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Cheney Sisters' Split Over Gay Marriage Plays Out On TV, Online

A public disagreement over same-sex marriage has escalated between the daughters of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Liz Cheney, a Republican Senate candidate, says she supports the traditional definition of marriage. Her sister Mary Cheney, a married lesbian, says Liz is on the wrong side of history.
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Bitcoin Goes To Washington As Senators Parse Currency's Legality

The digital currency Bitcoin is becoming more prevalent, both for benign purchases and as a way for criminals to conduct illicit transactions. Bitcoins have been used on underground websites to facilitate sales of narcotics and child pornography. But even those most concerned about criminal activity agree that the emerging digital currency has arrived and can have beneficial uses.
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Selling Iran Deal To Congress, Kerry Downplays Israeli Criticism

Secretary of State John Kerry has been urging Congress to hold off a new sanctions on Iran to see how diplomacy plays out. But many lawmakers are skeptical and cite concerns from Israel that the deal under consideration isn't worth easing up on sanctions yet. Kerry's spokesperson dismissed an Israeli official's account of the proposed deal as "inaccurate, exaggerated and not based on reality." And the secretary himself reportedly told senators behind closed doors that they should disregard the Israeli reports about the deal. Kerry's also been more vocal lately about Israeli settlement building in the West Bank as his other priority, Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, falter.
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Cardin Endorses Anthony Brown For Maryland Governor

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has picked up another high-profile endorsement in his quest to become Maryland's next governor.

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How Would Your City Handle A Mayor Like Rob Ford?

In most of Canada, residents are stuck with elected officials who refuse to resign amidst serious scandal. But in the U.S., it's considerably easier to toss out wayward politicians. Just look at the growing number of recall elections, particularly involving local officials, in recent years.
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Gay-Marriage Remarks Spark Cheney Family Feud

Liz Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president and a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Wyoming, reaffirmed her opposition to same-sex marriage Sunday. That prompted a very public rebuke from her sister and sister-in-law.
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Analysis: Obama's Nominees Blocked By Republican Senators

There are currently three vacant seats on the Circuit Court, and Obama is having a hard time getting his nominees confirmed.

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More Blame Congress Than Obama For Park Woes During Shutdown

A national poll released Monday shows many registered voters were reminded of the importance of national parks during the federal government shutdown. Congress did get more of a bruising on perceived responsibility for the park closures, but the president wasn't left unscathed either.
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Monday Political Mix: Bitcoins In Congress' Spotlight

Congress holds a hearing on virtual currencies like Bitcoins... What else could go wrong with Obamacare? ... Cheney sisters fight over same-sex marriage goes public.
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With New Hampshire Speech, O'Malley Stokes Expectations Of Presidential Run

Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley was turning heads this weekend when he gave a high profile speech in New Hampshire.

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