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Watch Live: Congress votes on health care bill

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON — In a startling turnabout, Republicans say they are ready to push their prized health care bill through the House and claim a victory for President Donald Trump, six weeks after nearly leaving it for dead and days after support from GOP moderates seemed to crumble anew. House leaders planned a vote Thursday on the legislation, revamped since ...

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House to vote on health care bill Thursday

WASHINGTON — The House will vote Thursday on the GOP’s long-sought legislation to repeal and replace portions of former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, Republican leaders announced on Wednesday. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy confidently predicted success after a day of wrangling votes and personal arm-twisting by President Donald Trump. After an earlier failure when Republican leaders were forced ...

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Trump asks Congress to extend school choice nationwide

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Congress to work with him on extending school choice programs nationwide to benefit millions of students, including low-income African-American and Hispanic children. While Trump gave no specifics on what legislation he is proposing, the statement was the clearest indication yet that he intends to follow through on his campaign promise to fund ...

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Supreme Court turns away challenge to California ban on ‘gay conversion’ therapy

The Supreme Court has refused to overturn a ban on “gay conversion” therapy, and Democratic lawmakers recently introduced a bill that attempts to ban the practice at the national level — both legal moves that have advocates cheering. The Supreme Court declined to hear a case Monday challenging California’s ban on gay conversion therapy. Because a lower court ruled in ...

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Facebook to hire 3,000 more content reviewers after spate of violent videos

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday his company will hire another 3,000 people to review content that users report as questionable or controversial. His company was criticized recently for failing to immediately take down videos involving a man killing another man in Cleveland and a man in Thailand broadcasting the murder of his infant daughter using Facebook Live. Facebook has “seen ...

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GOP scrambles for more support on its health bill as the window for action closes

WASHINGTON — Their health care bill teetering on the brink, House Republican leaders and President Donald Trump intensified their already-fierce lobbying Wednesday to save the long-promised legislation, agreeing to changes that brought two pivotal Republicans back on board. Democrats stood firmly united against the health bill, but they applauded the separate $1 trillion-plus spending measure to keep the government running, ...

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Shulkin says he’s considering closing 1,100 Veterans Affairs facilities

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says his department is seeking to close perhaps more than 1,100 VA facilities nationwide as it develops plans to allow more veterans to receive medical care in the private sector. At a House hearing Wednesday, Shulkin said the VA had identified more than 430 vacant buildings and 735 that he described as underutilized, ...

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What’s on Steve Bannon’s policy white board? Now we know

It appears to be the policy map for the Trump White House, or at least for chief strategist Steve Bannon. And now we can see it thanks to Twitter. Bannon’s fabled white board, filled with a list of policy goals, appeared to show up in the background of a photo posted Tuesday evening by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Boteach is posing ...

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Obama unveils vision for presidential library in Chicago

CHICAGO — Former President Barack Obama unveiled plans for his future presidential center Wednesday, painting a picture of a buzzing hub for youth and community programs on the South Side of Chicago where he raised his family and launched his political career. Obama fielded questions from residents at a forum near the site, delving into nitty gritty details of traffic ...

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Dear graduates, here’s what you need to know about health insurance

Like many recent grads, after Maegan Samuel got her bachelor’s degree from Howard University in 2014, she held a series of temporary jobs — day care worker, secretary — before landing a permanent position a year ago working in operations for a nonprofit association of public health programs in the District of Columbia. Yet throughout this unsettled time, there has ...

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