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The United States of Emergency

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - The United States is in a perpetual state of national emergency. Thirty separate emergencies, in fact. An emergency declared by President Jimmy Carter on the 10th day of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 remains in effect almost 35 years later. A post-9/11 state of national emergency declared by President George W.
Oct 22, 2014

Fascinating read: USA's 'state of emergencies' linger for years usat.ly/1tLPhuM via @USATODAY @gregorykorte

Oct 22, 2014

RT @USATODAY: #BREAKING Special report: Analysis shows USA’s ‘national emergencies’ linger for years or even decades usat.ly/1tLPhuM

Oct 22, 2014

"Invoking those emergencies can give presidents broad and virtually unchecked powers." usat.ly/1tLPhuM via @USATODAY

Oct 22, 2014

RT @bradheath: Congress must review presidential emergency declarations within six months. Want to guess how often it's done that? usatoday.com/story/news/pol…

Oct 22, 2014

Special report: America's perpetual state of emergency usat.ly/1tLPhuM via @usatoday

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U.S. misinformed Congress, public on immigrant release

usatoday.com — New records contradict the Obama administration's assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records. New records contradict the Obama administration's assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records.
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Multiple shots fired outside Canadian Parliament

usatoday.com — Multiple shots were fired Tuesday morning just outside the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa, according to witnesses. Witnesses say a man started shooting near the National War Memorial outside the government complex, hitting one person before sprinting toward the Parliament Hill, according to the Globe and Mail.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @williammwelch: Canada PM Stephen Harper refers to shooter as "terrorist" in address to nation usat.ly/1wkkAuw via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

Canada PM Stephen Harper refers to shooter as "terrorist" in address to nation usat.ly/1wkkAuw via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

Chaos in Canada: Gunfire erupts at Parliament usat.ly/1wkkAuw via @wusa9

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Poll: GOP gains ground for Colorado senator, governor

usatoday.com — In Colorado's crucial Senate race, Republican challenger Cory Gardner now leads Democratic Sen. Mark Udall by 46%-39%, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll finds, a troubling finding for Democrats scrambling to hold control of the Senate. In the Rocky Mountain governor's race, the GOP challenger also has gained ground over the past month.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @singernews: We move #COSEN to "Lean GOP" --> Poll: GOP gains ground for Colo. senator, governor usat.ly/1tLuIP0 http://t.co/RnRA…

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Exclusive: Koch-linked PAC raises more than $20 million

usatoday.com — Group announces $6.5 million in six Senate battlegrounds WASHINGTON - Freedom Partners Action Fund, a new super PAC tied to the Koch brothers' political network, has quickly raised nearly $21 million to help Republicans in midterm races, new documents show.
Oct 22, 2014

Exclusive: Koch-linked PAC raises more than $20 million usat.ly/1wl4gti via @fschouten

Oct 22, 2014

RT @SusanPage: Exclusive: Koch-linked PAC raises more than $20 million--and reserves TV time for LA Senate runoff. usat.ly/1wl4gti @fschouten

Oct 22, 2014

RT @SusanPage: Exclusive: Koch-linked PAC raises more than $20 million--and reserves TV time for LA Senate runoff. usat.ly/1wl4gti @fschouten

Oct 22, 2014

No one covers the Koch Brothers' campaign finance activities better than @fschouten. Another exclusive here. usat.ly/1wl4gti

Oct 22, 2014

RT @SusanPage: Exclusive: Koch-linked PAC raises more than $20 million--and reserves TV time for LA Senate runoff. usat.ly/1wl4gti @fschouten

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Reports: Man stopped after scaling White House fence

usatoday.com — For the second time in a month, a man has jumped the White House fence, but this time the intruder was subdued Wednesday evening by the Secret Service, according to witnesses and media reports. Officers with the help of dogs apprehended the man on the north lawn, an Al Jazeera America cameraman reported.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @williammwelch: 2 Secret Service dogs treated for injuries sustained in takedown of White House fence jumper tonight usat.ly/1tMg226 via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

