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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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Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. arrives on Capitol Hill Tuesday to release a report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. arrives on Capitol Hill Tuesday to release a report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Senate report: Harsh CIA interrogation tactics didn’t work

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a damning indictment of CIA practices, Senate investigators on Tuesday accused the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on al-Qaida prisoners far beyond its legal boundaries and then deceiving the nation with narratives of useful interrogations unsubstantiated by its own records.

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House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. walks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. walks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Policy disputes hold up $1.1 trillion federal spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Negotiators inched closer to agreement on a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill on Tuesday, as House Republicans indicated they would advance several controversial policy provisions on a separate track.

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The presidential motorcade carrying President Barack Obama, approaches Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Saturday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
The presidential motorcade carrying President Barack Obama, approaches Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Saturday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Acid reflux is causing President Obama’s sore throat

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- The White House says acid reflux is causing President Barack Obama's sore throat.

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President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Ashton Carter, his nominee for defense secretary, Friday.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Ashton Carter, his nominee for defense secretary, Friday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Obama taps Pentagon veteran Carter as defense chief

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Shaking up his Pentagon leadership, President Barack Obama tapped policy wonk Ashton Carter to oversee the sprawling Defense Department Friday, heralding his new nominee as one the nation's "foremost national security leaders."

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Ashton Carter, who could be the next defense secretary, testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Ashton Carter, who could be the next defense secretary, testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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GOP senator: Obama picks Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has tapped former Pentagon No. 2 Ashton Carter to be his next defense secretary and carry out the U.S. military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a senior Republican senator said Tuesday. White House officials, however, insisted no final decision has been reached.

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies before a House Homeland Security Committee Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies before a House Homeland Security Committee Tuesday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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House Republicans plan to undo Obama immigration actions

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-led House will vote this week to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Tuesday as he sought to give outraged conservatives an outlet to vent over Obama's move without shutting down the government.

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Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington DC. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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House nearing vote on 1-year package of tax breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Struggling to reach a long-term agreement, House Republicans are weighing a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals.

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Michael Brown Sr., left, and his wife, Calvina Brown, right, are embraced by Trina Moorehead, of the Flood Christian Church in Florissant, Missouri Sunday. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)
Michael Brown Sr., left, and his wife, Calvina Brown, right, are embraced by Trina Moorehead, of the Flood Christian Church in Florissant, Missouri Sunday. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)
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Obama wants more police wearing body cameras

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spurred by the Ferguson, Missouri shooting, President Barack Obama is calling for $75 million in federal spending to get 50,000 more police to wear body cameras that record their interactions with civilians. However, Obama is not seeking to pull back federal programs that provide military-style equipment to local law enforcement.

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President Barack Obama, with daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, center, at the presidential turkey pardon ceremony Nov. 26. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
President Barack Obama, with daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, center, at the presidential turkey pardon ceremony Nov. 26. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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GOP aide resigns over criticism of Obama daughters

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An aide to a Republican congressman has resigned after her critical comments about President Barack Obama's daughters touched off a backlash.

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