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Senate Panel Approves Carter's Nomination As Defense Chief

In a vote that sends his nomination to the full Senate, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved Ashton Carter's bid to be the next secretary of defense Tuesday.
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In White House Memory, A-U-M-F Translates To B-U-S-H

Surely it is not a welcome thought for the current White House that it is going to Congress for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force " ... just like President Bush."
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Ban On Puppy Mills Expected To Pass Easily In Montgomery County

Those looking to pick up a puppy in Montgomery County in the near future will get their pick of shelter dogs, as lawmakers formally ban buying from "puppy mills."
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In Likely Democratic Primary, Who's Joining Hillary Clinton?

Pretty much everyone expects Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. But will she have any competition? A look at the Democratic bench finds a shortlist that's rather short.
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Insurers And Austin Mayor Promote Obamacare To Texas Latinos

It's no secret that most state and federal legislators in Texas aren't fans of Obamacare. But insurers and Texan cities are successfully marketing plans on HealthCare.gov without the state's help.
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Could Virginia Put A Stop To Gerrymandering?

Bills to stop gerrymandering are enjoying an unusual bout of success in Virginia's General Assembly this year. While most pundits still think they'll get shot down, the head of a political training center thinks there's momentum for reform.
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Q&A: Sen. Ed Markey On Protecting Data Our Cars Are Sharing

We've entered the age of Internet-connected cars, and the Massachusetts lawmaker says they're vulnerable to all kinds of data breaches.
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After Railing Against Obstructionism, Senate Democrats Blocking DHS Funding

When the Democrats held a majority in Congress, they called GOP moves to block legislation obstructionism. Now that they're the minority party, they are doing much the same.

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Two Bills Out Of Montgomery County Could Test Hogan's Stance On New Taxes

Bills to raise taxes on cigarettes and to include hotel taxes for online travel booking sites have been introduced by a Montgomery County lawmaker, despite Gov. Larry Hogan's insistence that there be no new taxes passed in the state.

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Ukraine Is Just 1 Foreign Policy Challenge On Obama's Agenda

President Obama is expected to submit to Congress what's called an AUMF, an authorization for the use of military force against ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State.

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