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Louisiana gov asks Congress for $2B for flood recovery
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday appealed to Congress to approve $2 billion in aid for his state        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Hurricane Katrina Federal government of the United States United States United States Congress Flood Tropical cyclone Federal Emergency Management Agency Louisiana
Bill championed by families of 9/11 victims headed for veto showdown with the White House
Congress is set to send the president a bill to let 9/11 victims' families sue Saudi Arabia, despite the threat of a veto
2703 points by The Washington Post | United States Congress President of the United States September 11 attacks Bill Clinton Washington D.C. United States Capitol White House United States Senate
A House Republican already wants to impeach Hillary Clinton
Theoretically, could they? Would they?
1421 points by The Washington Post | United States House of Representatives United States Congress Bill Clinton President of the United States United States Senate Hillary Rodham Clinton Democratic Party Impeachment of Bill Clinton
FIFA ethics committee fines former vice president Jeffrey Webb $1 million for taking bribes, bans hi
ZURICH (AP) - FIFA ethics committee fines former vice president Jeffrey Webb $1 million for taking bribes, bans him for life.
1 points by The Washington Times | Vice President of the United States Washington D.C. Richard Nixon United States Congress The Washington Times
Obama guidance, press schedule Sept. 9, 2016. Returns to D.C.
Below, from the White House… THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2016   DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016   In the morning, the President will return to Washington, DC. The arrival on the South Lawn will be open press.   In-Town Travel Pool […]
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Senate considers making a short pre-election session even shorter
The most optimistic timeline could have senators finishing up their work by late next week, more than two weeks before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.
284 points by The Washington Post | Mitch McConnell United States Senate United States Congress Republican Party Harry Reid Federal government of the United States National Republican Senatorial Committee Party leaders of the United States Senate
House to vote on Sept. 11 legislation as veto threat looms
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House is slated to vote on a bipartisan bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, setting the stage for a showdown with President Barack Obama on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the attacks. The Senate ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Saudi Arabia Bill Clinton President of the United States Barack Obama United States Senate Democratic Party United States Congress
After months behind bars, the face of the armed Oregon occupation goes on trial
For weeks in Oregon’s rugged backcountry, the two brothers were the face of the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge —  two men dressed in flannel and cowboys hats with copies of the Constitution jammed in their breast pockets. Now Ammon and Ryan Bundy — behind bars since the occupation wound...
1011 points by Los Angeles Times | Federal government of the United States United States Constitution United States Congress U.S. state United States federal courts Government of the United States United States Law of the United States
House to vote on allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON — The House will vote today on a bill that could allow families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged support for terrorism, according to a GOP leadership aide.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Democratic Party Supreme Court of the United States Bill Clinton United States Capitol United States President of the United States United States Congress United States Senate
Visa security loophole exploited by 9/11 attackers still open 15 years later
At least five of the Sept. 11 hijackers exploited a glaring hole in visa security to stay in the U.S. beyond their time — allowing them to board the planes and conduct their murderous attack. Fifteen years later, and despite a clear consensus on the need for improvement, that gaping ...
975 points by The Washington Times | Federal government of the United States U.S. Customs and Border Protection United States Department of Homeland Security Thomas Kean September 11 attacks United States Congress Attack Hillary Rodham Clinton
Democrats renew call for Senate to vote on Merrick Garland
Judge Merrick Garland has been waiting "longer than any nominee ever has," Sen. Patrick Leahy said.
6 points by Daily News | United States Senate Democratic Party Supreme Court of the United States Joe Biden Barack Obama George W. Bush President of the United States United States Congress
Essential Politics: Electoral College math presents a challenge for Trump
Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine have a new book, Michelle Obama and Elizabeth Warren will be hitting the campaign trail, and New Hampshire is slipping out of Donald Trump’s reach. I’m Christina Bellantoni. This is Essential Politics. The Granite State is trending increasingly Democratic, so we’ve...
9 points by Los Angeles Times | President of the United States United States Senate George W. Bush Barack Obama Democratic Party Joe Biden United States Congress John McCain
Trump insists again he opposed Iraq war (he didn't)
Donald Trump on Thursday once again sought to convince the public that he opposed the Iraq War by pointing to statements he made after the US had already invaded the country.
