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Exclusive: Wisconsin’s Walker vows no compromise on unions

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker vowed on Thursday never to compromise on the core of his plan to curb the power of public sector unions and said investors should buy the state’s bonds precisely because he was taking a tough stance. Read the full story.
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Obama says Libya stalemate a danger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was concerned a bloody stalemate could develop between Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and rebel forces but gave no sign of a willingness to intervene militarily. Read the full story.
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Obama and Mexico’s Calderon seek to ease tensions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Thursday vowed greater cooperation to combat drugs and arms smuggling and ease trade tensions as they sought to smooth over cross-border differences. Read the full story.
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Gingrich exploring 2012 presidential bid

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday edged toward becoming the first big-name Republican to challenge President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. Read the full story.
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U.S. sees limited progress in Pakistan spy standoff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – National security officials say progress is being made to persuade Pakistan to free a CIA contractor held on murder charges but that Washington could take punitive diplomatic and financial action if the case is not resolved soon. Read the full story.
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GOP to relaunch flood insurance overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Draft legislation to overhaul the U.S. National Flood Insurance Program will be unveiled next week, said the Republican chairman of a congressional insurance oversight panel on Thursday. Read the full story.
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Budget crisis forces states to spend creatively: Duncan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With some states taking a budget-cutting ax to public school funding, the U.S. education department on Thursday offered some guidance on finding and spending federal money flexibly — but did not attach any dollars to the advice. Read the full story.
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First budget talks set for Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The opening round of White House-led negotiations aimed at crafting a bipartisan deal to fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday on Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democratic aides said. Read the full story.
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