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Obama doles out fist bumps, high-fives as he unveils preschool plan in Georgia classroom

Evan Vucci/AP President Barack Obama reacts as he draws a card during a game at a visit to a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., on Thurs., Feb. 14, 2013. WASHINGTON — President Obama gave one little Georgia boy a fist bump Thursday as he unveiled the most ambitious proposal for early childhood learning ...

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New Jersey Sen. Lautenberg says he will not seek re-election in 2014

Mel Evans/ASSOCIATED PRESS ‘I’m not the end of anything,’ Sen. Frank Lautenberg said in a statement announcing he won’t run for re-election in 2014. New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2014 – opening the door for Newark Mayor Cory Booker and others waiting in the wings to pursue the office. His decision ...

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Bloomberg plays small ball, recounts achievements in final State of the City

David Handschuh/New York Daily News “The state of our city is stronger than ever — but it can be stronger still and together we’ll make it such.” says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mayor Bloomberg on Thursday delivered his 12th and final State of the City speech, an address that was short on new initiatives and long on summarizing ...

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Senate GOP stalls Hagel nomination by waging filibuster

By Michael O’Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News Senate Republicans on Thursday stalled further work on confirming former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as the next secretary of defense, likely prolonging the fight over the Pentagon nominee for at least another week and a half. The Senate voted 58 to 40 to end debate on Hagel’s nomination, falling short of the 60-vote threshold they needed ...

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Democrats propose $110 billion plan to delay sequester

By Kasie Hunt, NBC News Senate Democrats on Thursday proposed a plan to put off dramatic cuts to the Defense Department and a host of popular government programs until next January. Democrats agreed on an approximately $110 billion package — half tax increases and half spending cuts — during a caucus meeting at the Capitol. Their goal is to temporarily ...

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Obama hits Georgia to sell new childhood initiatives

By Ali Weinberg, White House producer, NBC News DECATUR, Ga. — Continuing his post-State of the Union tour, President Barack Obama today made an economic case for the early childhood initiatives he unveiled in his primetime speech, telling a crowd in this Atlanta suburb that investments in such programs are “a good bang for your educational buck.” The president’s education ...

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NRA exec accuses Obama of gun 'charade' at State of the Union

Addressing the National Wild Turkey Federation in Nashville, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre doubles down on his call for armed police or guards in every American school. By Michael O’Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News The National Rifle Association’s CEO on Thursday accused President Barack Obama of orchestrating a “charade” to dismantle gun rights in his State of the Union address this ...

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Congressman says deleted tweets were to his daughter

By Luke Russert and Frank Thorp, NBC News Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., tells NBC News that the 24-year-old woman he tweeted at during the State of the Union address was not a romantic interest, but in fact his daughter. After “The Hill” reported that Cohen — who is not married — deleted tweets saying “ilu,” short for “I love you,” to ...

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N.J. Sen. Lautenberg won't seek re-election, easing Booker's path

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, an 89-year-old Democrat from New Jersey, has announced his will retire instead of seeking a sixth term. NBC’s Brian Williams reports. By Michael O’Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News Updated 3:40 p.m. ET: New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D, won’t seek re-election next November, a Democratic source confirmed to NBC News. Lautenberg, the 89-year-old senator who served for almost ...

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Hagel nomination hits a wall

Senate Republicans have blocked a vote to move forward with former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Secretary of Defense. Hagel is still expected to be confirmed, however, during another vote. NBC’s Brian Williams reports. By Domenico Montanaro, Deputy Political Editor, NBC News Chuck Hagel’s nomination just hit a major obstacle. Hagel will not have the 60 votes to overcome ...

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