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Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa): “What I won’t do is support the type of legislation that Sen. Ernst introduced in Iowa—which would have banned all forms of abortion, that would have prevented certain forms of contraception from being available to Iowa...
From: Washington Post | By: Glenn Kessler | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara (@pkollipara). To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here. Follow...
From: Washington Post | By: Puneet Kollipara | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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After the housing market tanked, real estate investors began snapping up foreclosures at bargain prices, betting they could rent them for a tidy profit and sell them when the market recovered. But not David Lichtenstein, 53. He went after the land, convinced...
From: Washington Post | By: Dina ElBoghdady | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Skirting corporate taxes is getting pretty unpopular these days. Just ask Apple. The world's most valuable company is coming under fire from the European Union for funneling the lion's share of its international sales through subsidiaries in Ireland...
From: Washington Post | By: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown (R) has run several attack ads criticizing Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) for failing to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. But as a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, he missed...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit brought by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac investors to stop the government from seizing most of the profits at the mortgage finance twins. The decision arrives more than a year after hedge fund Perry Capital...
From: Washington Post | By: DanielleDouglas-Gabriel | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Leave it to the congressman who brought a marijuana joint to a Capitol Hill hearing to provide a bit of levity to a tense hearing on Secret Service security lapses. The always quotable Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) provided free advertising for ADT when...
From: Washington Post | By: Al Kamen, Colby Itkowitz | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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For the first time Tuesday afternoon, there's new sunshine on the financial ties between drug and device companies and the doctors and teaching hospitals they target to use their products. Thanks to a bipartisan transparency initiative contained in the...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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This was supposed to be "Golden Week" in Ohio, a prime window one month from the midterm election when the state's residents could both register to vote and cast their ballots at the same time. In theory, political participation doesn't get much easier...
From: Washington Post | By: Emily Badger | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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An employment discrimination case involving a former Dish Network employee fired for his medical marijuana use reached the Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday. Brandon Coats, who is a quadriplegic and licensed to use medical marijuana, was fired in 2010...
From: Washington Post | By: Hunter Schwarz | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Is the unlikely movement to improve the plight of low-wage workers reaching a point where it can’t be stopped? On Tuesday, New York Mayor Bill deBlasio signed an executive order expanding the city’s living wage law. The change means businesses housed...
From: Washington Post | By: Michael A. Fletcher | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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On Monday, the Supreme Court decided to uphold a proposal from Ohio's Republican legislature to scale back early voting hours in the state. The issue has been a flashpoint in state politics for a decade. But the net effect in 2014 is very hard to judge....
From: Washington Post | By: Philip Bump | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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When Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) hangs out with the governors of the District’s neighboring states, he can tout the District’s growing population, its healthy fiscal reserves and its league-leading baseball team. But Maryland and Virginia governors...
From: Washington Post | By: Mike DeBonis | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Potentially tens of thousands of people set to lose new health coverage on Tuesday didn't receive proper warning that they were at risk of becoming uninsured, new federal complaints allege. About 115,000 people are expected to lose new coverage purchased...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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After the housing market tanked, real estate investors began snapping up foreclosures at bargain prices, betting they could rent them for a tidy profit and sell them when the market recovered. But not David Lichtenstein, 53. He went after the land, convinced...
From: Washington Post | By: Dina ElBoghdady | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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How independent should the Federal Reserve be? The general consensus in the wake of the Great Recession has been that the nation’s central bank should operate in a politically sterile environment, pulling whatever levers are necessary to ensure the...
From: Washington Post | By: Ylan Q. Mui | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Obamacare is less and less of a political issue in the 2014 campaign, even as outside groups continue to focus on it in their ads. Well, a new spot from Crossroads GPS takes a different tack: It plays up Obamacare, but rather than use the old GOP boilerplate...
From: Washington Post | By: Aaron Blake | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Sign up for Read In today, and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox every morning! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- The U.S. and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a Bilateral Security Agreement...
From: Washington Post | By: Reid Wilson | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara ( @pkollipara ). To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here. Follow...
From: Washington Post | By: Puneet Kollipara | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a vital security deal that allows some American troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond this year, ensuring a continuing U.S. presence in the region. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Sudarsan Raghavan | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara (@pkollipara). To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here. Follow...
From: Washington Post | By: Puneet Kollipara | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Sunday, Max Fisher wrote a story for Vox.com arguing that the ‘hands up don’t shoot’ gesture had spread from protests in Ferguson to the pro-democracy demonstrations on the streets of Hong Kong. However, another writer at Quartz.com, who has actually...
From: Washington Post | By: Henry Farrell | Monday, September 29, 2014
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The Supreme Court’s conservatives cleared the way Monday for Ohio to restrict early voting in the state, on the eve of the day it was to start. The court granted the state’s request to stay decisions of lower courts that threw out the state’s new...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Barnes | Monday, September 29, 2014
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In a drastic, and decidedly uncharacteristic move, tobacco companies are independently slapping stark warnings onto e-cigarette packages.The labels, which are similar to the kind big tobacco companies have historically battled to keep from off traditional...
From: Washington Post | By: Roberto A. Ferdman | Monday, September 29, 2014
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A new poll out Wednesday from Suffolk University and USA Today confirms something we kind of already knew: Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is in a remarkable amount of trouble. The poll shows independent Greg Orman leading Roberts 46 percent to 41 percent...
