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December 23, 2014

Schumer's Delicate Dance with Wall Street

Last week, I wrote a piece in this space lamenting the fact that so many Democrats had voted for a budget package that gutted a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. The so called swaps push-out provision, now repealed, required banks to separate their speculative business in derivatives from depository banking covered by government insurance and further protected by the Federal Reserve.

One Secret CIA Document Could Unravel The Case For Torture

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A Felony Plea Can't Keep Michael Grimm Out Of Congress

Michael Grimm
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Congressman Invites Sony To Show 'The Interview' At The Capitol

Brad Sherman
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Police Unions 'Standing Down' After Controversial Comments In Wake Of NYPD Shooting

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GOP Congressman To Plead Guilty To Tax Evasion: Report

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The Obama Library Might Look Like Something Out Of A Sci-Fi Fever Dream

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Republicans Block Reappointment Of CBO Chief

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White House Needs To Stop Shielding CIA Director, Senator Says

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Judge OKs Oklahoma's Controversial Lethal Injection Protocols

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Mitch McConnell Opposes Obama On Cuba

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North Korea's Internet Might Be Under Attack

North Korea Internet
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Howard Kurtz Is Wrong About April Ryan's Press Conference Question

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Senate Dems Ready To 'Fight Back Hard' On Anti-Abortion Bill

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King: Obama Can Start Fixing Race Relations By Praising Cops

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'The Nuts Hated Him'

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How The Bush Dynasty -- And Its Evolution -- Explains America

NYPD Union Has Attacked Every Mayor In Recent History

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De Blasio On NYPD Cop Killings: 'Put Aside Protests'

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Going It Alone, Obama Rocked The Boat In 2014

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Conservative Writer George Will Gets An Unflattering 'Award'

George Will Columnist
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U.S. Army Refers Bowe Bergdahl Case To Commander, Punishment Possible

Bowe Bergdahl
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NYT: Prosecute Dick Cheney Over Torture

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Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Ultrasound Law

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Chris Christie Doing 2016 Foreign Policy Homework

Chris Christie
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Tea Partier Braces For Primary Challenge From The Establishment

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Lonely Senator Visits Liberia, Hopes To Remind America There's Still An Ebola Outbreak

Chuck Hagel Doesn't Care What You Think Anymore

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Cop Killer Just Before Shooting: 'Watch What I'm Going To Do'

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9 Travesties Of Justice In 2014 That Would Be Totally Unbelievable If They Weren't True

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