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President Barack Obama speaking at Pellissippi State Community College, in Knoxville, Tenn. Jan. 9. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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Obama’s tax proposals get cool reception from GOP lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican lawmakers are already signaling they will do what they can to block President Barack Obama's pitch for tax increases on the wealthiest Americans.

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Highlights of President Barack Obama’s plan to tax wealthy

The White House says President Barack Obama will propose in his State of the Union address a plan to impose higher taxes on the wealthy and use the revenue to help middle-class families. Congress would have to agree, and lawmakers have rebuffed Obama's earlier proposals to eliminate certain tax provisions and spend the money on road and bridge repair, for example.

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President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron arrive for a joint news conference in Washington, Friday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron arrive for a joint news conference in Washington, Friday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Obama, Cameron warn against new Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama came out swinging Friday against congressional attempts to slap fresh sanctions on Iran, warning such a move would likely destroy nuclear talks and increase prospects for a military showdown. Vowing to veto any sanctions that reach his desk, Obama pleaded, "Just hold your fire."

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House Speaker John Boehner walks from the House chamber as lawmakers vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security but curb President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Speaker John Boehner walks from the House chamber as lawmakers vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security but curb President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an assault on one of President Barack Obama's top domestic priorities, House Republicans approved measures Wednesday that would overturn his immigration actions and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as children.

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Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., confer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., confer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House overwhelmingly approves Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Friday authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite a renewed pledge by the White House to veto the legislation after a Nebraska court removed a major obstacle.

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President Barack Obama, giving his State of the Union address in January, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
President Barack Obama, giving his State of the Union address in January, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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Obama looks past GOP in promoting his 2015 agenda

HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama plans new steps to help more Americans buy a home and attend college, part of a 2015 agenda he hopes can build on the postelection momentum from high-profile moves on immigration and Cuba.

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House GOP probe fails to link IRS scandal to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House Republican investigation faults senior IRS officials in the mistreatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, but could find no link to the White House, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Congress Convenes On Columbus Day As Government Shutdown Continues
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Poll: Americans have little hope in new Congress

Americans are not very optimistic that a new Congress will break partisan gridlock in Washington in 2015, according to a Monmouth University Poll released on Dec. 22.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Spending bill cleaves Pelosi from Obama and Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi was the odd person out when the Democratic-led Senate and the Democratic president joined most House Republicans in backing a $1.1 trillion spending bill she opposed.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, right, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, right, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House GOP confident of finishing spending measure

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans pressed ahead with a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday despite genuine anger among Democrats whose votes they need for passage, and lingering opposition from tea party Republicans who see more in the measure to dislike than like.

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