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Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, said House Democrats also have raised questions about some of the savings the Senate Democrats counted on to balance the $37.3 billion spending plan the chamber approved last week. And the House didn't vote on the Senate's plan. The Illinois General Assembly has unanimously passed a bill that, if signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, would prevent a defendant from using the sexual orientation or gender identity of their victim as a legal defense.
  • Patrick says Straus is causing a special session

    Patrick says Straus is causing a special session

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    Supporters revived it late Sunday, advancing a proposal applying only to the state's public schools, which educate about 5.3 million students. Enzi said that enough decisions have been made "in some areas" of policy to start writing the bill but declined to discuss a timetable, reports Politico news .
  • Kansas GOP Legislature Overides Governor Brownback's Tax Cut Plan

    Kansas GOP Legislature Overides Governor Brownback's Tax Cut Plan

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    The move will increase tax rates, return the tax system to three income brackets instead of two, and eliminate the tax exemption for so-called pass-through entities such as limited-liability companies. Sen. Caryn Tyson, chairwoman of the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee, said the tax increase stiff-armed by Brownback was an ill-advised response to the failure of lawmakers to bring state expenditures in line with evolving revenue reality.
  • No Medicaid cuts? Really?

    No Medicaid cuts? Really?

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    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, meanwhile, gave Republicans the unwelcome news that they may have to cast a dreaded vote on increasing the government's borrowing authority before they break for the August recess. To the critics, Mulvaney said: "Help us figure out a way to get back to 3 percent growth". Huge cuts to most federal agencies: a 31.4 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency budget, 29.1 percent cut to the State Department, 20.5 percent to Agriculture , 19.8 ...
  • Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will retire after 18 seasons

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    But know this - if not for Lincoln Riley, Bob Stoops would still be the head coach at Oklahoma. He won 190 games and lost 48, delivering the Sooners to a national title in 2000 and lots of high-end success in the seasons that followed it.
  • Trump Taps Former DOJ Official Christopher A. Wray as New FBI Director

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    He is an expert in dealing with white collar crime and government investigations and has been in private practice since leaving the Department of Justice in 2005. A top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Utah Sen. While Warner said he didn't know Wrap personally, he noted the former Justice official has a good reputation.
  • Medical Marijuana Bill added to Florida Legislature's Special Session

    Medical Marijuana Bill added to Florida Legislature's Special Session

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    The St. Petersburg Republican filed the 63-page strike all amendment late Wednesday. To view the full article, register now. One of the key sticking points between the House and Senate had involved how many retail outlets the state's licensed medical-marijuana operators could run.
  • All The President's Tweets

    All The President's Tweets

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    George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and one-time top contender of a key Justice Department job, took to Twitter Monday to criticize President Donald Trump for his morning travel ban tweets . Conway's comments came just hours after his wife said in an interview with NBC's "Today" that the news media has an "obsession with covering everything" Trump "says on Twitter and very little what he does as president".
  • Kansas legislators abandon Brownback's tax experiment

    Kansas legislators abandon Brownback's tax experiment

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    In a vote Tuesday night, legislators overrode his veto of a bill to raise taxes and close a almost $900 million budget gap over the next two years. Republicans , many of whom defeated incumbents aligned with Brownback in 2016 primaries, joined with Democrats to restore tax rates that resulted in years of shortfalls following the 2012 income tax cuts.
  • Former FBI Director Comey's Trump Meeting Testimony Sounds Like a Bad Date

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    At a private dinner with Trump on January 27, Comey says that he rebuffed Trump's recommendation to investigate and debunk elements of an opposition-research dossier that alleged Trump had engaged in sex parties in Moscow. -Did the president ask Comey to stop investigating his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn? Yes. The president had called to ask what he had done about his request to "get out" the information that Trump was not personally under investigation.