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White House quietly releases plans for 3,415 regulations ahead of Thanksgiving holiday
White House quietly releases plans for 3,415 regulations ahead of Thanksgiving holiday
November 26, 2014

While Americans are focused on what delicious foods they're going to eat for Thanksgiving, the White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda- marking the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday.

The federal Unified Agenda is the Obama administration's regulatory road map, and it lays out thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Under President Barack Obama, there has been a tradition of releasing the agenda late on Friday- and right before a major holiday.

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Doug and My Cool Inventions
November 25, 2014

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Who Will Replace Chuck Hagel?
Who Will Replace Chuck Hagel?
November 25, 2014

The resignation on Monday of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel immediately sparked speculation about potential replacements, including the name of Michele Flournoy, who, if appointed, would be the first woman to hold the position.

Among the other names mentioned to replace Hagel are former high-ranking Defense official Ashton Carter and senior Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Jack Reed.

The 53-year-old Flournoy has a distinguished career in public service dating back to the Clinton administration, which she served as a Defense Department appointee. She rose to undersecretary of Defense for Policy, the agency's third highest-ranking position.

Flournoy is now the chief executive officer for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for a New American Security.

Carter, 60, was the deputy defense secretary from October 2011 to December 2013, a role that is essentially the agency's chief operating officer.

Reed, 63, is a West Point graduate and decorated retired Army ranger who rose to the rank of battalion staff officer.

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What Darren Wilson told the Ferguson grand jury
What Darren Wilson told the Ferguson grand jury
November 25, 2014

Grand jury proceedings are secret, and when no indictment is handed down -- as was the case for Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson -- the files remain locked up.

But in an unusual step after a grand jury deliberation, transcripts of testimony that jurors heard considering Michael Brown's death have been released to the public.

Late Monday night, officials made available 24 volumes of material, covering 23 meetings that the grand jury held between August 20 and November 21.

A CNN team is going through all of the court documents. Here's what has emerged so far from that review:

Wilson had never used his weapon on duty before the shooting

Wilson had never fired his gun on duty before shooting Michael Brown, he told the grand jury.

Asked if he had ever used excessive force before, he replied: "I've never used my weapon before."

Wilson testified the area of the shooting was 'hostile'

Wilson called the area where Brown was shot a "hostile environment."

"There's a lot of gangs that reside or associate with that area. There's a lot of violence in that area, there's a lot of gun activity, drug activity, it is just not a very well-liked community. That community doesn't like the police."

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November 22, 2014

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Keystone bill dies in the Senate -- for now
Keystone bill dies in the Senate -- for now
November 21, 2014

The Senate blocked a measure Tuesday that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as Democrats chose their pro-environment base over an old friend -- embattled Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu.

The vote could just be a speedbump for the Keystone project, with Republicans ready to try again -- with much better odds of success -- once they take control of the Senate in January.

"This will be an early item on the agenda in the next Congress," incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said after Tuesday night's vote.

But it's a sharp blow to Landrieu, who had based much of her campaign for re-election in a December runoff on the argument that she could deliver results. For days she had insisted that she had the 60 supporters necessary to cross a key procedural threshold, only to fall one vote shy on Tuesday night.

"This is for Americans, for American jobs, to build an American middle class, and it will create 40,000 immediate jobs," Landrieu said on the Senate floor ahead of the vote. "If the people of this Congress haven't noticed, there's a long unemployment line in some parts of this country."

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Senate blocks White House-backed NSA phone records measure
Senate blocks White House-backed NSA phone records measure
November 19, 2014

The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.

The 58-42 vote was two short of the 60 needed to proceed with debate. Voting was largely along party lines, with most Democrats supporting the bill and most Republicans voting against it. The Republican-controlled House had previously passed its own NSA bill.

The legislation would have ended the NSA's collection of domestic calling records, instead requiring the agency to obtain a court order each time it wanted to analyze the records in terrorism cases, and query records held by the telephone companies. In many cases the companies store the records for 18 months.

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5 questions you should be asking about Obama and immigration
5 questions you should be asking about Obama and immigration
November 15, 2014

It's coming next week. Or next month. It'll protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Or 3 million. Or less.

There's still a lot of uncertainty about President Obama's upcoming immigration executive order, since Obama himself has yet to make a final decision on an action to fix the broken system.

But while details aren't yet locked down, there are a few things we know for certain: the move is coming before year's end, the fate of millions of immigrants are at stake, and Republicans are fuming.

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Philae probe reaches comet, makes space history
Philae probe reaches comet, makes space history
November 13, 2014

The European Space Agency's Philae lander has made space history by successfully reaching the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

The landing, which took place at 11:03 a.m. ET, was accompanied by rapturous scenes at the ESA's control room in Darmstadt, Germany.

Philae is the first probe to land on a comet.

"This is a big step for human civilization," said ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, during a press conference in the Darmstadt control room.

Just before 1 p.m. ET ESA released an image of the comet taken by Philae during its descent, when the lander was about 2 miles above the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Earlier on Wednesday, the ESA released the first image of its Philae lander separating from the Rosetta mothership on its ambitious mission toward the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

The separation, which took place around 4 a.m. ET, marked the start of a 7-hour journey to the comet's surface. The Rosetta spacecraft and its Philae lander have been on a decade-long mission through the solar system to rendezvous with the comet.

The comet, which is about 2.5 miles wide, travels at speeds up to 84,000 miles per hour.

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