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Obama to dine with Republicans in budget push

President Barack Obama will meet rival Republican senators for a rare dinner Wednesday, as he tries to end an ugly budget stalemate holding growth hostage and clouding his second term. Obama, hardly known for flattering and charming his political foes, will sit down with a group of senior Republican lawmakers,…

Concerns grow about America’s racial divide

WASHINGTON — It was hailed as the dawn of a “post-racial America,” ushered in by the election of the first black president in a country still scarred by the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and the battle for civil rights. But recent incidents — including the shooting of an unarmed…

Obama offers glimpse of State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, in the first glimpse of his keynote State of the Union address next week, said Saturday it would focus on manufacturing jobs, energy and education, alongside an election themed message for a “return to American values.” “I’m going to lay out a blueprint for…

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