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Television
2:07 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Even If Torture Doesn't Work In The Real World, TV Has Us Convinced It Does

Kiefer Sutherland (right) with Peter Weller and JoBeth Williams on Fox's 24.
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As the CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee clash over whether so-called enhanced interrogation techniques are considered torture, another question arises: Have depictions of torture on TV and film helped convince us that it works?

Consider this warning that recently greeted viewers of ABC's political soap opera, Scandal:

"The following drama contains adult content. Viewer discretion is advised."

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It's All Politics
8:03 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Is A Ban On 'Ballot Selfies' Overkill?

The act of photographing or sharing a filled-in ballot is illegal in 44 states.
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Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 4:20 pm

It started out as a seemingly harmless act: voters posting photos of their completed ballots on the Internet.

One wrote in his deceased dog's name for senator because he didn't like any of the candidates, then shared his message of frustration on Facebook. A state legislator, and another a candidate for the state House, also publicly published photos of their ballots.

Now they're under investigation by the New Hampshire attorney general's office.

The reason?

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Race
4:18 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Even Under Obama, Black Activist Says Every Inch Of Progress Is A Fight

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 6:02 am

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Politics
4:18 am
Fri December 12, 2014

House's Budget Bill Debate Unveiled Democratic Rifts, GOP Ambitions

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 1:43 pm

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Latin America
4:18 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Congress Issues New Sanctions Against Venezuelan Leaders 'On The Ropes'

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 6:02 am

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Newscast
5:55 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Bentley May Expand Medicaid, Small Business Seminar on ACA

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Governor Robert Bentley may be softening his position on expanding Medicaid. APR’s Pat Duggins reports…

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Budget Crisis
5:43 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Governor Bentley Challenges Legislators to Lead on Budget Crisis

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Governor Robert Bentley is challenging legislators to be leaders as they address the state's budget crisis next year.

  Bentley says he wants to make significant changes instead of putting a Band-Aid on the state's budget for another year.  The governor has said he will suggest solutions when he submits his proposed budget next year, but has not yet detailed what those will be.

 Legislators heard a grim General Fund presentation on the final day of legislative orientation.

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Politics
4:03 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Black Congressional Staffers Stage Walk Out Over Grand Jury Decisions

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 5:39 pm

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Politics
3:35 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Congress Runs Up Against Deadline To Pass A Budget

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 5:39 pm

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The Two-Way
3:19 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Staffers Walk Out Of Congress In Protest Over Brown And Garner Cases

Black congressional staffers hold their hands up as they pose for a group photo during a walkout on on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Thursday, in a protest over the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.
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Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 5:15 pm

Dozens of congressional staff members walked out of the Capitol at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, in a show of support for protesters angered by recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

'Cromnibus' Spending Bill Passes, Just Hours Before Deadline

The U.S. Capitol is seen at dusk Thursday. The House approved a massive spending bill just hours before a midnight deadline to fund the federal government.
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Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 7:08 am

Post updated at 9:38 p.m. ET.

A massive federal spending bill finally won the House's approval Thursday night, less than three hours before a midnight deadline that threatened a federal shutdown. The measure's fate had been in doubt after it narrowly survived a rules vote earlier in the day. The final tally was 219-206.

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Business
4:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Should Homeowners With Solar Panels Pay To Maintain Electrical Grid?

Solar energy panels on a roof in Marshfield, Mass.
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Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:14 am

The costs of solar energy are plummeting, and now are about on par with the electricity generated at big power plants. This new reality intensifies a long-running business and regulatory battle, between the mainline electric utility companies and newer firms that provide solar systems for homeowners' rooftops. Sometimes the rivalry looks more like hardball politics than marketplace economics.

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Politics
4:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Congressional Plan To Fund Military Comes With A Side Of 'Land Grab'

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 7:13 am

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Politics
4:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Pension Deal In Spending Bill Will Cut Benefits Before Safety Net Fails

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 7:13 am

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Race
4:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

First The Protest, Then The Storm: Bay Area's 5 Straight Nights Of Clashes

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 12:45 pm

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