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Race
4:18 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Even Under Obama, Black Activist Says Every Inch Of Progress Is A Fight

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 6:02 am

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Politics
4:18 am
Fri December 12, 2014

House's Budget Bill Debate Unveiled Democratic Rifts, GOP Ambitions

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 1:43 pm

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Latin America
4:18 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Congress Issues New Sanctions Against Venezuelan Leaders 'On The Ropes'

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 6:02 am

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Staffers Walk Out Of Congress In Protest Over Brown And Garner Cases

Black congressional staffers hold their hands up as they pose for a group photo during a walkout on on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Thursday, in a protest over the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.
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Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 5:15 pm

Dozens of congressional staff members walked out of the Capitol at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, in a show of support for protesters angered by recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Black Congressional Staffers Stage Walk Out Over Grand Jury Decisions

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 5:39 pm

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Politics
3:35 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Congress Runs Up Against Deadline To Pass A Budget

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The Two-Way
2:09 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

'Cromnibus' Spending Bill Passes, Just Hours Before Deadline

The U.S. Capitol is seen at dusk Thursday. The House approved a massive spending bill just hours before a midnight deadline to fund the federal government.
Shawn Thew EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 7:08 am

Post updated at 9:38 p.m. ET.

A massive federal spending bill finally won the House's approval Thursday night, less than three hours before a midnight deadline that threatened a federal shutdown. The measure's fate had been in doubt after it narrowly survived a rules vote earlier in the day. The final tally was 219-206.

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Indian Country Prosecution Unit
1:20 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Two Tribal Prosecutors Join U.S. Attorney's Office In Tulsa

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Two tribal special prosecutors have joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa to prosecute crimes in Indian Country.

U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. says Jeff Jones, attorney general of the Osage Nation, and Sarah Hill, deputy attorney general of the Cherokee Nation, will work alongside other prosecutors in the office's Indian Country Prosecution Unit to improve public safety in tribal communities.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:44 am
Thu December 11, 2014

State Water Regulator Works To Reclassify Risks Of Decades-Old Oklahoma Dams

Families and a fisherman along the spillway beneath Broken Bow Dam in southeastern Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma has nearly 5,000 dams, more than most other states. When they were built, they were classified based on the risk their failure would pose to people and property.

But for many dams, it’s been decades since that risk was evaluated, and the potential hazard has changed because Oklahoma has changed. There are houses, roads and people where there weren’t before.

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Federal Spending
6:25 am
Thu December 11, 2014

VIDEO: Cole Voices Support For Omnibus Spending Bill Ahead Of Thursday House Vote

A House vote is expected Thursday on a huge $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill that would fund every corner of the federal government.

Democrats have erupted over a provision that weakens the regulation of risky financial instruments and another that allows more money to flood into political parties. At the same time, conservatives are unhappy that the bill fails to challenge President Barack Obama's immigration policy.

“While I can point out a lot of things on this that I don’t particularly like, or that I know other members will have objections to, I usually ask them, ‘Well, what’s your alternative?’,” U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) said Wednesday during a House Rules Committee hearing. “And it’s almost never realistic.”

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