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House - meets at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016.
Senate - meets at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016.
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In Oregon town, relief at the end of the refuge occupation
Beyond Zika: The map of things that keep NIH's infectious diseases director up at night
Researchers have discovered a cheat code for learning new skills
U.S. Arab allies pledge ground troops to battle Islamic State
Rubio's tax plan would cost at least $6.8 trillion; Dems want funds to fight opioid abuse; GOP mulls Zika
How the United States built a welfare state for the wealthy
The completely unromantic - but real - reason we give roses on Valentine's Day
In powerful photo shoot, Syrian girls dress for the jobs they want
For Hillary Clinton, demographics aren't quite destiny
Watch Obama's steamy Valentine to first lady: 'Things are about to get hot'
Why Hillary Clinton should be worried about Nevada
Congress skeptical of increased Saudi commitment to ISIS fight in Syria
Bernie Sanders still won't update his message on race issues
Auschwitz survivors testify at former SS sergeant's trial
Doctors stage rare public protest against police abuses
Skepticism greets Syria truce deal on worries over Russian bombing
APNewsBreak: EU is poised to restrict passport-free travel
The Latest: Deutsche Bank shares jump on debt buyback
APNewsBreak: Documents show EU is poised to restrict passport-free travel for up to 2 years
That time China censored an art summit - in another country
The Latest: Pope looks forward to prayer at Guadalupe shrine
5-story building collapses in Istanbul
U.S. stocks track world markets deeper into the red
Despite a rally late Thursday afternoon, the stock market closed in the red after another day of anxiety on Wall Street. Declines in prices reflected wobbly equities markets overseas, as the price of U.S. oil fell to its lowest level in almost 13 years and investors watched Washington for signals on interest rates.
Why the maker of Roomba vacuums is getting out of the warbot business
When IRobot unveiled its Roomba vacuum cleaner robot in 2002, people went crazy for the dinner plate on wheels that zoomed across carpets sucking up dust and dirt.It was cute. It sold millions of units. It marked the first mainstream household robot, like something straight out of the Jetsons.
Uber is about to pay its U.S. riders $28.5 million. Here's why.
Uber says it's settling two massive class-action lawsuits concerning the language it uses to describe its safety practices. And if you took a ride on Uber anywhere in the United States in the last three years, you're probably eligible for a tiny cut of the reward. We're talking really small. Like, $0.82.
President Obama is really excited about the triumph of the nerds
The nerds have truly triumphed: Tech executives are basically rock stars (or supervillains), comic book characters dominate at the box office, and even President Obama is boasting about his nerd cred.Here's how he responded when Popular Science asked whether he considers himself "a nerd":
 stateline.org - State and Local Issues

Latest state and local issue stories and analyses from stateline.org and the Pew Center on the States.

States move slowly toward digital textbooks
Despite enthusiasm for digital textbooks at the national level, states have been slow to get on board. But the movement is gaining strength.
Indiana gov squashes vp speculation
TODAY'S TAKE: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is the latest GOP governor who says he's not interested in becoming Mitt Romney's running mate.
Note to readers: A new Stateline is coming soon
Stateline and the Pew Center on the States are launching a new website at Pewstates.org
AZ: Arizona's immigration law gets its day in U.S. Supreme Court
When Paul Clement walks into the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday he's going to try to convince at least five justices that Arizona has an inherent right to enforce federal immigration laws.
NC: North Carolina judge vacates death penalty under racial justice law
In a landmark ruling, a North Carolina judge on Friday vacated the death penalty of a black man convicted of murder, saying prosecutors across the state had engaged in deliberate and systematic racial discrimination when striking black potential jurors in death penalty cases.
NJ: New Jersey drops out of lawsuit against EPA over ozone
New Jersey has dropped out of a lawsuit challenging the White House decision to bypass strict ozone standards that the EPA had recommended as necessary to protect human health.
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 Governing.com - State and Local News
The Way We Tax: A 50-State Report
The vast majority of state tax systems are inadequate for the task of funding a 21st-century government. Most of those tax systems are also unfair. They break the golden rule of tax equity: collect the lowest possible rates on the widest possible base of taxpayers.
Governing February Issue
  • Assessments: Alan Ehrenhalt on living with "lifestyle centers"
  • Potomac Chronicle: Donald F. Kettl on the states as beggars
  • Technology: Thomas R. Davies on outside resources for new IT leaders
  • Tax Talk: David Brunori on the principles of sound tax policy
  • Economic Development: William Fulton on how a city's size affects its competitiveness
  • Environment: Tom Arrandale on the risks of weakening longstanding laws

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