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This week’s best state in America? Ohio, for its Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

May 19, 2014
Reid Wilson | The Washington Post
We all know the dread that comes with an expiring driver’s license. It may be about the passage of time or our advancing age. But mostly it’s because we have to go to the DMV — purgatory in government form.
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FCC moves forward with new rules on net neutrality

May 16, 2014
Putting the widely cherished principle of net neutrality at stake, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 to allow broadband providers to charge for faster access in how online content is prioritized and delivered. Gwen Ifill talks to Cecilia Kang of The Washington Post about the debate and protest swirling around the decision.
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VA Secretary Shinseki grilled by Senate panel over failures to provide care

May 16, 2014
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki appeared in front of a Senate panel to defend his agency against accusations that a V.A. hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, falsified scheduling reports, and that up to 40 veterans died awaiting treatment. Senators on both sides of the aisle pressed Shinseki — under mounting calls to resign — to do more. Gwen Ifill reports.
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Eric Shinseki safe on Capitol Hill — for now

May 16, 2014
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki vowed Thursday to remain in office until President Obama tells him to go, but lawmakers made clear that their patience is wearing thin and that they will be keeping close tabs on how the Department of Veterans Affairs responds to allegations of treatment delays and cover-ups at veterans medical centers.
May 9 2014
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Webcast Extra: Benghazi Investigations and Climate Change

May 9, 2014
Supreme Court rejects gun case and the impact of climate change.
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House votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress

May 8, 2014
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with an ongoing investigation into the agency's special targeting of groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names that were seeking tax-exempt status.
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White House report warns how climate change will directly influence the lives of Americans

May 7, 2014
In its most comprehensive report on climate change yet, the White House forecasts the likely, negative effects facing each of the eight regions in the U.S., from drought in the Southwest, to stronger storms in the Northeast. The administration is expected to cite the warnings when it lays out new regulations this summer. John Holdren, science advisor to the president, talks to Gwen Ifill.
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Consumer groups warn dismantling net neutrality could stymie startup innovation

April 25, 2014
The Federal Communications Commission is on the brink of changing the longstanding net neutrality principle, which allows consumers unfettered access to web content, and limits the ability of Internet service providers to block or filter material. New guidelines would allow some companies to charge more for faster service. Gwen Ifill talks to Cecilia Kang of The Washington Post about what’s at stake.
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The Privatization Backlash

April 23, 2014
Molly Ball | The Atlantic
A few years ago, Chicago residents accustomed to parking on the street got a rude shock. Parking-meter rates had suddenly gone up as much as fourfold. Some meters jammed and overflowed when they couldn't hold enough change for the new prices. In other areas, new electronic meters had been installed, but many of them didn't give receipts or failed to work entirely. And free parking on Sundays was a thing of the past.
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