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Spending Bill Provision Would Provide Big Boost To Party Fundraising

The 1,600-page omnibus spending bill includes language that raises contribution limits to the national party committees, bringing them above the realm of merely wealthy donors. Under the provision, donors can give a party a total of $778,000 — each year, an eight-fold increase.
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Will Ethics Reform Accomplish Anything? Some Virginia Legislators Raise Doubts

Fairfax County legislators take the unusual step of disclosing campaign contributions in the course of their work, but some legislators that just wouldn't work to address Virginia's ethics issues.

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Britain's House Of Lords Still Seems As Elitist As The Name Suggests

The unelected legislative body recently refused to merge its catering services with those of the House of Commons, out of concerns for the quality of the chamber's champagne selection.
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Representatives Laud A Departing Dean, 59-Year Veteran John Dingell

Leading Democrats and even some Republicans had kind words Tuesday for the Michigander, who was first elected to the House when Eisenhower was president. His wife was elected to his seat in November.
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Ex-CIA Lawyer Says No One Was Misled On Torture, Abuses Were Reported

John Rizzo, who spent six years as acting general counsel for the CIA, says that while he believes intelligence gains justified the agency's interrogations, he understands those who feel otherwise.
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Report Reveals Deeply Misguided Interrogation Tactics, Feinstein Says

The Senate's "torture report" finds that the CIA conducted brutal interrogations of detainees in the years after 9/11, misled elected leaders, and got little useful information from the harsh tactics.
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Senate May Need Every Minute To Meet Government Funding Deadline

The House appears to have reached a trillion-dollar deal to keep the government running, but leaves the Senate just hours to speed the bill through — and some senators may prefer to take their time.
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D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Is Part Of Debate Over Spending Bill

Restrictions on D.C.'s use of funds to regulate and tax marijuana would likely endanger the district's goal of creating a market that a city finance official said would be worth $130 million a year.
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Congress Will Get A $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill This Week

Faced with a Thursday deadline to finance the U.S. government, leaders in Congress have worked out a bill that would fund the government until October 2015.
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In Spending Bill, A Gift For Political Party Fundraising

The Republican and Democratic parties will be able to collect an additional $97,200 per year from donors to pay for presidential nominating conventions.

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