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Lieberman: Obama 'about perfect' in Cabinet picks

Updated: 01/14/2010 - HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman took another step Tuesday toward mending his relationship with Democrats, saying that Barack Obama's actions since winning the presidency have been "just about perfect."

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Massive new programs aimed at loosening credit

Updated: 01/14/2010 - WASHINGTON – Rolling out powerful new weapons against the financial meltdown, the Bush administration and the Federal Reserve pledged $800 billion Tuesday to blast through blockades on credit cards, auto loans, mortgages and other borrowing. Total bailout commitments neared a staggering $7 trillion.

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Official: Gates to stay at Pentagon

Updated: 01/14/2010 - CHICAGO – President-elect Barack Obama will keep Defense Secretary Robert Gates in that job for at least a year, according to an official familiar the two men's discussions.

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Obama: Economic rescue will trump deficit fight

Updated: 01/14/2010 - CHICAGO – The economy growing weaker, President-elect Barack Obama said Tuesday that recovery efforts will trump deficit concerns when he takes office in January. Yet he pledged a "page-by-page, line-by-line" budget review to root out unneeded spending.

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Obama Promotes Fiscal Restraint, Big Spending

Updated: 11/25/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama wants to project fiscal restraint even as his economic team assembles a massive recovery package that could cost several hundred billion dollars.

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Government Plans New Program to Aid Credit Issuers

Updated: 11/25/2008 - The government is working on a new loan program to help companies that issue credit cards, make student loans and finance car purchases, people familiar with the plan said Tuesday.

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President Bush Pardons 14 Individuals

Updated: 11/24/2008 - The departing President has also commuted the sentences of two more inmates.. he's still granted less than half the pardons of Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.

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Huckabee tells Republicans how to recover

Updated: 01/14/2010 - (CNN) -- If the Republican Party wants to get back on track, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says GOP leaders must first restore voters' confidence in the government.

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Pro-Palin 'thank you' ads hit the airwaves

Updated: 01/14/2010 - (CNN) — Election Day was three weeks ago, but political ads praising former Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin are still hitting the airwaves.

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Bush pardons 14 and commutes 2 prison sentences

Updated: 01/14/2010 - WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush has granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others convicted of misdeeds ranging from drug offenses to tax evasion, from wildlife violations to bank embezzlement, The Associated Press learned Monday.

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Longtime Biden aide picked to fill his Senate seat

Updated: 01/14/2010 - WILMINGTON, Del. – Edward "Ted" Kaufman, a former aide to Sen. Joe Biden, was named Monday by Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner to fill the Senate seat Biden is leaving for the vice presidency. Kaufman is president of a political and management consulting firm based in Wilmington. Kaufman served on Biden's Senate staff from 1973 to 1994, including 19 years as chief of staff. He is an advisory board member to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team.

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Bush says Citigroup deal needed to protect system

Updated: 01/14/2010 - WASHINGTON – President Bush argued Monday that the government's dramatic rescue of Citigroup was necessary to "safeguard the financial system" and help the economy recover, and he said there could be more such moves if other institutions need help.

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Obama wants economic rescue approved 'right away'

Updated: 01/14/2010 - CHICAGO – With the economy in crisis, President-elect Barack Obama urged the new Congress to pass a quick economic stimulus bill, pledged help for the troubled auto industry and blessed the Bush administration's bailout of the financial industry.

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Obama Names Econ Team, Sees 'Historic' Crisis

Updated: 11/24/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama tapped New York Federal Reserve President Tim Geithner as his treasury secretary on Monday, turning to a veteran of financial crises at home and overseas.

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Obama economic plan aims for 2.5M new jobs by 2011

Updated: 11/22/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama promoted an economic plan Saturday he said would create 2.5 million jobs by rebuilding roads and bridges and modernizing schools while developing alternative energy sources and more efficient cars.

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Mukasey: "Clean Bill of Health"

Updated: 11/22/2008 - The Attorney General was back at work after he fainted during a Thursday night speech.

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3 in Running for House Minority Leader

Updated: 11/21/2008 - Three Democrats are in the running for House minority leader to replace Dennis McKinney, who has been named state treasurer. They are Jim Ward of Wichita, Paul Davis of Lawrence, and Bill Feuerborn of Garnett.

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Minnesota recount resumes, Franken makes gains

Updated: 01/14/2010 - (CNN) – Vote recounting resumes Thursday in Minnesota in the battle for Norm Coleman's US Senate seat. The recount kicked off yesterday and could extend into next month.

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DC transit system expects inaugural crowds

Updated: 01/14/2010 - WASHINGTON – The Washington area's transit system is warning that passengers should expect packed railcars and buses and extraordinarily long lines on Inauguration Day.

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Gates seen more likely to stay as Pentagon chief

Updated: 01/14/2010 - WASHINGTON – What Robert Gates once called "inconceivable to me" — his remaining as defense secretary beyond Inauguration Day — is looking a bit more conceivable to the rest of Washington.

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Report: Records search on Joe the Plumber improper

Updated: 01/14/2010 - TOLEDO, Ohio – Ohio's government watchdog says an agency director improperly used state computers to find personal information on the man who became known as "Joe the Plumber" during the presidential campaign.

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