RT @williammwelch: 2 Secret Service dogs treated for injuries sustained in takedown of White House fence jumper tonight usat.ly/1tMg226 via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

2 Secret Service dogs treated for injuries sustained in takedown of White House fence jumper tonight usat.ly/1tMg226 via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Reports: Man stopped after scaling White House fence usat.ly/1CY624K

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North Carolina probe: Advisers steered athletes to bogus classes

usatoday.com — An independent investigator found evidence of 963 North Carolina football players and 226 men's basketball players enrolled in no-show classes beginning in 1999, a scheme designed to raise their grades and keep many of them eligible, according to a report released Wednesday. Kenneth Wainstein, a former U.S.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @DanWolken: Updated on the North Carolina probe: Advisers steered athletes to bogus classes usat.ly/1tLmpTs via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

North Carolina probe: Advisers steered athletes to bogus classes usat.ly/1tLmpTs via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

RT @DanWolken: Updated on the North Carolina probe: Advisers steered athletes to bogus classes usat.ly/1tLmpTs via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

Updated on the North Carolina probe: Advisers steered athletes to bogus classes usat.ly/1tLmpTs via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

RT @DanWolken: North Carolina probe: Advisers steered athletes to bogus classes usat.ly/1tLmpTs via @usatoday

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Bradlee-Neuharth 'feud' fueled two egos

usatoday.com — How the Ben Bradlee-Al Neuharth feud fueled two egos. Ben Bradlee, who died Tuesday at age 93, was best known for taking on Richard Nixon. But here at USA TODAY, the iconic editor of The Washington Post was one of the earliest and harshest critics of The Nation's Newspaper.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @Boiler40: Al Neuharth and Ben Bradlee: "poison pen pals." Theatrical start that ended well. @DColtonNow via @USATODAY usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

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Officials propose making 'South Florida' 51st state

usatoday.com — A group of Southern Florida politicians are tired of being left out to sea when it comes to addressing climate change concerns for the southern part of the state. Their solution? Create a state of their own.
Oct 22, 2014

While they're at it, why not cut off the Panhandle too? Officials propose making 'South Florida' 51st state usat.ly/1tKjuuh @usatoday

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Marijuana-infused candy raises Colo. Halloween concerns

usatoday.com — DENVER - Some Colorado parents are worried their kids might come home with something dangerous after trick-or-treating this Halloween: marijuana-infused candy. Colorado on Jan. 1 legalized the sale of recreational pot, and foods like chocolates, mints and gummy bears infused with marijuana quickly became best-sellers, accounting for as much as 45% of sales at some pot shops.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @npenzenstadler: Marijuana-infused candy raises Colo. Halloween concerns usat.ly/1tLWz1z via @trevorhughes

Oct 22, 2014

RT @npenzenstadler: Marijuana-infused candy raises Colo. Halloween concerns usat.ly/1tLWz1z via @trevorhughes

Oct 22, 2014

Marijuana-infused candy raises Colo. Halloween concerns usat.ly/1tLWz1z via @trevorhughes

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Marvel has pretty much the perfect response to ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer leak

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Marvel Studios had grand plans for the reveal of its first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, placing it on next week's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a whole corporate synergy thing plus maybe a little goosing of the show's ratings. Getting Robert Downey Jr. somehow in that hour of TV?

Ben Bradlee, legendary editor, dies

usatoday.com — Ben Bradlee, the former executive editor of The Washington Post who amplified the mythology of the gruff but beloved newsroom leader with his adroit handling of the Watergate coverage and the paper's other growth milestones, died Tuesday after years of battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 93.
Oct 22, 2014

Read his autobiography one time. Ben Bradlee, legendary 'Washington Post' editor, dies. usat.ly/1tJCg4X via @greenvillenews

Oct 22, 2014

Ben Bradlee, legendary 'Washington Post' editor, dies usat.ly/1tJCg4X via @USATODAY #rip

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Magic Johnson can solve the high-tech diversity gap: Call him

usatoday.com — SAN JOSE, Calif. - One of the most pressing issues facing Silicon Valley is the diversity gap. Former NBA great turned businessman Earvin "Magic" Johnson says he has the solution to the shortage of blacks and Hispanics in high-tech: Just give him a call.

