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Architect of Dodd-Frank repeal bill agrees to key change

Thu, 25 May 2017 02:52:43 GMT

The architect of House legislation that would repeal much of the Dodd-Frank law enacted after the financial crisis has agreed to make a key change to the bill, clearing the way for the full House to take up the measure in coming weeks. The provision in question would have removed a cap on the fee that stores pay large banks when costumers use a debit card.




Congressional Budget Office

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:17:58 GMT

The Congressional Budget Office says the health care bill Republicans pushed through the House this month would leave 23 million additional people uninsured in 2026, compared with former President Barack Obama 's health care law. The nonpartisan office also says that compared with Obama's 2010 overhaul, average premiums for people buying individual policies would be lower.




Trump budget director defends social safety net cuts

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:39:31 GMT

White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's plans to slash social programs are designed to increase economic growth to 3 percent and put "taxpayers first." Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that he went "line by line" through the federal budget and asked "Can we justify this to the folks who are actually paying for it?" Mulvaney's appearance was one of four slated Wednesday as Trump Cabinet officials fanned out on Capitol Hill to defend Trump's budget, which contains jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net and a broad swath of domestic programs.




Advocates: Federal role crucial for iconic waterway cleanups

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:48:03 GMT

President Donald Trump's administration says it's time for state and local governments to ... . FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2016 file photo, steam rises up on the surface of Lake Michigan at sunrise in Chicago.




Joe Biden to give Class Day address at Harvard

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:31:42 GMT

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Chaffetz formed new firm before saying he would leave House

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:57:05 GMT

In this May 20, 2017 file photo, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz waves after addressing the Utah GOP Convention in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz, a five-term Republican, says he doesn't feel compelled to talk about what he may do after leaving Congress next month.




Flight disturbance timeline

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:03:12 GMT

Fighter jets were scrambled to escort an American Airlines flight to Honolulu after a disruptive passenger's laptop caused fear among flight attendants that it may contain explosives. Here's a timeline of events involving Anil Uskanli's travel to Hawaii.




Condemned church shooter Roof seeks appellate court mercy

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:08:39 GMT

A white supremacist sentenced to death for killing nine worshippers in a racist attack at a Charleston church has petitioned an appeals court for mercy. Attorneys for Dylann Roof filed notice Tuesday they were appealing his conviction and sentence to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.




The Latest: Brennan warned Russian against election meddling

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:52:12 GMT

Former CIA Director John Brennan says Russia has a history of trying to "suborn individuals" and he worried last summer about the number of contacts Russian officials were having with Americans. He says that last summer he was increasingly concerned that Russian officials were perhaps trying to enlist the cooperation of people in the Trump campaign.




News 15 Mins Ago Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:57:20 GMT

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Survivors: Help build congresswoman mass shooting memorial

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:20:47 GMT

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 Legislative session. The Jan. 8, 2011, shooting at a Giffords meet-and-greet event outside a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona, left six dead and 13 injured, including the former congresswoman.




Trump seeks reconsideration of sanctuary cities ruling

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:54:24 GMT

The Trump administration filed court papers Monday aimed at getting a judge to reconsider his ruling blocking the president's executive order to cut funding from sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. The U.S. Department of Justice asked U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick for permission to file documents asking the judge to reconsider or clarify his ruling in light of a new memo by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.




Judge orders school stabbing suspect to remain behind bars

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:23:30 GMT

A white University of Maryland student accused of stabbing a black man on campus in a possible hate crime will remain behind bars after a judge denied his request for house arrest on Monday. The FBI is investigating the unprovoked stabbing of Richard Collins III as a possible hate crime.




Justices wona t hear appeal over release of federal mug shots

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:54:44 GMT

The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from the Detroit Free Press that asked the government to release mug shots of federal criminal defendants in Michigan and three other states. The justices on Monday left in place an appeals court ruling that said the photos don't have to be released under the federal Freedom of Information Act.




Texas Senate approves 'religious refusal' adoption measure

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:21:55 GMT

Texas' Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. The "Freedom to Serve Children Act" received a late push in the Legislature ahead of the May 29 end of session.




Republicans already giving Trump's budget a cold shoulder

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:51:15 GMT

President Donald Trump's budget hasn't been released yet, but that's not stopping some of Capitol Hill's most important Republicans from giving it a cold shoulder. Trump's blueprint for the 2018 budget year comes out Tuesday, and it's certain to include a wave of cuts to benefit programs such as Medicaid, food stamps, federal employee pensions and farm subsidies.




Texas revives transgender 'bathroom bill' for public schools

Mon, 22 May 2017 03:27:35 GMT

A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas - though it may only apply to public schools. A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the country's second-largest state use public restrooms according to the gender on their birth certificates sailed through the Texas Senate months ago.