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Holmes To Lobby For District Vote On D.C. Budget

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D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says she'll be lobbying members of the House from now until Congress reconvenes on Jan. 6 in an effort to regain the District's vote.

Norton has never been a full voting member of the House, but she had been allowed to vote in the House Committee of the Whole in the past. That gave the Democrat the ability to vote on proposed changes to legislation, just not on their passage. Republicans took that ability away in 2011 after gaining control of the House.

A bill giving Norton full voting membership nearly passed in 2010 but was pulled because of a gun amendment.

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From Medical Maggots To Stench Soup, 'Grunt' Explores The Science Of Warfare

When it comes to curiosity, science writer Mary Roach describes herself as someone who is "very out there." Her new book, Grunt, looks at some scientific developments that help keep soldiers safe.
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Venezuela Is Running Out Of Beer Amid Severe Economic Crisis

The country's largest beer producer, Empresas Polar, halted operations because the government restricted access to imported barley. But the president has pinned the entire food crisis on Polar.
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Donald Trump Attacks Federal Judge Involved In Trump University Case

Donald Trump continues to face lawsuits over his for-profit education company, Trump University. Trump accused federal judge Gonzalo Curiel of bias in one case, and said the judge, who is from Indiana, "happens to be, we believe, Mexican." NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Washington Post political reporter Tom Hamburger about the case.
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In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

The privately funded, $7 million Do Space provides free access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. It's a learning and play space, as well as an office for entrepreneurs.

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