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Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin in St. Johnsbury Vermont.

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Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin in St. Johnsbury Vermont.

Holder: Attack Heroin as Health Problem, Not Simply Police Problem

Attorney General Eric Holder today urged local police and federal officials to rethink the nation’s approach to combating the surging use of heroin. “The heroin problem is worthy of all of our attention,” Holder said in a speech to dozens...

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Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's spokesman Bill Nowling speaks to reporters outside of the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit on July 24, 2013.

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Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's spokesman Bill Nowling speaks to reporters outside of the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit on July 24, 2013.

Detroit’s ‘Pennybags’ Idol of People?

The situation in Detroit has been serious for quite some time, at the very least since the city filed a record U.S. municipal bankruptcy in July. So after Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr finally reached a settlement with some bondholders last...

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Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $886 Billion

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department spent $886 billion in 2013. That makes HHS the biggest federal department by outlays. The $886 billion accounted for about one-fourth of total federal outlays. Kathleen Sebelius, who leads the department, will resign as...

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Anti-abortion activist Brian Normile of Beavercreek, Ohio, outside a Planned Parenthood on Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Anti-abortion activist Brian Normile of Beavercreek, Ohio, outside a Planned Parenthood on Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Abortion Foes Renew Obamacare Assault as Court Hearing Nears

When Ohio Democratic Rep. Steve Driehaus sought re-election in 2010, the anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List, tried to erect billboards highlighting his vote for the Affordable Care Act. The organization contended that the law included taxpayer funding for abortion....

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A journalist drives a Toyota i-Road in Tokyo.

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A journalist drives a Toyota i-Road in Tokyo.

Toyota Keeping Lawmakers Happy

Tired of waiting to (finally) get your turn to question that Obama administration official at your subcommittee hearing? Bored of floor debates on bills that will never go anywhere? Toyota has a solution for you, just a few blocks away...

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An attendee during the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York on April 7, 2014.

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An attendee during the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York on April 7, 2014.

Bitcoin, Pot Ripe for Congressional Action — (Don’t Hold Your Breath)

Bitcoin and marijuana are among the issues on which Congress should provide clarity — though probably won’t this year — Rep. Jared Polis says. “In general, it’s better for Congress to reasonably consider these things and provide a uniform statutory...

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Frank: High-Frequency Trading Deserves Congressional Hearings

Flash: Former House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank says Congress should hold hearings into high-frequency trading to see if the “transformative” technology has out-stripped the federal government’s regulations intended to police it. “I think there should be serious inquiries,” the...

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Some of the 243 immigrants deported from the United States arrive at the Air Force base in Guatemala City on Jan. 2, 2014.

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Some of the 243 immigrants deported from the United States arrive at the Air Force base in Guatemala City on Jan. 2, 2014.

Hispanic Lawmakers Offer Deportation Options to Obama Administration

President Barack Obama’s administration should make deportation a low priority for those who haven’t committed significant crimes, expand eligibility for green cards and end a controversial fingerprinting program used to identify undocumented workers. Those are a few of the 11...

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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the US Department of Justice on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 8, 2014.

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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the US Department of Justice on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 8, 2014.

Holder: ‘You Don’t Want to Go There’ — and Good Asparagus Luck!

  Eric Holder has made little secret of his contempt for Congress. And at least some in the Republican-run House have voted to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress as well. As Rep. Louie Goehmert, a Texas Republican,...

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