The New York Times

Brighter Economy Raises Odds of Action in Congress

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:02pm
An improving labor market, broad economic growth and a falling federal budget deficit are brightening the prospect of bipartisan cooperation next year.
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Senate Panel Faces New Obstacle to Release of Torture Report

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:55pm
Secretary of State John Kerry warned Senator Dianne Feinstein that the release of the long-delayed review could ignite unrest in the Middle East and endanger hostages.
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Big Job Gains and Rising Pay in Labor Data

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:44pm
The gain was the largest monthly jump in payrolls in nearly three years, and average hourly earnings surged 0.4 percent, twice what analysts expected.






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Police Shooting in Phoenix Fuels Protesters’ Outrage

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:41pm
The shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer here on Tuesday has added new fuel to the already fiery debate over the role of race in the police use of lethal force.






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U.S. to Continue Racial, Ethnic Profiling in Border Policy

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:27pm
Under new rules to be issued by the White House, federal agents can still consider race and ethnicity when stopping people at airports and immigration checkpoints, officials said.






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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Splashes Down in Pacific After Test Flight

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:17pm
The spacecraft returned to Earth, just a mile off target in the Pacific Ocean, about four and a half hours after it was launched from Florida.






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First Draft: A Pro-Clinton ‘Super PAC,’ Ready for Hillary, Is in Debt

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:33am
As of Thanksgiving, Ready for Hillary is in debt.






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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:21am
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.






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First Draft: Obama Names Ashton Carter to Lead Pentagon

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:11am
President Obama on Friday announced his selection of Ashton B. Carter to lead the Pentagon, White House officials said, embracing a physicist and national security centrist who may advocate a stronger use of American power.






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Motherlode Blog: When Talk of Racism Centers on Black and White, What Does a Brown Parent Say?

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:10am
In our time, for my generation, for those parents whose skin is not white, the coming-of-age conversation is not about the birds and the bees. It is a conversation about race.






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First Draft: Robust Job Growth Could Pave Way to Fiscal Deals

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:50am
Strong economic growth holds the promise of continuing the steep, downward slope of the budget deficit and could ease animus between Republicans and the White House.






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First Draft: Stephen Colbert, on Farewell Tour, to Welcome President Obama as First-Time Guest

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:16am
Stephen Colbert will interview President Obama as part of a live show at George Washington University.






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First Draft: Today in Politics

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:09am
There is a sense of optimism on Capitol Hill that a package of spending bills will pass.






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Campaign Finance: Flowers Foods Breaks Streak and Donates to Democrats

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 6:31am
After 20 years of giving money only to Republican candidates and committees, the company’s PAC gave to four Democrats in the last election.






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Protesters Fill the Streets Across the Country Over Decision in Eric Garner Case

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:56pm
In New York, Boston and Washington, crowds massed to call attention to the killings of unarmed African-Americans by white police officers.






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Federal Investigation Into Eric Garner’s Death May Be Difficult to Prove, Legal Experts Say

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:14pm
Many hope that the federal government will succeed in obtaining an indictment of New York City police officers where Staten Island prosecutors failed.






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Thousands of Einstein Documents Are Now a Click Away

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:47pm
A mammoth effort is underway to digitally publish Albert Einstein’s letters, papers, postcards and diaries that have been scattered in archives, attics and shoeboxes.






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New Twist in Lynch’s Confirmation After New York Grand Jury Decision

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:44pm
Loretta E. Lynch will be heading a federal investigation into the death of Eric Garner as the new Republican-controlled Senate decides whether to confirm her as attorney general.






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Jameis Winston’s Account Is Released, and Lawyers Battle

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:22pm
An account by the Florida State quarterback has wound up in the hands of the news media and on the Internet, escalating tension between the lawyers on either side of the case.






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First Draft: Christie Declines to Enter Chokehold Debate

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:14pm
In a visit to Canada, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said he would not second-guess the grand jury that declined to charge the police officer who killed Eric Garner in New York City.






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