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AP

Former President Bill Clinton knows just how high the political stakes are in the fight to overhaul America's health care system. His failed attempt to revamp the delivery of medical care contributed to the Republican takeover of the House and Sen

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Politico

As Washington reels from the news of 17.5% unemployment, a report describing the wealth of members of Congress. 237 members of Congress are millionaires. That’s 44% of the body – compared to about 1% of Americans overall.

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Reason

The idea behind the $787 billion stimulus bill is that government can create jobs by spending money. For now, let's ignore fact, history, and economic theory and assume that government spending can actually create jobs. In that case, we should expe

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AP

House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank, under fire (being lobbied) from some fellow Democrats and consumer groups for carving out what they call loopholes in legislation designed to prevent another economic meltdown, said in a lette

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AP

The bill, costing $24 billion, would provide every American running out of unemployment insurance benefits this year with an additional 14 weeks. The out-of-work in states with jobless rates at >8.5% would get 6 more weeks on top of that.

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Washington Times

Senators diverted $2.6 billion in funds in a defense spending bill to pet projects largely at the expense of accounts that pay for fuel, ammunition and training for U.S. troops, including those fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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BeatTheChip.org

Showtime resumes from 9-10 AM, with a one hour time slot. This week on Waking Up Orwell we will be speaking to Jim Turner, a Washington attorney representing Citizens for Health, an organization suing the FDA for approving the H1N1 swine flu vacci

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Reuters

One year after financial markets faltered worldwide, U.S. lawmakers are determined to write a softer package of regulatory reforms than those requested by the Obama administration. "End users" such as airlines and utilities would not be required to p

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AP

Assaulting people because of their sexual orientation would become a federal hate crime in legislation the House is set to vote on Thursday. The bill would significantly expand the hate crimes law enacted in the days after Martin Luther King Jr.'s as

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Politico

Like most Americans, members of the House are expected to report promptly when summoned by their bosses for the start of another workweek. For lawmakers, starting time doesn’t come until about 6:30 Tuesday evening.

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