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It turns out that having your economy entirely based on oil is a bad idea. All it takes, as Russia is finding out, is for oil prices to unexpectedly drop, and you're left with an economic crisis that turns into a currency crisis that morphs into a financial...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Colorado’s neighbors are not happy about marijuana legalization.The attorneys general of Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsuit on Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that Colorado’s commercialized marijuana system violates the constitution.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Niraj Chokshi | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Here's an announcement from the AP that you probably missed today:Building on The Associated Press’ unmatched presence in all 50 U.S. statehouses, we are adding to our competitive advantage by creating a team of state government specialists.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Chris Cillizza | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Many parents whose kids have their eye on an exclusive, private college face a difficult question: Is it worth unloading your life's savings or having your child take on tens of thousands of dollars in student loans? The average four-year private...
From: Washington Post | By: Max Ehrenfreund | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) has abandoned a years-long push for a universal health-care system in the state after budget analysts said the program would require what he called “enormous” new taxes.Shumlin had proposed what he called the Green...
From: Washington Post | By: Reid Wilson | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Few researchers disagree that the one percent has rarely had is so good. Economic inequality in the United States has grown more severe in recent years, approaching levels not seen since the Roaring ’20s. Perhaps the most troubling corollary of that...
From: Washington Post | By: Michael A. Fletcher | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The hackers are winning.Something has shifted. This year, they didn't only steal credit cards numbers. They clear-cut through retailers records and broke into highly sophisticated systems. They stole celebrity photos that paparazzo only dream about....
From: Washington Post | By: Hayley Tsukayama | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Do you Read In? Sign up here and get all the politics news you need delivered right to your inbox every morning!A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call.-- President Obama's announcement that the U.S. would normalize relations...
From: Washington Post | By: Reid Wilson | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Don't light up those Cuban cigars just yet. The news that the United States and Cuba will begin the process of normalizing relations doesn't mean you can book that Havana vacation right away. Tourists still won't be able to get visas, although businesses,...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Dear Dr. Fox: We have a puppy, a German shorthaired pointer and Labrador mix, not quite 5 months old. She has had two urinary tract infections. When she developed the second one, our vet did a urinalysis and said she had crystals in her urine. He prescribed...
From: Washington Post | By: Michael W. Fox | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Maybe you think you know a gentrifying neighborhood when you see one. It's got all the shorthand: coffee shops, new condo construction, a few old storefronts awaiting renovation.What we think is easy to eyeball, though, is incredibly hard to identify...
From: Washington Post | By: Emily Badger | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Maybe you think you know a gentrifying neighborhood when you see one. It's got all the shorthand: coffee shops, new condo construction, a few old storefronts awaiting renovation. What we think is easy to eyeball, though, is incredibly hard to identify...
From: Washington Post | By: Emily Badger | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Congratulatory message from the outcast Syrian president? Check. Floral tributes from the president of Guinea and the communist parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Benin? Check. Fawning coverage in the Russian press? Check.Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Anna Fifield | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Almost every state in the country added jobs and saw unemployment rates decline in November, a month in which the United States as a whole added 321,000 non-farm jobs.Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia saw non-farm payrolls increase, while...
From: Washington Post | By: Reid Wilson | Friday, December 19, 2014
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President Obama delivered a tour-de-force press conference on Friday, ending an extremely difficult year for his administration and his party on a strong note and giving his supporters hope that the final two years of his term in office won't be spent...
From: Washington Post | By: Chris Cillizza | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Officials in Moscow confirmed Friday that North Korean despot Kim Jong Un may attend ceremonies next year commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It would be Kim's first public foreign visit since coming to power in December 2011.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Ishaan Tharoor | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The U.S. government on Friday publicly named North Korea as the culprit in a destructive cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. But what exactly the United States can do about it is unclear, especially if the government wants to launch a counter...
