July 31, 2015

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Iran nuke deal opens money faucet as lobbying heats up in capital

WASHINGTON — The Iran nuclear deal has supercharged congressional lobbying, with President Barack Obama securing the support of a prominent Jewish Democrat and pro-Israel groups pressuring lawmakers in an all-out, big-money drive. Obama, his Cabinet and other allies are making the case that the deal, which calls on Iran to curb its nuclear program in Read More…

10 things to know, Friday, July 17

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Little is known about Chattanooga shooter Federal officials say they have no evidence yet that anyone but the 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was involved in the rampage that killed four Marines. 2. Jury to decide whether Holmes Read More…

New bills in Congress would result in rewrite of No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON — No one thinks it’ll be easy, but the House and Senate are embarking on negotiations to merge two differing education bills that would rewrite the nation’s much-criticized No Child Left Behind education law. On Thursday, the Senate overwhelmingly approved its version of the education legislation, a week after the House passed a more Read More…

Senate Republicans twisting arms for one more trade vote

WASHINGTON — Republican backers of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda are imploring key senators to stand by their previous votes when they revisit the issue in a showdown set for Tuesday. Opponents meanwhile are mounting an equally emotional push to keep Obama from obtaining “fast track” authority to negotiate trade agreements with Pacific Rim countries Read More…

86-year-old veteran says he’s going to run for Congress

WESTLAKE — Norbert Dennerll always had political aspirations, and he’s no stranger to coming up short in his bids for public office. He’s previously run for sheriff, Congress and president, but Dennerll, 86, isn’t ready to call it quits just yet. The Elyria resident and Marine Corps veteran, who’s receiving physical therapy at Lifecare Center Read More…

Obama’s trade bill faces showdown today in Congress

WASHINGTON — A landmark trade bill that tops President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda faces a showdown vote in the House as Democrats mount a last-ditch effort to kill it. The outcome was uncertain and the drama intense heading into Friday’s votes. In frantic 11th-hour maneuvering, liberals in the House defied their own president and turned Read More…

Obama: If Obamacare struck down by Supremes, let Congress fix it

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he has no alternate plan if the Supreme Court invalidates a key benefit of his health care law and he places the burden on the Republican-controlled Congress to fix the law if the high court wipes out insurance for millions of Americans. Voicing confidence he will prevail before the Read More…

10 things to know, Thursday, April 30

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. A light amid quake tragedy Crowds cheer as a teenage boy is pulled from the wreckage of a Kathmandu building that collapsed five days ago when a massive temblor shook Nepal. 2. What’s next for Baltimore Police Read More…

Obama signs energy efficiency bill

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is signing long-delayed legislation to boost energy efficiency in buildings. Obama plans to sign the bill into law in the Oval Office Thursday afternoon. It aims to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. The measure was widely popular in both parties. But it was defeated last Read More…

GOP divided as Supreme Court nears another Obamacare ruling

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are divided over how to respond to an approaching Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama’s health care law, even as growing numbers concede that their long-sought goal of repealing the statute will have to wait. Should the plaintiffs prevail in the GOP-backed lawsuit, the justices could annul one of the Read More…