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Congress Wary Of 'Plain Vanilla' Bank Proposal

Posted: 09/22/2009 - Congress is expected to reject President Barack Obama's proposed mandate that banks offer customers "plain vanilla" financial products, such as a 30-year fixed mortgage.

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House Moves To Extend Unemployment Benefits

Posted: 09/21/2009 - Despite predictions the Great Recession is running out of steam, the House is taking up emergency legislation this week to help the millions of Americans who see no immediate end to their economic miseries.

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Baucus Changes Health Bill To Address Dem Concerns

Posted: 09/21/2009 - Senate aides say that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus is changing his health care bill to make insurance premiums more affordable after fellow Democrats raised concerns.

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Senate Bill Could Weaken Fed

Posted: 09/21/2009 - Consensus is building in the Senate for legislation that would significantly weaken the Federal Reserve by stripping its power to oversee banks and hand that job to a single federal bank regulator.

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Senators Urge Treasury To End Bailout Program

Posted: 09/21/2009 - Forty senators — all but one of them Republican — want the Obama administration to let the $700 billion financial rescue program expire by year's end, saying the money has been used in ways not contemplated by Congress.

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Abortion-Rights Forces Vexed By Health Care Debate

Posted: 09/21/2009 - For some abortion-rights activists, the debate over health care reform has been frustrating, even disheartening, as they see their political allies on the defensive and their anti-abortion rivals on the attack.

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Clout Fading, U.S. Vies To Set G-20 Meetings Agenda

Posted: 09/21/2009 - With trillion-dollar deficits and a weakening dollar, the United States doesn't have the clout it once had at economic summits. Now Germany, France and all the new kids at the table — countries like China and Brazil — are pushing their own issues.

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Report: CIA Interrogation Harmed Inmates' Recall

Posted: 09/21/2009 - A new scientific paper asserts that the CIA's harsh interrogation program likely damaged the brain and memory functions of terrorist suspects, diminishing their ability to provide the detailed information the spy agency sought.

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Mass. Senate To Debate Kennedy Succession Bill

Posted: 09/21/2009 - The Massachusetts Senate is expected to take up a bill that would allow the governor to appoint an interim replacement for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Edward Kennedy.

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VP Biden In Baghdad On 3rd Visit This Year

Posted: 09/15/2009 - Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Iraq on a previously unannounced mission to show the White House remains focused on the Iraq war.

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Clinton Urges Crackdown On Human Trafficking

Updated: 09/06/2013 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warns that human trafficking is flourishing in the shadows of the global economic downturn.

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Health Negotiators Focus On Illegal Immigrants

Posted: 09/11/2009 - Health care negotiators in the Senate are hammering out language to ensure that illegal immigrants can't get access to government funded insurance.

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House Plans To Admonish Rep. Wilson Over Insult

Posted: 09/11/2009 - Democratic leaders are planning to vote early next week to admonish the South Carolina Republican if he doesn't apologize on the House floor for yelling "You lie!" at President Barack Obama.

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