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U.S. Issues Penalties Against Russians for Rights Violations
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The Obama administration issued sanctions against about two dozen Russians but avoided targeting many high-level figures in President Vladimir Putin’s government.     

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The Caucus: New Interior Secretary Is Sworn In
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Sally Jewell officially became the 51st secretary of the interior on Friday, taking the oath at noon from retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.     

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Why North Korean intelligence is so hard to read
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The latest controversy over whether North Korea has the technology to fit a nuclear warhead on a missile is not the first time American intelligence agencies have been at odds in assessing Pyongyang’s capabilities. And it is not the first time the Pentagon’s intelligence arm, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has been out front in […]

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North Korea endgame: 3 scenarios
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Michael Green says North Korea has ramped up tensions more than in the past. How will this end? Here are three possible outcomes

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Kerry: Nuclear North Korea unacceptable
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The United States will talk to North Korea, but only if the country gets serious about negotiating the end of its nuclear weapons program, Secretary of State John Kerry said after arriving Friday in Seoul for talks with U.S. ally South Korea.

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Halting Corrupt New York Politicians Requires Term Limits
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That corruption is rife in New York politics isn't a startling revelation. It's familiar — too familiar. It's become all-too-normal to see the image of an elected official being led away in cuffs, with the stunned look of being caught outright, the …

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Cuomo whips up plan to make corrupt pols pay
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The federal cases prompted Bharara last week to say that “political corruption in New York is indeed rampant,” undermining the governor's claims that Albany was shaking off its old dysfunction. Critics called the hastily drawn-up bill a knee-jerk …

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