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Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire

Congressional leaders say they are close to a deal on two issues with looming deadlines. But if they fail to agree this week, the federal highway program would come to a halt and student loan interest rates would double.


Romney Tries To Turn The Outsourcing Table On Obama

If you're Mitt Romney, how do you defend against the "outsourcing" attacks by President Obama's campaign? You accuse the president of being the true outsourcer of U.S. jobs.
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The U.S. Supreme Court Rules On The Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The legal, political and practical implications of the ruling.

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Campaign Spending

By Nov. 2, billions of dollars will have been spent on the 2012 elections. A look at who's spending what -- and whether it makes a difference.


Why Protesting Postal Workers Chose A Hunger Strike

Launching a hunger strike to protest a perceived political injustice is not exactly new, but it is relatively rare in the U.S. The U.S. postal workers unions are trying to turn the heads of members of Congress with the tactic.
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Supreme Court Upholds Federal Health Care Law

Analysis of today's Supreme Court ruling, which largely upheld the Obama administration's signature health care law.

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D.C. Campaign Finance Reform Could Ban City Contractor Donations

A campaign finance reform bill in D.C. could include a ban on government contractor contributions and a ban on money order donations of more than $25.