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  • House Ethics Committee To Decide Rangel's Fate
    Former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel has been found guilty of 11 violations of House rules. The ethics panel that considered the case found the evidence "clear and convincing." The full House ethics committee will hold a hearing on the punishment Rangel should face on Thursday.
  • GOP Swears Off Congressional Pork For 2 Years
    Senators could vote on an amendment to ban earmarks on Wednesday, a day after the GOP caucus voted to abandon the practice. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell caved to Tea Party sentiment and said he would support a ban. But the resolution is non-binding, so it may be seen as a gesture rather than a rule.
  • TSA Chief Defends Airport Screening Procedures
    John Pistole told a Senate panel Tuesday that the measures are a balance between privacy and security. But the procedures -- a choice between a full-body scan and an invasive pat-down -- have everyone from civil liberties groups to airline pilots upset.
  • In Afghanistan, Can NATO's 'Security Bubbles' Last?
    U.S. and NATO forces are pursuing a strategy of winning small pieces of territory from the Taliban and seeking to expand these "security bubbles" village by village. As NATO faces a new 2014 deadline to wind down the war, the challenge is to turn these bubbles into something permanent.
  • U.S. Lags Behind Europe In Traffic Safety
    Traffic fatalities have been declining in this country, but not as fast as they have been in Europe. A new report examines the lessons the U.S. can learn from other countries in reducing fatal traffic accidents.
  • Alleged Arms Dealer Accused Of Terrorist Ties
    Viktor Bout is in a New York jail after being extradited from Thailand Tuesday. The move follows more than a year of legal wrangling between Thai and U.S. officials. Bout is expected to face charges of trying to sell weapons to U.S. agents posing as Colombian FARC rebels in Bangkok. Steve Inskeep talks to Douglas Farah, co-author of Merchant of Death, a book about Bout.
  • Ukraine's President Blamed For Derailing Democracy
    In the months since Ukraine voted in President Viktor Yanukovich, critics say the country has steadily moved away from western standards of democracy. Before him, the Orange Revolution brought in leaders who spoke of freedom and hope.
  • Irish Officials In Economic Rescue Talks
    A financial rescue team is heading to Ireland this week to discuss a possible bailout for that debt-stricken country. Ireland has said repeatedly that it can fix its own problems. But the country's finance minister acknowledged that "urgent talks" were necessary to calm "serious market disturbances."
  • What's Behind More Businesses Offering Insurance?
    More small companies are offering medical insurance to their employees. In the past year, the number has increased by 15 percent. A Bernstein Research survey indicates the reason is the health care overhaul legislation. The law offers immediate tax breaks for small business owners.
  • Payday Lenders Close Operations In Montana
    There's a new cap on how much interest payday lenders in Montana may charge. Voters there approved the measure earlier this month. Now, the payday loan industry says hundreds of jobs will be lost. Consumer advocates say the new law will help poor people.

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