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A New Union Battle As Chicago Teachers, Mayor Clash

Teachers in the country's third-largest school district have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if the city and their union can't come to terms this summer. The vote is just the latest example of the gulf between teachers, Chicago school officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
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Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny

Some donors willing to write seven-figure checks to superPACs have gotten something they weren't counting on: attention from the political opposition and the media. One donor says he feels like he has a "target strapped on my back."
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House Republicans, Holder Head For Showdown Over Gun-Trafficking Scandal

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will meet Wednesday to consider a report holding Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, a botched gun-trafficking operation. A meeting between the committee's head and Holder on Tuesday failed to resolve differences.
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Analysis: Chesapeake Cleanup Saved, Virginia Political Ad Blitz Begins

Funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup has been saved from the Farm Bill, says The Hill's Alex Bolton. He also discusses the advertising monsoon in Virginia for the contentious Senate race this November.

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Senate's Top Republican Seeks A Cue From Romney On Immigration

On Capitol Hill Tuesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and the Senate minority leader, told reporters he would let the all-but-official Republican presidential nominee first announce a position on Obama's decision before offering his own position publicly.
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Senate Holds First Hearing On Solitary Confinement

Advocates for prisoners rights say too many inmates spend years in solitary confinement — in violation of the constitutional bar against cruel and unusual punishment. Today, they persuaded the U.S. Senate to hold the first hearing on the issue, as state and federal prison systems fend off new lawsuits over the practice.
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New Pick To Head D.C. Housing Agency Embroiled In Sex Scandal

Just one day after Mayor Vincent Gray announced Michael Kelly as his pick to head the D.C. Housing and Community Development agency, reports have emerged alleging a sex scandal at his previous job in Philadelphia.

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How Opponents Won The Health Care Messaging War

The White House didn't do a great job selling the health care overhaul. But the media didn't help, either, according to a new analysis of media coverage between June 2009 and March 2010.

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