10696 points by CNN | Iraq War President of the United States George W. Bush 2003 invasion of Iraq Gulf War Iraq United States Congress United States
California extends most ambitious climate change law in US
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A decade ago, California vowed to dramatically slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | President pro tempore of the United States Senate United States Bill Clinton Vice President of the United States University of Southern California Climate change Downtown Los Angeles United States Congress
Ohio mine workers seek pension relief on Capitol Hill (photos and video)
Thousands of retired mine workers who might lose their health care and pension benefits because of the coal industry's plight are seeking relief from Congress. Watch video WASHINGTON D.C.. - Thousands of retired coal miners spent hours under withering Washington heat Thursday at a rally for legislation ensuring they'll get pension and health care benefits that could be cut as the coal industry declines. Money to fund the retirement accounts of roughly 120,000 United Mine Workers of America retirees has dwindled as coal companies declare bankruptcy amid the rise of more environmentally friendly energy sources. Affected retirees live in states including Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Virginia and Alabama. "We are here to show solidarity and that we mean business," said retired miner Bob Sowers of Zanesville, as he waited for the rally to start. "These people are 60, 70, 80 years old. This is the time when you need these benefits and they're going to take them away. It is not something we want free, it is something we've earned."  Another retired miner, Larry Henry of Coshocton, said former President Harry Truman promised their union retirement benefits and "cradle to grave" health care as part of a 1946 agreement to avert a strike. A sign over the rally stage featured a photo of Truman and the words: "Keep the Promise." The bill the miners want to pass would require that the federal government use tax dollars and an abandoned mine reclamation fund to bolster their pension accounts. It is backed by U.S. senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman of Ohio, all the state's Democratic House of Representatives members, and Ohio Republicans including Dave Joyce of Russell Township, Jim Renacci of Wadsworth and Bob Gibbs of Holmes County. In a speech backing the bill, Brown accused Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of keeping the legislation from coming up for a vote, and said Republican and Democratic senators need to "put the heat" on McConnell to secure its passage. "Congress shouldn't leave Washington until we keep the promises we've made to miners and their families," said Brown. McConnell's office didn't respond to a request for comment, but Portman told the crowd the bill will go to the Senate floor "like a torpedo" if the Senate Finance Committee passes it by a large enough margin when it comes up for a vote there next week. Portman says it makes sense for the government to keep the miners' pensions sound to avoid stressing the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, which could be endangered if it had to assist the large number of miners at issue. If the bill doesn't pass by itself, Portman said its supporters will try to include its language in an upcoming must-pass budgeting bill. House of Representatives members told the crowd their legislative body is prepared to pass the measure if the House acts. "This isn't some handout you're asking for, this was a decision you made when you were neogiting your contracts and we are going to fight to make sure you're going to get your money back," Niles Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan told the crowd.
188 points by The Plain Dealer | Pension United States Senate Republican Party United States House of Representatives Mitch McConnell Democratic Party United States Congress Retirement
Welcome to the Purple State Project
Welcome to the Purple State Project. For the 2016 election, The Denver Post is experimenting with new ways to tells stories about Colorado politics that better explain the state's "purple" status.
1 points by The Denver Post | North Carolina U.S. state Federal government of the United States Colorado United States University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Pew Research Center United States Congress
California extends most ambitious US climate change law
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown extended the nation's most ambitious climate change law Thursday by another 10 years as California charts a new goal to reduce carbon pollution.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | President pro tempore of the United States Senate United States Bill Clinton Vice President of the United States University of Southern California Climate change Downtown Los Angeles United States Congress
With hopes fading, lawmakers meet on energy bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fading Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade have been revived - for now. Lawmakers convened a long-delayed meeting Thursday aimed at finding a bipartisan agreement by the end of the year. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska acknowledged that the ...
6 points by The Washington Times | United States Senate Legislatures Alaska Gray Wolf United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Petroleum United States Congress Wolf
U.S. Senate considers Flint funding, but time is short
Water bill includes at least $100 million for Flint, but the future of Senate legislation uncertain.        
