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Senate Fails To Detonate 'Nuclear Option'

Democrats had been preparing to change Senate rules on filibusters to push through President Obama's nominations to executive branch positions. Republicans agreed to allow votes on five nominations, and Democrats agreed to replace two particularly contentious names with others.
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READ: The Theft Complaint Filed Against Bachmann Aide

The sting operation sounds like something from a crime novel. What was allegedly taken by the Minnesota lawmaker's assistant? An envelope marked "petty cash" that had $80 in it and maybe another marked "birthday money" that held $120.
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Liz Cheney, Daughter Of Former VP, To Run For Senate

On the same day that veteran Republican Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming said he will seek reelection, Cheney said she will challenge him in next year's primary.
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Senate Democrats Back Off 'Nuclear Option' To End Filibusters

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Democrats took their support for President Obama's executive nominations to the brink of the "nuclear option," but then cut a deal with Republicans to pull back.
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Unlikely Allies Shake Up Military Sex Assault Debate

By signing on to liberal Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to remake the military justice system, conservative Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have aggravated some in their party.
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Investigation Reveals A Military Payroll Rife With Glitches

A new investigative report from Reuters special enterprise correspondent Scot Paltrow details how the antiquated and error-ridden payroll system for the U.S. military is erroneously cutting soldiers' paychecks and causing terrible hardship.
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3 Reasons The Senate Didn't Go Nuclear

Forced to choose between a tyranny of the majority or a tyranny of the minority, the Senate went with custom and chose the latter.
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Will 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Stand Up To Scrutiny?

The George Zimmerman trial has put so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws back into the spotlight. Host Michel Martin speaks to attorney Leigh-Ann Buchanan about Florida's 'stand your ground' law and similar legislation in other states. She's leading an American Bar Association task force on the laws.
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McAuliffe Outpaces Cuccinelli In Fundraising For Va. Gubernatorial Race

McAuliffe took in $1.9 million in June, while Cuccinelli collected $1.1 million for the hotly contested gubernatorial race.

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Virginia Starts Process Of Restoring Voting Rights For Nonviolent Felons

An estimated 100,000 nonviolent felons in Virginia are eligible to have their voting rights restored under new rules endorsed by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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