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Senate Kills Pared-Back $35 Billion Jobs Bill

President Obama first called on Congress to pass his whole jobs bill. When that failed, he started calling on lawmakers to pass it piece by piece. The measure rejected by the Senate Thursday night was aimed at helping state and local governments avoid laying off teachers and firefighters.
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Ohio's Upcoming 'Issue 2' Vote Carries Larger Political Implications

The pitched political battle pitting public workers unions against Republican budget-cutters is in its final stages in Ohio. Voters will cast ballots on Nov. 8 that could repeal the law that severely limits collective bargaining in the Buckeye State.
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Gadhafi Death Highlights GOP Foreign Policy Gap

With the economy dominating the political debate, Republican candidates have given little attention to foreign policy in their effort to take on Obama next year. But events in Libya suggest they may need to compete with the president on defense and security issues.
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In Iowa, Mitt Romney Makes His Presence Known

The former Massachusetts governor's current run for the White House hasn't included a big presence in the state. On Thursday, he returned for the first time since the summer, declaring, "I will be here again and again."
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Conservatives On The Hunt For Mr. (Or Ms.) Right

At the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, about 600 die-hard Republicans were considering their options. Mitt Romney may be the presumed front-runner, but most activists mention his name as just one possibility. Conservatives continue to look for other options.
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Are Farm Subsidies At Risk?

With the supercommitee desperately seeking deficit reduction, it has alighted upon a sacred cow: farm subsidies. They're especially alluring considering that farmers are among the few economic groups doing well these days. But aggies — not to worry. What Congress might take away in $5 billion worth of direct payments, it's considering putting back in a new form of subsidy for crop insurance.
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Is Herman Cain In Trouble With Social Conservatives?

In an interview Wednesday night with CNN's Piers Morgan, GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain raised questions about his views on abortion and homosexuality.

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