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Airline scandals attract Congressional scrutiny

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON — Air travel in the United States has become a combustible mix in which passengers aren’t the only ones treated unfairly, senators were told Thursday. Travelers all too frequently take out their frustrations on airline employees, including flight attendants and gate agents, speakers said a Senate hearing. Senators from both parties said airlines must improve the way they ...

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What’s in the House GOP health care bill?

0SHARESShare House Republicans are slated to vote Thursday on their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The floor vote is the culmination of weeks of negotiation within the House GOP caucus to bring reluctant members on board. In March, Republican leaders canceled a vote on a version of the bill after failing to secure enough support from ...

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You know your password is terrible. Here’s how to fix it

0SHARESShare The first Thursday in May is World Password Day, but don’t buy a cake or send cards. Computer chip maker Intel created the event as an annual reminder that, for most of us, our password habits are nothing to celebrate. Instead, they – and computer professionals like me – hope we will use this day to say our final ...

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Texas bans ‘sanctuary cities’ amid nationwide debate

0SHARESShare Texas lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that outlaws so-called “sanctuary cities” and jurisdictions in Texas and allows law enforcement to ask people about their immigration status of anyone they legally detain. In a 20-11 vote, the Texas Senate backed hard-line provisions to the bill that had previously prompted “emotional warfare” on the state House floor, The Dallas Morning News ...

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House Republicans pass bill to repeal Obamacare

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON — Relieved Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since Donald Trump took office. They won passage only after overcoming their own divisions that nearly sank the measure six weeks ago. Jubilant Republicans, celebrating what they hope will soon be the demise of “Obamacare,” ...

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Trump to ease tax rules so religious groups may endorse political candidates

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order further weakening already-sparse enforcement of an IRS rule threatening the loss of tax-exempt status for religious organizations that endorse political candidates. The order, which also affects non-profits, promises “regulatory relief” for groups with religious objections to the preventive services requirement in the Affordable Care Act, according to a ...

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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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