Oversight in Government

Game aims to make Congress fun
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These days, both violent video games and Congress have come under fire in the media and the court of public opinion, albeit for different reasons.

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Video: Mentally ill getting prison bars instead of hospital beds
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Since the sharp reduction in public psychiatric hospital beds over the past decades, there has been a massive increase in severely mentally ill persons in jails and prisons across the country. John Miller reports.

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Video: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies of cancer
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Hugo Chavez may go down in history as one of Latin America’s most polarizing leaders. Jim Axelrod reports on the late president’s life and legacy.

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Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
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Over the last several years, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has chronicled a decline in the public’s attitude about key institutions like Congress and the Supreme Court. But the most recent poll highlights another American institution that has lost its luster: the sports athlete.

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Boehner: Passing bills without GOP majority 'not a practice I expect to continue'
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First Read: In the last three months, the GOP-dominated House of Representatives has passed three pieces of major legislation that made it to the president’s desk — without the support of a majority of Republicans.

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Senate panel votes to move Brennan's CIA nomination forward
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The Senate Intelligence Committee voted on Tuesday in favor of John O. Brennan’s nomination to become the next director of the CIA, clearing the way for his confirmation before the whole Senate.

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Ex-Westboro Member Takes You Inside the Anti-Gay Church’s Strange World
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Photo Credit: Lauren Drain Lauren Drain was a member of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) — that is, until she was kicked out of the anti-gay religious cohort. Drain, who now speaks out against the church, released a book today about her experience entitled, “Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church.” This […]

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