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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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