From: Washington Post | By: Aaron Blake | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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A district court in Kansas ruled Wednesday that the state Democratic Party is not required to appoint a Senate candidate to replace former nominee Chad Taylor, dealing a fresh, if not unexpected, blow to Sen. Pat Roberts (R), who is fighting to keep...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The director of the Secret Service resigned Wednesday after a series of security gaffes. Support for Julia Pierson rapidly declined on Capitol Hill just hours after a congressional hearing where she avoided answering direct questions and gave conflicting...
From: Washington Post | By: Carol D. Leonnig | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Secret Service chief Julia Pierson, one day after she went through a grilling on Capitol Hill over her agency’s recent problems with White House security. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Josh Hicks | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Although hundreds of Americans were hospitalized over the past two years with salmonella poisoning linked to Foster Farms chickens, the U.S. Agriculture Department said it had no power to order a recall on the contaminated poultry. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Kimberly Kindy | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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When a dozen Secret Service agents were sent home after a night of partying on a presidential trip in 2012, President Obama chalked up the bad behavior to “a couple of knuckleheads.” When a schizophrenic man pretending to be a sign language interpreter...
From: Washington Post | By: David Nakamura | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Much of the public discourse in Washington in recent weeks has focused on possible new threats to the U.S. homeland from the Islamic State and other extremist groups. But Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he is even more concerned about a...
From: Washington Post | By: Jerry Markon | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The Boston Herald cartoon Twitter is buzzing about... I just... Watermelon? #racism #whiteprivilege pic.twitter.com/fVNvyqwtNa The national conversations about race come with such frequency nowadays it's hard to keep track of them all.  The most recent...
From: Washington Post | By: Nia-Malika Henderson | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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A top Department of Homeland Security official on Wednesday called on Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation, saying there is a “dire need” to strengthen the department’s ability to defend against cyberattacks. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Jerry Markon | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The fundamentals of the economy are, well, okay. It's been slow and steady, but the recovery has chugged along enough to get us back to something close to normal. The economy has surpassed its pre-crisis peak, unemployment is at a six-year low, and...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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10 drinks a day. That's the alcohol consumption of the top 10 percent of American drinkers, according to research by Philip J. Cook that Wonkblog highlighted last week. Those jaw-dropping numbers have generated a ton of discussion -- and a fair share...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Facing the prospect of a fully Republican Congress for the first time in eight years, GOP strategists are divided over how to advance a central tenet of their political agenda: a simpler U.S. tax code with...
From: Washington Post | By: Lori Montgomery | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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In what's been called a once-in-a-lifetime event, the government next year is going to sell a whole bunch of wireless spectrum to cellular carriers — who will use those airwaves to build out newer, faster mobile networks. That means more capacity...
From: Washington Post | By: Brian Fung | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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When the first case of the Ebola virus entered the United States this month in Dallas, the medical team that treated the infected patient was quarantined and even the ambulance in which he was transported was decontaminated. When the virus entered Sierra...
From: Washington Post | By: Ylan Q. Mui | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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HONG KONG — As thousands of protesters continued Wednesday to paralyze large parts of Hong Kong, leaders on both sides of the conflict have begun strategizing with an eye toward the end game. The government — after an initial tough response employing...
From: Washington Post | By: William Wan | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The most ticketed car in the United States doesn't race to 60 miles per hour in fewer than four seconds, or, generally, come painted in red. It isn't Italian, German, or even American-made. And you probably haven't seen it in many movies, because, frankly,...
From: Washington Post | By: Roberto A. Ferdman | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Apple's long been admired for its sleek designs, which come straight from the mind of the company's top designer Jony Ive. Ive, who made the candy-colored iMac, the iPhone and the iPad among others, offered a glimpse into his super-secret design process...
From: Washington Post | By: Hayley Tsukayama | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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10 drinks a day. That's the alcohol consumption of the top 10 percent of American drinkers, according to research by Philip J. Cook that Wonkblog highlighted last week. Those jaw-dropping numbers have generated a ton of discussion -- and a fair share...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Companies like Google and Apple might be employees' tech giants of choice. But what about the little guys? On Wednesday, LinkedIn released its list of the 10 Bay Area startups that are most in demand by local techies. To make the list, it analyzed millions...
From: Washington Post | By: Jena McGregor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Facing the prospect of a fully Republican Congress for the first time in eight years, GOP strategists are divided over how to advance a central tenet of their political agenda: a simpler U.S. tax code with...
From: Washington Post | By: Lori Montgomery | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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A new Brookings Institution study of the 2014 primaries finds that climate change was the second-most mentioned issue among Democratic candidates for House races. Which is slightly puzzling, considering surveys consistently show environmental issues...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Ten years ago, the nation had 10,000 federal agents patrolling the border. Now, that figure has more than doubled. But we haven't just added manpower to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) force. We've also added drones. Nine of them, to be exact. In...
From: Washington Post | By: Brian Fung | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Secret Service Director Julia Pierson told House lawmakers Tuesday that her agency is 550 employees below its “optimal level.” And though Pierson did not conflate being short-staffed with her organization’s massive security screw-ups, some found...
From: Washington Post | By: Colby Itkowitz | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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When the first case of the Ebola virus entered the United States this month in Dallas, the medical team that treated the infected patient was quarantined and even the ambulance in which he was transported was decontaminated. When the virus entered Sierra...
From: Washington Post | By: Ylan Q. Mui | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The Department of Health and Human Services is improperly hiding health insurers' requested rate increases from the public -- in violation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new lawsuit from a former administration health official. States are...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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A new Brookings Institution study of the 2014 primaries finds that climate change was the second-most mentioned issue among Democratic candidates for House races. Which is slightly puzzling, considering surveys consistently show environmental issues...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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