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Senate Passes Ban On Insider Trading

Sagging approval ratings brought Democrats and Republicans together Thursday, as the Senate passed a bill to explicitly prevent members of Congress, their top aides and administration officials from using non-public information for insider trading. New disclosure requirements will require public reports online within 30 days of buying and selling stock.

Axelrod Argues Obama Economic Policies Worked, Though There’s More To Do

David Axelrod, President Obama’s political strategist, has what appears to be — from outside the president’s re-election campaign, at least — a problem.

As Komen Defends Itself, Planned Parenthood Rakes In Substitute Funds

Leaders of the breast-cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure tried in vain Thursday to contain the controversy stemming from its decision to end its grants to Planned Parenthood. But it’s becoming clearer that Planned Parenthood has the upper hand in the battle.

White House scrambles to ease fallout from Panetta’s Afghanistan comments

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration scrambled Thursday to tamp down the fallout out from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s surprise announcement that the United States would end its combat role in Afghanistan a year earlier than expected — a revelation that heightened confusion over U.S. strategy and stoked Afghan distrust of American intentions.

Obama says his religious values underpin his policies

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, who rarely speaks of his faith, defended some of his administration’s policies Thursday by saying they reflect his religious convictions.

Oops: Florida Republican Forgets To Remove ALEC Mission Statement From Boilerplate Anti-Tax Bill

Progressives have long tried to expose the influence the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) wields in state house across the country, but one Florida lawmaker is making it too easy.

$10 Million Fine on Red Cross Highlights Its Troubled History of Blood Services

A few weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration hit the American Red Cross with a nearly $10 million fine for safety violations, lax oversight and faulty testing of its blood services. The fine is just the latest of more than a dozen the Red Cross has racked up in the last decade.

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