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Apr 05, 2013

  • Obama’s Voluntary 5% Pay Cut Joined by Lew, Kerry, Holder

    By Julianna Goldman & Phil Mattingly, Bloomberg News

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew and Attorney General Eric Holder today followed President Barack Obama’s decision to refuse a portion of his salary to show solidarity with furloughed government workers.

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  • The Man Who Could Put Climate Change on the Agenda

    By Coral Davenport, National Journal

    Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, is best known for two things: his national security chops—he had key roles on the White House National Security Council—and the high regard in which he’s held by President Obama. McDonough has been part of Obama’s inner circle for nearly a decade, and the president has called his new chief of staff one of his “closest and most trusted advisers.”

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  • Will Health Care Be Sleeper Issue Of 2014?

    By Amy Walter, Cook Political Report

    Washington is currently consumed with guns and immigration, but come 2014 it’s possible that health care will be the more all-consuming issue, and that has lots of Democrats very worried.

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  • Obama’s Remarks About California’s Attorney General Raise Eyebrows

    By Peter Baker, The New York Times

    President Obama headed out to California with a simple goal: to collect a few million dollars for Democrats. By the time Air Force One departed the state, however, he left behind a debate about whether he tripped over the line of political correctness.

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  • The Economics of Leaning In

    With David Wessel, Wall Street Journal

    Sheryl Sandberg says the economy will benefit if more women rise to the top rungs. Is she right? David Wessel discusses.

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Apr 04, 2013

  • Amid Threats, N. Korea's Neighbors Rethink Defense Policies

    By Tom Gjelten, NPR

    North Korea has been a big headache for the United States, with the new leader there saying almost daily that his country is ready to go to war.

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  • U.S. Speeds Missile Defense to Guam After North Korea Bars South’s Workers

    By David E. Sanger and Choe Sang-Hun, The New York Times

    The United States announced Wednesday that it was speeding the deployment of an advanced missile defense system to Guam in the next few weeks, two years ahead of schedule in what the Pentagon said was “a precautionary move” to protect American naval and air forces from the threat of a North Korean missile attack.

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  • Obama, in Colorado, Appeals for Compromise on Gun Control

    By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times

    President Obama appealed to Americans to set aside "the people who take absolute positions" on gun issues and "put ourselves in the other person’s shoes," as he appealed for compromise to revive flagging hopes for new gun control measures.

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  • Obama to Return Part of Salary With Budget Cuts in Effect

    By Julianna Goldman & Richard Rubin, Bloomberg News

    President Barack Obama’s decision to return 5 percent of his salary to the U.S. Treasury to show solidarity with furloughed government workers may step up pressure on top federal officials and lawmakers to follow suit.

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  • Chris Christie's Popularity With Women Voters Thwarts Female Opponent

    By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is big, brash, and, at times, a bully. He has rejected equal-pay bills and slashed Planned Parenthood funding. The gender gap is the obvious attack zone for his female Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono.

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Apr 03, 2013

  • In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary

    By Peter Baker and Michael D. Shear, The New York Times

    President Obama plans to return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in solidarity with federal workers who are going to be furloughed as part of the budget cutting process known as sequester, an administration official said Wednesday.

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  • North Korea Blocks South Korean Workers From Entering Factory

    With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

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  • Gun control, DOA

    By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

    President Obama pleaded with Congress last week to remember the victims of December's schoolhouse shootings in Connecticut and tighten the nation's gun laws. "Shame on us if we've forgotten," he said. "Don't get squishy."

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  • Once Again, the NRA Is Winning the Gun-Control Debate

    By Fawn Johnson, National Journal

    The National Rifle Association and gun-control advocates held dueling news conferences Tuesday at the National Press Club, where both sides were in agreement on one thing: Right now, it doesn’t look like Congress will pass any sweeping gun-control legislation.

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  • Let the Race Begin!

    By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

    Hillary Clinton takes the stage tonight for the first time since leaving the State Department. The talk about her running for president in 2016 has swelled ever since. The combination of Clinton's stature, the stretch of time between now and the first caucus, and the media's undifferentiated love for presidential campaigns is going to create a vast bloom of speculation. We should call in the meteorologists, because by 2014 you're going to be able to spot it on Doppler radar.

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  • Clinton Speaks Up for Women’s Issues

    By Peter Baker, The New York Times

    Hillary Rodham Clinton made her public debut in her new role as prospective presidential candidate on Tuesday night by returning to the issue that has animated her long career on the national stage — the empowerment of women around the globe.

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  • Hillary Clinton's Small Steps Fuel Big Hopes Among Fans Eyeing the 2016 Presidential Race

    By Charles Babington, Associated Press

    Hillary Rodham Clinton stayed on safe political ground Tuesday, advocating women's rights globally in a 12-minute speech, but that was enough to excite fans imploring the former first lady, senator and secretary of state to run again for president three years from now.

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Apr 02, 2013

  • US General in North Korea: 'We'll Defend Ourselves'

    With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

    Martha Raddatz talks exclusively with General Thurman on the North Korean border.

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  • OMB to Furlough 480 Staffers

    By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

    The staff and the many offices that support President Obama at the White House are feeling the bite of across-the-board spending cuts, his spokespeople confirmed Monday.

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  • Boehner, LIke Past Speakers, Sometimes Needs Democrats

    By Susan Davis and Gregory Korte, USA Today

    Speaker John Boehner has come under fire in recent months for breaking an unwritten, often-cited GOP axiom that legislation in the U.S. House should pass only with support of a majority of the ruling party.

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