Legislation

Jeff Zamrzla, a retired and disabled Marine from Salina, Kan., asks U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., a question during a town hall meeting, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in the tiny town of Palco, Kan. Zamrzla favors creating government-run health coverage for all such as Medicare for the elderly. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
July 06, 2017 - 5:08 pm
PALCO, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran faced tough questions Thursday at a town hall meeting in his home county packed with critics of Republican efforts to overhaul health care, showing that even a tiny town deep in Trump territory in a Republican state isn't isolated from the political...
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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Chicago. Governor Rauner vetoed on Tuesday a package of legislation that raised the income tax by a permanent 32 percent to finance a $36 billion spending plan, which would be Illinois' first budget since 2015. Michael Madigan, the speaker of the Illinois House has scheduled a vote for Thursday to override the governor's veto of budget package, ending a budget stalemate that has lasted more than two years. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)
July 06, 2017 - 9:44 am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A financial showdown more than two years in the making is slated to play out in the Illinois House on Thursday as Democrats try to enact a $36 billion spending plan fueled by a $5 billion income tax increase over the Republican governor's objection. House votes to override...
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In this July 5, 2017, photo United States U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, respond to Russia's statements, during United Nations Security Council meeting on North Korea's latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, at U.N. headquarters.Having lost patience with China, the Trump administration is studying new steps to starve North Korea of cash for its nuclear program, including an option that would infuriate Beijing: sanctions on Chinese companies that help keep the North’s economy afloat. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
July 06, 2017 - 6:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Having lost patience with China, the Trump administration is studying new steps to starve North Korea of cash for its nuclear program, including an option that would infuriate Beijing: sanctions on Chinese companies that help keep the North's economy afloat. It's an approach that'...
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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Chicago. Governor Rauner vetoed on Tuesday a package of legislation that raised the income tax by a permanent 32 percent to finance a $36 billion spending plan, which would be Illinois' first budget since 2015. Michael Madigan, the speaker of the Illinois House has scheduled a vote for Thursday to override the governor's veto of budget package, ending a budget stalemate that has lasted more than two years. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)
July 05, 2017 - 6:03 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner implored lawmakers Wednesday not to override his veto of a proposal to end Illinois' unprecedented budget impasse, calling the plan that includes a large income tax increase a "disaster" that will not solve the state's many financial problems. "This is not just a...
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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Chicago. Governor Rauner vetoed on Tuesday a package of legislation that raised the income tax by a permanent 32 percent to finance a $36 billion spending plan, which would be Illinois' first budget since 2015. Michael Madigan, the speaker of the Illinois House has scheduled a vote for Thursday to override the governor's veto of budget package, ending a budget stalemate that has lasted more than two years. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)
July 05, 2017 - 4:30 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner implored lawmakers Wednesday not to override his veto of a proposal to end Illinois' unprecedented budget impasse, calling the plan that includes a large income tax increase a "disaster" that will not solve the state's many financial problems. "This is not just a...
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House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, left, and Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, talk on the Senate floor Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. The Illinois Senate has OK'd an annual spending plan of $36 billion following a critical vote to raise the income tax rate. If approved by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, it would be Illinois' first budget in more than two years. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP)
July 04, 2017 - 6:36 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of a $36 billion budget package fueled by a $5 billion tax increase designed to start digging out of the nation's deepest budget crisis since at least the Great Depression. The Democratic-controlled...
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July 04, 2017 - 4:32 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A new law requires every police officer in South Carolina to be trained in recognizing mental illness and de-escalating confrontations with people who are manic, not malicious. State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel says officers increasingly encounter people with...
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House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, left, and Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, talk on the Senate floor Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. The Illinois Senate has OK'd an annual spending plan of $36 billion following a critical vote to raise the income tax rate. If approved by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, it would be Illinois' first budget in more than two years. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP)
July 04, 2017 - 3:52 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of a $36 billion budget package Tuesday, including a $5 billion tax increase designed to start digging out of the nation's longest budget crisis since at least the Great Depression. The Democratic-controlled...
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walks from the podium following a news conference Monday, July 3, 2017, in Trenton, N.J. Christie said late Monday he'll sign a budget deal and end a government shutdown that had closed state parks and beaches to the public. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
July 04, 2017 - 1:58 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A budget impasse that shuttered government and state parks and beaches for three days headed toward a Fourth of July resolution after Republican Gov. Chris Christie said he would sign a deal he and the Democratic Legislature crafted. Christie, who lounged with his family on a...
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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) Chairman and CEO Robert A. Marino, left, addresses the media at the Statehouse Monday, July 3, 2017, in Trenton, N.J. New Jersey's budget stalemate between Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the Democrat-controlled Legislature is smoldering with the state government shut down and state parks closed to the public as the Fourth of July approaches. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
July 04, 2017 - 1:43 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A budget impasse that shuttered government and state parks and beaches for three days headed toward a Fourth of July resolution after Republican Gov. Chris Christie said he would sign a deal he and the Democratic Legislature crafted. Christie, who lounged with his family on a...
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