No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open
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No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open — but with no assurance there won’t be yet another shutdown showdown in December. Democrats helped beleaguered House Republican leaders pass the measure by 277-151 — a lopsided vote shrouding … Continue reading

House Republicans advance bill to undo health law
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House Republicans advance bill to undo health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans advanced legislation Tuesday to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health law that could actually reach the president’s desk. The House GOP has voted more than 50 times to repeal all or parts of the health law. Almost all the bills died in the Senate. But this time, Republicans are using a … Continue reading

New York state OKs $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers
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New York state OKs $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour — the first time any state has set the minimum that high. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration formally approved the proposal Thursday, and the Democratic governor announced the decision at a labor rally with Vice President … Continue reading

Obama honors arts luminaries including Sally Field
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Obama honors arts luminaries including Sally Field

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama honored 21 individuals and organizations on Thursday, September 10, for works that he says have helped Americans connect and understand each other a little better through the arts and humanities. The honorees included actress Sally Field, author Stephen King and chef Alice Waters. And to paraphrase one of … Continue reading

Plan targets health care bias against transgender people
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Plan targets health care bias against transgender people

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system, carrying out anti-bias provisions in the president’s health overhaul. The new protections are part of a much broader proposed regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services. In a first, the Affordable Care Act specified … Continue reading

Judge sides with anti-abortion group in birth control case
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Judge sides with anti-abortion group in birth control case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday sided with an anti-abortion group that challenged a key birth control provision of the Obama administration’s health care overhaul. March for Life sued the Obama administration last year over a requirement that health insurers cover the cost of contraceptive services. The organization said the requirement violated its … Continue reading

US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions
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US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

  DETROIT (AP) — Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat global warming — and don’t require congressional approval. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is expected to unveil plans Thursday at Michigan State University, where Obama signed … Continue reading

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Poll: Public unaware Obama’s health law is again in jeopardy

  WASHINGTON (AP) — With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama’s health care law, a new poll finds many Americans have heard nothing about the case. But when the potential fallout is explained, most say it would hurt the country and they would look to … Continue reading

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Obama sends Congress request for military force against IS NEDRA PICKLER

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent Congress legislation Wednesday to authorize military force against Islamic State fighters, asking lawmakers to “show the world we are united in our resolve” to defeat militants who have overrun parts of the Middle East and threaten attacks on the United States. In urging Congress to back military force, the … Continue reading