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President Barack Obama, speaks during the farewell tribute in honor of outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, at Fort Myer-Henderson Hall in Fort Myer, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama’s budget will call for end of sequestration, tax hikes

- The Washington Times

Kicking off the next big budget battle with a bang, President Obama on Thursday will propose rolling back the roughly $1 trillion in automatic sequestration cuts that began in 2013 and will call for a dramatic boost in domestic spending paid for in part with tax hikes.

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A demonstrator carries a gun gun on his back near the Capitol following a rally in support of open carry gun laws, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas lawmaker gets security detail, activists warned

- Associated Press

A House Democrat has been provided a security detail as part of the fallout from a tense Texas Capitol confrontation between the lawmaker and gun rights activists, whom more conservative state politicians urged to soften some of their rhetoric.