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Solitary Confinement Costs $78K Per Inmate And Should Be Curbed, Critics Say

Solitary Confinement Costs $78K Per Inmate And Should Be Curbed, Critics SayInmates who are held in solitary confinement spend 23 hours a day in small windowless cells, receiving their food on trays that are pushed through a slot in the cell's door.

Obama Signs Trillion-Dollar Federal Spending Bill

Obama Signs Trillion-Dollar Federal Spending BillPresident Obama signed the $1.1 trillion spending bill into law Friday afternoon, enacting more than 1,500 pages of legislation that received broad support in the House and Senate earlier this week.

Early Bills Tackle Lawsuits, Medical Care

Early Bills Tackle Lawsuits, Medical CareWith the legislative session getting ever closer, lawmakers have released another batch of bills for consideration.

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.

Former DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan raises $1.2 million for senate race

Former DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan raises $1.2 million for senate raceIt’s a fast start for the former Natural Resources Commissioner, who is in a three-way race for the Republican primary.

Stedman says hydro funds tight, otter bill will change

Stedman says hydro funds tight, otter bill will changeThere won’t be many appropriations for Southeast Alaska projects this legislative session. That’s the word from Sitka Senator Bert Stedman, who represents most of the region.

Sen. Baucus Tapped To Be Ambassador To China

Sen. Baucus Tapped To Be Ambassador To Chinaonfirming one of the week's less-secret secrets, the White House announced Friday morning that President Obama intends to nominate Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., to be the next ambassador to the People's Republic of China.

Bipartisan Budget Deal Passes Key Test In Senate

Bipartisan Budget Deal Passes Key Test In SenateThe Senate voted 67 to 33 on Tuesday to move forward on the two-year, bipartisan budget plan that restores some of the automatic spending cuts of recent years, trims spending in other areas and appears to have put on hold until 2015 the bitter battles that led to this year's partial government shutdown.

It’s ‘Not Great,’ But Budget Deal Is Expected To Pass In The House

It’s ‘Not Great,’ But Budget Deal Is Expected To Pass In The HouseThe House is expected to vote Thursday on the bipartisan deal that would set spending levels for the next two years, replace many of the indiscriminate "sequester" budget cuts and, in theory at least, take off the table one of the most partisan of the many partisan issues that have contributed to the gridlock in Washington, D.C.

Federal Reserve Nominee Yellen Navigates Confirmation Hearing

Federal Reserve Nominee Yellen Navigates Confirmation HearingJanet Yellen cleared a key hurdle Thursday, as her confirmation hearing to become the next chair of the Federal Reserve went smoothly.