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At a news conference dominated by discussion of what's expected to be Washington's next big political battle, President Obama insisted Monday that he will not let Republicans tie an increase in the federal government's borrowing limit to negotiations over cuts in future federal spending.

Sen.-elect Ted Cruz has come out of his victory over Paul Sadler swinging. In a speech to the Federalist Society on Friday, he joked, "I’m pretty certain Mitt Romney actually French-kissed Barack Obama."

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Texas has sued the federal government 23 times since President Obama was first elected, and the legal skirmishes often boil down to one thing:  regulation. 

The 2008 Thrill Is Gone: Fewer Young People Voting

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Four years ago, Barack Obama’s promise of change unleashed enthusiasm on college campuses and sent student voters to the polls. But this election year, more young people are sitting on the sidelines.

Whether or not it leads to real change after the election, commentator Lee Cullum says at least one group in society did get the spotlight during this year's presidential campaign. 

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Updated: The return of Fired Big Bird; getting middle schoolers on track and a TCU QB on pause.

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Texas may not be a critical swing state in this year’s presidential campaign, but that doesn’t mean Texans aren’t eager to hear the candidates make their case and press for votes in tonight’s debate.

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American Airlines and US Airways say they’re talking about a possible merger.

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Critics of late have targeted his health care overhaul law and his economic policies, but President Obama has scored points with commentator Stephen Whitley on at least one issue.

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The Irving-based Boy Scouts of America says it stands by its policy banning openly homosexual members. It says after a two-year study that included diverse views from volunteers and professionals, BSA leadership confirmed its policy and says it is the best “for the organization and supports it for the BSA.”

The board will also take no action on a pending resolution to reconsider the policy.

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The Texas House Public Education Committee heard testimony Tuesday about the impact of the state’s new standardized test on education. Whatever the word on the STAAR test, commentator Anne Foster wonders if it isn’t time to reconsider our approach to standardized testing overall.

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For some, a withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan could not come soon enough. But in this commentary, Jim Falk, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, takes a different view.

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Texasis one of 26 states fighting the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care legislation at the Supreme Court where hearings began Monday. About 25 percent of the Texas population is uninsured, that’s close to six million. KERA’s Courtney Collins spoke to people at a Dallas hospital and bookstore about how mandated health coverage would impact them.

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President Obama’s mortgage relief for military service members and homeowners with Federal Housing Administration loans could affect up to three million people. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports that may impact just a fraction of those who need help.

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The President’s State of the Union address is tonight. One North Texas professor and political author says it’ll be a campaign speech this year – listing past accomplishments and goals. But as KERA’s BJ Austin reports, it’s the “present” that’s on most peoples’ minds.

Dallas, TX – A laid-off Dallas teacher shared the stage with President Barack Obama Tuesday as he lobbied for his jobs bill at Eastfield College in Mesquite.

Dallas social studies teacher Kimberly Russell lost her job when state budget cuts triggered teacher layoffs. She put a face on unemployment as she endorsed the President's plan.

Russell: I'm hoping Congress will pass the American Jobs Act to help teachers like me get back to work soon.

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