Ted Robbins takes us to the "BioBlitz."

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