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Questions abound over alleged misuse of government jets
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Republicans raise questions about GAO report showing Justice Dept. officials used gov’t aircraft for business, personal travel

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Iowa Republican passes on Senate bid, clearing way for conservative Steve King
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First Read: Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, released a letter on Wednesday signaling that he would not run for Iowa’s open Senate seat in 2014, which was vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.

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Education secretary warns of teacher layoffs — which aren't related to sequester
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As the country gets closer and closer to Friday’s deadline before the automatic “sequester” spending cuts take effect, the Obama White House has issued dire warnings — like 10,000 teachers could be laid off, and “2,100 fewer food inspections could occur.”

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A sequester standoff two years in the making
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First Read: Tea Party demands combined with White House uncertainty created the perfect storm to get us where we are today.

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Votes on Sequester Bills Set Amid Gloom in Senate
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On the eve of sequestration,  there’s a tone of surrender on Capitol Hill – even from the Senate Chaplain who offered a poignant prayer this morning for senators. “As we anticipate an across-the-board budget cuts across our land, we still expect to see your goodness…

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Committee Staffer Stable After Suffering Electric Shock at Capitol
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A man working in the Longworth House Office Building was electrocuted this afternoon but is alive and appeared in stable condition, according to multiple sources. The electrocuted man was a Republican staffer working in Longworth 1334, the Natural Resources Committee hearing room. “A member of…

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Catholics in America–by the Numbers
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With Pope Benedict XVI’s departure, Catholics will soon have a new leader, who will no doubt hold sway over a good chunk of American voters.

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