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First Draft: Today in Politics

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:26am
The lame-duck Senate gets back to business on Monday and is set to begin approving the executive and judicial branch nominations.

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In Final Spending Bill, Salty Food and Belching Cows Are Winners

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 10:53pm
The $1.1 trillion package that cleared the Senate over the weekend was, like many of its predecessors, filled with provisions to satisfy special interests.

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Brennan Draws on Bond With Obama in Backing C.I.A.

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 9:43pm
The close relationship that John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, has with President Obama helped shape his assertive response to a scathing Senate report on agency torture.

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Undocumented Immigrants Line Up for Door Opened by Obama

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 9:06pm
Thousands gathered for an information session organized by advocacy groups offering unauthorized immigrants assessments of whether they meet the requirements to apply to stay in the United States.

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Sony’s International Incident: Making Kim Jong-un’s Head Explode

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 9:05pm
Sony’s executives now say they knew that basing a film on the assassination of Kim Jong-un of North Korea had inherent risks.
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Backing C.I.A., Cheney Revisits Torture Debate From Bush Era

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 9:04pm
Former Vice President Dick Cheney mounted a spirited rebuttal to the Senate committee’s torture report, saying there was no comparison between the C.I.A.’s tactics and terrorists’ actions.

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Waters Warm, and Cod Catch Ebbs in Maine

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 8:44pm
The Gulf of Maine’s waters are warming — faster than almost any ocean waters on earth, scientists say — and fish are voting with their fins for cooler places to live.

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As Archie Nears 75, Riverdale Gets a Youthful Infusion

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 8:05pm
A new creative team at Archie Comics plans to reinvigorate the teenage redhead with a more contemporary attitude, a Fox TV series and a Marc Ecko clothing line.
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Op-Ed Contributor: The Internet, Not the Labels, Hurt the Music Industry

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 8:04pm
At least music executives imposed some quality control.

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Senate Affirms Ambassador for Freedom of Religion

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 8:01pm
The Senate has confirmed the nomination of David N. Saperstein, a prominent Reform rabbi, to be ambassador at large for international religious freedom, in charge of countering religious persecution around the world.

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Brownback’s Tax Cuts Not Set in Stone as Kansas Faces Budget Shortfall

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 7:47pm
Within days of winning re-election, Gov. Sam Brownback was confronted with forecasts that the state would bring in a billion dollars less than initially projected over the next two years.

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Sy Berger, Who Turned Boyhood Heroes Into Brilliant Rectangles, Dies at 91

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 2:39pm
During the 1950s with the Brooklyn-based Topps company, Mr. Berger was credited with creating the modern baseball card, adding color, statistics and facsimiles of stars’ signatures.
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Kerry Piles on Miles, Pressing for a Middle East Compromise

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 2:17pm
Secretary of State John F. Kerry traveled to Rome on Sunday to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the new European foreign policy chief and the foreign ministers of Russia, France, Britain and Germany.

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International Education: Why Colleges Haven't Stopped Binge Drinking

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:54pm
More than 1,800 students die every year of alcohol-related causes. But attention to the issue over decades has not made much difference in the United States.
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Letter From Washington: Two Outlooks on Criticism of the C.I.A.

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:32pm
Leslie H. Gelb and Frank G. Wisner said they were bothered by the claims of former directors and their supporters that interrogation methods had all been authorized, effective and disclosed.
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An American Who Entered North Korea Assails the U.S.

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:25pm
The man, who identified himself as Arturo Pierre Martinez and said that he had entered North Korea illegally, offered a lengthy criticism of the United States during a news conference.

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Israel’s Gas Offers Lifeline for Peace

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 11:56am
A new bonanza of resources could improve the nation’s ties with Egypt, Jordan and even the Palestinian Authority. The linchpin of this diplomatic push: an oil company in Texas.

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Motherlode Blog: There’s So Much to Say About Her Aunt’s Suicide, I Can’t Even Begin.

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 8:10am
It’s been more than four months since my sister took her own life, and I still haven’t spoken with my 12-year-old daughter about it.

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25,000 March in New York to Protest Police Violence

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:10am
The demonstration was the largest since a grand jury decided this month not to indict a white officer involved in the death of a black Staten Island man.

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Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill, Joining House

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 10:24pm
A rare Saturday session bridged some disagreements, as the chamber approved the measure to fund core domestic government operations.

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