2020 vision? Kamala Harris oversight role gives Democrats a new rising star

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The California senators competence and composure in the face of Republican criticism has stirred feelings that she could be a contender in three years time Kamala Harris, the Democratic junior senator from California, waited nearly two hours for her turn to question Jeff Sessions. The attorney general was appearing before the Senate intelligence committee to […]

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Barack Obama urges Congress to find political courage and defend his healthcare reforms

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Former president avoids mentioning Donald Trump as he implores Republicans to speak the truth even against their own party For the first time since leaving office, President replacement of Obamacare with a 217-212 vote, a long-promised goal of Republicans who have decried the bill since its passing. The former president was awarded the Profiles of […]

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Trump’s border wall plan hits snag as congressman backs environmental suit

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Ral Grijalva of Arizona joins Center for Biological Diversity in call for environmental analysis that could delay any construction for several years A US congressman and environmental group have filed the executive order calling for homeland security to begin immediate construction of the wall. Homeland Security has since begun a border wall beauty pageant expected […]

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House committee grills Comey and Rogers on Trump and Russia: key points

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FBI director confirms investigation of Trump campaigns ties to Russian government and smacks down several of the presidents tweets The House intelligence committee day one of judge Neil Gorsuchs confirmation hearings. Heres what happened. FBI director James Comey announced for the first time that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the […]

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What Happens When an Eight-Justice Supreme Court Splits 4-4?

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Eight-member court is not that rare, experts say In the political battle over confirming Senate majority leader and other Republicans said they believed the next president, not Obama, should choose the justice who will determine the political balance of the court. The Republicans have made clear that they do not want to confirm anyone and […]

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Obama chastises Pennsylvania senator for lacking ‘courage’ against Trump

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President says Pat Toomey, a Republican facing a tough re-election bid, is trying to have it both ways on Trump by refusing to tell voters where he stands Barack Obama rebuked Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania on Saturday, criticising the Republican for using his words in a campaign ad and for lacking the political courage […]

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US Zika funding shortfall will impede cancer research, health officials say

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Congresss $800m-short Zika bill means health services will have to divert money originally intended for research on heart disease, cancer and diabetes Senior public health officials said Congresss months-late vaccines for Zika. There are currently at least nine vaccines the National Institutes of Health is hoping to shepherd through early clinical trials. Funds from, cancer, […]

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Congress scolds Mylan CEO for trying to get ‘filthy rich’ off EpiPens

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Heather Bresch tells House committee the company should have better anticipated severity of price hikes and says generic version will be sold soon US politicians have accused the boss of drug company Mylan of attempting to get filthy rich by jacking up the price of life-saving allergy treatment EpiPen. Speaking at a congressional hearing on […]

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Self-driving car design needs to involve regulators more, US government argues

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A government proposal calls on automakers to voluntarily submit details of how autonomous vehicle systems work, and why they fail The Obama administration is proposing deeper government involvement in the design of autonomous vehicle systems and calling on manufacturers to share more information about how such systems work and why they fail. A proposal put […]

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