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Secretary of State John Kerry’s Remarks on Departure of State Department Chief of Staff David Wade

Secretary of State John Kerry’s Remarks on Departure of State Department Chief of Staff David Wade
Secretary of State John Kerry’s longtime, trusted aide, David Wade has stepped down from his position as Chief of Staff. David Wade has been aide to John Kerry in a variety of capacities since he joined Kerry’s Senate staff in 1997 as a speechwriter.
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Chanting Erupts as Keystone Fails In Senate

Chanting Erupts as Keystone Fails In Senate
Chanting Erupts as Keystone Fails In Senate
Moments after Senator Elizabeth Warren announces a bill to permit building the Keystone pipeline has failed to gather enough votes, chanting erupts.
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Will a Silly Feud Cost Democrats the Senate?

Will a Silly Feud Cost Democrats the Senate?
Those that control the Senate control nominees for Supreme Court justices, lower court judges and regulatory committee chiefs. It's a big deal who runs the show after the November midterm elections. Are the Democrats really willing to risk that because Harry Reid and Tom Daschle don't really get along?
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Uncertainty of Infrastructure Funding Keeps States from Hiring, as Congress Drags Its Feet Again

Uncertainty of Infrastructure Funding Keeps States from Hiring, as Congress Drags Its Feet Again
The Senate is set to take up legislation to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments. The House passed a $10.8 billion bill last week that would pay for highway and transit aid through the end of May 2015 if transportation spending is maintained at current levels.
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Joan Lowy
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McConnell's Tea Party Problem Could Swing Election for Grimes

McConnell's Tea Party Problem Could Swing Election for Grimes
You’ve got to wonder how many Kentucky Republicans are like Barbara Knott. She just quit the Daviess County GOP executive committee because she’s not for Sen. Mitch McConnell. Knott heads the Tea Party in Owensboro, seat of Daviess County in conservative western Kentucky, heretofore mostly McConnell country.
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With No Objections from Law Enforcement, MN's Sick May Soon Be Free to Toke

With No Objections from Law Enforcement, MN's Sick May Soon Be Free to Toke
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has promised to sign a bill legalizing medicinal marijuana. The bill fulfills his one main stipulation – that it not be opposed by law enforcement. The bill still needs – and is expected – to pass the Senate and House.
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Castrated Pig in Lipstick: Iowa Senate Candidate Tries to Out-Palin Sarah Palin

Castrated Pig in Lipstick: Iowa Senate Candidate Tries to Out-Palin Sarah Palin
Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst — whom you may remember as the woman with the campaign ad lauding how she castrates pigs — has a new guns, leather and Obamacare ad. Is she trying to be the next Sarah Palin or what?
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Senator Wants to Be Productive, Keeps 'Options Open' for Return to State House

Senator Wants to Be Productive, Keeps 'Options Open' for Return to State House
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday he's keeping "all options open" on whether to seek the governor's office in 2016 or remain in the Senate, where he has expressed frustration with partisanship and gridlock. Manchin, a Democrat, said his time as governor was the most productive period in his life but he hasn't felt the same way since his election to the Senate in 2010 to finish the term of the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd.
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Ken Thomas
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Report on CIA Interrogations Shadows Gitmo Trials

Report on CIA Interrogations Shadows Gitmo Trials
The Senate's forthcoming report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The Obama administration is removing or censoring national security secrets in the Senate report, a declassification process that will involve the Pentagon as well as spy agency officials.
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Ben Fox and Stephen Braun
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MN Senate Approves Statewide Minimum Wage Boost

MN Senate Approves Statewide Minimum Wage Boost
The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that would boost the minimum wage in the state – to $9.50 an hour for employees in larger businesses, and to $7.75 for smaller ones. Though still not quite a living wage, it's at least a step in the right direction.
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