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Reid To McConnell: Make A Deal Or Dems Will Weaken The Filibuster Ourselves

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) offered his Republican counterpart an ultimatum on Tuesday afternoon: come to a deal on filibuster reform soon or Democrats will do it on our own.

Union Membership Declines Again In 2012

Union rolls shrunk again in 2012, adding another familiar data point to a decades-long trend of declining membership.

Can Republicans Pass Their Debt Limit Bill Without Help From Dems

At his weekly press availability on Tuesday, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) hinted at Democrats’ voting strategy for GOP legislation to increase the debt ceiling.

Senate Dems Increase Pressure On GOP To Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

Senate Democrats unveiled legislation Tuesday to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, dropping one component of their previous proposal in an effort to eliminate a procedural objection that House Republicans had used to oppose an earlier version of the bill.

How Cold Is It? It’s So Cold. . . 

As mom would say, bundle up. If you go outside today just about anywhere from North Dakota east and south through the upper Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and up into New England, it’s freezing.

Google report reveals continued rise in US government requests for data

Google has revealed the full scale of the US government’s use of controversial legislation that bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of private citizens.

Clinton chokes up as she defends handling of Benghazi attack

(Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton choked up on Wednesday as she defended her handling of the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi, an event that threatens to stain her legacy and any presidential hopes she may still harbor.

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