20 points by Detroit Free Press | United States Senate United States Congress Barack Obama Democratic Party Infrastructure Lead poisoning United States Water
The Capitol restoration left Congress just as useless
The smell of fresh paint greeted lawmakers reacquainting themselves with their workplace. The Capitol has been returned to its former glory. If only they could do the same to Congress.
6 points by The Denver Post | United States House of Representatives United States Congress United States Senate The Washington Post Bill Clinton Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner Resolution
Paul Ryan pushes back on Trump, calls Putin 'an aggressor'
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) might be missing that long August vacation already.
1150 points by Daily News | Bill Clinton President of the United States Democratic Party Washington D.C. United States United States Congress United States Senate United States Capitol
Darrell Issa's challenger is getting financial and strategic support from House Democrats hoping for an upset
Essential Politics: Pence visits California, Brown faces hundreds of challenges in bills on his desk Sept. 8, 2016, 9:29 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:The Republican nominee for vice president, Indiana Gov....
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Lawmaker brings mosquitoes to House floor to fight for Zika funding
The Zika virus hit the floor of the U.S. House Wednesday – if only figuratively – as a Florida Republican sought to hammer home the “fear” his constituents feel by bringing a container filled with mosquitoes with him inside the chambers. The headline-grabbing move came as lawmakers from both parties were pointing fingers over the...
3 points by New York Post | United States Senate Party leaders of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell Democratic Party United States House of Representatives United States United States Congress Chuck Schumer
Michigan Senate approves medical marijuana tax, regulations
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan would tax and regulate medical marijuana in a tiered licensing system under legislation that has cleared a big hurdle in the Legislature. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 25-12 for a bill Thursday to require a state operating license to grow, process, sell, transport or test marijuana ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Congress Legislature Michigan Legislatures Senate United States Senate Washington D.C. United States
New law allows child patients to use marijuana oil at school
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Children with medical conditions that can be alleviated with marijuana oil no longer have to choose between going to school and taking their medicine. A bill being signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell allows designated caregivers to possess and administer, and qualifying children ...
1 points by The Washington Times | United States Congress Medicine Delaware Veto Bill Rehoboth Beach Delaware School bus Lewes Delaware
Questions remain as Ohio marijuana law takes effect
Ohio has yet to outline how exactly its new medical marijuana law will work even as it takes effect Thursday        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Law USA PATRIOT Act Cannabis United States Congress Supreme Court of the United States Physician Federal Bureau of Investigation United States
Wisconsin taxpayers to pay $1.6 million to attorneys in abortion case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin taxpayers will pay $1.6 million to attorneys who represented Planned Parenthood and others in a lawsuit that successfully challenged a law requiring hospital admitting privileges for doctors who perform abortions. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Thursday that the state Department of Justice agreed ...
9 points by The Washington Times | United States Supreme Court of the United States Washington D.C. Law United States Congress Judge Lawyer Madison Wisconsin
Congress could be changing its tune on marijuana
Stephanie Akin, Roll Call Congress is leaning toward decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level -- and it's going to happen soon.
450 points by UPI | Cannabis Legality of cannabis by country United States Congress Hashish Global Marijuana March Legal and medical status of cannabis Legality of cannabis Hemp
Letter: Choose Dawson in Laconia
Choose Dawson in LaconiaMy name is Elinor Thorsell. Many of you have passed through my classroom at Memorial Middle School. I have lived in Laconia for more than 40 years and have gotten to know Tom Dawson through his son (a friend of my son) and his Stanley Steamer. I was pleased to learn that Tom...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | United States House of Representatives United States House of Representatives United States Constitution Virginia United States Congress Bill Clinton Lower house
Don’t let GOP curb new pro-worker rules
Employers who receive federal taxpayers’ money should comply with federal labor law        
-1 points by The Detroit News | President of the United States United States Federal government of the United States United States Congress Washington D.C. Law of the United States Teamsters Employment
Strongsville takes up medical marijuana issue
