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Brothers Levin Near The End Of A 32-Year Congressional Partnership

Last March, Sen. Carl Levin announced his final term. But his brother, Rep. Sandy Levin, will run for re-election next year. "It's difficult for me to imagine Carl's not being a partner and my closest friend," Sandy says. Tuesday's State of the Union speech will be the last where they sit, as they always have, side by side.
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Tech Leader Quasi-Apologizes For His Nazi Rampage Analogy

After comparing the outrage over the richest one percent to Kristallnacht, venture capitalist Tom Perkins quasi-apologized Monday night. "The use of the word ... was a terrible misjudgment," he said, before noting "I don't regret the message."
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New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

A five-year farm bill will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers, its backers say. The Agricultural Act of 2014 would also end a long-criticized farm subsidy program.
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X Games Show The Olympics What The Kids Want

The X Games have changed the lineup and atmosphere of the Winter Olympics with the introduction of snowboarding, half-pipe and now slopestyle. But when a youth-lifestyle, punk-rock sport makes it to the Olympics, some things inevitably change.
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A Closer Look At The NFL's Most Taken-For-Granted Point

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently toyed with the idea of getting rid of the extra point — the post-touchdown, 1-point kick that's successful 99.5 percent of the time.
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Billionaire Beach Owner Wants Californians To Keep Out

It's the latest in an ongoing battle between the state and its richest residents over choice stretches of beach. This fight involves Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and a spectacular slice of sand south of San Francisco.
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U.S. Agencies, Tech Firms Agree To Rules On Surveillance Info

While the agreement gives tech companies more options in publishing data about government requests for information, it also includes several limitations. It's part of President Obama's plan to change how U.S. intelligence agencies handle personal data.
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Key Senate Republicans Offer Their Plan To Replace Obamacare

"Obamacare just isn't working," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on the Senate floor Monday afternoon. So he and two of his more influential Republican colleagues have proposed yet another plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act.
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This Woman Goes To The Dogs — And Spays Many Of Them

In a community overrun with stray animals, one woman in Macon, Ga., has taken it upon herself to spay every single female dog at her own expense. The stray dog problem is acute in the South and has gotten worse since 2008. Kerri Fickling decided she would never really solve the problem piecemeal; the only solution was to stop overpopulation at the source, and if no one else would do it, she would. Adam Ragusea, of Georgia Public Broadcasting, reports on her quest.
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President Hopes His Pen May Be Mightier Than Gridlock

President Obama's aides have hinted that the president plans to make greater use of executive orders going forward, primarily in order to bypass a gridlocked Congress. To learn more about how past presidents have used these unchecked executive orders, Robert Siegel talks with Ken Mayer, an expert on presidential powers from the University of Wisconsin.

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