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February 13, 2006

A coin dealer and GOP fund-raiser hired to manage a state investment in rare coins was charged Monday with embezzling at least $1 million in an election-year scandal that has sent Ohio Republicans running for cover.
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In the Lone Star State, a businessman (or woman) is wise to know the in’s and out’s of a Remington as well as a Big Bertha — the hunting trip is the deal-closing equivalent of 18 holes of golf. NBC News' Janet Shamlian reports from Corpus Christi.
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Homeland Security on Monday will announce major changes to the nation’s disaster-response agency on the heels of a House report blaming government-wide ineptitude for mishandling Hurricane Katrina relief.
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February 12, 2006

The White House on Sunday admitted the authenticity of the first photograph made public showing President Bush and embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff, while stressing it does not mean the two had a personal relationship.
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Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald should investigate Vice President Cheney and others in the CIA leak probe if they authorized an aide to give secret information to reporters, Democratic and Republican senators said Sunday.
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February 9, 2006

Sources close the defense of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of  staff, say that Libby's defense will be based in part on the claim that Cheney encouraged Libby to share classified information with reporters.
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Peace activist Cindy Sheehan said Thursday she will not run against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the Democratic primary in California.  “I think I’m more effective on the outside than on the inside,” she said.
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Senate Republicans reached a tentative agreement with the White House on Thursday on a  compromise version of the Patriot Act.
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Seeking to justify his tactics in the war on terrorism, President Bush on Thursday disclosed new details of an alleged al-Qaida plot to attack Los Angeles.
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Ready or not, this year’s political campaign season is upon us, and Washington handicappers already have circled what they expect to be the best -- and most contentious -- races. But one other race, which will be decided less than a month from now on March 7, could be added to the list. By Mark Murray, NBC News.
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February 8, 2006

Contributors to Wikipedia, the online user-written encyclopedia, have exposed extensive efforts by political staff in Washington to change the biographies of senators and congressmen in order to show them in a more favourable light.
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President Bush signed a measure Wednesday that trims Medicaid and Medicare spending over the next five years, but said more changes will be needed as baby boomers retire.
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It’s known as The Last Frontier. But lately, Alaska is worried the rest of the United States sees it as the Freeloading Frontier.
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The Republican national chairman created a furor this week when he suggested Sen. Hillary Clinton is too “angry” to win the White House in 2008. And Clinton is just one of many Democrats with an anger problem, the GOP says.
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GOP leader rents apartment from lobbyist who represented interests before him.
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A White House aide who was once chief of staff to House Majority Leader John Boehner has been tied to fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff, billing records from Abramoff’s firm show.
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February 7, 2006

Joe Scarborough blogs, "Is it just me or are you getting fed up with the news coverage of these cartoon riots in the Middle East? Being politically correct is one thing, but giving a free pass to these radicals is just irresponsible. Isn’t it time news commentators and other reasoned souls across the world started calling these people the freaks that they are?" ."
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President Bush, constrained by wars, hurricanes and exploding budget deficits, has sent Congress a 2007 spending plan that is garnering howls of pain from farmers, teachers, doctors and a wide array of other groups with special interests.
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February 6, 2006

President Bush’s budget calls for $71 billion in savings over five years from Medicare, Medicaid, payments to farmers and other benefit programs. Poolitically vulnerable Republicans may well shy away. Some safe-seat Republicans, too.
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Fewer voters will cast their ballots by punching a card or pulling a lever in this November’s elections as the country continues to turn to newer, electronic machines, a study found.
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