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Here Are The Most Interesting Things We Learned About Pluto This Week From NASA

July 16, 2015 In 2006, several months after New Horizons launched into space, Pluto stopped being a planet. That was according to the world's top astronomers, who said the celestial body failed to meetone of the requirements of being classified as a planet: having enough mass to clear its orbit of other bodies...

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Jim Webb Announces He is Running for President

July 2, 2015 The total number of Democratic presidential candidates just grew to five: Jim Webb is in. "After many months of thought, deliberation, and discussion, I have decided to seek the office of the Presidency of the United States," wrote the former senator from Virginia at the start of an email to...

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No Shooting at Washington Navy Yard, Officials Say

July 2, 2015 After being on lockdown for hours, the U.S. Navy confirmed that no shooting took place Thursday morning at the Washington Navy Yard, after reports of an incident there. In a press conference late Thursday morning, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said that a Navy Yard employee reported at approximately 7:29 a.m....

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At Press Conference, Obama Reflects on His 'Best Week'

June 30, 2015 Was last week President Obama's best week ever? That's the crux of a question the president took on on Tuesday at a joint press conference with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. His answer started out a little cheesy. "My best week, I will tell you, was marrying Michelle," the president said....

Scalia on Obamacare: 'We Should Start Calling This Law SCOTUScare'

June 25, 2015 In a landmark 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Affordable Care Act's insurance subsidies in every state. The decision in the King v. Burwell case is a win for the White House. For Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the dissenting opinion, the majority opinion, which was authored...

Putin Bad, GOP Candidates Agree

June 17, 2015 He's someone who John McCain says rules "by corruption, repression, and violence." He's someone Joe Biden says has no soul. He's sometimes flamboyantly shirtless. And for Republican presidential candidates, he's someone who can pull the primary field toward a sense of nationalism found in the corners of the Far Right,...

John Boehner on NSA: The Senate Must Act, But 'We’ll Certainly Look at What They Do'

May 21, 2015 John Boehner is taking a wait-and-see approach on the domestic-surveillance legislation that has derailed the Senate's Memorial Day weekend plans, and he's not closing the door on a possible "clean" renewal of the Patriot Act. Key provisions of the Patriot Act that the National Security Agency uses to justify its...

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House Democrats: Train Crash Serves as Reminder of Amtrak's Financial Problems

May 13, 2015 Hours after a deadly train derailment, the House Appropriations Committee is debating transportation-spending legislation that includes federal funding for Amtrak, rail infrastructure, and safety programs. Several committee Democrats pointed to Tuesday night's crash as a reminder of Amtrak's chronic financial struggles. The measure, as it stands now, would cut current...

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Officials Investigate Cause of Deadly Train Accident Outside Philadelphia

May 13, 2015 At least six people have been killed and dozens are injured after an Amtrak train traveling from Washington to New York City derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter confirmed the first five deaths during a press conference Tuesday night. He said he has "never seen anything...

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Washington's Metro Is a Mess And Now Congress Would Like to Give it Less Money

May 11, 2015 Did you ride Metro to work today? Then we've got some news for you. The House Appropriations Committee will vote on a transportation-funding bill Wednesday that would cut by half the amount the federal government gives the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority each year. The bill provides $55.3 billion for...