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Obama Tries To Move Spotlight Off Deficit Reduction

Preschool is just one example of the ways in which President Obama says government can play a constructive role in the economy. He's trying to reorient the debate in Washington from deficit reduction alone to wise investment.
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Hagel Becomes First Filibustered Defense Nominee

It wasn't that much of a surprise that Senate Republicans refused to end debate on Chuck Hagel's nomination, forcing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to try to find 60 votes to move the nomination forward to a final vote. And it's not clear whether Reid has those 60 votes.
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Senate Takes First Formal Step Toward Immigration Reform

The Senate formally took up the question of immigration on Wednesday, with an at-times testy hearing about how to deal with the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee insisted nothing should be done until border security is increased even further.
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Obama's Call To Raise Minimum Wage Not Likely To Go Anywhere

Job market policy analysts look at the President's proposals to create jobs in his state of the union address.
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How Rubio Spins The Bottle Could Matter Most. Just Ask Bill Clinton

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, like deft politicians before him, has managed with humor and a morning television prop (a water bottle, of course) to spin an awkward visual gone viral into gold — or at least political pyrite.

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