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Sen. Harry Reid's retirement poses challenge for Democratic unity

The surprise retirement of Sen. Harry Reid, the gritty top Democrat in Congress, risks unraveling perhaps the biggest accomplishment of his combative decade in leadership: keeping unruly Democrats united in support of President Obama's agenda and rebuffing an overtly divided GOP.

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U.S. finds itself on both sides at once in Middle East

The battle for dominance in the Middle East draws on ancient enmity between the Shiite and Sunni branches of Islam, but what drives it is a thoroughly modern struggle for power between Iran and the Arab monarchies led by Saudi Arabia.

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Texas leaders call Obama's immigration setback 'victory for rule of law'