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Budget Bill Proves Perfect Flashpoint For Debate Among Democrats

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 3:26pm

Did the nail biter of a vote on the government funding bill expose rifts in the Democratic party that will cause the White House headaches next year?

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Even If Torture Doesn't Work In The Real World, TV Has Us Convinced It Does

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:07pm

Interrogation experts have tried to get shows like 24 to tone down the torture. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says that may not be as easy as it sounds.

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Is A Ban On 'Ballot Selfies' Overkill?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 8:03am

A New Hampshire law designed to prevent voter fraud makes it a crime to post photos of completed ballots on the internet. A lawsuit argues that it has a chilling effect on political speech.

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House's Budget Bill Debate Unveiled Democratic Rifts, GOP Ambitions

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:01am

Passing the spending package took intense lobbying from the president to get 60 Democrats on board, and persistence by soon-to-be-Speaker John Boehner to fend off the most Republican representatives.

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Congress Issues New Sanctions Against Venezuelan Leaders 'On The Ropes'

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:01am

Officials and experts say the sanctions will be targeted at officials involved in a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters this year, and won't make life even harder for average Venezuelans.

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Even Under Obama, Black Activist Says Every Inch Of Progress Is A Fight

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:01am

President Obama has said he'll work to improve race relations between police and communitie, but in his hometown, many see a leader unable to sustain the progress predicted during his 2008 campaign.

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Black Congressional Staffers Stage Walk Out Over Grand Jury Decisions

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:30pm

A group of black Congressional staffers staged a protest and walked out of the Capitol on Thursday. They were protesting recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers who killed unarmed black men.

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Congress Runs Up Against Deadline To Pass A Budget

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:30pm

A plan to pass a no-drama, year-long measure for most of the federal government started looking shaky Thursday afternoon, when the bill nearly died on a procedural vote in the House.

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Staffers Walk Out Of Congress In Protest Over Brown And Garner Cases

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:06pm

Dozens of congressional staff walked out of the Capitol Thursday, gathering on the steps to make the hands-up gesture that has come to symbolize frustration with the deaths of two unarmed black men.

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House Poised To Vote On Controversial 'Cromnibus' Spending Bill

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 1:29pm

The House narrowly moved a massive spending bill forward Thursday, setting up a potentially close final vote. The bill has been criticized for easing rules on campaign finance and banks.

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Solar Storm: Rooftop Panels Spark Fights Between Utilities, Startups

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Utilities say consumers who put solar panels on their roofs should help pay to maintain the lines that carry the power they sell back into the system. Panel leasing firms say that's anti-competitive.

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Congressional Plan To Fund Military Comes With A Side Of 'Land Grab'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Material tacked onto the authorization bill adds 250,000 acres of new wilderness, expands national parks, and moves toward a national women's history museum. 'Ethically, it stinks,' says Sen. Coburn.

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Pension Deal In Spending Bill Will Cut Benefits Before Safety Net Fails

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

The agreement comes as several "multi-employer" pension plans are insolvent. The federal government guarantees those plans' benefits, but might not be able to handle all of them failing at once.

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First The Protest, Then The Storm: Bay Area's 5 Straight Nights Of Clashes

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Oakland and Berkeley demonstrators have broken into stores and blocked freeways and rail lines, part of a movement born of frustration about police shootings in Staten Island, N.Y., and Ferguson, Mo.

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From Potatoes To Salty Fries In School: Congress Tweaks Food Rules

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 4:41pm

The giant federal spending bill that's expected to go to a vote Thursday will give schools some flexibility in implementing nutrition standards. Also a winner: the potato lobby.

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Spending Bill Provision Would Provide Big Boost To Party Fundraising

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:16pm

The 1,600-page omnibus spending bill includes language that raises contribution limits to the national party committees, bringing them above the realm of merely wealthy donors. Under the provision, donors can give a party a total of $778,000 — each year, an eight-fold increase.

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Britain's House Of Lords Still Seems As Elitist As The Name Suggests

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 5:19am

The unelected legislative body recently refused to merge its catering services with those of the House of Commons, out of concerns for the quality of the chamber's champagne selection.

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Senate May Need Every Minute To Meet Government Funding Deadline

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

The House appears to have reached a trillion-dollar deal to keep the government running, but leaves the Senate just hours to speed the bill through — and some senators may prefer to take their time.

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Ex-CIA Lawyer Says No One Was Misled On Torture, Abuses Were Reported

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

John Rizzo, who spent six years as acting general counsel for the CIA, says that while he believes intelligence gains justified the agency's interrogations, he understands those who feel otherwise.

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Representatives Laud A Departing Dean, 59-Year Veteran John Dingell

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

Leading Democrats and even some Republicans had kind words Tuesday for the Michigander, who was first elected to the House when Eisenhower was president. His wife was elected to his seat in November.

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