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New York Politicians Accused In Plot To Sell GOP Spot In NYC Mayoral Race

Authorities allege that state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D) tried to bribe some GOP officials — and that they were willing to take his money. Smith has said he is innocent.
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Obama Says $100 Million Will Be Invested In Brain-Mapping Initiative

Calling it "the next great American project," the president predicted that the initiative could "be transformative." The lives of "not just millions, but billions of people" will be improved if more can be learned about brain disorders, said Obama.
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Fannie Mae Posts Record Profit; Paid Taxpayers $11.6 Billion In 2012

The mortgage giant needed a $116 billion bailout from the federal government after the housing bubble burst in 2007. As housing recovers, it's been able to put money back into Treasury's coffers.
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Judicial Vacancies Languish On Key Federal Appeals Court

The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., is sometimes called the second most important court in the country, regularly delivering the final word on major environmental, labor and national security cases. But four of its 11 judge's slots are vacant, the most in the nation.
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Stockton Bankruptcy Case Defers Decision On Pensions

A federal judge's ruling means the California city will become the largest ever to enter into bankruptcy. But the bankruptcy judge did not decide on the question of whether Stockton has to rethink its pension obligations.
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Bipartisan Group Of Senators Could Have Immigration Bill Drafted By Next Week

Senators negotiating an overhaul of immigration laws turned to labor and business leaders to devise a new plan for guest workers, but not all of them are ready to commit to the plan those leaders have worked out.
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Immigration Overhaul Inches Forward, But Big Hurdles Remain

It's still far too early to know whether Congress will be able to achieve major changes to the nation's immigration laws. All that's certain at this stage is that lawmakers on both sides of the partisan divide, and in both chambers, continue to act as though they think they can.

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