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Obama, Monti To Discuss Europe's Debt Crisis

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti meets President Obama at the White House Thursday for talks, just as confidence in Italy's economy is beginning to return. The technocrat who succeeded the flamboyant Silvio Berlusconi is trying to change Italy's image abroad.
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Potential Conflicts At Freddie Mac Draw Scrutiny

A federal watchdog confirmed it is looking into Freddie Mac investments that act as bets against homeowners being able to refinance. In addition, U.S. senators are expected to probe Freddie Mac's investment practice at a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
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House To Vote On Congressional Insider-Trading Ban

Lawmakers in the House are scheduled to vote Thursday on a bill cracking down on members of Congress who trade on insider information. In an election year, when Congress is having trouble reaching an agreement on much, the measure has enjoyed wide bi-partisan consensus. But that doesn't mean passage is assured.
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After 3 Wins, Santorum Campaign Moves To Texas

One day after winning caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota, as well as a "beauty contest" primary in Missouri, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum traveled to Texas for a series of campaign appearances. He met with evangelical pastors in the morning and members of the Tea Party in the afternoon.
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Powerful GOP-Linked SuperPAC Has Clear Agenda

The most powerful superPAC in this election may be one that hasn't visibly flexed its muscles yet. But the man who runs American Crossroads and its nonprofit sibling Crossroads GPS says the groups have a clear goal: Stop President Obama's agenda and replace him as president.
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Romney Chips Way At Gingrich's Support In Georgia

One day after losing three contests to former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney traveled to Atlanta for a campaign event. Georgia holds its primary on March 6, which is Super Tuesday. And the state would seem to have built-in advantages for another of Romney's rivals. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is from Georgia.
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Line Item Veto Bill Gets Bipartisan Support, Opposition

A bill that would grant the president a line item veto on projects in Congressional budget bills has become the rare object of bipartisanship -- with both support and opposition coming from both sides of the aisle.

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'Congress Will Act': Fight Over Birth Control Coverage Moves To The Hill

Some religious groups have attacked the Obama administration's plan to require most employers to provide coverage for prescription contraceptives. GOP lawmakers are now vowing to overturn the requirement; meanwhile, Democrats say they'll fight to maintain it to protect women's health.

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