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Federal 'Compassionate' Prison Release Rarely Given

Back in 1984, Congress gave authorities the power to let people out of federal prison early, in extraordinary circumstances, like if inmates were gravely ill or dying. But a new report says the Federal Bureau of Prisons blocks all but a few inmates from taking advantage of "compassionate release."
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GOP Bill On Immigrant Jobs Up For House Vote

Renee Montagne talks with Rep. Raul Labrador, Republican from Idaho and one of the congressmen who introduced the bill that's set for a vote Friday. The STEM Jobs Act allows people who are in the U.S. legally who are getting advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math to stay and get their green cards, he says.
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Fiscal Cliff Debate Moves To TV, In Ad War

Just when you thought you never had to look at another political ad, they're back — this time focused on the big debate in Washington about taxes and spending. Unions, business groups and other special interests have taken their arguments to the nation's living rooms and computer screens.
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Republicans Bristle At Obama's Tax, Spending Plan

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner took the administration's plan to avert the so-called fiscal cliff to skeptical Republicans on Capitol Hill on Thursday. The proposal would increase taxes on the wealthiest by $1.2 trillion and cut Medicare by $400 billion over a decade.
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Fight Over Uranium Mining In Virginia Wages On

Advocates both for and against uranium mining in Virginia have been lobbying hard, but the issue may hinge on the results of a report Friday by a legislative working group.

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