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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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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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