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Sen. Elizabeth Warren has teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to introduce a bill that takes aim at the efficacy and malfeasance of government settlements on corporate wrongdoing and could bring billions of dollars back to taxpayers. If corporations have the same rights as people, then they should have to suffer the same consequences.

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It's been a big week for all things prenatal in the Virginia Legislature. Earlier we saw the resolution of the controversy over a bill that would have required women in the Old Dominion to undergo invasive ultrasound procedures before having abortions, and Thursday, the state Senate made another big decision about reproductive law, at least for the time being.

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The fact that lawmakers like Sen. Joe Lieberman need to go out of their way to draft specific legislation to stipulate that members of Congress shouldn't be engaging in insider trading with information they may come across by virtue of their vaunted positions is kind of revealing, isn't it?

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In what looks to many civil rights watchdogs like an ominous throwback to the days of apartheid, the South African parliament passed a law Tuesday that significantly curtails the ability of the press to cover stories about politically sensitive subjects, according to the government's standards.

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All right, members of the 112th United States Congress, if you keep saying you're about to have a total political meltdown and then nothing happens, we're going to stop believing you Once again, the fearsome government shutdown was avoided Thursday when squabbling factions on Capitol Hill (more).

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After weeks of heavy campaigning by supporters and opponents, and after days with the vote hanging in the balance, the New York Senate finally passed a bill making same-sex marriage legal in the Empire State.

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Is this what bipartisan harmony looks like? Probably not, and considering the end product -- a compromised budget bill -- this kind of cooperation might not be desirable. That said, the House passed the bill Thursday that had brought the legislative process to a crisis last week.

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