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Senior Dem’s Tough Re-Election

After 38 years in Congress, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) is facing his toughest race yet and could join a number of longtime members in leaving Congress next year.

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Kerry, Lavrov look for ways to cool standoff over Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State, Russian foreign minister meet in Paris to discuss de-escalation

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Paul Ryan is unsuited to lead ‘adult conversation’ about poverty

These days, a favorite talking point of Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s is calling for an “adult conversation” about poverty. “It’s time for an adult conversation,” he told The Washington Post. “If we actually have an adult conversation…

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Brazil’s awkward reckoning with an atrocity that lives on

A truth commission was created to ‘examine and clarify the severe violations of human rights’ during an era of dictatorial repression

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Independent counsel who painstakingly investigated the Iran-Contra scandalAs the independent counsel investigating the Iran-Contra scandal, Lawrence Walsh, who has died aged 102, spent six futile years tying together the massive disregard for the law within Ronald Reagan’s US presidency. Walsh managed to precipitate 11 convictions, mostly for lesser offences dealing with the cover-up, but saw all of them either overturned on appeal or negated by presidential pardons issued by George Bush Sr.Iran-Contra was a two-pronged operation designed to circumvent the Boland amendment, which had stopped the US government from providing any further support to the insurgency of the rightwing “Contras” against the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. In 1985, Reagan approved the illegal sale of arms to Iran, via Israel, ostensibly in exchange for the release of hostages held in Lebanon by Hezbollah.

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India election: Congress manifesto pledges $1tn spending spree

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Rahul Gandhi promises job creation, health provision and pensions for all as rival BJP leader Narendra Modi heads for victoryIndia’s ruling Congress party has pledged to create millions of jobs for the poor, increase health spending, and revive the emerging power’s faltering economy in a last-ditch effort to stave off defeat at national elections.Unveiling his party’s manifesto for elections beginning 7 April, Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the country’s most famous political dynasty and the face of the Congress campaign for re-election, said $1tn (£600bn) would be spent on India’s inadequate infrastructure and a universal pension scheme created if his party was returned to power.

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Harper rejects Russian lawmaker’s charge that Canada should back off

Alexander Romanovich, deputy chairman of the foreign affairs committee in Russia’s parliament, the Duma, told The Globe and Mail he believes Canada has no legitimate reason to get involved in the affairs of Ukraine because it’s so far away from the region

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Obama: Extend Jobless Benefits

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Urges Congress to extend the benefits set to expire this month.

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Democrats’ Latest Campaign for Health Care Law Begins

Building on better news about the Affordable Care Act’s website, President Obama and congressional Democrats have put a new strategy into effect, spreading the word about the law’s benefits.

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For Lawmakers, a Gold-Plated Insurance Exchange

While millions of Americans struggle with the federal insurance exchange, members of Congress and their aides have all sorts of assistance to help them sort through their options and enroll.

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Thousands Rally Nationwide in Support of an Immigration Overhaul

With the focus on the government shutdown and a battle over health care and debt funding, few in Congress are giving much thought to immigration issues.

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China news round-up: Bo Xilai’s trial begins in Jinan

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Hong Kong’s elite pay their respects to banker Lee Quo-wei

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Tycoons join activists in call to scrap limit on lawsuits against polluters

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Argentine leader Fernandez loses support in midterm primary

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A possible re-election bid by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez seemed less likely on Sunday after Buenos Aires province rejected her candidate in the midterm congressional primary, nominating instead a pro-business, small-town mayor. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Exco chief firm on ending functional seats

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The head of the Executive Council renewed his call to abolish the functional constituencies yesterday in a closed-door meeting with Democratic Party officials. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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The Caucus: Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 4

A terror threat from al-Qaeda, Russian asylum for Edward Snowden, and Congress’s unfinished business dominate the Sunday television talk shows as lawmakers take a five-week break.

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