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State of the Union stirs current of hope, doubt

The everyday Americans who tuned in for President Obama's State of the Union address heard, once more, the many calls for compromise and saw political adversaries sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in an unusual demonstration of unity. Some even cheered when the president referred to "the American family" as something more consequential than party or political preference.

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Obama administration ends high-tech border fence

The Obama administration on Friday ended a high-tech southern border fence scheme that cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion but did little to improve security. Congress ordered the high-tech fence in 2006 amid a clamor over the porous border, but the project yielded only 53 miles of protection.

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Special election for Giffords’ seat unlikely (access required)

It is the question that no one wants to ponder, not while U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is still battling the head wound that could have taken her life. But there is political curiosity: What are the options concerning her future in the U.S. House of Representatives?

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Obama to be nation’s consoler at memorial service

Searching for unity out of tragedy, President Barack Obama will honor the victims of the Arizona mass shooting in personal terms and remind those in grief that an entire nation is with them. The president is again stepping into his role as national consoler, a test of leadership that comes with the job.

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