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Inouye on Death Bed: I Think I Did OK

Following statehood in 1959, Inouye served as Hawaii's first Congressman. He ran for the Senate in 1962 where he served for nearly nine consecutive terms.
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Boehner: I Remain the Most Optimistic Person in This Town

Obama drew a colorful sketch of his negotiating partner during the 2011 budget talks, as quoted by author Bob Woodward: "He's a golf-playing, cigarette-smoking, country-club Republican who's there to make deals."
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Hagel Pinned for Panetta Replacement

If nominated — an announcement could come this week — and confirmed by the Senate, Hagel would succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Panetta has made it clear he intends to leave early next year, but has not publicly discussed the timing of his departure. He took the Pentagon job in July 2011.
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John Kerry: The Natural Diplomat

A Kerry nomination has been discussed with congressional leaders, and consultations between the White House and congressional Democrats have centered on the fate of his Senate seat, according to officials familiar with the situation who were not authorized to publicly discuss the talks. If the seat were in play, it could boost the prospects for recently defeated Republican Sen. Scott Brown to win back a job in Washington.
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Lackluster Liturgy: Why US Gun Control is Highly Overdue

Lackluster Liturgy: Why US Gun Control is Highly Overdue
While President Barack Obama's memorial service speech for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims has received some very positive reviews, something about what I read left me empty.
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GOP Approval Ratings Are Circling the Tank

A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll reveals some bad news for the GOP. Republicans have a major "brand problem" as people do not appear to like them...at all.
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Obama: Taxes Are Going Up One Way or Another

"Taxes are going to go up one way or another," Obama told Walters in the treatment. "And I think the key is to make sure that taxes go up on high-end individuals like you and me, Barbara, we can afford it."
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Holder Defends Voting Rights Act, Calls for Reform

Section 5 requires that states with a history of racially motivated voter suppression get approval from the Department of Justice before changing their election laws.
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Protesters Implore Villaraigosa to Resign from Fix the Debt Group

Activists from MoveOn.org and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee delivered over 21,000 signatures to L.A. City Hall Wednesday demanding Villaraigosa resign from the group's steering committee.
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State-Level Marijuana Experimentation Okay, Carter Tells CNN

Former President Jimmy Carter sat down with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux for a controversial piece that resulted in a discussion about the legalization of marijuana on a progressive state-by-state basis.
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