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The Obama administration gave a $200,000 no-bid contract to a political environmental group to monitor birds. The group is better known for suing to protect wolves. White House also paid consultants to monitor news coverage of Gulf oil spill — that’s all your money, by the way.

A future without Nancy Pelosi?

Congressional Democrats run from Obama, but can they run  from their own records?

The three most important issues in this year’s election: redistricting, redistricting, and redistricting.

Foreign policy: For once, someone else apologizes to us!

Congress is back — watch your wallet.

Small non-profits in danger of being wiped out.

Job recruiters not impressed by your Ivy League degree.

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Firefighters extinguish burning material near Lake Tahoe on Sept. 3 in the wake of the Caldor Fire; environmental scientists say the huge fire is bringing to light deficiencies in forest management. <ins>(Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
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