Congress overwhelmingly backs 5-year transportation bill
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Congress overwhelmingly backs 5-year transportation bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of stymied efforts to address the nation’s aging and congested highways and transit systems, Congress found the sweet spot for passage on Thursday — a 5-year, $305 billion bill laden with enough industry favors, parochial projects, safety improvements and union demands to gain overwhelming support. The bill was approved 359 … Continue reading

Clinton questions plans for health insurers to merge
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Clinton questions plans for health insurers to merge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Wednesday that two major health insurers preparing multibillion dollar acquisitions could tip “the balance of power” too far away from consumers. The Democratic presidential candidate said in a statement she had “serious concerns” with the proposed acquisition of Cigna by Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem, and plans by … Continue reading

Clinton’s email woes spin a tale about the ascendance of IT
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Clinton’s email woes spin a tale about the ascendance of IT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One congressional committee subpoenaed him. Two others are dangling the possibility of a promise of immunity to get him to dish about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email setup. Lo, the IT guy, international man of mystery. The swirling interest around Bryan Pagliano, the former State Department employee hired to maintain Clinton’s email server, … Continue reading

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NYC council speaker endorses Hillary Clinton for president

  NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a liberal who is becoming a national voice on issues such as immigration, has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. Mark-Viverito, a Democrat, made the announcement Wednesday, September 2, in an op-ed for El Nueva Dia, Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper. The speaker, one … Continue reading

Obama promises to keep pressure on Iran
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Obama promises to keep pressure on Iran

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is promising Democratic lawmakers that the U.S. will continue to keep economic pressure on Iran — and keep military options open — if his administration’s nuclear deal with Tehran goes through. Obama, in a letter addressed to New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler, said that if Iran rushes … Continue reading