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Rule Allowing In-Flight Phone Calls Clears First FCC Hurdle

Rule Allowing In-Flight Phone Calls Clears First FCC HurdleBy a vote of 3-2, the FCC has approved the initial proposal to allow passengers on U.S. flights to use their cellphones for voice calls — something that's been forbidden on U.S. flights.

House Approves Budget Deal; Compromise Heads To Senate

House Approves Budget Deal; Compromise Heads To SenateThe House has approved a bipartisan budget deal to cut around $23 billion from the federal deficit over 10 years while removing the threat of a possible government shutdown until 2015. A shutdown deadline had loomed for Jan. 15.

Congress Renews Ban On X-Ray-Evading Plastic Guns

Congress Renews Ban On X-Ray-Evading Plastic GunsCongress 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 HistoryThere 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 PleasA 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 taxesIt’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 FilibustersThere 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 WarnsHealth 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 awayCongress usually passes a few hundred bills a year. So far this year it has passed only 46.