From: Washington Post | By: Andrea Peterson | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Mirroring a surge in employment growth nationally, the District, Maryland and Virginia each added several thousand jobs in November, and each watched its unemployment rate dip, according to the latest government data.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: J.D. Harrison | Friday, December 19, 2014
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President  Obama addressed Sony Picture's decision to halt the release of "The Interview," a film centered on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, during a press conference Friday, saying he believed the studio made "a mistake" by...
From: Washington Post | By: Andrea Peterson | Friday, December 19, 2014
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According to official Cuban government statistics, some 23 percent of Cubans are on the Internet. But when the White House announced the President Obama's new approach to Cuba, it railed against that country's "Internet penetration of about five percent—one...
From: Washington Post | By: Nancy Scola | Friday, December 19, 2014
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During Friday's year-end White House press conference, President Obama discussed the cancellation of The Interview's planned December 25th release because of threats of violence from North Korea. He said Sony's move to cancel the release was "a mistake,"...
From: Washington Post | By: Jaime Fuller | Friday, December 19, 2014
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As Philip Bump noted earlier Friday, the 113th Congress did manage to get some stuff done. Elected officials named a lot of post offices, and passed some other bills, too (!).Another way to look back at what happened during the past two years on Capitol...
From: Washington Post | By: Jaime Fuller | Friday, December 19, 2014
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President Obama did something remarkable on Friday. He held his last press conference of the year, and the only people in the entire press corps who were called on to ask questions were women. Yes, this was on purpose; it had to be. And yes, it was...
From: Washington Post | By: Nia-Malika Henderson | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Federal investigators on Friday accused North Korea of carrying out a computer attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, blaming the Stalinist government for an intrusion that exposed corporate e-mails, wiped out computer data and underlined the cyber...
From: Washington Post | By: Ellen Nakashima | Friday, December 19, 2014
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President Obama’s announcement Wednesday of steps to reestablish diplomatic relations and liberalize economic ties with Cuba signals the continued decline of a once politically formidable bloc: Cuban American hard-liners. The product of demographic...
From: Washington Post | By: Ben Bishin | Friday, December 19, 2014
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“The 50-year embargo just hasn't worked,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told a radio show  Thursday. Later in the interview, he said, “In the end, I think, probably, opening up Cuba is probably a good idea."Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) does not agree...
From: Washington Post | By: Jaime Fuller | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Add another to Sen. Rand Paul’s growing list of GOP feuds.Paul (R-Ky.) took to Twitter on Friday to attack Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on his support for continuing the embargo against Cuba, escalating a public feud that began between the...
From: Washington Post | By: Jose A. DelReal | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Across the United States, white Americans show subtle or "implicit" biases against blacks -- biases they mostly don't even realize they have. This has been established through lots of research, but it's not perfectly uniform across the land. Whites...
From: Washington Post | By: Chris Mooney | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The Los Angeles-based nonprofit group that acts as something of the air traffic-controller of the global Internet has announced that it was the victim of a hacking attack last month. That's raising concerns because, while little-known to most Internet...
From: Washington Post | By: Nancy Scola | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Across the United States, white Americans show subtle or "implicit" biases against blacks -- biases they mostly don't even realize they have. This has been established through lots of research, but it's not perfectly uniform across the land. Whites...
From: Washington Post | By: Chris Mooney | Friday, December 19, 2014
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You may have heard of Sovaldi, the infamous hepatitis C drug that costs $1,000 per pill, or $84,000 for a 12-week course of treatment. Despite its price tag, Solvadi has been a runaway hit. But now there's a new hepatitis C drug that's even more expensive...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Google filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi attorney general on Friday, accusing Jim Hood of using his office to wage an unlawful campaign against the Internet giant.In its suit, Google points to e-mails released as part of a massive cyberattack...
From: Washington Post | By: Hayley Tsukayama | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), a progressive champion on social programs whose legacy includes crafting the American Disabilities Act, had one last priority he wanted to address before he retired after 40 years in Congress.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Colby Itkowitz | Friday, December 19, 2014
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In 2004, John Lewis, deputy assistant director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division, declared in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee: “the FBI’s investigation of animal rights extremists and ecoterrorism matters is our highest domestic terrorism...
