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Young Migrants May Request Asylum, But It's Hard To Get

Amid the emotional debate over the surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America, some migrants will be given refugee status while others can try for asylum.
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FBI Agent: McDonnells Owed $90K On Credit Cards

As prosecutors in the McDonnell corruption trial began wrapping up their case, FBI agent David Hulser testified that the McDonnells were in dire financial straits when they did favors for a wealthy businessman.
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Government Watchdogs Complain Of Closed Doors Set Up By White House

Inspectors general complain that they're being stiffed on the access they need to serve effectively. Four lawmakers are now demanding that the Obama administration comply with transparency requests.
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What Policing Looks Like To A Former Officer

Ronald Hampton — a black former police officer in Washington, D.C. — analyzes the recent spate of violent police encounters in the context of his experiences on the street.
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'This Is A Congress That's Really Doing Nothing,' Says NYT Reporter

Congressional reporter Jonathan Weisman gives his take on the 113th Congress, including how House Speaker John Boehner has little sway, and business in the Senate has virtually ground to a halt.
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Gay Marriages May Begin In Virginia Next Week, After Court Denies A Stay

The ruling came from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, which had taken up the case after a district court struck down Virginia's ban in February.
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More Details Surface On Missing IRS Hard Drive

A more detailed account about what happened to Lois Lerner's computer is now available. But critics say there are still lots of unanswered questions.
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Virginia Republicans Cheer Plan For Oil, Gas Exploration Off Atlantic Coast

The announcement from the White House that they will allow testing for gas and oil off Virginia's Atlantic coast has drawn rare support from Republican lawmakers, who say it's the first step towards kickstarting offshore drilling.

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Will Alaskans Vote To Repeal State's Tax Cut On Oil Production?

Many Alaskans see the Aug. 19 vote as a referendum on the future of the state, which relies heavily on the oil industry but where less oil is now being pumped from the field.
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Federal Judge Upholds Maryland Ban On Assault Rifles, Large Ammunition Clips

Gun owners, gun rights groups and gun retailers had sued the state of Maryland, saying the ban on 45 assault rifles and large ammunition clips was unconstitutional. A federal judge in Maryland disagreed.

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