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Syrian Rebels: New U.S. Aid Not Helpful Without Weapons

The top rebel commander in northern Syria was not impressed with Secretary of State John Kerry's announcement of new direct U.S. aid to the rebels and their political leaders.
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Outgoing Energy Secretary Could Be Remembered For More Than Solyndra

Outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu spoke this week at a government-funded expo for energy innovation. The failure of the Solyndra solar company has cast a shadow over Chu's tenure. But supporters say only with that kind of risk-taking can the government plant the seeds for future energy success stories.
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House Passes Expansion Of Violence Against Women Act

The House finally took up an extension to the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday. There were a number of roadblocks to what many saw as an uncontroversial bill.
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Budget Cuts Could Compromise Safety At Overcrowded Prisons

Corrections officers in the federal prison system are bracing for possible staffing cuts and furloughs triggered by the sequester. The cuts come at a time when studies show that inmate crowding and staff shortages in federal prisons are already posing challenges for guards trying to maintain order behind bars.
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U.S. Offers Additional $60 Million In Humanitarian Aid To Syria

The U.S. announced $60 million of non-lethal aid to Syria's opposition movement on Thursday. Secretary of State John Kerry made the announcement at a meeting with Syrian opposition leaders in Rome.
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Dispatch From Poutine Fest, Chicago's 'Love Letter' To Canada

Poutine, at its simplest, is french fries, cheese curds and gravy. In Chicago, 11 restaurants recently pitted their own variations on the Canadian late-night dish against one another.
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On Heels Of Sequestration, The Business Of Spending Cuts

With automatic budget cuts set to take effect Mar. 1, politicians are jockeying to control the message about sequestration and what it will mean for their constituents. Meanwhile, the cuts may create economic choke points that could affect industries from agriculture to air travel.

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