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On the to-do list is a spending bill to continue government funding past Dec. 11, and a tax bill to preserve some long-standing breaks. First up, are leadership elections.
Former President George W. Bush discusses with NPR's David Greene how both he and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, waged war against Saddam Hussein, and the state of Iraq today.
A vocal critic of the Iraq war and the Bush administration has died. In 2004, Army veteran Tomas Young deployed to Baghdad, where a bullet left him paralyzed. Young passed away at his home in Seattle.
The Tampa Tribune reports that state election officials increasingly are not bothering to tally write-in votes. It's a tragedy for Mickey Mouse, who as a resident of Florida, was often named.
Satirist Conrad Koch of South Africa denies that his puppet Chester Missing engaged in hate speech. When asked why someone takes a puppet to court, Chester Missing tweeted "You need to be a dummy."
UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura stood amid the ruins of Homs, Syria, this week, saying it is time for a new approach. He's pushing for a local truce between the regime and rebels.