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Politics, Policy And The National Labor Relations Board

President Barack Obama replaced two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board in a concession to Republican senators. Politics, policy-making and the NLRB.

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Egypt Confronts Obama With Yet Another Limit To His Power

The military coup that overthrew former President Mohammed Morsi has left a complex situation, complicating President Obama's response and leaving him mostly as a spectator. He must choose his words carefully.
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Abortion Providers Sue As Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill

The bill, passed by the Legislature in June, requires women seeking abortions to get an ultrasound. It also says that clinics that provide abortions should be within 30 miles of a hospital. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin says the four clinics that provide abortions in the state are at risk with the new law.
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A Lively Political Press In A State Where Everything's Bigger

As American media struggles, the Texas press ecosystem finds some energy thanks to new digital players and a turnaround in the economy.
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Whose Term Was It? A Look Back At The Supreme Court

The end of this latest Supreme Court term leaves us with questions: Is it Justice Kennedy's court or Justice Roberts'? Does pragmatism triumph over ideological purity?
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Ted Cruz And His Texas Electorate At Odds On Immigration

When it comes to selling Texas Latinos on the Republican Party, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz would seem like a natural. But even though he is the son of a Cuban refugee, Cruz is much closer to his Tea Party supporters' hard line on immigration than he is to the Republicans who are urging a more accommodating position for the sake of the party's future.
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Understanding The Recess Appointment Truce

For the first time in a long while, Congress is on recess — an actual recess, without the so-called pro-forma gaveling in and gaveling out staged every few days to technically remain in session and thereby prevent President Obama from making recess appointments that don't need Senate approval. A kind of gentleman's agreement brought this about.
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D.C. To Elect Next Attorney General

As D.C. prepares to elect its attorney general next year, city lawmakers are poised to scale back some of the position's legal authority.

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Obama Urges Egypt To Quickly Elect Next Civilian Government

The ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi by the country's armed forces presents a dilemma for the Obama administration: How to respond when a democratically elected leader is ousted. The U.S. gives the Egyptian military some $1.3 billion a year.
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Immigration Debate In Congress Riles Up Texas Republicans

In a state with a fast-growing Latino population, the fight over immigration is especially relevant. There's scant backing for the Senate's immigration bill among Texas Republicans in Washington, but some Texans say those lawmakers are "behind the curve."

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