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Senate Clears Debt Limit Measure for Obama

Posted: 02/12/2014 - After a dramatic Senate tally in which top GOP leaders cast the crucial votes, must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills cleared Congress Wednesday for President Barack Obama's signature.

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President Raises Minimum Wage For Contract Workers

Updated: 02/12/2014 - President Barack Obama has increased the minimum wage for a few hundred thousand federal contractors -- and he's pressing Congress to pass broader legislation that would apply to all workers. Obama says, "It's the right thing to do."

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Governor Brown: Drought Requires Compromise

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Posted: 02/12/2014 - California Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to compromise on legislation to help the state's drought-stricken agricultural heartland.

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Reid Appoints Two to Commission on Hunger

Posted: 02/12/2014 - The longtime head of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and a Las Vegas councilman have been appointed to the National Commission on Hunger.

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Could Nevada Allow Marijuana Use?

Updated: 02/12/2014 - Nevada voters could again consider whether to allow people to legally use marijuana. The voters have twice rejected the idea, and state lawmakers failed to approve a recreational pot use bill last year.

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NV Law on Felons Voting Will Wait Until Next Year

Updated: 02/11/2014 - Elected officials in Nevada said Tuesday that it'll probably be next year before state lawmakers try again to enact a measure to automatically restore voting rights to ex-felons.

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House Takes Step Toward Ban on In-Flight Calls

Posted: 02/11/2014 - Members of Congress, some of the nation's most frequent flyers, don't want to allow airline passengers to make cellphone calls in-flight and they're doing something about it.

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Puerto Rico Governor Seeks Tax Reform to Boost Economy

Posted: 02/10/2014 - Puerto Rico's governor says he plans to boost the U.S. territory's economy by overhauling the tax system and reducing government spending after two credit rating agencies slapped the island with downgrades last week.

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Health Law's Employer Requirement Will Phase In

Posted: 02/10/2014 - The Obama administration is giving another delay to business groups concerned about the health care law's requirement that larger firms cover their workers.

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Senator Seeks Records On Military Sex Crimes

Posted: 02/10/2014 - A U.S. senator is pressing the Pentagon to turn over detailed information about sexual assault cases at major U.S. bases following an Associated Press investigation into the military's handling of sex crimes in Japan.

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Nevada PAC to Target Senate Race

Posted: 02/10/2014 - A gun rights advocacy group has formed a political action committee in Nevada with plans to target for defeat a Las Vegas state senator who pushed a bill to require background checks for gun purchases.

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Kerry Set to Make 5th Trip to Asia

Posted: 02/09/2014 - Secretary of State John Kerry will make his fifth trip to Asia this week, traveling to South Korea, China and Indonesia.

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From Immigration to Trade, Inaction in Congress

Posted: 02/09/2014 - Evidence is mounting that lawmakers have all but wrapped up their most consequential work of 2014 - at least until the results of the fall elections are known.

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Republicans Debate Mini-Bailouts for Hospitals

Posted: 02/09/2014 - Republican governors scored easy political points by rejecting President Barack Obama's plan to enroll more poor people in government health insurance.

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President Signs Farm Bill

Posted: 02/07/2014 - President Barack Obama has signed into law a farm bill he says will ensure children don't go hungry.

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Hagel Seeks Answers to Military Ethics Crisis

Posted: 02/07/2014 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he sees no simple answer to why the U.S. military is suffering so many ethical lapses. Nor has he determined the depth of the problem.

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