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With Benefits Cut, Unemployed Take Stock Of Dwindling Options

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 1:59pm

Emergency unemployment insurance expired Dec. 28 for an estimated 1.3 million Americans. That includes more than 220,000 Californians. They responded with everything from returning Christmas presents for cash to packing up and leaving the state. Congress could still renew these emergency benefits, as they have multiple times since 2008.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Released From Hospital

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 11:39am

She was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday for treatment of pneumonia. Bush, 88, responded well and is now at home, a family spokesman says.

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House GOP Puts Another 'Target' On Obamacare

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:08pm

House Republicans plan to start the year with a vote on legislation to better safeguard the personal data that Healthcare.gov collects. Democrats see it as yet another attempt to undermine the health law, but see political risk in voting against more security for sensitive consumer data.

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Obama Administration Moves To Alter Gun-Buying Rules

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:06pm

Federal agencies are proposing new rules for handling gun buyers' background checks, in changes the White House says will "keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands." The changes include a clarification of rules barring firearm possession due to mental health problems.

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Week In Politics: de Blasio Sworn In, Benghazi Comes Back And Brooks On Pot

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:44pm

Audie Cornish speaks with regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times for the latest in political news. They discuss newly minted New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's promise to deliver on his populist campaign agenda, the political implications of the latest revelations in last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, and David Brooks' op-ed on pot-smoking.

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Congress Works To Flesh Out Budget Deal Before Jan. 15 Deadline

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:44pm

It's been more than a month since leaders of the House and Senate budget committee worked out a broad agreement for federal spending, and their staffs are still working furiously to flesh out the outline before the deadline of January 15. So for many on Capitol Hill, there's been no holiday break.

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Clay Aiken's Political Reality: Results Mixed For Stars Like Him

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 1:42pm

The former American Idol runner-up set the political class chattering Friday with rumors that he may run for Congress. He's one in a line of reality stars who have aimed for public office.

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7 Political Dates To Watch In 2014

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 12:22pm

The year ahead offers much more political catnip than 2013. Aside from a full roster of House, Senate and gubernatorial races, 2014 is shaping up as another critical period for the Affordable Care Act.

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7 Political Dates To Watch In 2014

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 12:22pm

The year ahead offers much more political catnip than 2013. Aside from a full roster of House, Senate and gubernatorial races, 2014 is shaping up as another critical period for the Affordable Care Act.

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Nuns' Objection To Health Care Law Is Unwarranted, Justice Dept. Says

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 9:39am

Religious organizations have objected to the new health care law's requirement that employers include contraception coverage in the insurance plans they offer employees. But the Obama administration says one group of nuns is already exempt and has no standing to object.

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