Legislation

FILE - In this March 22, 2017 file photo, then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. It took less than 15 minutes for newly-minted Justice Neil Gorsuch to ask his first questions from the bench. Gorsuch and his colleagues were hearing arguments Monday for the first time since President Donald Trump's pick was sworn in April 10. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
April 17, 2017 - 2:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Neil Gorsuch dived into the public side of his new job Monday, piping up early and often as he took his seat on the Supreme Court bench for the first time to hear arguments. The new justice waited just 11 minutes before asking questions in the first of three cases the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama signs the "Every Student Succeeds Act," a major education law setting U.S. public schools on a new course of accountability, in Washington. States are grappling with as they are working to submit blueprints of how they will implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, a landmark education law meant to help struggling schools. The law allows states greater flexibility in dealing with low performing schools, but the flexibility also comes with the risk or doing too little, too much or too differently. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
April 17, 2017 - 10:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — How often do students miss school? Are they ready for college? Are they physically fit? Is their school a welcoming place? States are beginning to outline new ways to evaluate their schools, rather than relying just on traditional measures such as test scores. The plans are...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2017 file photo, people react as House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore. speaks at a town hall meeting in The Dalles, Ore. In the auditorium of his old middle school just blocks from where he still lives, the congressman who is a lead author of the stalled House Republican health care bill was treated like the villain in a class play in a town hall meeting. Walden ran into the same anger that has unnerved his Republican colleagues at similar sessions and prompted others to not even bother holding them. (Stephanie Yao Long/The Oregonian via AP, File)
April 17, 2017 - 3:44 am
HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — In the auditorium of his old middle school just blocks from where he still lives, the congressman who is a lead author of the stalled House Republican health care bill was treated like the villain in a class play. It didn't matter that Rep. Greg Walden was on a first-name...
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In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, addresses lawmakers at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. In an effort to increase voter participation by targeting teenagers, Low has authored a measure to lower the voting age to 17. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
April 16, 2017 - 2:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists during his presidential campaign angered Heidi Sainz, whose family is from Mexico and who has close friends who are immigrants. She was also upset that she couldn't do anything about it at the...
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In this photo taken July 17, 2016 photo, Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Manafort says he’s registering with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. Michael Flynn already did. And in both cases the filings by associates of President Donald Trump will come after the fact and accompanied by the admission that they violated federal law. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
April 14, 2017 - 3:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort says he's registering with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. Michael Flynn already has. In both cases, the decisions to register by these associates of President Donald Trump came late — after the lobbying has already taken place — and accompanied by an...
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In this photo taken July 17, 2016 photo, Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Manafort says he’s registering with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. Michael Flynn already did. And in both cases the filings by associates of President Donald Trump will come after the fact and accompanied by the admission that they violated federal law. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
April 14, 2017 - 1:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort says he's registering with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. Michael Flynn already has. In both cases, the filings by these associates of President Donald Trump come late — after the lobbying has already taken place — and accompanied by an admission that...
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April 14, 2017 - 12:08 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Finding a way to fix South Carolina's crumbling highways will likely dominate the legislative session's closing days. Just 12 days remain on the legislative calendar for the General Assembly to find a compromise on an issue that legislators of both parties called their top...
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April 14, 2017 - 12:05 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Trump administration dropped a lawsuit Friday accusing North Carolina of discriminating against LGBT residents in response to the state's decision to undo its "bathroom bill." The Justice Department's withdrawal represents the first significant movement in a tangle of legal...
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April 14, 2017 - 10:03 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed a bill requiring state lawmakers to set aside money every year for the state's reserve fund. Cooper signed the bill Thursday but warned that putting too much into the rainy day fund would reduce the state's ability to provide tax breaks...
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April 14, 2017 - 9:45 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Trump administration is dropping a lawsuit against North Carolina after the state moved to undo its "bathroom bill." Justice Department lawyers filed a motion Friday to dismiss their federal lawsuit. The move doesn't directly affect separate pending litigation by LGBT...
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