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Some Texas legislators split on payroll tax cut

This story was first published in the Abilene Reporter News on February 17, 2012. WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway was one of the 293 House members — Republicans and Democrats — who voted Friday to extend a 2 percent payroll tax cut for 160 million American workers till the end of the year. U.S. […]

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Social Security death file mistakes hit home for chief of agency

This story was first published in the San Angelo Standard-Times and on the Scripps Howard News Service’s website on Feb 3, 2012. WASHINGTON — Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue admitted Thursday that he, personally, has experienced “the horrible thing” Americans endure when the federal government falsely declares them dead.   “I’ve actually had, in one […]

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Columbia Muslims share views on mosque near Ground Zero

An edited version of this story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on Aug 21, 2010. COLUMBIA — Many members of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri, located in Columbia, understand the sensitivity surrounding the building of a Muslim community center two blocks from ground zero; but they say Constitutional rights should be placed […]

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