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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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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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Republican Representative Gohmert to challenge Boehner for speaker

Representative Louie Gohmert speaks on the second anniversary of the Benghazi terrorist attacks with the Benghazi Accountability Coalition on Capitol Hill in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert, a conservative Tea Party Republican from Texas, said on Sunday he would challenge John Boehner for speaker of the House of Representatives. Gohmert's announcement came a day after fellow Republican Representative Ted Yoho of Florida said he might be willing to put his name up against Boehner, the Ohio Republican who is widely expected to retain the top job in the chamber when the full House votes on Tuesday. ...


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Republican Representative Gohmert to challenge Boehner for speaker

Representative Louie Gohmert speaks on the second anniversary of the Benghazi terrorist attacks with the Benghazi Accountability Coalition on Capitol Hill in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert, a conservative Tea Party Republican from Texas, said on Sunday he would challenge John Boehner for speaker of the House of Representatives. Gohmert's announcement came a day after fellow Republican Representative Ted Yoho of Florida said he might be willing to put his name up against Boehner, the Ohio Republican who is widely expected to retain the top job in the chamber when the full House votes on Tuesday. ...


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New Senate chairmen aim to undo Obama’s policies

FILE - In this May 14, 2014, file photo, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. walks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama's policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations and national security. (AP Photo, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama's policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations and national security.


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