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School kids around the country are tweeting rather unfortunate pictures of the meals they're being served at lunchtime, and thanking first lady and healthy school food advocate Michelle Obama for their bowls of mush and mystery proteins.  The tweets,...
From: Washington Post | By: Roberto A. Ferdman | Monday, November 24, 2014
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KABUL, Afghanistan — Two powerful explosions hit Kabul early Tuesday, one wounding six Afghan army soldiers, the latest in a series of insurgent attacks on high-profile targets. A roadside bomb targeted an Afghan National Army minibus, causing the...
From: Washington Post | By: Sudarsan Raghavan, Daniela Deane | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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MIT political scientist Andrea Campbell is known for her research on Social Security, Medicare, and other safety-net policies. Yet when Campbell’s pregnant sister-in-law suffered a spinal cord injury, their family’s on-the-ground experience was more...
From: Washington Post | By: Harold Pollack | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Before Monday's night announcement that a grand jury had voted not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, two facts were in tension: 1. Grand juries, at least at the federal level, almost always vote to indict people accused...
From: Washington Post | By: Zachary A. Goldfarb | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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President Obama urged protesters to remain peaceful Monday night after a grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Katie Zezima | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it had “formally removed,” Sharon Helman, the director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, where the largest nationwide scandal in the agency’s history first came to light earlier this year. Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Emily Wax-Thibodeaux | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Businesses are boarding up their windows, schools are closing and handguns are flying off the shelves at local gun dealers. The governor declared a state of emergency last week, and security is omnipresent at local hotels. You might think that the world...
From: Washington Post | By: Max Ehrenfreund | Monday, November 24, 2014
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The Obamacare enrollment period just re-opened, but the Obama administration is already starting to lay down new ground rules for how enrollment will work in the future. Among the ideas: changing when the enrollment period will actually take place....
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Monday, November 24, 2014
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New FBI data released today finds that the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty -- that is, killed with felonious intent by a suspected criminal -- plummeted to 27 in 2013, its lowest level in decades. Notably, the sharp decline...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Trying to shop around for the best deal on health care services can be maddening. So Lisa Aliferis, a health care reporter for KQED News in San Francisco, came up with a simple idea: ask people what charges they're actually seeing on their bills and...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Trying to shop around for the best deal on health care services can be maddening. So Lisa Aliferis, a health care reporter for KQED News in San Francisco, came up with a simple idea: ask people what charges they're actually seeing on their bills and...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Monday, November 24, 2014
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KABUL — Two foreign soldiers were killed Monday when a bomb detonated as their convoy passed by in the eastern part of the Afghan capital, the latest in a series of attacks on high-profile targets. A spokesman for the International Security Assistance...
From: Washington Post | By: Sudarsan Raghavan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Appearing on "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Rudy Giuliani asked why protesters upset about a white police officer's fatal shooting of a young black man in Ferguson, Mo. this summer don't pay more attention to violence blacks perpetrate against other...
From: Washington Post | By: Max Ehrenfreund | Monday, November 24, 2014
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If you haven’t already completed your holiday gift shopping and mailed all of your holiday cards, you may as well forget about it for this year. You’re too late. You let another Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or winter solstice sneak up on...
From: Washington Post | By: John Kelly | Monday, November 24, 2014
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KABUL — A suicide bomber set off his explosives vest Sunday in a large crowd at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, killing more than 40 people and injuring scores in one of the nation’s deadliest assaults this year, Afghan officials...
From: Washington Post | By: Sudarsan Raghavan | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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MIT political scientist Andrea Campbell is known for her research on Social Security, Medicare, and other safety-net policies. Yet when Campbell’s pregnant sister-in-law suffered a spinal cord injury, their family’s on-the-ground experience was more...
From: Washington Post | By: Harold Pollack | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vowed Tuesday to halt further “lawlessness” in a still-smoldering St. Louis suburb as residents and business owners tried to make sense of the destruction that has followed a grand jury’s decision not to...
From: Washington Post | By: Chico Harlan, David Montgomery, Kimberly Kindy | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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The witnesses were seizing a midsummer Saturday. They were waking up from naps after leisurely breakfasts. They were fixing gutters and heading to their afternoon jobs. They were listening to gospel music in their cars. And then came the screech of...
From: Washington Post | By: Sandhya Somashekhar, Steven Rich, Amy Brittain | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Presidential power pundit production operations have been running extra shifts lately, following President Obama’s announcement of administrative action on immigration last week. But it turns out that being behind the curve has a few advantages when...
From: Washington Post | By: Andrew Rudalevige | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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IRAN Khamenei approves further nuclear talks Iran’s supreme leader gave his indirect approval Tuesday for a continuation of talks over the country’s disputed nuclear program, criticizing world powers that many frustrated Iranians believe could have...
From: Washington Post | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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BAGHDAD — After storming the Iraqi city of Mosul in June, the brutal Islamic State quickly solidified its control. Gunmen enforced its laws, and supportive imams preached at the mosques. But the jihadists were missing something — doctors. So last...
From: Washington Post | By: Erin Cunningham | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Each Thanksgiving, two lucky turkeys are saved from impending death and join that exclusive list of birds who have stood in the Rose Garden with the president of the United States. They’re lavished with attention, given an overnight stay at the historic...
From: Washington Post | By: Al Kamen, Colby Itkowitz | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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COLORADO Woman is given jail time for cancer scam A suburban Denver woman who collected tens of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions after lying about her 6-year-old son having cancer was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and 90 nights...
