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Obama Restricts Number Of Inaugural Balls

Due to tough economic times, President Obama is restricting the inaugural balls to the lowest number in 60 years.

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Virginia Lawmakers Weigh In On Gun Control

Virginia lawmakers differ widely on gun control measures, but they all are likely to be central to a pending debate over gun control measures in the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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Plug Pulled On 'Plan B,' House Breaks For Christmas

House Speaker John Boehner was dealt a major defeat Thursday night. After spending most of the week trying to round up votes for his "Plan B" to extend tax cuts for virtually everyone, he pulled the measure without a vote. The clock keeps ticking toward the end of the year, when automatic tax increases and spending cuts are set to hit.
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Obama Focuses On Newtown, 'Fiscal Cliff'

President Obama has responded forcefully to the Newtown, Conn., shootings this past week. He assigned Vice President Biden to come up with policies aimed at preventing future such tragedies. The president has also been trying to strike a budget deal to avoid the year-end "fiscal cliff."
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House Pulls 'Plan B' Tax Measure From The Floor

House Speaker John Boehner's alternative plan to the automatic tax hikes set to take effect at year's end fell short of enough votes to pass. The bill would have placed a higher tax rate on income over $1 million a year.
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House Backs Off Boehner's 'Plan B'

House Speaker John Boehner said the bill, which would have raised taxes on income above $1 million a year, did not have enough support to pass Thursday. In a statement, he said, "now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff."

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