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CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday....

Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3 trillion health care system....

Drone crashes at White House; hobbyist says it's his
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A two-foot-long drone apparently flown by a hobbyist crashed on the White House grounds Monday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president's security - and a growing threat from the sky....

Complaints challenge orders limiting female guards at Gitmo
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- Some female guards at the Guantanamo Bay prison have filed equal opportunity complaints challenging court orders barring them from jobs that would require touching detainees while escorting them to hearings and attorney-client meetings, a military judge said Monday....

New Jersey's Christie launches political action committee
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken his firmest step yet toward running for president, launching an organization that allows him to raise money for a potential 2016 campaign....

House tea partyers face new resistance from GOP pragmatists
WASHINGTON (AP) -- This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to "show we can govern" instead of throwing partisan brickbats....

Sen. Harry Reid undergoes surgery on eye
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has undergone surgery to remove a blood clot in his right eye and repair bones in his face, injuries from an accident he suffered while exercising more than three weeks ago....

VA to create unified framework with 5 service regions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it is creating a single regional framework that divides the sprawling agency into five clearly marked regions....

China's shadow looms large over Obama visit to India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- As President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in New Delhi this week, the shadow of a third player hung over the talks: neighboring China, which has complicated relationships with both the United States and India....

McCain gives thumbs up to 'American Sniper' movie
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says critics of U.S. foreign policy are disparaging the movie, "American Sniper" and denigrating the memory of Chris Kyle, the U.S. serviceman depicted in the film....

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