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Sen. Graham Holds Up Confirmations Over Benghazi Attack

South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham is often criticized by Tea Party oriented Republicans on issues like immigration. There is, however, one topic that is endearing him to conservatives: Benghazi. Graham has vowed to block administration nominations in the Senate until Congress is allowed to interview survivors from last year's attack on the U.S. mission in Libya by armed militants.
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With Robberies Up, Oakland Residents Turn To Private Cops

Nervous over a steep spike in armed robberies, several Oakland, Calif., neighborhoods have pooled funds to hire private security patrols. And while some residents feel safer, others worry that there is no one policing the private police force.
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Facing Media Blitz, Obama Leans On Football Metaphors

It came as little surprise that President Obama, an avid sports fan, leaned heavily on sports metaphors at his press conference Thursday to help explain the problems the administration has experienced rolling out the Affordable Care Act. His recent predecessors had similar tendencies when they wanted to convey ideas to the American public in simpler terms.
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Obama To Congress: 'Let's See' Before Any New Iran Sanctions

The president says the U.S. should give negotiators more time to reach a deal on Tehran's nuclear program before passing tougher restrictions.
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JFK's Lasting Economic Legacy: Lower Tax Rates

President Kennedy presided over a nearly miraculous economic turnaround. At the time of his death in November 1963, corporate profits were hitting record highs and stock prices were soaring. Kennedy also did something that conservatives have been praising ever since: He pushed for much lower tax rates.
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Insurers Aren't Keen On Obama's Pledge To Extend Coverage

Letting people keep their old health insurance policies might solve a political problem, but it will create major headaches for the insurance industry, state regulators say. It also could drain healthy people from the risk pool for Affordable Care Act coverage, increasing rates there.
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Obama's Fed Chair Choice Gets First Confirmation Hearing

President Obama's pick to run the Federal Reserve went to Capitol Hill Thursday for her confirmation hearing. Janet Yellen defended the Fed's ongoing stimulus programs. Critics say it's time for the Fed to start moving back to a more neutral approach.
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Obama On Health Law Problems: 'I Feel Deeply Responsible'

President Obama took questions from reporters Thursday about the Affordable Care Act. He accepted blame for fumbling the rollout of the law and said he will work to regain the confidence of the American people.
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Rep. Wasserman Shultz: We've Made Good On Health Law Committments

Audie Cornish talks to Fla. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, about the latest numbers for people enrolled via HealthCare.gov, and President Obama's announcement for a "fix" to allow people who liked their plans to renew them for one year, despite the termination letters they received in the mail.
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Farm Bill Cuts Might Cut Conservation, Too

Farm programs will likely cost the government less under any new farm bill, but the policy could be bad for the environment. Both House and Senate versions would end a big subsidy, called direct payments, that has paid money to land owners — whether they needed it or not — if they complied with certain conservation regulations. The two chambers' versions of the bill differ on how, or even if, to incent farmers to take care of their land. But both versions would stop funding to keep at least five million acres of land out of production.

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