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Nevada ends years-long Medicaid wait for immigrant kids

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – Nevada is attempting to join 31 other states in expediting health care for immigrant children from low-income families. Implementing speedier coverage will hinge on whether President Donald Trump’s administration grants the state permission. If so, an estimated 5,000 minors with green cards, refugee youth and ...

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The Latest: Bill to fight opioid abuse clears Senate panel

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Latest on legislation filed in the North Carolina General Assembly designed to address the state’s opioid abuse problem (all times local): 12:21 p.m. A measure designed to address North Carolina’s opioid abuse crisis has cleared a Senate panel. The Senate Health Care committee unanimously approved ...

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Donald Trump looks for unity after Steve Scalise shooting

President Trump said Thursday that he hoped the shock and horror over the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who remained in critical condition at a Washington hospital, would bring unity to the painfully divided country. Since the gunman targeted Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game Wednesday ...

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Judges won't delay ruling merging NC elections, ethics board

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A three-judge panel says it will not block a North Carolina law merging oversight of state elections, ethics, lobbying and campaign finance laws into a single agency. The same three-judge panel that two weeks ago dismissed Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s lawsuit against legislative Republicans said Thursday ...

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Consultant sentenced to prison for part in kickback scheme

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A former Democratic political consultant has been sentenced to more than 5 years in prison for his part of a kickback scheme devised by a high level government official. Sam McIntosh was ordered to begin serving his sentence on Aug. 15. U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell ...

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Malcolm Turnbull, Australian PM, mocks Donald Trump in leaked audio

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull mocked President Trump Wednesday night in a speech to journalists that was supposed to be off the record. Australia’s Channel Nine has leaked audio from Parliament’s annual Midwinter Ball in Canberra, citing the belief that reporting should not be banned at events hosted … Original ...

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Mo Brooks says congressional members are 'well-versed' in safety risks

Rep. Mo Brooks said Thursday that members of Congress are “well-versed” in the risks regarding their safety. “We had a number of threats the very same month [former Rep.] Gabby Giffords was shot in Arizona, so we’re well-versed in the risk out there,” Mr. Brooks, Alabama Republican, said on Fox ...

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Ken Starr says questioning of Jeff Sessions designed to embarrass him

Kenneth Starr said Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was within his right to refuse to answer questions over possible claims of executive privilege. “The attorney general was exactly right. He was protecting executive privilege, he wasn’t asserting it,” Mr. Starr said on CNN. Mr. Starr acted as an independent ...

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Donald Trump tweets about obstruction of justice reports, claims 'zero evid…

President Trump tweeted Thursday that since there’s no evidence of collusion in the Russia case yet, investigators are trying to “go for” obstruction of justice. “They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice. Nice,” he <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/875305788708974592" ...

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Former RI lawmaker pleads not guilty to campaign fraud

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A former Rhode Island state lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to embezzlement and campaign fraud charges. A spokeswoman for the attorney general says former state Rep. Peter Palumbo, a Cranston Democrat, entered his plea in the Providence Superior Court Wednesday. The 56-year-old lost his re-election campaign ...

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