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North Korea’s U.S. Detainees Ask for Help

North Korea gave foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Full News here – WSJ.com: Politics And Policy

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Texas voter ID trial opens in U.S. court

District Court in Corpus Christi stems from a battle over stringent voter ID measures signed into law by Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, in 2011. The law requires voters to present a photo ID such as a concealed handgun license or driver's license, but it excludes student IDs as invalid. "Although Texas has yet […]

Beards in Prison Hold Next Religion Test for Supreme Court

Months after ruling on the Hobby Lobby case, the justices will hear arguments on whether Arkansas may prohibit Muslim inmates from having beards. Full News here – NYT > Politics

IRS Can End ‘Dark Money’ in Federal Elections

The Internal Revenue Service can put an end to “dark money” in federal elections. The IRS can do so by itself by adopting new regulations to govern section 501(c)(4) “social welfare” groups in time for the 2016 national elections The agency’s existing regulations — adopted more than a half century ago — are in conflict […]

Food-Stamp Use Starting to Fall

After soaring in the years since the recession, use of food stamps, one of the federal government’s biggest social-welfare programs, is beginning to decline. Full News here – WSJ.com: Politics And Policy

Gauging Where ‘Smart’ Growth Is Greatest

02 September 2014

Where in the country is most knowledge being created? The answers point to states with good prospects for at least high-tech growth. Full News here – Washington Wire

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NSA Phone-Data Program Set for Legal Test

02 September 2014

A panel of federal judges is the first appeals court to address the National Security Agency’s controversial program amid efforts by Congress to rein it in. Full News here – WSJ.com: Politics And Policy

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Midterm Calculus: You Lose, We Win: Consultants Profit Even When Candidates Underperform

02 September 2014

Why the market for pollsters, strategists and other political experts doesn’t work. Full News here – NYT > Politics

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NSA Phone-Data Program Set for Legal Test

02 September 2014

A panel of federal judges is the first appeals court to address the National Security Agency’s controversial program amid efforts by Congress to rein it in. Full News here – WSJ.com: Politics And Policy

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Tax-evasion trial of New York Congressman Grimm set for December 1

02 September 2014

Grimm, a former FBI agent who represents parts of the city's boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island, appeared before Judge Pamela Chen in U.S. Grimm, 44, who lives on Staten Island, one of the city's rare Republican-leaning districts, has denied the charges. Full News here – Yahoo! Elections – Destination 2012

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Those Hiding Truth About Disappeared Are Enemies of Humanity

02 September 2014

The practice of enforced disappearance ranks as one of the most heinous forms of conduct imaginable, even in the context of truly deep evil. Wherever it has occurred — regardless of whether 20 people or 20,000 people have been disappeared — the level of pre-meditation and planning involved is significant for two reasons. Firstly, it […]

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Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in Richmond

Jury to start deliberations in corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor

02 September 2014

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) – Jury deliberations are set to begin on Tuesday in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, who are charged with taking sweetheart loans and lavish gifts from a businessman. The jury of seven men and five women will start deciding the fate […]

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The Summer of Obama’s Disconnect

02 September 2014

Ron Fournier, National JournalWow. That was some summer. The Islamic State that President Obama dismissed as “JV” proved to be a virulent varsity – gobbling up gobs of the Middle East, beheading an American journalist, and threatening the United States. Russia invaded Ukraine. Ferguson burned. Obama shrugged.”The truth of the matter is that the world […]

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In Pennsylvania, buying beer out of state makes you a bootlegger

02 September 2014

Adam Vickers is a just a regular guy who works for a general contractor and sometimes takes the back way home from work in Maryland. On occasion, he stops at a rural liquor store in Freeland, Md., to pick up some beer on his drive to Stewartstown, not far over the state line in Pennsylvania. […]

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DealBook: Moelis & Co. Hires Cantor, Ex-House Majority Leader, as Vice Chairman

02 September 2014

Eric Cantor, who suffered a surprising electoral defeat this year, will be joining Moelis & Company as vice chairman and a director on its board. Full News here – NYT > Politics

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