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UK – Parliament review after Lords defeat

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The government has announced a review into the workings of Parliament after its Lords defeats over tax credit cuts. Downing Street said it would examine “how to protect the ability of elected governments to secure their business”. It will consider “how to secure the decisive role of the elected Commons …

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Lawmakers closing in on budget deal

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Bipartisan budget talks between the White House and Capitol Hill to avert a potential fiscal calamity picked up steam Monday, as leaders in both parties neared a major accord to avoid a debt default by early November. Several sources familiar with the discussions said that the House was looking at …

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U.S. preparing for largest ever one-time release of prisoners

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Drug criminals once described by prosecutors as unrepentant repeat offenders are among those poised to benefit from new sentencing guidelines that are shrinking punishments for thousands of federal prisoners, according to an Associated Press review of court records. Many defendants cleared for early release starting this fall fit a more …

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