Done deal: Obama signs debt bill into law

Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA Lawmakers work to pass a bill that would end the first government shutdown in 17 years and prevent the government from defaulting on its debt. By Carrie Dann, Political Reporter, NBC News After weeks of stalemate that shuttered the government for 16 days and brought the nation within hours of a key deadline to renew ...

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Fiscal deal opens door to big tax and entitlement changes

By Tom Curry, NBC News The deal struck Wednesday in Washington could make it easier for lawmakers to make big changes to tax policy, spending and entitlement programs. Here’s a look at what is in the accord, what didn’t make the cut and what’s coming down the pipeline. This deal is an important way forward for big policy changesWhile a ...

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Senate reaches deal to end shutdown and avoid default

By Michael O’Brien , Political Reporter, NBC News Senate leaders said Wednesday that they had reached a bipartisan agreement to end a 16-day government shutdown and avert default on the national debt roiled Washington, furloughed hundreds of thousands of federal workers and closed crucial government services. Congress will now attempt to quickly advance the legislation through both the House and ...

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John Kerry heading to Russia for talks with Putin on terrorism, Syria

POOL/REUTERS The Secretary of State will meet with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin about a range of issues causing tension between Washington and Moscow. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Russia next week for talks on Syria, Iran and terrorism concerns that have spiked since the Boston Marathon bombings. Kerry will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign ...

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Obama denies he's lost political mojo after gun, budget defeats

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images ‘Rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated,’ President Obama told reporters during a White House press conference on Tuesday. WASHINGTON — President Obama said he’s still got the political juice, scoffing Tuesday at the notion that’s he’s increasingly irrelevant or politically weak. “Maybe I should pack and go home. Golly!” he said facetiously, when asked ...

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Former ricin suspect’s home is unlivable: lawyer

Bert Mohr/AP Kevin Curtis speaks to reporters as his brother Jack Curtis looks on in Oxford, Miss. Kevin Curtis’ house is uninhabitable after investigators searched it but failed to find evidence of the deadly poison ricin, a lawyer said. OXFORD, Miss. — Attorneys for a Mississippi man who was briefly charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and others ...

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NRA: Obama wants total gun ban

The Associated Press Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association CEO, testifies as supporters and opponents of stricter gun control measures face off at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 30. On Thursday, LaPierre warned fellow NRA members that he had said long ago Obama “would set about dismantling the Second Amendment.” WASHINGTON — National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre ...

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Romney’s sons Matt and Craig attend Christie fundraiser

Charlie Neibergall/AP Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with his wife, Ann, and, from the left, their sons Matt, Josh, Craig and Tagg. No hard feelings? Two of Mitt Romney’s sons were among the guests at a California fundraiser for Gov. Chris Christie this week, suggesting that both camps have put the bitter end of the November election behind them. RELATED: ...

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Brooklyn College student group defends booting Jewish students from controversial forum

Protesters outside Brooklyn College supporting the BDS forum. The pro-Palestinian student group that hosted a controversial forum at Brooklyn College defended tossing four Jewish students, despite audio showing no disruption. The Students for Justice in Palestine charged the Jewish students were “speaking loudly” and “shuffling papers” and “moving noisily around in their seats for several minutes,” in a press release ...

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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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