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LA Times

The war spending bill passed by the House is officially called the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act. Republicans would say it could be called the Spinach Growers, Peanut Storage and Dairy Farmers Rescue Act.

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AP

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said he will try to block a Democratic effort to force troop withdrawal but won't stand in the way of the Iraq spending bill that would contain it because he knows President Bush would veto the package.

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Washington Post

A sharply divided House voted to order President Bush to bring combat troops home from Iraq [late] next year, a victory for Democrats in an epic war-powers struggle and Congress' boldest challenge yet to the administration's policy.

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NY Times

Democrats were urging reporters to press the Bush administration to explain why in the thousands of pages of e-mail messages and documents turned over to investigators, there is almost nothing from Nov. 16 to Dec. 7, the day the firings occurred.

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USA Today

(So this is want was voted for last November) Three months after promising to curtail spending on pet legislative projects, House Democrats have salted the Iraq emergency spending bill with $3.7 billion for farm interests that make significant

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thenewspaper.com

After seven days, the city will place a lien on the car owner's home for the amount of the ticket plus late fees, attorney fees and an extra $15 fine. The fees quickly turn a $5 ticket into a debt worth several hundred dollars with no independent

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CBS/AP

A House panel approved subpoenas for President Bush's political adviser, Karl Rove and other top White House aides, setting up a potential constitutional showdown. The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a vote Thursday on its own set of subpoen

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Politico

A new congressional ethics rule is causing headaches for lawmakers as they scrambled to meet Thursday's deadline to request funding for projects in their districts. The new rule, instituted on the first day of the new Democratic-controlled Congr

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New York Times

A new federal rule intended to keep illegal immigrants from receiving Medicaid has instead shut out tens of thousands of US citizens who have had difficulty complying with requirements to show birth certificates and other documents

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AP

Democrats seeking votes for their Iraq-withdrawal plan have stuffed the bill it's in with billions of dollars for farms, flu preparedness, New Orleans levees, home heating and other causes. [dollars for corpses program]

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Associated Press

Lawmakers in S.C. are considering a bill to allow inmates to shave off jail time in exchange for allowing the state to shave off their organs. While the S.C. proposal isn't the same as current inmate policy in China, the difference is merely one

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by William S. Lind (AntiWar)

That's not pushing a plan, it is pushing on a rope, and the House Democratic leadership knows it. You can almost hear their giggles as they offer the antiwar voters who gave them their majority one of Washington's oldest dodges, "require

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Washington State House of Representatives

Kretz added that under House Bill 1040, if grandma is found with contraband huckleberries in excess of three gallons, even if they are in her freezer, the berries would be confiscated by the “huckleberry cops.”

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AP

A new "forever" stamp -- good for mailing a letter no matter how much rates rise -- was recommended today by the independent Postal Regulatory Commission. The panel also called for a 2-cent increase in first-class rates to 41 cents, a penny

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