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The administration’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba could have substantial political effects: The startling announcement by President Obama that the United States and Cuba will restore full diplomatic relations could complicate one of the most enduring fault lines in American politics and reshape the fight to win the vital battleground state of Florida. […]

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Ian Millhiser, writing about the first ruling on Obama’s executive action on deportations, brings the news of what one partisan judge can accomplish if motivated highly enough: In an extraordinary opinion that transforms a routine sentencing matter into a vehicle to strike down a politically controversial policy, a George W. Bush-appointed judge in Pennsylvania […]

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The brief spasm of productivity on Capitol Hill continues: Vivek Murthy is expected to be confirmed Monday as the nation’s surgeon general, months after the National Rifle Association and its allies opposed him for his support of gun-control laws. Senate Democrats are expected to bring nearly all of the votes for Murthy, who would […]

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It ain’t over ’till it’s over: The U.S. Senate has until late Saturday night to complete work on a $1.1 trillion spending package to keep most government agencies operating through next summer. The spending agreement could be passed and sent to President Obama as early as late Friday, but that would require consent from […]

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The budget bill is looking very uncertain: A sweeping bill to fund most of the federal government, change campaign finance laws and make it harder for the District of Columbia to legalize marijuana faces a close vote Thursday, even as Congress plans to give itself more time to avert a government shutdown and complete […]

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More news from Barack Obama’s dreadful fiscal stewardship: The budget deficit in the U.S narrowed more than economists projected in November from a year earlier, Treasury Department figures showed, as rising employment helped boost receipts and spending fell. Outlays exceeded receipts by $56.8 billion last month, compared with a $135.2 billion shortfall a year […]

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The Washington Post brings us the 10 most harrowing things about the Senate Intelligence Committee report on Bush-era torture and rendition that was released today.  A taste: 1) Of the 119 CIA detainees, 26 should not have been apprehended… 2) President Bush received his first briefing on enhanced interrogation techniques in 2006, about four […]

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Looks like the Republicans are giving up on fighting the Affordable Care Act in Congress and pinning all their hopes on the courts: The GOP is refocusing its attention on the courts as it searches for any way to weaken President Obama’s signature healthcare law while he continues to wield a veto pen. Twenty-five […]

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Matt O’Brien gives a good explanation of why today’s job numbers ought to make us cautiously optimistic about where the economy is going. So it’s pretty unambiguously good news all around: more jobs and maybe, just maybe, higher wages than expected. And if you’re into arbitrary round number stats, this is a pretty good […]

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Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was shot by Cleveland police on November 22nd. But it turns out the department there was already under federal investigation: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Thursday that the Justice Department has found a pattern or practice of “unreasonable and unnecessary use of force” by the Cleveland Police Department, and […]

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And here we go again: A Staten Island grand jury voted on Wednesday not to bring criminal charges in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer. The decision was reached after months of testimony, including from the officer who used […]

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Today, John Boehner came up with a plan, including a resolution condemning President Obama’s executive action, a bill funding the government until the end of the fiscal year, and another bill funding the Department of Homeland Security just until March, so Republicans can use government funding fights later to go after deportation relief. Those […]

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Are there immediate practical steps we can take to make things like the shooting of Michael Brown less likely in the future? The White House thinks so: President Barack Obama wants to see more police wearing cameras to record events like the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, but is not seeking to […]

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Matea Gold reports that “dark money” groups set their sights both high and low in this election: In 13 House races, non-disclosing groups spent at least $1 million on political ads and voter outreach. In another 17 House campaigns, they made up more than half of the spending by independent groups. The money spent […]

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• This tyrannical president is about to subject Americans to the horror of cleaner air: The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death. The sweeping regulations, which are aimed at smog caused by power plants and factories across […]

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Marc Fisher and Wesley Lowery put last night’s events in context: … what distinguishes Ferguson from the crowded historical catalogue of racially-motivated street violence is what has happened in recent weeks: The unseemly buildup to the announcement of the grand jury’s conclusion that no crime was committed in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael […]

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This will be tomorrow’s biggest news: A grand jury has reached a decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked days of turbulent protests, sources close to the process said. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) and the county prosecutor’s office […]

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Republicans are hopping mad about President Obama’s new order on immigration: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed Friday to confront President Obama’s unilateral executive actions to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, saying the moves were “damaging the presidency” and warning that Congress will not let them stand without a fight. “The House […]

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Here are some details on what President Obama is going to announce tonight: In his 8 p.m. address, Obama is expected to say he will stop deportations for a certain group of illegal immigrants: parents whose children are already U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. The protection would only apply to parents who have […]

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Looks like the administration is trying to convince people that while they may be giving temporary deportation relief to some undocumented immigrants, they aren’t going to be too nice to them: Millions of undocumented immigrants who are set to be granted a form of legal status by President Obama as early as this week […]

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