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Military not exempt from spending cuts: Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. military programs will not necessarily be exempt from sharp spending cuts Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to put forward in coming months, incoming House Republican Leader Eric Cantor said on Tuesday. Read the full story from Reuters
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New Florida governor promises to add jobs and cut tax

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – Former hospital executive and political novice Rick Scott was sworn in as Florida governor on Tuesday and he promised to create jobs, reduce government regulation and eliminate the state’s corporate income tax. Read the full story from Reuters
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Republicans seek to bleed Obama’s health reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans armed with new power will pounce on one of their top targets, President Barack Obama’s hard-fought healthcare reforms, when the House of Representatives reopens for business on Wednesday. Read the full story from Reuters
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Is Obama ready for an emboldened GOP?

After two weeks out of the spotlight, President Barack Obama is returning to Washington to face an emboldened Republican Party and the first major shake-up of his senior staff. The first weeks of the new year will be an early test of how the president will deal with a divided Congress and whether he can build on the victories he secured during the final days of the lame-duck legislative session. And with a host of Republicans readying to run for his job, the administration will simultaneously be laying the groundwork for Obama’s re-election bid, which will be operated out of
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Boehner to Obama: We’re in charge now

Eager to show who’s now in charge, the House’s new Republican majority plans to vote to repeal President Barack Obama‘s landmark health care overhaul before he even shows up in their chamber to give his State of the Union address. Dramatic as that early showdown promises to be — the vote will be Jan. 12, Republicans said Monday — it will be just the first in a series of struggles expected to play out in the next few months. Obama returns Tuesday from his holiday vacation, fresh off lame-duck legislative victories late last year, and Republicans will be sworn in
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