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Waxman topples Dingell for key panel chair

Updated: 01/14/2010 - WASHINGTON – Rep. Henry Waxman — a liberal ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi — has wrested the chairmanship of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee from veteran Rep. John Dingell when the new Congress convenes in January.

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Bush daughters give tour to Obamas

Updated: 01/14/2010 - (CNN) — Jenna and Barbara Bush, the president's daughters, personally toured Barack Obama's daughters around the White House Tuesday, a White House spokeswoman said.

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Dems want automakers to show bailout spending plan

Updated: 01/14/2010 - WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The auto industry has until December 2 to fashion a plan that will provide a path to "accountability and viability," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.

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UAW to Congress: Get a deal done

Updated: 01/14/2010 - Autoworkers union calls on government to give aid to GM, Ford and Chrysler before Congress adjourns.

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Beau Biden ships out to Iraq

Updated: 01/14/2010 - (CNN) – Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s eldest son Beau left his training base in Texas on Wednesday, bound for a year-long tour of duty in Iraq with his Delaware National Guard unit.

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Bipartisan group works to revive auto bailout

Updated: 11/20/2008 - WASHINGTON – Aides to a bipartisan group of auto-state senators say they have reached a compromise to speed emergency loans to Detroit's Big Three car makers.

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Sources: Pritzker, Napolitano being vetted for Cabinet

Updated: 11/20/2008 - (CNN) -- Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is President-elect Barack Obama's top choice for homeland security secretary, according to multiple Democratic sources close to the transition.

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Obama poised to rebrand America, experts say

Updated: 11/20/2008 - (CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama is poised to restore the United States' image in the international community, but experts say the president-elect must show the world that his actions will live up to his rhetoric.

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Stevens gives last Senate speech as staffers weep

Updated: 11/20/2008 - WASHINGTON – In a painfully poignant moment reminiscent of the fall of yesteryear's Senate giants, Republican Ted Stevens has spoken and yielded the floor for the last time.

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Perino: Bush would sign jobless benefits extension

Updated: 11/20/2008 - WASHINGTON – With weekly jobless claims benefits at a 16-year high, the White House said Thursday that President George W. Bush would quickly sign legislation pending in Congress to provide further unemployment benefits.

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Dems: Napolitano Emerges for DHS Job

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, an early Barack Obama supporter from the southwestern part of the country, is a leading contender for the job of secretary of homeland security, Democratic officials said.

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Democrats seek to lower expectations for bailout

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Top Senate Democrats suggested Wednesday that a bill to rescue Detroit's Big Three automakers was stalled and challenged the Bush administration to take steps to save the industry if congressional efforts falter. The White House quickly rebuffed the suggestion.

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Bush reopens renovated American history museum

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush urged all Americans Wednesday to come visit the newly renovated National Museum of American History, which he called a "fantastic place of learning."

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Cheney's indictment in south Texas moves forward

Updated: 11/19/2008 - RAYMONDVILLE, Texas – A Texas judge has set an arraignment for Vice President Dick Cheney, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other officials accused of involvement in prisoner abuse.

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Alaska Sen. Stevens concedes in re-election race

Updated: 11/19/2008 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens conceded defeat Wednesday in a re-election bid shadowed by his federal felony conviction, a bitter end to a four-decade career in which he held a commanding place in state politics and on some of the most influential congressional committees in Washington.

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Huckabee won't rule out 2012 run for president

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – Mike Huckabee wouldn't rule out a 2012 run for president Wednesday, but he acknowledged it could be hard to take back the spotlight from fellow Republican Sarah Palin. "I'm not ruling anything out for the future, but I'm not making any specific plans," Huckabee told reporters at a briefing to promote his new book, "Do the Right Thing."

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Sen. Clinton weighing secretary of state post

Updated: 11/19/2008 - CHICAGO – Associates of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday the former first lady is weighing whether to leave the Senate and become secretary of state in the Obama administration, a job they say she believes is hers if she wants it.

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Dem officials: Daschle accepts HHS Cabinet post

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has accepted President-elect Barack Obama's offer to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, Democratic officials said Wednesday. The appointment has not been announced, but these officials said the job is Daschle's, barring an unforeseen problem as Obama's team reviews the background of the South Dakota Democrat.

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Senate cancels vote on doomed auto bailout

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – The Senate's top Democrat has called off a planned vote this week on a $25 billion auto industry bailout. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that he wanted to figure out some way to help Detroit's struggling Big Three but that efforts to do so had stalled.

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Big 3 Making Little Headway in Push for Bailout

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Congressional backers of $25 billion in emergency loans to the domestic auto industry are urging colleagues not to punish the Detroit's Big Three automakers for past mistakes. But the heads of the companies seemed to be making little headway in building support.

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Beau Biden Will Not Accept Senate Appointment

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says he plans to fulfill his National Guard duties and won't accept an appointment to his father's U.S. Senate seat.

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