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Crime Falls As U.S. Locks Up Fewer People, Attorney General Holder Says

Crime Falls As U.S. Locks Up Fewer People, Attorney General Holder SaysThe U.S. is seeing "historic" progress in reducing both its crime and its incarceration rates, Attorney General Eric Holder said, with the federal prison population falling by some 4,800 inmates in the past year — "the first decrease we've seen in many ‎decades."

House Cancels Vote On $659 Million Border Security Bill

House Cancels Vote On $659 Million Border Security BillHouse GOP leaders pulled the plug on a $659 million bill to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. from Central America.

Lawmakers Reach Deal Intended To Fix VA System In Crisis

Lawmakers Reach Deal Intended To Fix VA System In CrisisLawmakers in Washington, D.C., have reached a deal to overhaul the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs, multiple news organizations are reporting.

Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate

Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In SenateA bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.

Bill To Allow Refinancing Of Student Loans Dies In Senate

Bill To Allow Refinancing Of Student Loans Dies In SenateA bill that would have let millions of people refinance their student loans at a lower interest rate has failed in the Senate, after Republicans objected that it included a tax on the wealthy to pay for it.

House Lawmakers Vote To Reopen Benghazi Probe

House Lawmakers Vote To Reopen Benghazi ProbeRepublicans accuse the White House of misleading the public about the nature of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack and stonewalling efforts by Congress to investigate. Democrats see the creation of the new investigative committee as an election-year political ploy to raise money and motivate the party's base.

Cops Can’t Have Sex With Prostitutes, Hawaiian Lawmakers Say

Cops Can’t Have Sex With Prostitutes, Hawaiian Lawmakers SayHonolulu's police department raised objections to the plan to end the exemption, saying that officers need it because in some cases their safety and investigations might be at risk.

Gallup: Americans Put The Environment Over Economic Growth Again

Gallup: Americans Put The Environment Over Economic Growth AgainIn a new survey released today, Gallup reports that trend has reversed itself, with 50 percent of Americans saying they agree with this statement: "protection of the environment should be given priority even at the risk of curbing economic growth."

The Koch effect: Two rich guys Democrats love to hate

The Koch effect: Two rich guys Democrats love to hateIn Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, there’s been so much talk about the billionaire Koch Brothers you might think they were running for office.

Senate Blocks Bill To Overhaul Military Sex Assault Prosecutions

Senate Blocks Bill To Overhaul Military Sex Assault ProsecutionsThe Senate has voted to block a bill that would have removed the authority of senior military commanders to prosecute sexual assault cases within their ranks.
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