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Fake the IRS: Adopt Fido or Boots the Kitty before Dec. 31

If you've ever contemplated fiddling with your federal income taxes, 2014 may be the year to go for it, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

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Hotelier Avoids Prison for Violating Campaign Finance Laws

In sentencing Sant Singh Chatwal, a Democratic fund-raiser, to three years’ probation against prosecutors’ wishes, Judge I. Leo Glasser described his crimes as ...

December 18 NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

Cuomo Signals Changes for Education Next Year

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s goals include making it easier to fire low-performing teachers and increasing the number of charter schools.

December 18 NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

National Briefing | Southwest: Arizona: Phoenix Police Chief Fired for Insubordination

The police chief of Phoenix was fired for insubordination on Thursday after he held a forbidden news conference demanding a new two-year contract.

December 18 NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

Courting Favor: The Pitch: Lawyers Create Big Paydays by Coaxing Attorneys General to Sue

A flourishing industry has formed that pairs plaintiffs’ lawyers with state attorneys general to sue companies, a collaboration that has set off a furious ...

December 18 NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

News Analysis: A Diplomatic Triumph in Cuba Comes With a Challenge in North Korea

Cuba and North Korea are posing opposite challenges for the Obama administration — with Havana experimenting with integration, and Pyongyang brandishing a new ...

December 18 NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

Your Money Adviser: Looking Outside the Government Box for Suitable Health Coverage

Over three dozen states have at least one insurer offering individual plans outside the government exchanges, but they aren’t eligible for financial help.

December 18 NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

Obama Intends to Lift Several Restrictions Against Cuba on His Own

Administration officials said travel and commerce restrictions could be lifted as early as next month.

December 18 NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

Op-Ed Columnist: The Union Future

Do the people who have marched over the Brown and Garner cases have the stamina to force change?

December 18 NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Law

Nebraska and Oklahoma argued that marijuana has entered their states, leading to more arrests, more impounded vehicles and higher jail and court costs.

December 18 NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS