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“Gang Of Five” Members Say They’re Still Working On Debt Plan

Members of the Senate “Gang of Five” — formerly “Gang of Six” — unveiled some of their solutions to combat the nation’s debt problem during an appearance at the Economic Club of Washington on Wednesday. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) talked spending cuts, taxes, and the need for a bipartisan effort to […]

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Crocker: “Sustainable Stability” Is The Goal In Afghanistan

By Eric Rice At his Senate Committee on Foreign Relations confirmation hearing today, Career Ambassador Ryan Crocker, President Obama’s nominee to become the next U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, presented a grimly sober, but nonetheless hopeful, view of the future of Afghanistan.  The ambassador was praised for accepting the President’s call to return to service after […]

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Breast Cancer Advocates Want Ban On Key Plastic Ingredient

By Alex Harris  The Breast Cancer Fund held a briefing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge passage of the Ban Poisonous Additive Act of 2011 that will  ban bisphenol A (BPA), one of the most pervasive chemicals in the environment used in food and beverage containers, and one of the main components in breast […]

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Senate Lawmakers Open To Extending FBI Director

By Philip Bunnell FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to testify about his future at the agency. Earlier this year, President Obama asked Congress to sign off on another two-year term for Mueller, who will reach his ten-year tenure limit this year.  While some civil liberty groups have expressed […]

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College Students “Drowning” In Debt, Say Experts

By Andy Wiltrout and Alex Harris Members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee heard testimony on Tuesday from experts who illustrated the financial hardships faced by lower class and minority college students.   Before the hearing began, committee aides distributed reports which found that for-profit colleges are asking a higher percentage of […]

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Poll: 46% Of New Yorkers Want Weiner To Resign

46 percent of New York City residents believe that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) should resign after lying about Tweeting a racy photograph of his crotch last week, according to a new poll from Survey USA. 41 percent believe that the seven-term Congressman should remain in office and 13 percent replied that they are not sure. […]

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Commission Grills State Department On Use Of Contractors

By Philip Bunnell Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy told the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan that, due to plans to increase civilian presence in the region, an increased reliance on contractors is necessary to carry out certain State-run functions. After a report by the Commission released revealing that billions of […]

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Senate To Vote On Obama’s Choice For Solicitor General

With the House off this week, Congress likely won’t be able to make much progress on reaching a budget deal. However, the Senate returns to Capitol Hill today, and will kick off its week by voting on whether to move closer to confirming President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Solicitor General. Donald Verrilli Jr., 54, was […]

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Poll: Pelosi Least Popular Congressional Leader

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appears to be the least popular Congressional leader, despite her lowered profile. According to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports, 63 percent of likely voters hold an unfavorable opinion of the former Speaker, with 45 percent of those voicing a “very unfavorable” opinion. Rasmussen’s data shows that Pelosi has […]

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House Approves Boehner’s Libya Resolution, Rejects Kucinich Measure

In a 268-145 vote, the House approved House Speaker John Boehner’s resolution that would require the Obama administration to provide more details regarding the depth of United States military involvement in Libya, fulfilling the requirements of the War Powers Act. “We have questions and concerns that have gone unanswered,” Boehner said. The resolution specifically acknowledges […]

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● Perfumer indicted for currency violations

● Tracking fracking fluids

● EPA edges closer to strontium rulemaking

● Shopping in a smoke-free environment

● Trade panel rebuffs American consumers

● Students file First Amendment lawsuit

LISTEN: The Day Ahead – October 21, 2014

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More British army medics deploy to Sierra Leone, Ukraine and Russia talk energy in Brussels and the U.N. elects new members to the Human Rights Council.

Smithsonian Board Meeting Disrupted By Staff Seeking Wage Increases

Government employees protested for increased wages at the Smithsonian's annual Board of Regents meeting at the Smithsonian Hirschorn Museum, Oct. 20, 2014. (Photo by James Cullum)

Federal contract workers call for better pay and benefits at the annual Smithsonian Board of Regents meeting on Monday.

LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – October 20, 2014

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The U.S. transports Kurdish weapons to Kobani, disturbing reports of sexual violence in South Sudan and a very dirty Beijing Marathon.

Rubio Plans To Pursue Travel Ban Legislation

Rubio plans to introduce the new legislation in November when the Senate returns to session.

UN in Brief: Calm & Conflict for October 20, 2014

U.N. human rights experts condemn Detroit for shutting off water to residents, Nigeria is declared ‘Ebola-free,’ and Iraqi aid need far outstrips capacity.