From: Washington Post | By: Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler, Cas Mudde | Friday, December 19, 2014
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A core tenet of modern Republicanism is that government is too big. It's the drown-it-in-the-bathtub argument: smaller is better. But since President Obama took office, states that voted more heavily Republican have actually added jobs on net -- while...
From: Washington Post | By: Philip Bump | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Reading polls isn't easy. The data can only be so accurate, and it can often be tempting to draw too broad of conclusions.Witness this new poll.Surveys tend to break down religious groups by Protestants, Evangelicals, Catholics, Muslims, Jews, etc. People...
From: Washington Post | By: Aaron Blake | Friday, December 19, 2014
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One of the reasons that Republicans won the midterm elections is because white evangelicals turned out, while Democratic-leaning groups stayed home. For good and for ill, white evangelicals are one of the most effectively organized groups in American...
From: Washington Post | By: Lydia Bean | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The city council in a small town in rural Tennessee is trying to stop all those nasty comments made on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks by banning negative thoughts.Town commissioners in South Pittsburg, Tenn., just outside of Chattanooga,...
From: Washington Post | By: Reid Wilson | Friday, December 19, 2014
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You may have heard of Sovaldi, the infamous hepatitis C drug that costs $1,000 per pill, or $84,000 for a 12-week course of treatment. Despite its price tag, Solvadi has been a runaway hit. But now there's a new hepatitis C drug that's even more expensive...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the “Profumo Affair,” a scandal of sex and politics that rocked Cold War Britain, died Dec. 18 at 70.Her PR firm, Hackford Jones, said the cause was cancer but did not disclose other details.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: — from staff, wire reports | Friday, December 19, 2014
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DOWNEY, Calif. —Lisa Rapp’s mother came to Southern California a war bride. She stayed for two decades, scrubbing floors, missing her parents in Scotland, socking away dollars to someday see them again. When she’d finally saved enough it was 1969...
From: Washington Post | By: Jim Tankersley | Friday, December 19, 2014
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T-Mobile, the nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier, is agreeing to pay at least $90 million — and possibly as much as $112.5 million — as part of a settlement with federal and state officials over third-party fees that it added to consumers'...
From: Washington Post | By: Brian Fung | Friday, December 19, 2014
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One of the newest weapons in the Pentagon's vast arsenal is a concentrated beam of light, a laser that zaps and burns, delivering destruction by the kilowatt, as if in "Star Wars."Under development for years by the military and the defense industry,...
From: Washington Post | By: Renae Merle | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Chances are that at President Obama's traditional end-of-the-year press conference Friday, he would like to focus on the events of the past five weeks instead of the previous 45.In 2014, Obama's poll numbers sank to the lowest of his presidency. A...
From: Washington Post | By: Katie Zezima | Friday, December 19, 2014
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President Obama’s dramatic executive action on immigration provided some relief to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. His decision was preceded by a long period of activism. In some areas of the country, immigrants of various...
From: Washington Post | By: Melissa Michelson | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado to put an end to the state's recreational marijuana market. The 83-page lawsuit complains that "the State of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system enacted by the United States...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Friday, December 19, 2014
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When a hospice patient has chosen to die at home, as they typically do, the days immediately before death are typically the most difficult, and the time when families most need a visiting nurse. But many U.S. hospices regularly fail to send a nurse out...
From: Washington Post | By: Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado to put an end to the state's recreational marijuana market. The 83-page lawsuit complains that "the State of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system enacted by the United States...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Republicans in Congress appear likely to introduce legislation next month aimed at preventing Internet providers from speeding up some Web sites over others, in hopes of changing the tone of a critical debate over the future of the Web, according...
From: Washington Post | By: Brian Fung | Friday, December 19, 2014
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In a recently published research article, “When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support for gay equality,” political scientists Michael LaCour and Donald Green write:Can a single conversation change minds on divisive social...
From: Washington Post | By: Andrew Gelman | Friday, December 19, 2014
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