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Senate passes $1 trillion spending bill

January 17, 2014
Susan Davis | USA Today
The U.S. Senate approved on a bipartisan 72-26 vote a sweeping spending bill to fund the government through September and eliminate the threat of another government shutdown during that time.
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How the NSA used special devices, radio waves to spy on offline computers

January 16, 2014
The newest revelations from documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that since at least 2008, the National Security Agency has implanted hardware to tap into as many as 100,000 offline computers overseas. Gwen Ifill talks to David Sanger of The New York Times and Cedric Leighton, a former deputy training director for the NSA.
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Obama to Place Some Restraints on Surveillance

January 15, 2014
Peter Baker, Charlie Savage | The New York Times
President Obama will issue new guidelines on Friday to curtail government surveillance, but will not embrace the most far-reaching proposals of his own advisers and will ask Congress to help decide some of the toughest issues, according to people briefed on his thinking.
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‘Great Society’ agenda led to great — and lasting — philosophical divide

January 9, 2014
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
The ambitious “Great Society” agenda begun half a century ago continues to touch nearly every aspect of American life. But the deep philosophical divide it created has come to define the nation’s harsh politics, especially in the Obama era.
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Obama Urges Congress to Extend Jobless Aid

January 8, 2014
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama urged lawmakers Tuesday to adopt a three-month extension of federal unemployment insurance benefits that expired last month, saying he is "very appreciative" of Senate efforts that cleared a procedural hurdle shortly before his remarks.
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Jobless-Aid Bill Advances in the Senate

January 8, 2014
Janet Hook | Wall Street Journal
Legislation to resurrect benefits for the long-term unemployed overcame an important procedural hurdle in the Senate Tuesday, triggering a debate over how to cover the cost and whether other changes could ease the bill through the Senate and a wary House.
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Despite Senate vote, jobless benefits still in doubt

January 8, 2014
Susan Davis | USA Today
The U.S. Senate took a step toward reinstating expired jobless benefits for 1.3 million people, but significant disagreements and legislative hurdles remain before Congress can approve the assistance.
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Senate to test support for extending jobless benefits

January 7, 2014
Susan Davis | USA Today
The Senate delayed until Tuesday a critical test vote on whether to reinstate expired federal benefits for the long-term unemployed.
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The Costs of Paying for Unemployment Insurance

January 7, 2014
Fawn Johnson | Real Clear Politics
Republicans are throwing a wrench into the debate over unemployment benefits by insisting that spending cuts offset any extension of federal aid for the long-term jobless.
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