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Boehner in line for 3rd term as speaker; GOP readies agenda

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. pauses outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, as he prepares for Tuesday's opening of the 114th Congress under GOP control. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner's prospects for a new term appeared secure Monday despite grumblings from tea party-aligned dissidents on the eve of a Republican takeover of Congress, while GOP leaders in both houses pointed toward a swift veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline.


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New Arizona governor vows no new taxes amid growing deficit

Ducey smiles after voting in Paradise Valley, PhoenixBy Tim Reid (Reuters) - Arizona's new Republican governor pledged to solve the state's growing budget deficit on Monday but insisted it will not be done through raising taxes. Doug Ducey, the former CEO of the Cold Stone Creamery ice-cream chain and Arizona's former state Treasurer, said his administration can confront the state's deficit, but said raising taxes on people and businesses will only create more problems. ...


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Syria complains to U.N.: McCain, others illegally entered country

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) leaves after Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) speech on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill, in WashingtonUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria has complained to the United Nations that U.S. Republican Senator John McCain, former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and former U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith entered the country without visas in violation of its sovereignty. Syria's U.N. ambassador, Bashar Ja'afari, called on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the 15-member Security Council to pressure governments to take "the necessary measures against their nationals who enter Syrian territory illegally. ...


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White House: Scalise as No. 3 says a lot about who GOP is

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Earnest discussed House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., who admitted to speaking to a white supremacist group in 2002, the Sony cyberattack, and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Monday waded into a controversy over revelations that the House's No. 3 Republican spoke to a white supremacist group 12 years ago, saying who the GOP has in leadership "says a lot about who they are."


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Brown sworn in for record fourth term as California governor

California Governor Brown takes a historic fourth oath of office as governor with First Lady of California Anne Gust at his inauguration at the State Capitol in SacramentoBy Jennifer Chaussee SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Democrat Jerry Brown, who turned around California's finances after years of deficits, vowed to keep a tight rein on spending as he was sworn in on Monday for a record fourth term at the helm of the nation's most populous state. Brown first served two terms from 1975 to 1983 and then returned to the governorship in 2011. He easily defeated Republican challenger Neel Kashkari to win re-election in November. Brown, the 76-year-old son of the late California Governor Edmund G. ...


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Keystone pipeline would have little impact on gas prices: W. House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that U.S. President Barack Obama believes the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would have little impact on U.S. gas prices but a spokesman would not say whether he would veto Republican legislation rel...

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Can new GOP Illinois governor deliver on the hype?

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana celebrate his victory in Chicago. Rauner became a Republican rock star when he unseated a Democratic governor in left-leaning Illinois, pledging to run Barack Obama’s home state in the mold of GOP darlings Scott Walker and Mitch Daniels. But as he takes office this month, many are wondering: Can he deliver on the hype? (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Bruce Rauner became a Republican rock star when he unseated a Democratic governor in left-leaning Illinois, pledging to run Barack Obama's home state in the mold of GOP darlings Scott Walker and Mitch Daniels. But as he takes office this month, many are wondering: Can he deliver on the hype?


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AP Exclusive: Maine governor spent $53K in Medicaid fight

Documents show that Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration spent nearly $53,000 on private lawyers last year in its failed attempt to remove about 6,000 young adults from Maine's Medicaid program. ...

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Ben Carson sets May deadline to decide on presidential run: report

Ben Carson attends the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon HillWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ben Carson, a retired surgeon popular with Tea Party conservatives, has said he will decide by May 1 whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, according to a media report. In an interview with NewsMaxTV last week, Carson said he is still studying various political issues as he weighs a potential run for the White House. "You have to know a lot of stuff," he told NewsMaxTV on Friday. ...


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