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The U.S. Capitol Building Dome is seen before the sun rises in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 19, 2018 - 7:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. Senate passage of the bill by a...
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The U.S. Capitol Building Dome is seen before the sun rises in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 18, 2018 - 9:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. Senate passage of the bill by a...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 9, 2018 file photo, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., left, speaks next to Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican incumbents were swept out of office in 2018 after a tally of late-arriving ballots. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 06, 2018 - 10:37 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An investigation into whether political operatives in North Carolina illegally collected and possibly stole absentee ballots in a still-undecided congressional race has drawn attention to a widespread but little-known political tool called ballot harvesting. It's a practice...
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Letesha Case holds her daughter Aurora Case, 2, as they sit next to their sign Monday Dec. 3, 2018, at the Utah state Capitol in Salt Lake City. Lawmakers in conservative Utah passed sweeping changes Monday to a new voter-approved medical-marijuana ballot measure under a planned compromise that secured the support of the influential Mormon church but sparked a backlash from advocates. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
December 06, 2018 - 5:07 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A pair of advocacy groups in Utah sued Thursday to block a compromise agreement legalizing medical marijuana, accusing the Mormon church of unconstitutional domination and interference in a process that led to the gutting of a measure approved by voters. The lawsuit alleges...
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November 27, 2018 - 6:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released tax records show an obscure nonprofit last year gave nearly $15 million it received from anonymous donors to a conservative advocacy group that backed Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. The Wellspring Committee made the contributions to the Judicial...
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Vice President Mike Pence, joined at left by President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, arrive at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, as lawmakers from both parties are pushing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on a rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
November 27, 2018 - 5:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, visited Capitol Hill Tuesday as lawmakers from both parties push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on a rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws. A rare bipartisan...
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November 23, 2018 - 12:34 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An immigrant who sought refuge from deportation in a North Carolina church was arrested after arriving at an appointment with immigration officials. U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement said in a news release that Mexican national Samuel Oliver-Bruno was detained Friday at...
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In this Nov. 8, 2018 photo, the Capitol is framed amid colorful autumn leaves in Washington. Congressional aides and advocacy groups say lawmakers are close to an agreement on legislation designed to boost rehabilitation efforts for federal prisoners and give judges more discretion when sentencing some non-violent offenders. Aides from both parties say moving ahead depends largely on President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
November 13, 2018 - 7:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators have reached a tentative accord on the first major rewrite of criminal justice sentencing in a generation, but now it's up to President Donald Trump to decide if it's worth making a push for the sweeping bipartisan bill during the lame-duck session of Congress. The...
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October 26, 2018 - 12:44 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Hulu will make its subscription streaming service more accessible to blind and visually impaired customers. That's according to a settlement agreement between Hulu and advocacy groups, who sued Los Angeles-based Hulu last year. Disability Rights Advocates, which brought the case, says...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Consumer and health care groups say they’re trying to block a move by the pharmaceutical industry to commandeer must-pass opioids epidemic legislation as a vehicle for rolling back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs. Republican leaders were saying little about behind-the-scenes discussions on Sept. 21,, but a spokesman for Pelosi calls it a “a multi-billion dollar handout to Big Pharma.” (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
September 21, 2018 - 4:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer and health care groups are scrambling to block what they say is a move by the pharmaceutical industry to commandeer must-pass opioids epidemic legislation as a vehicle for rolling back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs. Republicans...
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