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Obama urges religious tolerance, human rights in India

January 27, 2015
Christi Parsons, Shashank Bengali | Los Angeles Times
President Obama urged support for religious tolerance and human rights in a speech Tuesday in New Delhi, drawing on the American experience and his own personal ones to soften a message with the potential to give offense to his Indian hosts, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Federal deficit falling to lowest in Obama presidency

January 27, 2015
Susan Davis | USA Today
The federal government's 2015 budget deficit will fall slightly this year to $468 billion, the lowest since President Obama took office, according to the annual budget outlook released Monday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
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Koch-backed network aims to spend nearly $1 billion on 2016 elections

January 27, 2015
Matea Gold | The Washington Post
A network of conservative advocacy groups backed by Charles and David Koch aims to spend a staggering $889 million in advance of the next White House election, part of an expansive strategy to build on its 2014 victories that may involve jumping into the Republican primaries.
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Doctors' Pay Will Be Linked to Quality in Historic U.S. Overhaul of Medical Billing

January 27, 2015
Alex Wayne | Bloomberg News
The Obama administration will make historic changes to how the U.S. pays its annual $3 trillion health-care bill, aiming to curtail a costly habit of paying doctors and hospitals without regard to quality or effectiveness.
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Drone incident at White House highlights long-studied, still-unsolved security gap

January 27, 2015
Carol Leonnig, Craig Whitlock | The Washington Post
The intrusion by a recreational drone early Monday onto the White House lawn exposed a security gap at the compound that the Secret Service has spent years studying but has so far been unable to fix, according to several officials familiar with the concern.
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Device found on White House grounds identified as drone; no threat posed

January 26, 2015
Carol Leonnig, Katie Zezima, Craig Whitlock | The Washington Post
A small drone flew onto the White House grounds early Monday, causing a lockdown at the compound until the two-foot-wide device was recovered and examined, the Secret Service said.
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Obama Makes the Most of India’s Republic Day Parade

January 26, 2015
Peter Baker, Ellen Barry | The New York Times
On one level, of course, it was just a parade. But as President Obama watched marching military units pass by at India’s annual Republic Day celebration on Monday, it served as a fitting geopolitical metaphor as well.
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GOP presidential candidates face delicate balancing act

January 26, 2015
Dan Balz, Robert Costa | The Washington Post
The most wide-open Republican presidential nomination campaign in memory had its unofficial opening here on Saturday at a gathering that highlighted anew the thorny path ahead for candidates as they try to attract support from the party’s conservative base without compromising their hopes of winning a general election.
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Romney’s Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say

January 26, 2015
Ashley Parker, Alex Thompson | The New York Times
A prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith.
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