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 Congress Today
House - meets at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014.
Senate - meets at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014.
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House passes $1.1 trillion spending bill
Congress decides to get serious about tracking police shootings
Obama, Biden rallying Hill support for spending bill
Rise and fall of CIA's overseas prisons traced in Senate report on interrogations
Large U.S. banks pressed for spending bill provision that infuriated Democrats
Paul Revere's and Sam Adams's centuries-old time capsule unearthed in Boston
The Fix: No, whites aren't suddenly all joining the GOP en masse
GovBeat: Are states spending enough on tobacco control and prevention?
Fact Checker: Explainer: Elizabeth Warren vs. Weiss and the use of corporate inversions
Federal Eye: More Senate GOP staffers face losing federal worker health care coverage
Mike Pence lays out vision for a presidential campaign. But will he be a candidate?
The Fix: Nancy Pelosi lost on the Cromnibus vote. But she made her point.
The Fix: The Ferguson and Garner protests have reached the U.S. Capitol
'Twas the day before recess, and all through the House...
'Twas the day before recess, and all through the House...
Mexicans' search for bodies reveals a history of hidden deaths
WorldViews: Most countries are against torture - but most have also been accused of it
WorldViews: The non-Nobel peace prizes trying to reshape the world, one Fidel Castro at a time
In Japan, Abe's party is set for win, but economy remains a challenge
WorldViews: What's next for Hong Kong's democracy movement
WorldViews: Covering Ebola with Michel du Cille
Venezuela leader lashes out as White House says Obama will sign sanctions bill
WorldViews: Notorious Islamic State Twitter propagandist revealed to be a Bangalore executive
What the FCC's chairman told Verizon is a huge deal for net neutrality
On Leadership: How to strengthen federal workers' job satisfaction
Sony executive Amy Pascal apologizes for embarrassing e-mails that have leaked
 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
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    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.
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