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Posted: December 13, 2012 at 5:18 a.m.

“The president and his allies have taken so many things off the table the only thing left is varnish.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, RKy., who said the president’s focus on higher tax rates for top earners has made a budget deal tough to reach Article, 1A Part of I-77 patched after blast SISSONVILLE, W.Va. — Contractors worked through the night scraping away burned asphalt and repaving an 800-foot swath of Interstate 77 charred by a natural-gas pipeline explosion and fire.

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