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Gas Company Responsible for Fatal Pipeline Explosion Pleads Not Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

Gas Company Responsible for Fatal Pipeline Explosion Pleads Not Guilty to Obstruction of Justice
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood. Steve Bauer, an attorney for the company, entered the plea in court on Monday to all 28 counts in the indictment, including obstruction of justice.
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What $6.5M Buys: Chris Christie's Taxpayer-Funded Report Is Pretty Worthless

What $6.5M Buys: Chris Christie's Taxpayer-Funded Report Is Pretty Worthless
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might already have the Garden State in his taillights, but he's left behind a scandal-related mess that he's expecting others to clean up. And that would be the taxpayer. What's even more damning for the governor: the paltry results his legal team filed as a "comprehensive and exhaustive" report.
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GOP Candidate Admits Affair, Suspends Campaign

GOP Candidate Admits Affair, Suspends Campaign
A state Senate candidate from western New York is stepping away from her campaign after acknowledging an extramarital relationship that she says began this month.
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NJ Gov Christie Vetoes Food Stamps Extension Bill, Costing Low Income Families $90/Month

NJ Gov Christie Vetoes Food Stamps Extension Bill, Costing Low Income Families $90/Month
Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation late last week that would have used an expansion of federal heating aid to prevent cuts in federal food assistance to about 159,000 New Jersey families. The bill — A2956/S1893 — was a response to changes in federal rules adopted earlier this year with the passage of the federal farm bill. The new rules altered eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the largest federal nutrition program.
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Climate Change Denier Teaches Science, Runs For US Senate

Climate Change Denier Teaches Science, Runs For US Senate
One of the Republican candidates running for U.S. Senate in Minnesota confuses weather with climate change, and then reveals he teaches science at a high school.
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Jersey Unsure: What Happens If/When Gov. Christie Resigns?

Jersey Unsure: What Happens If/When Gov. Christie Resigns?
There has been a lot of speculation that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will resign as early as February next year. Senate President Steve Sweeney recently said, he has "no idea" whether Christie will leave office early, but his guess is Christie will leave before the next budget has to be passed in June 2015. So what would happen next?
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CA Republican Goes Homeless for a Week, and Learns All the Wrong Lessons

CA Republican Goes Homeless for a Week, and Learns All the Wrong Lessons
California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari did a stunt spending a week homeless in Fresno looking for a job, then wrote about it in the Wall Street Journal. It turns out — shock! — that getting a job isn't as easy as asking for one, and — double shock! — relying on our patchwork safety net doesn't exactly deliver results or human dignity.
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Cliven Bundy: God Told Me To Fight 'Civil War' Against Feds

Cliven Bundy: God Told Me To Fight 'Civil War' Against Feds
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy claims the April confrontation between the federal government and his armed supporters was part of an age-old spiritual battle between good and evil.
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CO State Senator, Erstwhile Sheriff Caught With Hand in the Cookie Jar, Slapped With 3 Felonies

CO State Senator, Erstwhile Sheriff Caught With Hand in the Cookie Jar, Slapped With 3 Felonies
Colorado State Senator Steve King was always a bit of a character, but defrauding the public jumps over the line of eccentric into downright criminal.
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NY Gov Cuomo Campaign Admits That His Interns Have Been Stalking, Protesting His Democratic Opposition

NY Gov Cuomo Campaign Admits That His Interns Have Been Stalking, Protesting His Democratic Opposition
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaign admits to being behind a group of protesters following opposition candidate Zephyr Teachout in one of the oddest bits of political theater in recent memory.
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