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National Briefing | Midwest: Minnesota: Ballot Challenges Are Pulled

Tom Emmer said Friday that he would withdraw thousands of ballot challenges deemed frivolous in order to speed the recount in the Minnesota governor’s race. Read more……

BP Is Planning to Challenge Estimates of Oil Spill

The move could reduce the company’s liability by billions of dollars, according to documents filed with a presidential panel. Read more……

In a First for Obama, Nine Pardons Are Granted

It was the first time he exercised his clemency powers, narrowly avoiding surpassing President George W. Bush’s record for the longest wait for a presidential pardon in American history. Read…

Tax-Cut Debate Turns to Millionaires

Senate Democrats denounced Republicans for tax breaks for “millionaires and billionaires,” but braced for an extension of tax cuts at all levels. Read more……

8 Urns in ‘Unknown’ Grave at Arlington Spur Inquiry

The Army has opened a criminal investigation after the discovery of eight urns of cremated remains of soldiers in a grave marked “unknown.” Read more……

Leaked Cables Stir Resentment and Shrugs

The days of disclosures seem to be leaving many leery of baring their souls to American officials. Read more……

Service Chiefs Tell Panel of Risks to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

The commandant of the Marine Corps and the chiefs of staff of the Army and Air Force warned of the consequences of ending the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Read…

Few New Jobs as Jobless Rate Rises to 9.8%

The economy added only 39,000 jobs in November, dampening hopes that a recovery was building. Read more……

New Jersey Closer to Sales of Medical Marijuana

New rules could put marijuana on the market next summer, and would make the state the only one to limit the amount of psychotropic chemical permitted in it. Read more……

Senators’ farewell speeches often reach the ears of only a stenographer

After 14 years in the Senate, Sam Brownback had a lot to say to his colleagues as he bid adieu. So the Kansas Republican, retiring to become his state’s governor,…