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Clinton and Karzai Break Bread at the State Department

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton welcomes Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai to the Department of State.
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Solis’ Resignation Letter: 'I Have Decided to Begin a New Future'

Solis’ Resignation Letter: 'I Have Decided to Begin a New Future'
In a letter to her colleagues, Solis wrote: "It has been more than an honor to work alongside you in fulfilling the department’s mission. Working with all of you as the nation’s 25th secretary of labor, I have come to learn that the work we do every day is indeed a labor of love."
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In MN, Democratic Grandmas Gather Data About Neighbors’ Political Views

In MN, Democratic Grandmas Gather Data About Neighbors’ Political Views
Some of the states' few dozen data volunteers are so devoted that they log into the party database daily from their home computers. Deb Pitzrick, 61, of Eden Prairie, convinced a group of her friends to form the "Grandma Brigade." These women, in their 50s, 60s and 70s, no longer want to knock on doors for the Democrats. Instead, they support the party by gathering public information about other voters.
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Inaugural Pastor Withdraws Over Anti-Gay Remarks

Inaugural Pastor Withdraws Over Anti-Gay Remarks
The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after remarks he made two decades ago condemning the gay rights movement surfaced.
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Biden to Discuss Gun Safety with NRA, Walmart Thursday

Biden to Discuss Gun Safety with NRA, Walmart Thursday
Vice President Joe Biden says he will deliver recommendations to President Barack Obama on steps to curb violence by Tuesday. The president hopes to announce his administration's next steps to tackle gun violence shortly after he is sworn in for a second term on January 21.
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White House: ‘Congress Needs to Pay the Bills That Congress Racked Up’

White House: ‘Congress Needs to Pay the Bills That Congress Racked Up’
"There is no plan B. There is no backup plan," White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday. "There is no alternative to Congress raising the debt ceiling."
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Clinton: 'I Am Back in the Swing'

Clinton: 'I Am Back in the Swing'
"I am back in the swing," Clinton told reporters in her first public appearance since returning Monday to the State Department, where she was greeted by cheers and a standing ovation by senior staffers. Clinton said she had had "the most extraordinary experience" as secretary of state and wants to wrap up unresolved issues before turning her office over to her successor.
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Frank Seeks a Return to Politics in Kerry's Seat

Frank Seeks a Return to Politics in Kerry's Seat
Newly retired Rep. Barney Frank revealed on Friday that he would like to serve as a temporary successor to Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the secretary of state nominee. Under state law, the Democratic governor will be required to fill the seat with an interim appointment if the Senate confirms Kerry as secretary of state. The special election would then be scheduled between 145 days and 160 days — about five months — after Kerry's departure.
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King Calms Down: I'd Still Vote for Boehner

King told NBC's Today on Thursday that Boehner had ultimately come through for New York and New Jersey and said he expected Boehner to be reelected as speaker. King said he would vote for Boehner. Boehner, R-Ohio, assured the lawmakers that the money from the two House votes would roughly equal the $60 billion package of aid that passed the Senate, King said.
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Clinton and Obama Named Most Admired Woman and Most Admired Man in the World

First lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Condoleezza Rice are next in line behind Clinton on the Most Admired Woman list, while Nelson Mandela, Mitt Romney, Billy Graham, George W. Bush, and Pope Benedict XVI follow Obama as Most Admired Man.
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