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Senate approves patent reform to end backlog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to overhaul U.S. patent laws, approving a measure aimed at chipping away at a huge backlog of patent applications and offering alternatives to expensive litigation. Read the full story.
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Auto safety proposals to be revived in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Safety legislation born out of the Toyota Motor Corp recall saga and opposed by automakers will be revived in the Senate this year, the chairman of the Commerce Committee said on Tuesday. Read the full story.
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Five Republicans woo Iowa voters ahead of 2012 race

DES MOINES (Reuters) – Five possible Republican White House hopefuls including Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty courted conservative voters on Monday in Iowa, the state that holds a critical early contest on the road to the party’s 2012 U.S. presidential nomination. Read the full story.
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House Republicans draft new stopgap spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Yet another U.S. budget stopgap spending bill was being crafted on Tuesday in the House of Representatives as the Senate bickered over when to vote on two longer-term measures that appeared sure to fail. Read the full story.
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American military: Too white, too male

The U.S. military is too white and too male at the top and needs to change recruiting and promotion policies and lift its ban on women in combat, an independent report for Congress said Monday. Seventy-seven percent of senior officers in the active-duty military are white, while only 8 percent are black, 5 percent are Hispanic and 16 percent are women, the report by an independent panel said, quoting data from September 2008. One barrier that keeps women from the highest ranks is their inability to serve in combat units. Promotion and job opportunities have favored those with battlefield leadership
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Budget fights put Daniels in national spotlight

Gov. Mitch Daniels has spent years talking about issues that typically make voters’ eyes glaze over: Cutting spending. Balancing budgets. Shrinking government. The priorities haven’t changed much in Daniels’ six years as governor. But suddenly voters are paying attention. Budget showdowns in Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey are drawing fresh, national attention to issues Daniels has long promoted. And politicians like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are getting the headlines. “Mitch was clearly one of the first guys to do this stuff,” said Grover Norquist of the conservative Americans for Tax Reform. “But now you
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Biden visits Russia to keep up New START momentum

MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Russia on Tuesday to build on two years of improving ties capped by the New START nuclear arms reduction pact’s entry into force last month as elections in both nations draw closer. Read the full story.
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Gary Locke to be named new ambassador to China

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, March 8 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who this year criticized China for not opening its markets, as next U.S. ambassador to Beijing, two administration officials said. Read the full story.
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