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A Post-Election Flurry: Obama Tests His Powers

| By Jim Kuhnhenn | Friday Dec 19, 2014
With a recent streak of activism, President Barack Obama is shaking up the governing status quo and creating a new normal for his successors.

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Stephen Colbert Retires His 'Report' and the Host He Played

| By Frazier Moore | Dec 19
Nine years of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell.

Analysis: Spending Bill a Triumph of Divided Gov't

| By David Espo | Dec 15
After drawing opposition from both ends of the political spectrum, the $1.1 trillion spending bill cleared for President Barack Obama's signature stands as a triumph of divided government.

In or Out? Jeb Bush Keeps on Mulling 2016 Decision

| By Steve Peoples and Thomas Beaumont | Dec 14
Jeb Bush's big donors and allies are tantalized by his promise to decide "in short order" whether to run for president. But supporters are struggling to understand what his actions mean and whether they can predict his political intentions.

First Dems, Now Senate GOP Object to Spending Bill

| By Andrew Taylor | Dec 13
First it was objections by House Democrats that stood in the way of passage of a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill. Now it's the Senate Republicans' turn, specifically Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah.

Tabloid Claims Obama Had Gay Affair With 1D's Harry Styles

| By Winnie McCroy | Dec 13
The National Examiner has forwarded a bizarre claim that President Barack Obama is a secret gay, hid his "lifestyle" from his family and had a super sexy gay affair with One Direction's Harry Styles. (He's the one we'd pick, too).

Police Demonstrations Inspire New Protest Songs

| By Lisa Leff | Dec 12
Stop. Hey, what's that sound? Protest songs are taking their place alongside chants of "I can't breathe" and "Hands up, don't shoot" as demonstrators raise their voices to condemn the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.

Sen. Merkley Announces Plans to Introduce LGBT Civil Rights Bill

| By Justin Snow | Dec 12
Sen. Jeff Merkley formally announced Wednesday his intention to introduce a comprehensive LGBT civil rights bill in the next Congress.

Hillary Clinton Named Grindr's 'Straight Ally of Year'

| By Winnie McCroy | Dec 11
Although Hillary Clinton has yet to announce whether or not she will run for President of the United States, she has already won the votes of gays on the social network hook-up app Grindr.

19 Kids & Klanning? Civil Rights Measure Repealed With Duggar Help

| By Bobby McGuire | Dec 11
The civil rights of LGBT Arkansans took a step backwards Tuesday in no small part due to the efforts of Michelle "19 Kids and Counting" Duggar.

Policy Snags Hold Up $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

| By Andrew Taylor | Dec 10
Ahead of Congress' midnight Thursday deadline, snags caused by policy differences are holding up a $1.1 trillion, government-wide spending bill.

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