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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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Report Reveals Deeply Misguided Interrogation Tactics, Feinstein Says

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

The Senate's "torture report" finds that the CIA conducted brutal interrogations of detainees in the years after 9/11, misled elected leaders, and got little useful information from the harsh tactics.

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D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Is Part Of Debate Over Spending Bill

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 8:17pm

Restrictions on D.C.'s use of funds to regulate and tax marijuana would likely endanger the district's goal of creating a market that a city finance official said would be worth $130 million a year.

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Congress Will Get A $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill This Week

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:42pm

Faced with a Thursday deadline to finance the U.S. government, leaders in Congress have worked out a bill that would fund the government until October 2015.

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In Spending Bill, A Gift For Political Party Fundraising

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 5:59pm

The Republican and Democratic parties will be able to collect an additional $97,200 per year from donors to pay for presidential nominating conventions.

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Congress Says Goodbye To Its Last World War II Vets

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:12pm

When the next session of Congress begins in January, it will be the first in more than 60 years without a veteran of World War II. It's a generation that dominated the House and Senate for decades.

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Advocate's Comments On ACA Now A Liability For Law's Supporters

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:25pm

Lawmakers grilled an MIT professor on Tuesday over controversial comments he made about Obamacare. Jon Gruber has been one of the law's strongest advocates, but he also said the law passed with a big assist from voters' "stupidity."

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Congress Pushes Up Against Deadline To Keep Government Funded

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:25pm

Congress has just over two days left to pass a spending bill before the government runs out of cash, and lawmakers appear to be pushing it to the wire. So far, no one is worried about an actual shutdown, despite some policy arguments that have delayed completion of the legislation.

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Senate Panel Looks At Taking Sexual Assault Investigations Off Campus

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:25pm

Survivors say the criminal justice system can be re-traumatizing. But many say the system needs to be fixed because the courts are the only ones with the power to take rapists off the street.

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Obama Meets Colbert: Six Unbuttoned Moments

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:05pm

President Obama briefly hosted comedian Stephen Colbert's show Monday, declaring, "How hard can this be?"

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Senate Panel's Report On CIA Calls Harsh Tactics Ineffective

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:27am

Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee released a report saying the CIA misled higher-ups and didn't accurately describe its post-Sept. 11 interrogation tactics. The CIA disputes the findings.

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GOP Senators Call Details In Senate's CIA Report 'Simply Wrong'

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:34am

Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said the release of the report "will present serious consequences for U.S. national security."

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'Obamacare' Expert Apologizes For Remarks On Law's Creation

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:13am

MIT health care economist Jonathan Gruber had said the "stupidity of the American voter" was critical in getting the law passed. Critics say that displays the deceit that went into creating the law.

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Obamacare Adviser Gets Set To Go In Front Of Congressional Firing Squad

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

An MIT economist was recorded saying that without the "stupidity of the American voter," the Affordable Care Act wouldn't have passed. Those comments, and others he made, have put it at serious risk.

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As Torture Report's Release Nears, CIA And Opponents Ready Responses

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

The Senate's release will focus on case studies of the treatment, at times brutal, of 20 or so high-value detainees in the counterterrorism efforts following 9/11, and whether those methods paid off.

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Sources: FAA May Require Licenses To Fly Commercial Drones

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:08am

The FAA has been struggling to write the rules for unmanned aircraft like the ones Amazon and other companies are developing. But a proposal is finally expected this month.

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New Entry Program Reunites Some Immigrants With Their Children

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 4:07pm

A new State Department program would allow U.S.-based Latino parents to bring over children left in home countries. More than 57,000 children made the trip across the U.S.-Mexican border this year.

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Some Liberals And Tea Partiers Unite To Oppose Trade Deals

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 4:06pm

Environmentalists, union members and consumer advocates demonstrated against trade negotiators Monday. In an interesting political twist, many Tea Party Republicans agree with the liberal activists.

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