March 30, 2015

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Senate’s Harry Reid announces he won’t seek re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, the wily Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday he will retire after five terms. Reid, 75, who shepherded key Obama administration initiatives including the president’s health care law, lost his role as majority leader Read More…

UPDATED: Government partially shuts down after Congress fails to reach deal

Budget Battle

WASHINGTON — Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job as a protracted dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law reached the boiling point. Obama readied a midday statement to the nation while Democrats and Republicans at the Capitol blamed each other for Read More…

Lorain County politicians undecided on Syria action

Lorain County’s congressional delegation is undecided on supporting President Barack Obama’s call to bomb Syria, with some leaning against it. “The president’s current plan does not meet the threshold for an authorization of military force resolution against Syria,” said U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, in a written statement Wednesday. “Any type of military action must Read More…

AP sources: Congress reaches tentative deal on student loans, roads

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders have reached tentative deals that would prevent a doubling of student loan interest rates and revamp the nation’s transportation programs, congressional officials said Wednesday. If completed, the compromises would resolve two vexing issues on which lawmakers face weekend deadlines for action. House and Senate leaders have tentatively agreed to a Read More…