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At party retreat, GOP still searching for health law consensus

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Republicans from the House, Senate and White House gathered in Philadelphia this week searching, among other things, for some agreement on how exactly to “repeal and replace” the federal health law. By the end of the second day of the three-day retreat, however, it was clear they were not yet singing from the same hymnbook.

House and Senate Republican leaders did seem to settle on a timing strategy for overhauling the Democrats’ health care law that could take them through the summer, even if they were light on specifics.

In DNC invocation, Jesuit priest asks God to keep nation 'free of hatred, violence'

One speaker at the Democratic National Convention didn't bring the delegates to their feet in cheers, but evoked heads bowed in silent prayer.

Jesuit Fr. William Bryon gave an invocation and led more than 20,000 people in prayer Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on the convention's penultimate night. He preceded two of the party's biggest names -- President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden -- who delivered their speeches to roaring acclaim.

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