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President Says He's No 'Big Spending Obama'

Posted: 08/12/2009 - President Barack Obama says he's no "big-spending Obama," telling Republicans and other critics that he won't sign a health care bill that adds to the deficit.

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AARP Says President Erred On Endorsement Claim

Posted: 08/12/2009 - A group usually seen as a White House ally in the health care debate says the president went too far yesterday when he said the seniors' lobby had endorsed the legislation pending in Congress.

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Officials See Rise In Militia Groups Across U.S.

Posted: 08/12/2009 - The Southern Poverty Law Center suggests that people joining the groups may be upset about the poor economy and a liberal administration led by a black president.

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Feds To Pay $500 Million In Social Security Settlement

Posted: 08/12/2009 - A federal judge has tentatively approved a settlement requiring the government to pay more than $500 million to tens of thousands of people wrongly barred from receiving Social Security payments.

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U.S. Tightens Financial Noose On North Korea

Posted: 08/11/2009 - The Obama administration is moving to freeze the assets of a North Korean bank accused of providing financial services to companies involved in Pyongyang's missile programs.

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President Obama: U.S. Will Fix Broken Immigration System

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Speaking at the end of a meeting with the leaders of Mexico and Canada on Monday, President Obama said the three countries have been enriched by the intermingling of cultures but that citizens also have a right to secure borders.

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President Turns To Web To Boost Health Overhaul

Posted: 08/10/2009 - The White House has turned to its favorite tool — the Internet — to tell the public that President Barack Obama's proposed overhaul of the nation's health care system will not result in rationing of care, euthanasia or an end to Medicare.

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White House: Afghan War Not In Crisis

Posted: 08/10/2009 - President Barack Obama's national security adviser isn't ruling out anything in Afghanistan, including another infusion of U.S. troops.

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EPA Plans Fewer Toxic Cleanups

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Budget documents and agency records indicate the Obama administration plans to do even less environmental cleanup than the often-criticized Bush administration.

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Midwest Legislators Converge On Kansas

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Legislative leaders from across the Midwest are in northeast Kansas for the regional meeting of the Council of State Governments.

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Senators' VIP Loans Broke No Senate Rules

Posted: 08/07/2009 - A committee that investigated VIP mortgage deals for Democratic Sens. Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad has cleared both of them of breaking Senate rules.

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GOP Sources: Sen. Martinez To Resign This Month

Posted: 08/07/2009 - Several senior GOP sources tell The Associated Press that Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida will resign from the Senate this month, more than a year before his term ends.

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White House Has Dual Strategy To Defeat Terrorism

Posted: 08/06/2009 - A senior White House official says the Obama administration has mapped out a dual approach to defeating terrorism, fusing military strikes against insurgents with a commitment to pump economic aid into countries that have been safe havens for militant groups.

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White House: Health Care Meeting Wasn’t Negotiation

Posted: 08/06/2009 - The White House says President Barack Obama's meeting with a bipartisan group of senators on health care reform wasn't a "negotiating session" but simply a chance for him to get an update.

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Clinton Vows New U.S. Support For Somalia

Posted: 08/06/2009 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has pledged to "expand and extend" American support for Somalia's weak interim government as it struggles against Islamist extremists believed linked to al-Qaida.

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Senate Expected To Approve 'Clunkers' Refill Today

Updated: 08/06/2009 - Extending the government's incentive plan would give car shoppers until Labor Day to trade in their gas-guzzlers and get a rebate up to $4,500. A vote is planned later today.

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