Royals’ bench clears in brief, baffling World Series altercation

ftw.usatoday.com — KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In a moment nearly as strange as the Kansas City Royals playing in the World Series, the Kansas City Royals' bench emptied in the bottom of the sixth inning of Game 2 on Wednesday after Omar Infante homered off Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland to give the Royals a 7-2 lead.
Oct 22, 2014

Perfect summary of the Royals' bench clearing. #World Series #SFGiants - usat.ly/1yncNwl via @forthewin

Oct 22, 2014

Royals' bench clears in brief, baffling World Series altercation usat.ly/1yncNwl via @forthewin

Raw video: Shooting inside Canadian Parliment

usatoday.com — Footage shows police entering Canadian Parliament as several shots are fired inside.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Footage from @globeandMail shows police entering Parliament in as several shots are fired inside: usat.ly/1tLeNjH #ottawashooting

Oct 22, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Footage from @globeandMail shows police entering Parliament in as several shots are fired inside: usat.ly/1tLeNjH #ottawashooting

Oct 22, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Raw video: Shooting inside Canadian Parliment: usat.ly/1tLeNjH (USA TODAY screengrab) pic.twitter.com/brBgPipiXa

Oct 22, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Raw video: Shooting inside Canadian Parliment: usat.ly/1tLeNjH (USA TODAY screengrab) pic.twitter.com/brBgPipiXa

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The model for 'Madam Secretary?' It's not Hillary

usatoday.com — BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Téa Leoni had a model in mind when she shaped the role of Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord in the new CBS series Madam Secretary. It wasn't Hillary Rodham Clinton. "Truthfully, I didn't really go for a politician," Leoni says. "Elizabeth McCord is not a lifetime politician and not ambitious.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @usatodayvideo: Men should celebrate being married to powerful women: @TimmyDaly talks to @SusanPage about Madam Secretary usat.ly/1rqDYkd

Oct 22, 2014

RT @SusanPage: The model for 'Madam Secretary?' It's not Hillary. @Capitaldownload interview with @TheTeaLeoni & @TimmyDaly. http://t.co/X3…

Oct 22, 2014

The model for 'Madam Secretary?' It's not Hillary usat.ly/1tLEWPv via @SusanPage with Tea Leoni and Tim Daly.

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Analysis: Midterm election will cost nearly $4 billion

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Spending on congressional races will come close to hitting the $4 billion mark - making this year's election the nation's most expensive midterm ever, according to a new projection by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @fschouten: ICYMI: The folks over at @opensecretsDC predict midterms will cost nearly $4 billion usat.ly/1CVRQtc

Oct 22, 2014

ICYMI: The folks over at @opensecretsDC predict midterms will cost nearly $4 billion usat.ly/1CVRQtc

Oct 22, 2014

RT @DaviSusan: Midterms cost nearly $4 billion or as @StevenTDennis might say: enuf to buy 16 mil ppl an iPad: usat.ly/1CVRQtc via @usatonpolitics

Oct 22, 2014

Midterms cost nearly $4 billion or as @StevenTDennis might say: enuf to buy 16 mil ppl an iPad: usat.ly/1CVRQtc via @usatonpolitics

Oct 22, 2014

Analysis: Midterm election will cost nearly $4 billion usat.ly/1CVRQtc via @usatonpolitics

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Family: Amber Vinson free of Ebola virus

usatoday.com — Dallas nurse Amber Vinson is free of the Ebola virus and will be transferred from isolation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, her family said Wednesday. The family also said that the 29-year-old nurse, who contracted the virus from Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, was regaining strength and that her spirits were high.