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French leader seeks U.S. and Russian unity to sharpen Islamic State fight
NOAA climate feud: Pursuit of scientific truth vs. public accountability
House passes bill to end pay raises for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEOs
Here's how Paul Ryan wants to start reforming the House
Russia: Plane brought down by homemade explosive device
Paris attacks should be 'wake up call' for more digital surveillance, CIA director says
U.S. and European officials are calling for expanded government surveillance powers in the wake of Friday's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, which have killed at least 129 people.Addressing the violence Monday at a Washington conference, CIA director John Brennan blamed public "handwringing" over U.S. surveillance programs as an obstacle to catching terrorism suspects.
Groundbreaking face transplant: After a firefighter was injured on duty, a deceased 26-year-old cyclist gave him his life back
Is the United States safe from a Paris-style Islamic State attack?
An insider's view of community college reforms
For Syrians in Michigan, call to block refugees is a gut punch
How to argue about whether we should say 'radical Islam'
Sanders 'disturbed' by Republican comments about refusing refugees
Donald Trump repeats inaccurate figure that 'over 300,000 veterans died waiting for care'
Republican leadership battle in Virginia Senate gets heated
Jeb Bush tells closed-door fundraiser that by next GOP debate, 'Trump will be in decline'
David Vitter, trailing in gubernatorial race, wants to make it about Syrian refugees
The Latest: US officials: Russia attacks IS stronghold
Guinea begins countdown to end of Ebola after nearly 2 years
German news agency dpa reports 3 people arrested near Aachen in connection with Paris attacks
Kerry says ceasefire in Syria potentially weeks away
Strong quake hits Greek island of Lefkada, 2 dead
What travelers need to know about Marriott's plans to acquire Starwood
Marriott International announced Monday that it plans to buy Starwood Hotels & Resorts for $12 billion, creating the world's largest hotel chain.But for travelers following the news, one of the biggest questions is: What will this mean for their rewards points?
How we're adjusting to parenting in the digital age
Parenting is never easy. But today's parents have to grapple with technology in a way that no other generation has ever had to before.A new study from the Family Online Safety Institute has found that most parents think that technology has a generally positive effect on their child's future, career and life skills; 78 percent of those surveyed said so. But many are still grappling with figuring out how - or even if - they should limit their children's tech use. Many, for example, said they worry that as their kids use more technology, they're not as physically active.
ULA bows out of Pentagon launch competition, paving way for SpaceX
Faced with competition for the first time, the United Launch Alliance said Monday that it would not bid on the next contract to send Pentagon satellites into space, a stunning announcement for a company that held a monopoly on national security launches for a decade.
DOJ: Some executives ought to be "nervous" about its get-tougher crusade against corporate crime
The Justice Department said Monday that it is moving forward with its effort to pursue cases against individual company executives, not just corporations, highlighting a policy shift that follows years of criticism of the agency's record on white collar crime.
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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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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.
Governing February Issue
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