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Waterboarding Used 266 Times on 2 Suspects

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 19:25:47 GMT

C.I.A. interrogators used the near-drowning technique, which Obama administration officials have described as torture, 266 times on two key prisoners from Al Qaeda.

U.S. May Convert Banks’ Bailouts to Equity Share

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 14:13:59 GMT

Obama administration officials say the approach will allow them to shore up the nation’s banking system without seeking more money from Congress.

Hemisphere’s Leaders Signal Fresh Start With U.S.

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 06:42:28 GMT

President Obama and President Leonel Fernández of the Dominican Republic on Sunday in Trinidad and Tobago.Leaders from the Western Hemisphere closed a summit meeting proclaiming a new dawn for relations in the region.

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Obama’s Revenue Plans Hit Resistance in Congress

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 04:40:44 GMT

Resistance to President Obama’s tax and revenue proposals could threaten a major health care overhaul and other policy initiatives.

The Caucus: But Can Obama Make the Trains Run on Time?

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 04:42:00 GMT

With terms like “socialism” losing their punch, some Republicans are weighing the word “fascism” to describe President Obama’s agenda.

Picking Letters, 10 a Day, That Reach Obama

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 14:56:41 GMT

Mike Kelleher, the director of the White House Office of Correspondence, uses a white board to keep a rough tally of mail sorted by subject.An official assembles a briefing book of the letters, which offer the president a way to keep in touch with the public.

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Marijuana Advocates Point to Signs of Change

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 09:28:28 GMT

Allen F. St. Pierre, left, the executive director of Norml, speaking Sunday at a forum at the University of Colorado, Boulder.Advocates of legalizing marijuana are sensing increasing acceptance of the drug, as medicine or entertainment.

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Ill From Food? Investigations Vary by State

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 20:01:39 GMT

Lauren Threlkeld got sick after eating baby spinach.Tracking food scares in the U.S. is left to more than 3,000 departments, and in several cases Minnesota officials have safeguarded the rest of the country.

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Former C.I.A. Director Defends Interrogation

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 15:17:20 GMT

Gen. Michael V. Hayden said the Obama administration’s release of memos detailing harsh interrogation techniques would limit the agency’s ability to pursue terrorists.

Obama Advisers Challenge G.O.P. to Offer Alternatives

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 05:05:09 GMT

Congress was preparing to return from a two-week recess and take up a charged agenda centered on core Obama objectives.