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Pentagon on Supporting French Effort In Mali

Updated: 01/31/2013 - The Pentagon says it does not intend to put troops on the ground in Mali to assist in the ground operations against al-Qaida-backed militants, but it is supporting France in other ways.

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Senate Committee Holding Gun Control Hearing

Posted: 01/30/2013 - The National Rifle Association and gun-control advocates, including the husband of wounded former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, are facing off at the year's first Senate hearing on curbing gun violence.

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President Obama's Immigration Reform Proposals

Updated: 01/29/2013 - America’s immigration system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11 million people living in the shadows. Neither is good for the economy or the country.

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Sessions: Controversy-Plagued Immigration And Customs Enforcement Director Must Leave Post

Updated: 01/29/2013 - U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the controversies surrounding John Morton, Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Among other things, Morton’s tenure at ICE has been marked by such an undermining of his own agents that the ICE officers’ union voted unanimously to hold him in no confidence.

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Calhoun Co. Sheriff: Americans Don't Buy Obama's Gun Control Proposals

Posted: 01/29/2013 - An Alabama sheriff invited to meet with President Barack Obama about gun violence told the president there are critical gaps in mental health needs and that average folks aren't buying the message that he doesn't want to take away people's guns.

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Roby, Bishop Reform Congressional Peanut Caucus

Posted: 01/29/2013 - Today, U.S. Representatives Martha Roby (R-AL) and Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) announced the re-formation of the Congressional Peanut Caucus for the 113th Congress.

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Ala. Education Groups at Odds Over School Flexibility

Posted: 01/25/2013 - Education groups are taking opposing sides on legislation being pushed by Republicans in both houses of the Alabama Legislature to allow local school systems more flexibility on budgets, curriculum, staffing and other issues.

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Roby Introduces Farmland Bill

Posted: 01/24/2013 - A bill filed this week by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) would allow more farmland to be used for production rather than lay dormant in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

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Combat Roles Open to Women

Updated: 01/24/2013 - Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

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Ga. Senate Passes Hospital Tax

Posted: 01/17/2013 - The Georgia Senate has passed Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to shore up the state's Medicaid system without having lawmakers approve an explicit tax to generate the money.

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Ala. Republican House Caucus Unveils 2013 Agenda

Posted: 01/17/2013 - Based upon the official state motto, adopted in 1923 at the suggestion of State Archives Director Marie Bankhead Owen, this agenda is designed to preserve the rights and liberties that Alabama citizens hold dear while also creating jobs, improving the economy and cutting needless spending and government waste. The items in the agenda include:

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Deal Presents $19.9 Billion Budget Proposal

Posted: 01/17/2013 - Georgia would keep spending relatively flat under a $19.9 billion budget plan from Gov. Nathan Deal that tries some trims to health care spending while including limited infrastructure and education spending.

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