Legislature

August 01, 2017 - 2:59 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Poor people who need help fighting a landlord or keeping government benefits can get an attorney for free through North Carolina legal aid programs, but new state budget cuts mean fewer may have that option. Lawyers from the legal aid groups work for free on behalf of clients...
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The Illinois Senate stands adjourned shortly after coming to order during a special session on education funding at the Illinois State Capitol, Monday, July 31, 2017, in Springfield, Ill. Negotiations between republicans and democrats continue on the Senate Bill 1, the school funding reform bill as Gov. Bruce Rauner has called for the bill to be sent to his desk. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)
August 01, 2017 - 2:04 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner used his veto power Tuesday to strip millions of dollars for Chicago Public Schools from a school funding overhaul, a move that could mean no districts get state money before classes begin. The Republican removed help for Chicago Public Schools'...
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Women activists protest in front Jordan's parliament in Amman on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 with banners calling on legislators to repeal a provision that allows a rapist to escape punishment if he marries his victim. Parliament is to vote on the proposed change to the penal code Tuesday. The banner in the middle in Arabic reads: Article 308 is a disgrace in the Jordanian justice system, the banner on the left says: Article 308 does not protect honor, it protects the culprit. (AP Photo/Reem Saad)
August 01, 2017 - 1:54 pm
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The repeal of a Jordanian law that allowed a rapist to escape prison by marrying his victim was bittersweet news for a Jordanian woman whose daughter was assaulted when she was just 13 years old. Tuesday's vote by parliament's lower house came too late for the hairdresser's...
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FILE - In this July 12, 2017 file photo, FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate is slated to vote Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, evening on the nomination of Wray. The former Justice Department official won unanimous support from the Judiciary Committee last month, with Republicans and Democrats praising his promise never to let politics get in the way of the bureau’s mission. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
August 01, 2017 - 1:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice to replace James Comey as head of the FBI headed toward Senate confirmation on Tuesday The Senate was slated to vote on the nomination of Christopher Wray, the former high-ranking official in President George W. Bush's Justice Department who oversaw...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2017 file photo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington to meet behind closed doors before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Kushner son-in-law told a group of congressional interns that the Trump campaign couldn’t have colluded with Russia because the team was too dysfunctional and disorganized to coordinate with a foreign government.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
August 01, 2017 - 1:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law told a group of congressional interns that the Trump campaign couldn't have colluded with Russia because the team was too dysfunctional and disorganized to coordinate with a foreign government. The remarks on Monday by Jared Kushner, a senior...
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In this July 31, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump pauses during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trump’s threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers and force the collapse of “Obamacare” could put the government in a tricky legal situation. Legal experts say he’d be handing insurers a solid court case, while undermining his own leverage to compel Democrats to negotiate, especially if premiums jump by 20 percent as expected after such a move. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
August 01, 2017 - 1:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers and force the collapse of "Obamacare" could put the government in a legal bind. Law experts say he'd be handing insurers a solid court case, while undermining his own leverage to compel...
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The Capitol is seen in Washington, Monday, July 31, 2017. Most Senate Democrats and independents said Aug. 1, that upcoming legislation to rewrite the tax code should make sure the middle class doesn’t pay more. They won’t support any upcoming GOP effort to overhaul the U.S. tax code that delivers tax cuts to “the top 1 percent” or adds to the government’s $20 trillion debt. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 01, 2017 - 12:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and independents said Tuesday that upcoming legislation to rewrite the nation's tax code should ensure the middle class doesn't pay more and the "top 1 percent" doesn't pay less. In a letter to Republican leaders, including President Donald Trump, 45 of the 48...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 28, 2017, after the Republican-controlled Senate was unable to fulfill their political promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 01, 2017 - 12:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat accused President Donald Trump on Tuesday of childish behavior by threatening to halt federal payments that help millions afford health coverage, saying such a move would impose a "Trump premium tax" by forcing consumers' insurance costs upward. The...
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In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas talks to reporters as heads to the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington. Top Senate Republicans think it’s time to leave their derailed drive to scrap the Obama health care law behind them. And they’re tired of the White House prodding them to keep voting until they succeed. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
August 01, 2017 - 12:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local): 12:40 p.m. The No. 2 Senate Republican leader seemed to suggest that the two parties should try working together on health care. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas did not specify what issues...
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August 01, 2017 - 12:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Who are you going to trust when it comes to what's best for the flying public? Members of Congress or the hero of the Miracle on the Hudson, retired Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger? Proponents of privatizing air traffic control, a top priority of President Donald Trump, face...
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