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  1. Ex-coal firm CEO Don Blankenship denies guilt in mine Read the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Nov 20 | SFGate

    In this May 20, 2010 photo, Massey Energy Company Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The former CEO who oversaw the West Virginia mine that exploded in 2010, killing 29 people, has been indicted on federal charges related to a mine safety investigation.

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  2. Nancy Pelosi talks up the agony and the Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday Oct 27 | SFGate

    "We don't agonize. We organize," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chimed after an editorial board meeting with The Chronicle Monday.

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    Oct 13, 2014 | SFGate

    A debate over legalizing marijuana in the nation's capital is focusing on the outsized number of arrests of African Americans on minor drug charges. Pot legalization supporters in Colorado and Washington state also spoke about racial justice, but their voters are mostly white and their campaigns focused more on other issues.

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  4. Harry Reid and Ted Cruz. Congress' popularity-contest Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 8, 2014 | SFGate

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn't look very good in the Washingtonian's biennial Best and Worst of Congress list for 2014. The honors, based on votes by Capitol Hill staffers, position Reid, D-Nev., as the worst speaker and most partisan and second-meanest solon in the nation's allegedly most deliberative body.

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  5. Secret Service chief quits due to security lapsesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 16, 2014 | SFGate

    In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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  6. Wait 'til 2016, Nancy Pelosi saysRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 1, 2014 | SFGate

    OCTOBER 01: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at the U.S. Capitol October 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. Leader Pelosi spoke about issues before Congress during her weekly press briefing.

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  7. Obama in elevator with armed manRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 1, 2014 | SFGate

    President Barack Obama pauses during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Washington.

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  8. Famed violinist plays do-over at DC train stationRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 30, 2014 | SFGate

    Acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell will try playing in a train station again, though this time he hopes it's more conducive to making music. Seven years ago, Bell performed incognito for tips in a Washington subway station, but almost no one stopped to listen.

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  9. Legislators push to curb tax inversionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 28, 2014 | SFGate

    Rep. Mike Thompson , D-St. Helena, and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein are among those on Capitol Hill mounting an assault on corporate America's rising reliance on minnow-swallows-whale mergers that permit corporations to avoid U.S. taxes by relocating overseas.

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  10. Legislators making bigger push to curb tax inversionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 27, 2014 | SFGate

    Rep. Mike Thompson , D-St. Helena, and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein are among those on Capitol Hill mounting an assault on corporate America's rising reliance on minnow-swallows-whale mergers that permit corporations to avoid U.S. taxes by relocating overseas.

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  11. Bay Area Dems dissent from House vote to aid Syrian rebelsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 18, 2014 | SFGate

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, House Homeland Security Committee member Rep. Ron Barber , National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen and committee member Rep. Richard Hudson talk before a hearing on 'worldwide threats to the homeland' in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill September 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. Although the security and law enforcement officials testified that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, has a sophisticated propaganda and recruitment program, they do not pose a direct threat to the United States homeland.

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  12. Bay Area Dems dissent from House voteRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 17, 2014 | SFGate

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, House Homeland Security Committee member Rep. Ron Barber , National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen and committee member Rep. Richard Hudson talk before a hearing on 'worldwide threats to the homeland' in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill September 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. Although the security and law enforcement officials testified that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, has a sophisticated propaganda and recruitment program, they do not pose a direct threat to the United States homeland.

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  13. Bay Area Dems dissent from House vote to aid Syrian rebelsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 17, 2014 | SFGate

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, House Homeland Security Committee member Rep. Ron Barber , National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen and committee member Rep. Richard Hudson talk before a hearing on 'worldwide threats to the homeland' in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill September 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. Although the security and law enforcement officials testified that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, has a sophisticated propaganda and recruitment program, they do not pose a direct threat to the United States homeland.

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  14. No Labels gathers allies in DC to start 2016 pushRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 17, 2014 | SFGate

    Lawmakers and strategists from both parties are gathering to outline a plan to save Social Security, add 25 million jobs and balance the federal budget. Oh, and the delivery date for the bipartisan outside group's ambitious plans? No Labels says October 2015, right as the next presidential campaign starts to rev up.

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  15. District Columbia statehood issue gets fresh look in CongressRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 15, 2014 | SFGate

    Congress is dusting off the issue of statehood for the District of Columbia for the first time in 21 years, but that doesn't mean residents of the nation's capital are any closer to gaining representation on Capitol Hill. District leaders submitted glowing testimony in support of transforming most of the nation's capital into the "state of New Columbia" at a hearing Monday.

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  16. Cal team calls for policies to narrow income gapRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 10, 2014 | SFGate

    A team of UC Berkeley academics is calling Wednesday for raising the minimum wage and limiting the federal mortgage deduction to the interest on a primary residence as a way to narrow the nation's wealth gap. The proposals are part of a package of policy solutions to be presented Wednesday in Washington, D.C., by scholars from the new Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society - and represent the first major effort by UC Berkeley to shape the national inequality debate that President Obama called "the defining challenge of our time."

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  17. Senate holds hearing on police use of military gearRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 9, 2014 | SFGate

    SEPTEMBER 09: Sen. Rand Paul raises his hands in the air while talking about demonstrators who faced militarized police while protesting the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, MO, during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing about at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. In the wake of the Ferguson, MO, police response to the peaceful protests, senators on the committee were critical of the federal grant programs that allow local and state law enforcement agencies to buy armored vehicles, assult rifles, body armor and other military equipment.

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  18. UC Berkeley team calls for U.S. policies to narrow income gapRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 9, 2014 | SFGate

    A team of UC Berkeley academics is calling Wednesday for raising the minimum wage and limiting the federal mortgage deduction to the interest on a primary residence as a way to narrow the nation's wealth gap. The proposals are part of a package of policy solutions to be presented Wednesday in Washington, D.C., by scholars from the new Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society - and represent the first major effort by UC Berkeley to shape the national inequality debate that President Obama called "the defining challenge of our time."

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  19. Drug czar promotes treatment, tells personal storyRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 20, 2014 | SFGate

    In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, Michael Botticelli, then the deputy director in the Office of National Drug Control Policy, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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  20. It's logical to say torture doesn't workRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 15, 2014 | SFGate

    JULY 31: Chairman of Senate Intelligence Committee Sen. Dianne Feinstein gestures as she arrives at a closed briefing July 31, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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