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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 (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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Obama to call for tax increases on wealthy during State of the Union

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will call for increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans by raising the capital gains rate and eliminating a tax break on inheritances, then using the revenue to fund new tax credits and other cost-saving measures for the middle class.

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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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Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, shown here testifying on Capitol Hill in last September, has stepped down. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, shown here testifying on Capitol Hill in last September, has stepped down. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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Medicare chief steps down, ran health care rollout

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare's top administrator unexpectedly resigned Friday, becoming the latest casualty in the turmoil over the president's health care law, which is still struggling for acceptance even as millions benefit from expanded coverage.

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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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President Obama speaks at the FTC offices in Washington,  Monday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Obama speaks at the FTC offices in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Obama calls for stronger laws against identify theft

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Monday proposed strengthening laws against identity theft by requiring notification when consumer information is hacked and protecting students' private data.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a press conference in Gandhinagar, India, Monday.  (AP PhotoRick Wilking, Pool)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a press conference in Gandhinagar, India, Monday. (AP PhotoRick Wilking, Pool)
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US: Cuba completes release of 53 political prisoners

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month's historic deal between the United States and Cuba, the U.S. said Monday.

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President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping, multibillion-dollar proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma to boost weak U.S. wages and skills for the modern workforce.

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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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