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Congress Renews Ban On X-Ray-Evading Plastic Guns

Congress Renews Ban On X-Ray-Evading Plastic Guns

Congress voted to renew a ban on plastic firearms that can skirt airport detectors, but Republican lawmakers blocked efforts to tighten the restrictions.

LISTEN: Two Mandela Speeches That Made History

LISTEN: Two Mandela Speeches That Made History

There were two speeches Nelson Mandela delivered that changed the course of history and cemented his legacy as one of the most revered leaders of our time.

Report: Threat Of Mandatory Minimums Used To Coerce Guilty Pleas

Report: Threat Of Mandatory Minimums Used To Coerce Guilty Pleas

A new report says the Justice Department regularly coerces defendants in federal drug cases to plead guilty by threatening them with steep prison sentences or stacking charges to increase their time behind bars.

Federal extended unemployment benefits coming to an end

The federal program extending unemployment benefits past the 26-week limit offered by the state will end on Dec. 28 unless Congress opts to extend it.

Federal budget deal might include higher air travel taxes

Federal budget deal might include higher air travel taxes

It’s unclear whether negotiators will be able to reach a budget agreement, without or without the air travel fee hike, but the airline industry is fighting back hard.

Senate Democrats Detonate ‘Nuclear Option’ To Curb Filibusters

Senate Democrats Detonate ‘Nuclear Option’ To Curb Filibusters

There was high drama Thursday on the floor of the Senate as Democrats significantly changed the way business in the chamber is done.

Soaring Personnel Costs Threaten Readiness, Hagel Warns

Soaring Personnel Costs Threaten Readiness, Hagel Warns

Health care and retirement costs that already account for a large part of the U.S. military’s budget and are on a path to go even higher could leave the nation with “a military that’s heavily compensated, but probably a force that’s not capable and not ready,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells NPR.

Bills don’t move, but Alaskans in Congress file away

Bills don’t move, but Alaskans in Congress file away

Congress usually passes a few hundred bills a year. So far this year it has passed only 46.

Federal Workers Head Back To Jobs As Government Reopens

Federal Workers Head Back To Jobs As Government Reopens

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers on furlough for two weeks are going back to work after Congress approved a late-night deal Wednesday to fund the government and stave off default.Hundreds of thousands of federal workers on furlough for two weeks are going back to work after Congress approved a late-night deal Wednesday to fund the government and stave off default.Hundreds of thousands of federal workers on furlough for two weeks are going back to work after Congress approved a late-night deal Wednesday to fund the government and stave off default.

Economists: Shutdown Will Shave Half-Percent From Quarterly GDP

Economists: Shutdown Will Shave Half-Percent From Quarterly GDP

The government shutdown has taken a toll on the nation’s economy and despite a deal that sidesteps a debt default and restarts the government (at least for a few months), growth forecasts for the last quarter of the year are being scaled back.