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House Republican leaders are seeking to ensure speedy passage of legislation to keep the federal government funded and avert a damaging shutdown one month before the midterm election.

The continuing resolution (CR) funds the government through Dec. 11 at spending levels that both parties have agreed to. It also extends the Export-Import Bank through June 30, 2015.

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In my column last week I mentioned seven distinct advantages Republicans had in pursuing control of the Senate in this cycle, along with the entirely unrelated “mandates” they are likely to claim if they don’t blow a winning hand. I might have added that in addition to the unreal individual factors that will be cited as reasons for a GOP victory heavily dictated by ephemeral circumstances of landscape and turnout, we will hear a lot of thundering about a “center-right nation” and “the death of liberalism” and so on and so forth. While all kinds of partisans tend to see irreversible world-historical trends in every election win, today’s Republicans are especially prone to confusing themselves with the essence of Americanism.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An official says South Korean border guards have arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across the border into rival North Korea.

The government official says the man was arrested on Tuesday night at a river near the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

He says investigators are questioning the man over the purpose of his apparent attempt to enter North Korea but gave no further details. He spoke on condition of anonymity citing office policy.

Yonhap news agency says the man told investigators that he tried to go to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un. Yonhap says he is in his late 20s or early 30s.

The National Intelligence Service, South Korea's main spy agency, couldn't immediately confirm the report.

Another eyewitness to the Palin family brawl emerged on Tuesday, telling TPM she was shocked by the violent punches she saw being thrown by the eldest daughter of former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Roberta Thompson spoke to TPM by phone from her home in Alaska. Until now, her husband, Eric Thompson, has been one of only two people to go on the record about what took place at the Sept. 6 house party in Anchorage. (Eric Thompson has said he was later fired from his job for speaking to the media.)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nonpartisan congressional investigators say the website has significant security weaknesses that could put Americans' personal information at risk.

The Government Accountability Office said Tuesday that the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues related to who can get into the online system, who can make changes in it and what to do in case the complex network fails.

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BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — The suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a rural barracks is a survivalist who has expressed a desire to kill law enforcement officers and commit mass murder, state police said Tuesday.

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It was only a matter of time before someone at Fox News managed to use the controversy surrounding the NFL and the way it handles domestic violence cases to bring up the beloved Benghazi scandal.

On Tuesday, "Fox and Friends" host Elisabeth Hasselbeck lamented that more people seem to care about the way the NFL handled Ray Rice's domestic assault than care about the Benghazi attack.

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