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An employee welds a stainless steel tank at JV Northwest in Camby, Ore. U.S. factories have boosted output, and busier factories are helping drive the U.S. economy. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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'Made In The USA' Not Enough For Campaign Trail

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President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announce the revamping of his contraception policy, at the White House on Friday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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New Contraceptive Plan: A Successful Balancing Act?

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President Obama speaks about the economy Friday in Arlington, Va. Obama says he wants to "send a clear message to Congress: Do not slow down the recovery that we're on." Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Job Market Could Help Obama's Election Stock

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Trainers help Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy after he took a hit during a game in December. In a series of interviews with The Associated Press, 23 of 44 NFL players said they would try to hide a brain injury rather than leave a game. Don Wright/AP hide caption

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum shakes hands with supporters before speaking at a campaign stop in Fort Mill, S.C., on Friday. Fort Mill is just over the line from North Carolina, and some voters wish they could cross over for the primary Saturday. John W. Adkisson/Getty Images hide caption

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Carolina Blues: N.C. GOP Looks South With EnvyWFAE

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President Obama walks onstage Dec. 22 to urge members of Congress to vote on a short-term compromise that extended the payroll tax cut. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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After A Year of Struggles, Obama Finds His Footing

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House Speaker John Boehner, surrounded by Republican House members, speaks during a news conference in Washington in December. The House initially rejected a plan to extend a tax cut for two months to buy time for talks on a full-year renewal. It later compromised — a rare event in 2011. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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This Year In Congress: Much Drama, Little To Show

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