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Senate OKs Judicial Nominees, Tax Extensions Before Republican Takeover

Lawmakers in the Senate approved an extension of tax breaks and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees, but a terrorism insurance bill didn't survive the night.
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New Limitations On Tax Credits, Deductions Likely To Face Opposition In Virginia

Virtually every lobbyist in Richmond has a vested interested in tax credits that are already part of the code. That means the governor's proposal to roll back exemptions and credits for coalfield production, land preservation and long-term care insurance policies won't be easy.
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Senate Democrats Use Waning Majority To Push Through Judges

The longer-than-expected Senate session is allowing Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid to confirm even more of President Obama's nominations to the federal bench.
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Jeb Bush Inches Closer To 2016 Run

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush moved toward a run for the White House on Tuesday with his announcement that he's "actively exploring" the idea and creating a leadership PAC.
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After 17 Years Behind Bars, Coming Home To A Different Life

Stephanie George got a life sentence for drug crimes at age 26, a punishment that troubled the judge who sent her away. Now, after 17 years and a White House commutation, George tries to rebuild.
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Economists: Congress Gets A Hat Tip (Barely) For Its Efforts

Congress passed no laws addressing the minimum wage, tax reform, trade or immigration this year. But judged by the low recent standards, lawmakers got light applause from economists.
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Jeb Bush Announces He Will 'Actively Explore' Presidential Run

Bush, a GOP favorite, said he would establish a political action committee in January to "facilitate conversations with citizens across America."
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Should Maryland Schools Start After Labor Day? Little Agreement Among Lawmakers

A report finds that pushing the start of classes in Maryland past Labor Day may help the state's economy, but many lawmakers don't buy that logic.

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Siding With Obama On Deportations Hurts Saldana's Bipartisan Support

The Senate is to vote Tuesday on Sarah Saldana's nomination to run Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Republicans believe she will be too sympathetic to the president's actions on deportations.
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Judge Regrets Harsh Human Toll Of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Thousands of people are imprisoned for decades, if not life, because of tough drug sentences. Now judges, lawyers and advocates ask whether it's time to dial back those penalties.

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