From: Washington Post | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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CHICAGO — The day after a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., declined to indict a police officer in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown, President Obama said he would work to address inequities in the nation’s law enforcement system. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Juliet Eilperin | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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On a Republican presidential debate stage expected to be filled with more than a dozen current and former politicians, Carly Fiorina envisions herself standing out — as the only woman and the only CEO. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Philip Rucker, Matea Gold | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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COLORADO Cancer fraud sends mom to jail at night A suburban Denver woman who collected tens of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions after lying about her 6-year-old son having cancer was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and 90 nights...
From: Washington Post | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Congressional negotiators were considering a package of tax breaks Tuesday that would add as much as $450 billion to the federal budget deficit over the next decade, wiping out most of the revenue gains President Obama won from Republicans just two...
From: Washington Post | By: Lori Montgomery | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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The holiday season also means Open Season for federal workers, retirees and their families. This “open season” does not refer to the potshots that critics often aim at the workforce. It is the period when federal employees can choose their health...
From: Washington Post | By: Joe Davidson | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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When he first came to Washington, President Obama prided himself at being able to handle winters like a Midwesterner -- and scoffed at the traditional Beltway panic in the face of winter weather. Nearly six years later, how times -- and temperatures...
From: Washington Post | By: Katie Zezima | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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What does it look like when two of President Obama's former speechwriters go after a prominent Democratic senator on Twitter after said senator suggests Democrats hurt themselves by tackling health-care over other things in 2009 and 2010? Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would decide whether the Environmental Protection Agency improperly adopted regulations requiring power plants to reduce mercury and other toxins from their emissions without first considering how much it would...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Barnes | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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REPUBLICANS AND Democrats hardly agree on anything these days, with one exception: It’s a lot easier to hand out tax breaks to special interests when you don’t have to offset them with spending cuts or tax increases on someone else. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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AFTER WEEKS of anticipation, protesters in Ferguson, Mo., heard on Monday night the news they had feared: A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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VLADIMIR PUTIN, by his own reckoning, has never made a “global or strategic” mistake during his 15 years in power. That’s because “I never take arbitrary decisions, decisions that may entail consequences I don’t foresee,” the Russian ruler...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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On Tuesday, Pope Francis addressed the European parliament in the French city of Strasbourg. The speech was a historic event, following 26 years after Pope John Paul II spoke before the same assembly, not long before the fall of the Berlin Wall and...
From: Washington Post | By: Ishaan Tharoor | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Speaking here a day after a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to issue an indictment in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown, President Obama said he would work to address inequities in the nation's law enforcement system. Read full...
From: Washington Post | By: Juliet Eilperin | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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When Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson left the scene of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the officer returned to the police station unescorted, washed blood off his hands and placed his recently fired service revolver into an...
From: Washington Post | By: Tom Hamburger, John Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday....
From: Washington Post | By: Karen Tumulty | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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A U.S. district judge in Washington ruled Tuesday that the Federal Election Commission wrongly narrowed a rule determining when certain politically active groups have to disclose their donors, throwing out the regulation and setting up another showdown...
From: Washington Post | By: Matea Gold | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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The holiday season also means Open Season for federal workers, retirees and their families. This open season does not refer to the potshots critics often aim at the workforce. It is the time when federal employees can pick health insurance coverage....
From: Washington Post | By: Joe Davidson | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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“He looked up at me and had the most intense aggressive face.” That’s how police officer Darren Wilson described unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. “The only way I can describe it, it looks like a demon.” Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Mary C. Curtis | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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A U.S. District Court judge has ordered the state of Utah to pay for attorney’s fees for the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against the state over marriage benefits for same-sex couples earlier this year. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Hunter Schwarz | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Senate lawmakers are pressuring the Federal Aviation Administration to speed up its efforts to develop rules for drones — and at least one senator is objecting to a restrictive proposal that could put commercial drones out of reach of all but the wealthiest...
From: Washington Post | By: Brian Fung | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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In the weeks after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., images of officers training rifles on crowds of protesters from the turrets of armored vehicles became a potent symbol of the distrust between law enforcement and citizens in Ferguson...
From: Washington Post | By: Max Ehrenfreund | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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While preparing to announce the results of a grand jury investigation into the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the city of Ferguson did more than just build barricades and increase the number of cops on the street. The city of 21,000 upped its...
From: Washington Post | By: Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) suggested Tuesday that President Obama should invite Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson to the White House for a chat. “I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with the police officer or invited...
From: Washington Post | By: Sean Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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In a recent Vox article, political scientists David Brookman and Joshua Kalla provocatively asked why campaigns invest so little in high-quality field operations. Years of research have taught us that high-quality field operations can be more effective...
From: Washington Post | By: Hahrie Han | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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GOP Sen. Rand Paul is renewing his calls for criminal justice reform in the wake of riots in Ferguson — stoked by the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown — blaming the War on Drugs...
From: Washington Post | By: Jose A. DelReal | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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HONG KONG — Police arrested at least 86 pro-democracy protesters here on Tuesday, after an attempt to clear occupied streets descended into scuffles, confrontation and chaos. On Tuesday morning, bailiffs and contractors wearing hard hats had removed...
From: Washington Post | By: Kris Cheng Lok-chit, Simon Denyer | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Hey, happy holidays! Did you know that as you sit down to watch your favorite holiday movies this year, cuddled next to your family, you will be gazing upon the faces of people long dead from this Earth? Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Philip Bump | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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