Strongsville fell in line with the three other Ohio 82 cities in Cuyahoga County on Tuesday night and established a moratorium on medical marijuana. STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - On Tuesday night, Strongsville fell in line with three other Ohio 82 cities in Cuyahoga County and established a moratorium on medical marijuana. The moratorium, which City Council approved, will prohibit the growing, processing and selling of marijuana for six months. New Ohio legislation allows patients, starting this week, to use medical marijuana prescribed by doctors, but the state has not nailed down the law's details. "The moratorium gives us the ability to see what the state is going to do and decide if the city needs to introduce its own zoning legislation," Law Director Neal Jamison said Tuesday night. Last week, Broadview Heights City Council voted unanimously to establish a 12-month moratorium on medical marijuana. Brecksville and North Royalton city councils were expected to approve six-month medical marijuana moratoriums, and may have done so Tuesday night. Broadview Heights establishes one-year moratorium on medical marijuana Several other Cuyahoga County communities, including Lakewood, and municipalities throughout Ohio, including Beavercreek, Troy and Piqua, have also approved medical marijuana moratoriums. Rocky River has introduced legislation that would ban the growing, processing and selling of medical marijuana. The new state law - House Bill 523, which Gov. John Kasich signed in June - already provides some restrictions on medical marijuana. For example, no one can grow, process or sell marijuana within 500 feet of a school, church, library, playground or park. Also, no one is allowed to grown marijuana in their homes. HB 523 authorizes municipal governments to establish their own medical marijuana regulations. Local governments can restrict locations where marijuana is cultivated, processed or sold, or they can ban the growing and selling of marijuana altogether. However, municipalities can't stop patients from using medical marijuana. Strongsville Councilman Joe DeMio said council hasn't yet decided whether the city should ban the growing and selling of medical marijuana here. He said such a debate is premature. But DeMio did express concern that HB 523 might contradict federal law, which still lists marijuana as an illegal drug. He asked Jamison to prepare a memo on the state versus federal laws. This story has been updated. 
120 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio North Royalton Ohio Broadview Heights Ohio Municipality Parma Ohio United States Congress United States Local government in the United States
My Turn: State deserves a true representative
In New Hampshire, we have a long tradition of citizen legislators. With two-year terms and small districts, our system is designed to keep legislators in close contact with the people they represent. Our Legislature is – by design – made up of business owners and their employees; professionals and...
133 points by Concord Monitor | New Hampshire United States United States Congress
US payment of $1.7 billion to Iran made entirely in cash
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is acknowledging its transfer of $1.7 billion to Iran earlier this year was made entirely in cash, using non-U.S. currency, as Republican critics of the transaction continued to denounce the payments. Treasury Department spokeswoman Dawn Selak said in a statement late Tuesday that the cash payments were necessary because of...
1663 points by New York Post | President of the United States United States Senate Money Barack Obama United States Congress Currency United States dollar United States
House approves Gold Star families bill after Trump's feud with Khans
The legislation would allow families of servicemembers killed in action to contribute to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
101 points by The Washington Post | United States Congress President of the United States Republican Party United States House Committee on House Administration Democratic Party United States Kevin McCarthy National Convention
Another failed Zika vote could be the start of a resolution
Lawmakers in both parties said they now hope negotiations will begin in earnest to quickly come up with a bipartisan deal to address the potential public health crisis.
149 points by The Washington Post | Harry Reid United States House of Representatives United States Senate United States Congress Democratic Party Mitch McConnell Party leaders of the United States Senate Steny Hoyer
Airbnb threatens suit if Cuomo signs bill restricting ads
Airbnb is threatening to quickly file suit if Gov. Cuomo signs a bill that would prohibit advertising illegal units on home-sharing sites.
155 points by Daily News | New York City New York United States Congress United States Veto New Jersey United States Constitution Law
NRA-backed restrictions on compiling gun sales records need to change
When police recover a gun from a crime scene, they usually check with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine the weapon’s history — who made it, who bought it from whom and when. But because of ludicrous restrictions that Congress has placed on the agency,...
141 points by Los Angeles Times | Firearm Gun Police Gun politics in the United States Government Accountability Office Federal Bureau of Investigation United States Congress Supreme Court of the United States
Primary survey: Three Republicans vie for Epsom, Pittsfield House seat
David J. PalfreyParty: RepublicanAge: 78Town of Residence: EpsomOccupation: retired from a career in bankingIncumbent? Served in House of Representatives from 2008 through 2012Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? I do not support commuter rail funding as studies have shown it would require a...
