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Season's Greetings from the White House

In this week's address, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. They also thank our troops and their families for their service.
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Obama Nominates Kerry for US Secretary of State

Kerry's nomination could bring to a close what has become for the White House a contentious and distracting effort to name a new secretary of state. Rice withdrew her name from consideration last week, making Kerry all but certain to become the nominee. People familiar with the White House's decision-making said support within the administration was moving toward Kerry even before Rice pulled out.
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Failed Supreme Court Nominee Robert H. Bork Dies at 85

Bork was accused of being a partisan hatchet man for Nixon when he fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in the Saturday Night Massacre of 1973.
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Boehner to Obama: Let's Discuss Plan B

House Speaker John Boehner is proposing a 'Plan B' option to keep taxes from increasing on people making less than $1 million on Jan. 1.
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Corrected Death Certificate Issued to Iowa Same-Sex Parents

Under Iowa law, vital records including death certificates reflect legal parentage, and both spouses are parents to any child born during a marriage regardless of whether they have a biological relationship to the child. In March 2012, the Iowa Attorney General’s office filed court documents saying that the state will continue to refuse an accurate death certificate to Jenny and Jessica Buntemeyer, asserting that it was correct in erasing Jenny’s name.
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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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Trust Me: You Believe in Gun Control

And if you ask the most vehement gun rights advocate why Everyman Gun Owner shouldn’t have nuclear weapons, I’d bet you’d get the same answer as to why we don’t want every country to have the capability: “Because they could get into the wrong hands.”
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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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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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Are Voter ID Laws Here to Stay?

We've rounded up the places that could see voter ID in future elections, the status of laws still pending and what effect, if any, this year's push back against voter ID will have going forward.
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