Obama signs ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama signed a landmark law Wednesday repealing the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military, fulfilling one of his major campaign pledges and casting the issue as a matter of civil rights long denied. “No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie, or look over their shoulder in order to serve the country...
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Obama lobbies GOP senators to back arms pact (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama tried to sway reluctant Republican senators on Monday to back a new arms control treaty with Russia as GOP aversion to giving a politically damaged president another victory intruded on his national security agenda. The White House and senior Democrats expressed confidence that they had the votes for the accord that was signed by Obama and Russian President...
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Obama pushes for arms pact as top Dem upbeat (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama lobbied senators by phone Monday to back an arms treaty with Russia that he’s called a national security imperative, as a top Senate Democrat conceded “house by house combat” would be needed to win enough GOP votes to prevail. The president is continuing to call senators as he presses for passage of the New START treaty before Congress adjourns,...
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House Dems stew over Obama’s handling of tax deal (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – The struggle over tax cuts is seriously straining President Barack Obama’s relationship with House Democrats, who have backed him on key issues even when it cost them politically. Expressing hurt and bewilderment, Democratic lawmakers say Obama ignored them at crucial negotiating moments, misled them about his intentions and made needless concessions to Republicans. The president...
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First Senate vote expected on Obama-GOP tax deal (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – Senators get their first chance Monday to vote on the tax-cut deal struck by President Barack Obama and Republicans, but whatever the outcome of the test vote, the White House expects the bill to pass by year’s end. “Everybody understands what it would mean for the economy if we don’t get this done,” Obama adviser David Axelrod said Sunday. The No. 2 Senate...
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Obama urges Congress to pass agreement on tax cuts (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the tax-cut deal he negotiated with Republicans is a “good deal for the American people,” and he’s calling on Congress to pass it before the end of the year to keep tax rates from rising for just about everyone in 2011. The deal would extend for all earners cuts in income tax rates that are set to expire next month. It also would renew...
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With Obama, Clinton urges Dems to back tax deal (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – Bill Clinton implored Democrats to back the tax-cut deal that President Barack Obama negotiated with Republicans as the former president made a surprise appearance with Obama in the White House briefing room Friday — and later took over the podium. “I don’t believe there is a better deal out there,” Clinton told reporters who’d been summoned at a moment’s...
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Obama, GOP reach deal to extend tax cuts (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – Brushing past Democratic opposition, President Barack Obama announced agreement with Republicans Monday night to extend expiring tax cuts for all Americans, renew jobless benefits and grant a one-year reduction in Social Security taxes for millions. The emerging agreement also includes tax breaks for businesses that the president said would contribute to the economy’s recovery...
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Wary meeting: Obama, GOP leaders pledge tax talks (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – Heralding a new era of divided government, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans pledged warily to seek common ground on tax cuts and reduced spending Tuesday in their first meeting since tumultuous midterm elections. Obama also made a strong plea to Senate Republicans to permit ratification of a new arms control treaty with Russia by year’s end, raising the...
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Obama calls for 2-year freeze on federal pay (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Monday proposed a two-year freeze of the salaries of some 2 million federal workers, trying to seize the deficit-cutting initiative from Republicans with a sudden, dramatic stroke. Though signaling White House concern over record deficits, the freeze would make only a tiny dent in annual deficits or the nation’s $14 trillion debt. “Small businesses...
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