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ISIS Beheads Another American Hostage

November 16, 2014 The Islamic State claims in a new video to have beheaded an American hostage in Syria, the Associated Press reported Sunday morning. Abdul-Rahman Kassig, previously known as Peter, had traveled to the country on a humanitarian mission. He was captured by the terrorist group in October 2013. Kassig, a former ...

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Obama Will Reportedly Nominate Loretta Lynch to Replace Eric Holder as Attorney General

November 7, 2014 President Obama is expected to appoint Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general, CNN reported Friday morning. She would succeed Eric Holder, who announced in September he would step down once a successor is confirmed. If confirmed, Lynch would be the first female African-American attorney general. The White House would ...

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Obama on the Midterms: 'Obviously Republicans Had a Good Night'

November 5, 2014 President Obama recognized the obvious on Wednesday afternoon. "Obviously, Republicans had a good night," he said, speaking from the East Room. "There's no doubt Republicans had a good night." Obama congratulated the GOP, which gained control of the Senate and a bigger majority in the House. Then he turned his ...

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28 Counties the Justice Department Is Monitoring for Voting Rights Violations

November 4, 2014 This Election Day marks the first major federal election since the Supreme Court overturned key provisions of the Voting Rights Act last summer, giving some states the power to regulate elections without federal oversight. The feds, however, are not stepping back from the ballot box entirely. The Justice Department has ...

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The 28 Counties the Justice Department Is Monitoring for Voting Rights Violations

November 4, 2014 This Election Day marks the first major federal election since the Supreme Court overturned key provisions of the Voting Rights Act last summer, giving some states the power to regulate elections without federal oversight. The feds, however, are not stepping back from the ballot box entirely. The Justice Department has ...

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What’s Chris Christie Doing in the Middle of the Ebola Crisis?

October 27, 2014 The latest case of Ebola in the United States is in New York City. So why does Chris Christie want to quarantine people in New Jersey? There are a few practical reasons. For the New Jersey governor's constituents, New York City is just one short car, train or ferry ride ...

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The Capitol Christmas Tree Is Campaigning Harder Than You Are

October 23, 2014 Like some politicians this fall, one tree is making the most of the road to Washington. The 88-foot-tall white spruce that will serve as the Capitol's Christmas tree this year will make nearly 30 stops on its 2,000-mile journey from Minnesota to the District. The trail begins on Oct. 29 ...

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The CDC Is Not Messing Around With Its New Rules for Protective Ebola Gear

October 21, 2014 Federal health officials have given a whole new meaning to the phrase "suit up." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Monday new, extensive guidelines for hospital workers who treat Ebola patients in the United States. They include detailed procedures for one of the first lines of protection ...

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Nobody Panic, But There Was an Ebola Scare at the Pentagon

October 17, 2014 Officials have closed a parking lot at the Pentagon because of a possible case of Ebola. Pentagon police officers discovered a woman "ill and vomiting" in one of the federal building's parking lots in Arlington, Va. at about 9:10 a.m. on Friday, according to a statement from the Department of ...

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Ebola Has the FDA Working Overtime on Reviewing Experimental Drugs

October 16, 2014 The development of a pharmaceutical drug is a slow, deliberate process, and it can take years of back-and-forth between scientists and health officials before medicine makes it onto the market. But the worst Ebola outbreak in history has changed all that. The Food and Drug Administration is in crisis mode, ...