Graphic shows Congressional Budget Office estimates of uninsured and deficit reduction under Republican bill; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;
May 24, 2017 - 6:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The health care bill that Republicans recently pushed through the House would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance and confront many others who have costly medical conditions with coverage that could prove unaffordable, Congress' official budget analysts said...
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May 24, 2017 - 3:29 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have made Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana but indicated that he was willing to work with the Legislature on a compromise. Scott said he was sending the bill back with suggestions for...
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, before the House Ways and Means hearing on Treasury Department's fiscal 2018 budget proposals. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 24, 2017 - 3:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on Wednesday that they should vote to increase the government's borrowing authority — and avert a disastrous economic default — before their August recess. The timeline is earlier than previous estimates. It had been expected that...
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May 24, 2017 - 6:30 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — In a first for Asia, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent's most liberal democracies. In its majority opinion, the court said a provision in the...
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May 23, 2017 - 10:28 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A weakened Texas voter ID law moved closer to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's desk on Tuesday with the state House approving legislation that waters down an original version that a judge compared to a "poll tax" and ruled had intentionally discriminated against minorities...
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May 23, 2017 - 8:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposal to slash food stamps by a third will be a hard sell in Congress, even as Republicans have tried repeatedly to scale back the program's $70 billion annual cost. Democrats will oppose any changes to the program, which is designed as a temporary...
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May 23, 2017 - 1:29 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators approved legislation to keep state government running if legislators can't agree on a budget before the fiscal year starts. The Senate approved the continuing resolution 40-0 Tuesday without debate. Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman says it's "...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2015, file photo, flowers, teddy bears and inspirational posters line a room at the Arizona History Museum in Tucson, Ariz. The items were left at the scene of the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting in Tucson that left several dead and over a dozen wounded. Survivors of the Tucson mass shooting that left former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords severely wounded are pleading with the public to help pay for a long-planned memorial after state funding fell through during this year's Legislative session. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan, File)
May 23, 2017 - 3:12 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Survivors of the mass shooting that left former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords severely wounded are pleading with the public to help pay for a long-planned memorial after state funding fell through during this year's session of the Arizona Legislature. The Jan. 8, 2011, shooting at a...
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May 22, 2017 - 6:14 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad's upcoming departure to Beijing marks the end of a career in state politics that spans several decades. As the longest-serving governor in the U.S. at more than 22 years, Branstad oversaw Iowa throughout the farm crisis of the 1980s that...
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May 22, 2017 - 3:53 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — People who sell or manage property in South Carolina will have to pass a background check to renew their license under a new law prompted by last November's arrest of a then-real-estate agent accused of killing seven people. The law signed Friday requires real estate agents,...
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