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Legislative Mischief

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Washington post

A large group of liberal organizations is planning to wage a national lobbying and public relations campaign to press for passage of the House Democrats' legislative agenda next year, taking a page from longtime corporate practices.

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McClatchy News

Rather than using the final days of their lame-duck session next week to ram through all the legislation they can, Republican leaders are taking a counterintuitive approach: Do a minimum and leave the rest to the Democrats to deal with next year.

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by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) (Lew Rockwell)

So why is the idea of a draft even considered? One answer is that our military forces are spread far too thin, engaged in conflicts around the globe that are none of our business. With hundreds of thousands of troops stationed in literally hundreds o

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USA Today

Anti-tobacco forces are opening a new front in the war against smoking by banning it in private places such as homes and cars when children are present. Starting Jan. 1, Texas will restrict smoking in foster parents' homes at all times and in car

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Washington Post

Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi rejected a bid by a lawmaker earlier ousted as a federal judge on corruption charges to head a congressional panel that helps protect America's security.

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NY Times (kudos Steve A.)

The departing Republican majority in Congress is about to leave the nation a memorial to its own shameful history as the grand enabler of record debt and deficits. G.O.P. leaders are preparing to walk away from passing a budget.

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NY Times

Seeking information about detention of terrorism suspects, abuse of detainees and government secrecy, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are reviving dozens of demands for classified documents that have been rebuffed or ignored by the Justi

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Reuters

US Rep. Charles Rangel, the incoming chairman of the House of Representatives' tax-writing committee, said he would introduce legislation to reinstate the draft as soon as the new, Democratic-controlled Congress convenes in January.

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Washington Post

Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott, ousted from the top Senate Republican leadership job 4 years ago because of remarks considered racially insensitive, won election to the chamber's No. 2 GOP post. Mitch McConnell

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AP

[trading corruption for corruption] Sen. Harry Reid regulated gambling in his home state of Nevada when the mob controlled casinos. He mastered arcane Senate procedures as the Democrats' second-in-command for six years and their leader the past t

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NY Times

Investigations led by a Republican lawyer in Iraq have sent American occupation officials to jail on bribery and conspiracy charges, exposed disastrously poor construction work by well-connected companies like Halliburton and Parsons, and discovered

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AP

A Republican congressman accused of abusing his ex-mistress agreed to pay her about $500,000 in a settlement last year that contained a powerful incentive for her to keep quiet until after Election Day.

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USA Today

The federal government's "no sex without marriage" message isn't just for kids anymore. Now the government is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only programs, which include millions of dollars in fed

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Wired

Gamblers may look over their shoulder now, but experts say a new internet gambling ban won't keep bettors from ponying up, just turn them on to overseas payment services out of the law's reach. "It has put a terrible scare into people,*

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