Was the lame duck session reason for hope of preview of horrors to come?

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Was the lame duck session reason for hope of preview of horrors to come?

Did ‘nuclear option’ boost Obama’s judicial appointments?. The Senate Democrats’ move last year to eliminate filibusters on most nominations — it now takes only a simple majority to confirm — has helped President Obama to dramatically increase his impact on the federal judiciary for years to come.The 113th Congress sputtered to a close Wednesday amid a series of confirmation votes for obscure executive and judicial branch posts, while at the same time renewing some lapsed tax breaks for narrow special interests. Washington – With little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the federal ...

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Senate confirms new chief of US auto safety agency

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Senate confirms new chief of US auto safety agency

Discuss: US: Senate confirms new leader of the NHTSA. WASHINGTON – The Senate on Tuesday confirmed a new administrator to lead the government’s auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags.U.S. regulators investigating failures of Takata Corp. (7312) air bags are preparing for a legal fight in case the Japanese parts maker doesn’t comply with a request to expand a recall.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is ready to force Takata and three of its clients into a nationwide recall over the catastrophic failure of the supplier’s airbags. Rosekind, a scientist with ...

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Secretive groups ran $25M in ads for state races

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Secretive groups ran $25M in ads for state races

Nonprofits spent nearly $25 million on ads, but who was behind the money is hard to say. WASHINGTON – Shadowy outside groups broadcast an estimated $25 million worth of political ads on local TV stations with a goal of shaping state-level elections this year, and their full roster of donors is unlikely to ever be known, according to an analysis released Wednesday.Sandra Kennedy expected a tough race this fall for a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission, but the Democrat didn’t expect to get socked with a $1.4 million onslaught of TV ads from a mysterious group that dredged up a past legal dispute. While the $25 million is a small slice of the $850 million spent on ads in statewide races, ...

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LA sheriff agrees to oversight of jails to settle abuse suit

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LA sheriff agrees to oversight of jails to settle abuse suit

ACLU reaches settlement over alleged inmate abuse in L.A. County jails. The nation’s largest sheriff’s department agreed to federal court oversight and will adopt a new use-of-force policy to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by jail inmates who said they were beaten by guards.The Los Angeles County jail system, the nation’s largest, agreed Tuesday to impose sweeping changes, a year after guards were charged with regularly beating prisoners and supervisors in the Sheriff’s Department were accused of seeking to thwart a federal investigation into corruption and violence in the jails. Approved Tuesday by county supervisors, the settlement stipulates that jailers would be directed ...

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What did Hillary Clinton say about the torture report?

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What did Hillary Clinton say about the torture report?

Clinton denounces torture, declares ‘yes, black lives matter’ at human rights gala in New York. NEW YORK — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she’s proud to have been part of an administration that “banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations” and said the U.S. should never be involved in torture anywhere in the world. Hillary Clinton spoke out against the use of torture during a Tuesday speech in New York City, strongly condemning the tactics for the first time since the recent release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation methods from a decade ago. Clinton said she was “proud” to be part of the Obama administration noting ...

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Obamas on Race: We’ve Been Treated Like the Help

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Obamas on Race: We’ve Been Treated Like the Help

In new interview, Obamas recall personal racial slights. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spoke candidly about race relations in the U.S. in a highly personal interview with People Magazine, recalling their own experiences with racial bias before moving to the White House. “I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years,” said the first lady. “Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs.” The pair took turns giving examples of race-based assumptions about their social class, relating their experiences to broader racial profiling trends. President ...

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Pharmacy owners arrested in ’12 meningitis outbreak

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Pharmacy owners arrested in ’12 meningitis outbreak

14 Arrested in Meningitis Deaths Linked to New England Compounding Center. BOSTON — Federal officials say a co-owner and a pharmacist at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy blamed for a 2012 deadly meningitis outbreak have been charged with racketeering for allegedly causing the deaths of patients who received tainted steroids manufactured by the company. Two owners and 12 other people associated with the Framingham compounding company blamed for sending toxic prescriptions across the country, allegedly killing 64 people, were arrested on federal charges Wednesday morning in a series of pre-dawn raids, officials said. Barry Cadden, a co-founder of the New England Compounding Center, and Glenn ...

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