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Senate's Top Republican Seeks A Cue From Romney On Immigration

On Capitol Hill Tuesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and the Senate minority leader, told reporters he would let the all-but-official Republican presidential nominee first announce a position on Obama's decision before offering his own position publicly.
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Senators Get Time In Solitary Confinement

Advocates for prisoners have long argued that confinement conditions in prisons violate the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. On Tuesday, they made their case before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, complete with a replica prison cell in the hearing room.
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Senate Holds First Hearing On Solitary Confinement

Advocates for prisoners rights say too many inmates spend years in solitary confinement — in violation of the constitutional bar against cruel and unusual punishment. Today, they persuaded the U.S. Senate to hold the first hearing on the issue, as state and federal prison systems fend off new lawsuits over the practice.
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How Opponents Won The Health Care Messaging War

The White House didn't do a great job selling the health care overhaul. But the media didn't help, either, according to a new analysis of media coverage between June 2009 and March 2010.
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Shell Faces Pushback As Alaska Drilling Nears

The company has spent $4 billion since 2007 on preparations to explore for oil off the north coast of Alaska. Many Alaskans welcome the venture, which could lead to the development of trillions of dollars worth of oil. But not everyone's convinced Shell has all the environmental protections in place to protect areas of the pristine Arctic.
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The High Costs Of High Security At Supermax Prisons

Illinois has joined a growing list of cash-strapped states starting to turn away from the Supermax prison concept. State legislators in Illinois have proposed closing the state's only supermaximum security prison or converting it into a lower-security facility.
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With Polka Band And Pie, Romney Wraps Up Small-Town Tour In Michigan

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned Tuesday in his home state of Michigan, avoiding big cities and staying in places friendly to the GOP. Romney seemed to be using each stop on his five-day tour to hone his attacks and his humor.
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Finger-Pointing Follows Ousting Of U.Va. President

A civil war of sorts has broken out at the University of Virginia, pitting MBAs against PhDs. The first shot was fired one week ago, when the head of U.Va.'s governing board announced Teresa Sullivan, a popular and respected president at the school, would be leaving after less than two years.

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