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Robert J. Dole1923–2021
Bob Dole, GOP leader who sought presidency three times, dies at 98
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Sotomayor saw she couldn’t sway her colleagues. So she talked to us instead.
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The mean girls in Congress just can’t quit each other
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In this Idaho community, killing grizzlies — a threatened species protected by federal law — is punishable with fines up to $50,000 and a year in prison. But someone was flouting the law.
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