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In 2011, the Texas Senate voted to expand the board's veto power over classroom electronic materials. In April, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos again ruled that the strict requirements disadvantaged minorities, effectively dampening the electoral power of Texas' surging Hispanic population.
  • State highway damage from winter storms tops $1B

    State highway damage from winter storms tops $1B

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    The slide, or rather handful of slides, came down about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, bringing down millions of cubic yards of dirt and rock down the hillside at Mud Creek, according to the Monterey Herald . Big Sur is one of the state's biggest tourist draws in a normal year, attracting visitors to serene groves of redwoods, beaches and the highway's dramatic oceanside scenery.
  • Budget chief slams Obama growth forecast

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    Some of Trump's most far-reaching cuts slice into the social safety net. President Donald Trump on Tuesday sent Congress a $4.1 trillion federal spending plan that promises faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs for the poor in a bid to balance the government's books over the next decade.
  • Trump Asked Intel Heads to Counter FBI Investigation

    Trump Asked Intel Heads to Counter FBI Investigation

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    Trump spoke to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers after Comey revealed in March that the bureau had launched a probe into alleged collusion. While relations between Trump and Comey were strained by the Russian Federation probe, ties between the president and the other intelligence chiefs, including Rogers, Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, appear to be less contentious, according to officials.
  • Poor and disabled big losers in Trump budget; military wins

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    President Trump's budget proposal is an affront to decency, economics and, at a basic level, math. Mick Mulvaney , the director of the Office of Management and Budget, presented the plan differently, saying they will simply not raise the budget for numerous social safety net programs over ten years.
  • Watch the Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. absolutely rob the Giants' Brandon Belt

    Watch the Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. absolutely rob the Giants' Brandon Belt

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    I like this to be a solid pitching battle, with Moore and the Giants coming out on top. At Philadelphia, Jeff Hoffman struck out seven and tossed three-hit ball over seven innings to lead Colorado. Posey got one hit with a run on Tuesday; Nunez went 1-for-3. Giants manager Bruce Bochy says Span is available to pinch run or play defense , but likely will be out of the lineup again Tuesday.
  • Turkey wants United States envoy removed in growing spat over Syrian Kurds

    Turkey wants United States envoy removed in growing spat over Syrian Kurds

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    Police say 11 people were injured , including one police officer and two Secret Service agents . State also confirmed that two members of the Turkish security team were detained after Tuesday's incident, and then released. "We will continue to work with our partners at the United States State Department and the United States Service Service to identify and hold all subjects accountable for the involvement in the altercation", the statement said.
  • Workers' comp changes could face Illinois Senate vote

    Workers' comp changes could face Illinois Senate vote

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    Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago said after the vote that Republicans rejected his best offer last week - a two-year freeze on property taxes. House Speaker Michael Madigan , D-Chicago, released a statement saying the proposal will be "considered thoughtfully". Meanwhile, Fitch Ratings repeated earlier warnings that the state faces another credit downgrade if an agreement isn't reached by the July 1 start of the new budget year.
  • GOP health plan has higher premiums for NH seniors

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    With 62 senators, including 20 Republicans, coming from states that expanded their Medicaid coverage under the PPACA, the House's American Health Care Act nearly certainly can't pass the Senate in its present form, the Times notes. The House bill would cut expected Medicaid spending by more than $800 billion over 10 years, according to the most recent estimate from the Congressional Budget Office .
  • Supreme Court rejects North Carolina congressional district maps

    Supreme Court rejects North Carolina congressional district maps

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    In recent years, the Supreme Court has ruled for civil rights groups and black voters in challenges to political districts in Alabama , North Carolina and Virginia . The high court could signal a move in two cases focusing on the legislative districts as early as next week. Getting to the bottom of a dispute like this one poses special challenges for a trial court, which must make "'a sensitive inquiry" "into all " "circumstantial and direct evidence of intent' "to assess whether the ...
  • Intel director won't detail Trump conversation

    Intel director won't detail Trump conversation

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    Dan Coats , the director of national intelligence, sidestepped questions on Tuesday about whether he was asked by President Trump to publicly state that he is not under investigation for collusion with the Russian government. Trump on Monday denied mentioning Israel in that meeting, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu maintained during a joint appearance with Trump that the intelligence relationship between the two countries remains strong.