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Obama heads to Japan to reassure Asia allies

BEIJING – President Obama leaves Tuesday for Asia but is skipping the regional giant here that is scaring its neighbors to reassure allies of the American commitment to their security. (60)
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Crimea officially moves to join Russia

Crimea’s regional assembly has declared independence from Ukraine and applied to join Russia, saying all Ukrainian state property on the peninsula would be nationalised. (48)
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President Obama: The stimulus bill worked

While he and aides promote the disputed health care law, President Obama also found time Wednesday to defend another big part of his legacy: The 2009 stimulus bill. The $831 billion in spending programs and tax incentives surfaced as Obama [...]
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Obama to President Karzai: Time running out for security deal

WASHINGTON — With no sign of a deal for a post-2014 security agreement with Afghanistan on the horizon, President Obama on Tuesday offered a blunt warning to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai that time is running out to forge a deal [...]
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Obama to host Dalai Lama at White House

US President Barack Obama will meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday, US officials say. (71)
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Justice Dept. will extend benefits to same-sex couples

In a major victory for same-sex marriage rights, the Justice Department will soon grant married gay and lesbian couples the same rights in legal matters as other married couples. (132)
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Hillary Clinton sends joking tweet about Fox during Super Bowl

(USATODAY) – Hillary Rodham Clinton sent out a tweet during the Super Bowl, joking about Fox for what appears to be related to the network’s coverage of the former secretary of State. (82)
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Justin Bieber at risk of deportation afterpetition attracts 100,000 signatures

(Metro) – Justin Bieber’s troubles may be about to become a whole lot worse after a petition effectively compelled the White House to address the wayward star’s behaviour. (116)

Obama Signs Bipartisian Budget Easing $63 Billion in Cuts

President Barack Obama signed into law a bipartisan federal budget that will ease $63 billion in spending cuts for the next two years, along with a measure that sets military policy for 2014. (87)

Kidnapped American asks U.S. to negotiate with al-Qaeda for his release

Warren Weinstein urges the Obama administration to negotiate for his release. A U.S. government contractor kidnapped by al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan in 2011 has recorded a video message calling on the Obama administration to negotiate with [...]

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