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Even Under Obama, Black Activist Says Every Inch Of Progress Is A Fight

President Obama has said he'll work to improve race relations between police and communitie, but in his hometown, many see a leader unable to sustain the progress predicted during his 2008 campaign.
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Congress Issues New Sanctions Against Venezuelan Leaders 'On The Ropes'

Officials and experts say the sanctions will be targeted at officials involved in a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters this year, and won't make life even harder for average Venezuelans.
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Congress Runs Up Against Deadline To Pass A Budget

A plan to pass a no-drama, year-long measure for most of the federal government started looking shaky Thursday afternoon, when the bill nearly died on a procedural vote in the House.
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Black Congressional Staffers Stage Walk Out Over Grand Jury Decisions

A group of black Congressional staffers staged a protest and walked out of the Capitol on Thursday. They were protesting recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers who killed unarmed black men.
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Staffers Walk Out Of Congress In Protest Over Brown And Garner Cases

Dozens of congressional staff walked out of the Capitol Thursday, gathering on the steps to make the hands-up gesture that has come to symbolize frustration with the deaths of two unarmed black men.
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House Poised To Vote On Controversial 'Cromnibus' Spending Bill

The House narrowly moved a massive spending bill forward Thursday, setting up a potentially close final vote. The bill has been criticized for easing rules on campaign finance and banks.
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Steeped In Tradition: The Story Of The Senate's Signature Soup

One of the long-time practices of the “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body” has nothing to do with bills and laws; it's all about beans, ham hocks and onions.

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Congressional Plan To Fund Military Comes With A Side Of 'Land Grab'

Material tacked onto the authorization bill adds 250,000 acres of new wilderness, expands national parks, and moves toward a national women's history museum. 'Ethically, it stinks,' says Sen. Coburn.
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Pension Deal In Spending Bill Will Cut Benefits Before Safety Net Fails

The agreement comes as several "multi-employer" pension plans are insolvent. The federal government guarantees those plans' benefits, but might not be able to handle all of them failing at once.
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First The Protest, Then The Storm: Bay Area's 5 Straight Nights Of Clashes

Oakland and Berkeley demonstrators have broken into stores and blocked freeways and rail lines, part of a movement born of frustration about police shootings in Staten Island, N.Y., and Ferguson, Mo.

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