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First Draft: Today in Politics

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:04am
As they plow through backlogged presidential nominations, Senate Democrats are defending a rule change that allowed them to break a nominee filibuster with a majority vote.

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Campaign Finance: Every Election Is the Most Expensive Election. Or Not.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 6:58am
Changes in population, inflation and campaign finance laws, among other variables, render some comparisons practically meaningless.

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Cordial Ties for Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:37pm
An event in New York offered a look at the wonky, shared common ground between former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Egypt Says It Rejected American Over Visa

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:08pm
Michele Dunne, a former American diplomat, was turned away at the Cairo airport in a move that had been seen as possible evidence of the military’s crackdown on dissent.

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C.I.A., on Path to Torture, Chose Haste Over Analysis

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:04pm
James Mitchell, a former Air Force trainer, and a partner designed, led and directed the interrogations and became the prime advocates for what is now widely considered to have been torture.

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Paying Till It Hurts: The Odd Math of Medical Tests: One Scan, Two Prices, Both High

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:47pm
Echocardiograms, ultrasound pictures of the heart, are an enticing revenue stream for hospitals and physicians because they are painless and have no side effects.

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Can’t Have Your Cake, Gays Are Told, and a Rights Battle Rises

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:33pm
Local governments are taking a hard line against a small number of bakers, florists, photographers and others who are declining to provide services for same-sex weddings.
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Economic Recovery Spreads to the Middle Class

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:32pm
Many economists are convinced that falling unemployment and increased hiring are finally about to start paying off in terms of wage gains for a broader swath of workers.
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Washington Memo: Good Economic News, but Democrats Differ on Whether to Take Credit

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:25pm
Even if the economy keeps growing, prosperity could continue to elude many Americans, given forces predating the Great Recession that are depressing wage growth and widening income inequality.

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With Hospitals Under Stress, Tennessee’s Governor Pursues Medicaid Expansion

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:18pm
Gov. Bill Haslam proposed using federal funds to cover 200,000 low-income residents through their employer’s health insurance plan or the state’s Medicaid program.

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Dershowitz Seeks to Bring Close to Polanski Case

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:08pm
Roman Polanski, a film director, wants to have the threat of extradition and jail time lifted, after fleeing the United States before sentencing on a charge of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

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Suspect in 6 Killings Is at Large Near Philadelphia

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 8:51pm
The victims were all related to the suspect, Bradley W. Stone of Pennsburg, Pa., officials said.

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Detention Center Presented as Deterrent to Border Crossings

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 8:48pm
The secretary of Homeland Security told a crowd in South Texas that a new facility, especially designed for women and children, should help deter illegal border crossings.

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Senate, Ending Long Battle, Confirms Nominee for Surgeon General

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 8:07pm
The confirmation of Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, questioned for his gun-control views, was one of the last acts of business for the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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National Briefing | West: California: Anti-Police Protesters Arrested in Oakland

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:52pm
Protesters blocked streets around Oakland Police Headquarters and chained shut four of its doors Monday.

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National Briefing | Midwest: Iowa: Halal Beef Supplier Is Charged With Fraud

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:50pm
A company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, falsely marketed beef to Muslims around the world for years as meeting strict halal standards for slaughtering animals, federal prosecutors allege in a fraud indictment.

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National Briefing | West: Nevada: Guard Who Was Shot Kills Gunman on Bus

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:47pm
The authorities said a wounded security guard shot back and killed a passenger who opened fire when he was kicked off a public bus a little before 2 a.m. on Monday.

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National Briefing | West: California: Court Upholds Condom Rule for Actors in Pornographic Films

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:37pm
A Los Angeles County ordinance requiring actors in sex films to use condoms does not violate the industry’s First Amendment rights of free expression, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

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Wife of Bill Cosby Places Fault With News Media

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:23pm
Camille O. Cosby faulted the news media for what she said was a failure to scrutinize the women who have made sexual assault accusations against her husband.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Board-Certification Has Gone Too Far

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:49pm
Our current system of continuing education is expensive busy work.

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