3 points by Concord Monitor | United States House of Representatives Cannabis Law Legality of cannabis by country Legal and medical status of cannabis United States Congress Public transport United States Constitution
’Politics of Zika are garbage’: Florida lawmaker brings 100 mosquitoes onto House floor
To overcome the unwillingness of Congress to pass a bill to combat Zika, Representative David Jolly (R-Florida) decided to put the fear of God ? or, more specifically, disease-bearing mosquitoes ? into his fellow House lawmakers. Read Full Article at RT.com
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House to vote on allowing Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia
The measure is likely to pass just in time for the 15th anniversary of the attacks.
37 points by The Washington Post | United States Congress United Arab Emirates United States White House United States Capitol Saudi Arabia Washington D.C. September 11 attacks
Politics bring peace: Book covers end to ‘Troubles’
Bruce Morrison did the impossible in the early 1990s — he headed to Northern Ireland to help end the bloody conflict using­ politics.His mission is now being told in a new book “Peace­runner: The True Story of How an Ex-Congressman Helped End the Centuries of War in Ireland.”Morrison and author Penn Rhodeen joined Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” show yesterday to share the story of peace.
20 points by Boston Herald | Bill Clinton President of the United States Diplomacy Irish Republican Army Yale Law School United States Congress Irish Republic United States House of Representatives
House moving toward showdown over impeaching IRS chief
WASHINGTON — The House is moving toward a showdown vote this month over whether to impeach IRS chief John Koskinen. But with no chance the Senate would actually remove him from office, Republicans stood divided over the effort's wisdom in the shadow of this fall's presidential and congressional elections.
-1 points by Boston Herald | United States Senate President of the United States Democratic Party Barack Obama Joe Biden Mitch McConnell United States Capitol United States Congress
9/11 families can seek justice if Congress OK's terrorism bill
For me and our children, this fight is personal. I lost my husband and our three children lost their father.
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Tennessee editorial roundup
Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Sept. 7 The Tennessean on special legislative sessions: Tennessee is already way behind in keeping up with the state's highway funding needs. So, it was a foregone conclusion that Gov. Bill Haslam would call lawmakers into special session in September to prevent the loss ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States United States Congress High school Law of the United States Federal government Special session Highway U.S. state
How two California congresswomen got sexual assault bills passed
Essential Politics: California's top congressional races to watch, lawmakers back recall of judge in Stanford assault case Sept. 7, 2016, 1:18 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. This year's legislative session is over after a very busy...
1365 points by Los Angeles Times | United States House Committee on the Judiciary United States Congress Rape Zoe Lofgren United States House of Representatives United States Senate Bill Clinton Bob Goodlatte
Two California congresswomen are behind the new Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights
It’s not often a measure championed by the dean of the state’s majority Democratic congressional delegation gets praise from the Republican House speaker. Maybe it helps that an up-and-coming freshman Republican’s name was attached to the legislation and that it deals with an issue gaining a lot...
1365 points by Los Angeles Times | United States House Committee on the Judiciary United States Congress Rape Zoe Lofgren United States House of Representatives United States Senate Bill Clinton Bob Goodlatte
Hogan blasts bill that would limit education reforms
Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday blasted an education reform bill that's moving through the General Assembly, calling it "misguided and horrible."Hogan said the bill — known as the "Protect Our Schools Act" — would thwart "an exciting opportunity to move beyond outdated practices" for reforming schools....
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Public school United States Congress United States Private school High school Federal government of the United States United States Constitution School types
Republicans withdraw healthcare bill in blow to Trump
Short of support from fellow Republicans, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulls legislation meant to replace Obamacare.
3701 points by Al Jazeera English | United States House of Representatives Democratic Party George W. Bush President of the United States Republican Party United States Senate United States Congress Barack Obama
How the health-care debacle exposed Republicans' weaknesses
The House's debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act ended, at least for now, when the bill was...
-1 points by Daily News | President of the United States United States Congress Bill Clinton United States House of Representatives United States Capitol Republican Party Barack Obama Democratic Party
Collapse of Obamacare repeal plan puts Freedom Caucus in complicated spot
No group played more of a role in sinking the legislation than the Freedom Caucus.       
3638 points by USA Today | United States Congress President of the United States President Vice President of the United States Stanley Mitchell hut Speaker Democratic Party United States Capitol