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Senate Releases CIA Torture Report & Bipartisan Budget Deal

December 12, 2014
Report on CIA interrogations & spending bill deal reached
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The Refreshing Candor of Mitch McConnell

December 11, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
Mitch McConnell is refreshingly candid about politics sometimes. While some politicians billow to make their political moves seem high-minded, Sen. McConnell is blunt. Senators who have worked with him (and those who have failed to do so) describe a transactional clarity. You have not done this for me and so I will not do that for you and vice versa.
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What’s in the spending bill? We skim it so you don’t have to

December 10, 2014
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
The $1.01 trillion spending bill unveiled late Tuesday will keep most of the federal government funded through next September -- and it's packed with hundreds of policy instructions, known on Capitol Hill as "riders," that will upset or excite Democrats, Republicans and various special interest groups.
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White House and Republicans Clash Over C.I.A. Torture Report

December 9, 2014
Peter Baker, Mark Landler | The New York Times
With the long-awaited Senate report on the use of torture by the United States government — a detailed account that will shed an unsparing light on the Central Intelligence Agency’s darkest practices after the September 2001 terrorist attacks — set to be released Tuesday, the Obama administration and its Republican critics clashed over the wisdom of making it public, and the risk that it will set off a backlash overseas.
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Some Conservatives Say Deadly Force Used to Subdue Garner Didn’t Fit the Crime

December 5, 2014
Peter Baker, Amy Chozick | The New York Times
The death of an unarmed black man from a police chokehold in New York scrambled the politics of race and law enforcement on Thursday as some conservatives who stood by the police in Ferguson, Mo., condemned them on Staten Island.
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House Republicans repudiate Obama’s immigration actions

December 5, 2014
Robert Costa, Ed O'Keefe | Bloomberg News
House Republicans voted to rebuke President Obama for his unilateral overhaul of the nation’s immigration system Thursday, passing legislation to curb the White House’s ability to protect millions of people from being deported.
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Deal to avert a shutdown?

December 4, 2014
Carrie Budoff Brown, Jake Sherman, John Bresnahan | Politico
The White House isn’t ruling out the House Republicans’ government funding plan, removing a potential barrier to resolving a fight over funding the government before it runs out of money in eight days.
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The GOP’s Ferguson Moment

December 3, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
Will a potential Republican presidential candidate give a speech about the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri? It would be a political opportunity, a chance to prove that he is precisely the type of leader the likely 2016 candidates will claim to be.
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For GOP, demographic opportunities, challenges await

December 1, 2014
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
The influence of ongoing demographic changes on politics is a familiar story. Given current voting patterns, the increasing diversity in the population is likely to work to the advantage of Democrats in future presidential elections. For Republicans, the question is not just how, but whether they can bend the curve.
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