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Lobbyists Amp Up Efforts To Sell Washington On E-Cigarettes

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 9:52am

As they wait for the Food and Drug Administration to propose regulations for the nascent e-cigarette industry, lobbyists frame the product as way to move tobacco smokers "down ladder of risk."

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Lobbyists Amp Up Efforts To Sell Washington On E-Cigarettes

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 9:52am

As they wait for the Food and Drug Administration to propose regulations for the nascent e-cigarette industry, lobbyists frame the product as way to move tobacco smokers "down ladder of risk."

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Davis, Abbott Expected To Win Texas Gubernatorial Primary

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 4:00am

State Senator Wendy Davis is the Democratic hopeful. She's challenging Republican Greg Abbott, the state's attorney general. Both are expected to easily win their primaries.

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Obama And Boehner Relationship Anything But Solid

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 6:48pm

The president and the House speaker have had few face-to-face meetings, and their relationship has more often been marked by angry finger-pointing.

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Black Senators Talk — And Make — History

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 6:16pm

To mark Black History Month, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott brought five current and former African-American senators together for a historic event at the Library of Congress.

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Chris Christie's Sandy Problem

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 4:00pm

The New Jersey governor may be grabbing national headlines for the Bridgegate scandal, but it's the slow Superstorm Sandy recovery that's causing him headaches back home.

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Before Lawmakers, Former Inmates Tell Their Stories

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 3:00pm

Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin is calling on federal and state prisons to ban solitary confinement for juveniles, pregnant women and the mentally ill. He held a hearing in Washington on Tuesday.

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Amid Controversy, 'Right To Refuse' Bill Hits Governor's Desk

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 3:00pm

Opposition in Arizona is growing against a controversial bill that would let business owners to refuse service based on religious beliefs. Gov. Jan Brewer hasn't yet decided whether to veto the bill.

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After More Than A Year, Obama And Boehner Sit Down Just To Talk

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 3:00pm

Speaker Boehner and President Obama are holding their first private conversation in 14 months — a streak that may say less about the two men than it does about politics, leadership and voters today.

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Religious Freedom Bills Rooted In Fears Of Obama Policies

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 2:49pm

Arizona and other states are considering bills allowing business owners to refuse service to gays or other groups that offend their religious beliefs.

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After 58 Years Of Service, John Dingell To Vacate House Seat

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 4:00am

Democratic Rep. John Dingell of Michigan is the longest-serving member in the history of Congress. He announced on Monday that he will step down at the end of this term.

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Panel Charged With Eliminating Child Abuse Deaths

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 4:00am

A congressional commission to prevent children's deaths from abuse and neglect held its first meeting on Monday. Figuring out the extent of the problem is just one challenge facing the new commission.

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Democratic Sen. Landrieu Walks A Fine Line In Red Louisiana

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 2:37am

The Democrat has won some conservatives in the state with her strong defense of the oil industry. But her support for Obamacare may sink her.

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Push To Repeal Calif. Transgender Student Rights Law Fails

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 1:07am

A referendum to overturn the law that gives transgender students the right to use the public school restrooms of their choice won't be on the November ballot. Backers didn't get enough signatures.

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The Lessons Of John Dingell's Departure

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 5:03pm

It's remarkable that an accomplished legislator like Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who is the longest serving member of Congress in history, stayed so long into an era of congressional dysfunction.

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How Will Ugandan Gay Refugees Be Received By U.S.?

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 3:00pm

A Ugandan law punishes "offenders" of homosexual acts with prison terms. Aaron Morris, legal director at Immigration Equality, explains the U.S. track record of granting asylum in such situations.

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After Nearly Six Decades In Office, Dingell Decides Not To Run

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 3:00pm

John Dingell of Michigan, the longest-serving congressman in U.S. history, announced he won't run in 2014. As Tracy Samilton reports, Dingell's state will lose more than an icon when he retires.

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Study: Conservatives And Liberals Rarely Debate On Twitter

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 2:32pm

When it comes to political discourse, Twitter chatter splits along liberal and conservative lines that rarely cross, according to a new report.

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Top Justice Dept. Official Quietly Stepped Down In December

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 12:56pm

Virginia Seitz, who led the influential Justice Department office that offers legal advice on surveillance, drones and other issues, resigned after two-and-a-half years on the job.

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Rep. John Dingell, Who Has Served A Record 58 Years, Is Retiring

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 9:10am

The Michigan Democrat was first elected to Congress in 1955. He tells The Detroit News "I'm not going to be carried out feet first." Dingell is 87.

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