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House GOP Votes To Shift Pentagon Cuts To Social Programs

Republicans in the House voted Thursday to replace deep budget cuts expected to hit the Pentagon after the failure of the super committee onto social programs like food stamps and federal pensions.

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Obama Lures Donors With A Hollywood Sweepstakes

President Obama is attending a fundraiser at the California home of actor George Clooney, along with about 150 guests. Almost anyone can attend, if they pony up $40,000. But for a few sweepstakes winners, the price of admission is about $3. It's the latest innovation in political fundraising.
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Black Voters Likely To Stick With Obama Despite Gay Marriage Stance

African-Americans, compared with other groups that make up the Democratic political base, have been the most resistant to an expansion of gay rights.
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Residents Wary Of Costco Gas Station In Wheaton

Residents in Montgomery County are pushing for legislation that will require a proposed Costco gas station to be built at least one thousand feet from homes and recreation areas.

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Battle Over Next Year's Budget Begins On Capitol Hill

On Thursday afternoon the House approved a package of billions of dollars in domestic program spending cuts, designed to prevent military spending cuts that would otherwise take effect in January under so-called "sequestration."
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The Politics Around Obama's Gay Marriage Support

What's been going on in the White House on same-sex marriage shift? Was this a forced moment or an orchestrated presentation of a policy change? Mara Liasson talks to Audie Cornish about the key elements of the internal and external politics in the days before and after the president's announcement.
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Mourdock's Demeanor Masks Conservative Fervor

Republican Richard Mourdock, who crushed longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana's GOP Senate primary, is a Tea Party conservative with a low-key persona. "I never got hit with the charisma stick," he says. Mourdock equates his political style and his marathon-running mantra: "You just keep going."

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