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Two Years On, Protesters Still Fighting Wisconsin Governor

In 2011, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill stripping collective bargaining rights from most public employees, sparking massive protests at the state Capitol. While most demonstrators eventually went away, a small group did not.
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For Native Americans, Mental Health Budget Cuts Hit Hard

Suicide rates among Native Americans are already four times the national average. And with recent cuts in federal funding for mental health services across the country, suicide prevention programs may lose ground in the communities that need them most.
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Challenging Obama, Putin Appeals Directly To Americans On Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unusual and direct appeal to the American people Wednesday night to reject President Obama's calls for possible use of force against Syria, using an op-ed in The New York Times to counter many of the arguments Obama made 24 hours earlier in a speech to the nation.
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Conservatives Use Budget Deadline To Revive Obamacare Debate

With the pause button pushed on the congressional debate over Syria, the House is turning its attention back to the budget. The House was supposed to act this week to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month, and Republican leaders had hoped to avoid drama. But drama is brewing.
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Congress Looks Beyond Syria To Its Next Fight

With the Syria debate on hold, Congress now must pivot to the continuing resolution needed to keep the federal government from shutting down Oct. 1.
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Conservatives Use Budget Deadline To Revive Obamacare Debate

House Republican leaders hope to put off a last-stand fight to "defund" Obamacare to a debt-ceiling showdown in October, rather than the bill to fund the government this month. So far, conservatives do not seem thrilled with the strategy.
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West Maryland? A Secessionist Movement Brewing In The Free State

Maryland is one of the original 13 American colonies, but there's a movement underway pushing for its Western counties to break away and form their own state.

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Maybe 'Muddling Through' Isn't That Bad For The Economy

Whenever a gridlocked Washington faces a money-related crisis — such as those involving the federal debt ceiling, the annual budget or sequestration — solutions involve small sideways moves rather than grand strategies. Still, the U.S. and global economies, while far from robust, are growing.
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Rand Paul On Syria: 'I Think There's Evil On Both Sides'

Republican Sen. Rand Paul is one of Congress' leading skeptics of U.S. military strategy, including possible strikes on Syria. He tells NPR why he opposes a strike, and what he thinks the U.S. should do.
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Obama's Problem: The Path Forward In Syria Is No Clearer

Despite the president's Syria speech, the path to congressional authorization of military strikes in Syria is no easier than before. The timing of when, or even if, Congress will hold votes is now an open question.

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