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Posthumous Brittany Maynard video supports aid-in-dying bill

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:44am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a video recorded 19 days before Brittany Maynard took life-ending drugs, she tells California lawmakers that no one should have to leave home to legally kill themselves under the care of a doctor. (...)
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Price tag of bipartisan bill averting Medicare doc fee cuts

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:46am
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated Wednesday that the bipartisan bill preventing cuts in doctors' fees for treating Medicare patients would total $214 billion in costs over the coming decade. Highlights of the CBO analysis (in rounded numbers): (...)
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House GOP issues subpoena for EPA chief's text messages

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:30am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Science Committee issued a subpoena Wednesday to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy seeking her text messages and other electronic communications. (...)
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GOP-controlled House nears vote on budget to erase deficits

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:27am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Normally quarrelsome House Republicans lined up Wednesday to pass a boldly conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in spending cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions major transformations in both the tax code and Medicare. (...)
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Afghan president says his nation won't be 'lazy Uncle Joe'

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:22am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked Congress on Wednesday for billions of American tax dollars and vowed his war-wracked country will be self-reliant within this decade. (...)
Categories: Politics

House GOP issues subpoena for EPA chief's text messages

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:56am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Science Committee has issued a subpoena to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy seeking her text messages and other electronic communications. (...)
Categories: Politics

House panel passes bill banning IRS from using private email

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:25am
WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS workers would be prohibited from using private email to conduct official business under a bipartisan bill passed Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee. (...)
Categories: Politics

Posthumous Brittany Maynard video supports aid-in-dying bill

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:19am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a video recorded 19 days before Brittany Maynard took life-ending drugs, she tells California lawmakers that no one should have to leave home to legally kill themselves under the care of a doctor. (...)
Categories: Politics

House panel votes to repeal federal estate tax

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:12am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided House panel has passed a bill that would repeal the federal estate tax. (...)
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GOP-controlled House nears vote on budget to erase deficits

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 8:16am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Normally quarrelsome House Republicans lined up Wednesday to pass a boldly conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in spending cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions major transformations in both the tax code and Medicare. (...)
Categories: Politics

Posthumous Brittany Maynard video supports assisted suicide

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 8:13am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a video taken 19 days before her assisted suicide death, Brittany Maynard tells California lawmakers that no one should have to leave home to legally kill themselves under a doctor's care. (...)
Categories: Politics

GOP-controlled House nears vote on budget to erase deficits

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 8:04am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Normally quarrelsome House Republicans are lining up to pass a boldly conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in spending cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade. It also calls for repealing the health care law and envisions major transformations in both the tax code and Medicare. (...)
Categories: Politics

House panel passes bill banning IRS from using private email

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:32am
WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS workers would be prohibited from using private email to conduct official business under a bipartisan bill passed Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee. (...)
Categories: Politics

Afghan president says his nation won't be 'lazy Uncle Joe'

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:20am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked Congress on Wednesday for billions of American tax dollars and vowed his war-wracked country will be self-reliant within this decade. (...)
Categories: Politics

Posthumous Brittany Maynard video supports assisted suicide

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:19am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Brittany Maynard says in a video recorded 19 days before her assisted suicide death that no one should have to leave their home to legally end their life under doctor's care. (...)
Categories: Politics

House panel passes bill banning IRS from using private email

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:13am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel has passed a bill that would prohibit IRS workers from using private email to conduct official business. (...)
Categories: Politics

Posthumous Brittany Maynard video supports aid-to-dying bill

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:11am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Brittany Maynard says in a video recorded 19 days before her death that no one should have to leave their home to plan for a gentle death. (...)
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House renews bid to improve gov't response on info requests

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:31am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee is renewing efforts to make government agencies more responsive to freedom-of-information requests. (...)
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Here's the pitch: House Whip Scalise can play hardball

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:20am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Are you a Republican House member who can't decide whether to vote "aye" or "nay" on controversial legislation? Please step through this door between sculptures in Statuary Hall and into a quiet, curved parlor you may never have noticed. Have a seat by the fireplace — on the left-hand side — where Abraham Lincoln is said to have warmed himself on chilly nights. (...)
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Seniors rattled by endless risk of Medicare cuts to doctors

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 5:56am
WASHINGTON (AP) — New momentum for a lasting fix to Medicare's doctor-payment problem shows that lawmakers may finally be recognizing what has long bothered their constituents. (...)
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