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Extending Jobless Benefits Likely Delayed Again

Extending Jobless Benefits Likely Delayed AgainLater today, President Obama will be in Raleigh, N.C., where he's expected to again make the case that Congress should extend the benefits.

Intelligence Panel Recommends Limits On NSA Surveillance

Intelligence Panel Recommends Limits On NSA SurveillanceA panel looking into U.S. electronic surveillance activities in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations has recommended removing the NSA's authority to collect and store Americans' telephone data.

Senate Approves Budget Deal, Reducing Chances Of A Shutdown

Senate Approves Budget Deal, Reducing Chances Of A ShutdownThe Senate passed a two-year bipartisan budget deal aimed at easing automatic spending cuts and avoiding a government shutdown, following a House vote on the measure last week.

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.