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VA officials defend pace of action against senior agency executives

House members demanded to know why senior Department of Veterans Affairs executives who were implicated in recent scandals at the agency have not been fired, months after the agency got that authority. VA officials said they are making progress, but have to proceed cautiously.... Read more»

GOP rides cavalry to U.S. Senate majority

Republican candidates wagered that big bucks from outside political groups could overcome their own fundraising shortfalls ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. They were right. Last Tuesday night, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years.... Read more»

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U.S. just starting down the path toward net neutrality

Analysis: President Obama’s statement supporting a free Internet is the start of a larger, global process.... Read more»

Obama action on immigration could benefit Texas economy

With the midterm elections behind him, President Obama said he was ready to take executive action to prevent many undocumented immigrants from being deported, which analysts said could benefit Texas’ agricultural, construction and service industries.... Read more»

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Political consequences of the Great Recession: Why did the GOP do so well in 2014?

Deep voter pessimism and a lack of an economic agenda from Democrats, not just structural obstacles, drove GOP gains in 2014.... Read more»

Advocates tell Obama it’s time to keep promises on immigration reform

Immigration advocacy groups from across the country urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to act swiftly to “end the deportation enforcement machine” that is separating parents from their children.... Read more»1

Election 2014 by the numbers

A money-in-politics index from the Center for Public Integrity.... Read more»

Factcheck: 2014 campaign whoppers

By the time the last polling booth closes on Nov. 4, a staggering amount of money — $4 billion, by one estimate — will have been spent on the midterm elections. What did all that money buy? A lot of false and misleading TV ads.

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Ebola crisis: Control eluded Texas leaders

Texas leaders are pointing fingers at the Obama administration for botching the Ebola response. But the state did not use its own power to restrict travel and limit possible spread of the deadly virus.... Read more»

Afghan poppy crop hits all-time high despite $7.6B U.S. campaign

The new Afghan president is facing a big drug problem as the country’s opium poppy crop hits an all-time high.... Read more»

Deportations near border surged as interior removals dropped

The study of 10 years of deportations - almost 3.7 million of them - showed that despite a focus on immigrants in the interior of the U.S., the vast majority were caught at the border. And those immigrants were much less likely to have committed a crime.... Read more»

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A modest suggestion for the next AG: Fix presidential pardons

More than two years ago, a ProPublica series showed that white applicants were far more likely to receive clemency than comparable applicants who were black. Since then, the government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a study, but the pardons system remains unchanged.... Read more»

Poor Obama. Venezuela just joined the UN Security Council

Spare a thought for Barack Obama. Just when it already seemed a near-impossible challenge, managing United States foreign policy is poised to become a tad more horrendously complicated.... Read more»

Are Central American kids 'refugees'?

A 35-year-old resettlement program could help some of the thousands of unaccompanied Central American children entering the U.S. Their future hinges on how they are designated.... Read more»

Most U.S. nurses say their hospitals aren't prepared for Ebola

Hospitals in the United States aren’t prepared for Ebola. Not what you want to hear right now, of course, but that’s the warning being sounded by the very medical professionals who provide much of our health care and who’d be on the front lines of any Ebola outbreak in the United States: Nurses.

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