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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 11, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

New House GOP bill delays health law by 1 year

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans on Saturday pushed the government to the edge of a partial shutdown next week, insisting that President Barack Obama’s health care law be delayed a year in defiance of White […]

09/28/2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, accompanied by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, express their frustration after the Senate passed a bill to fund the government, but stripped it of the defund "Obamacare" language as crafted by House Republicans, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Fellow Republicans skip encore of Cruz-Lee show

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some tried yelling. Others tried shaming. But by the time tea party freshmen Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee spoke on the chamber floor again Friday, other Republican senators had settled on […]

09/27/2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, accompanied by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, express their frustration after the Senate passed a bill to fund the government, but stripped it of the defund "Obamacare" language as crafted by House Republicans, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Shutdown looming: Senate and House still at odds

WASHINGTON (AP) – Time running short, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed legislation Friday that would avert a partial government shutdown early next week. But the measure faced a swift demise in the House at the hands […]

09/27/2013

With four days to go before the federal government is due to run out of money, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., center, points to a countdown clock during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, as Senate Democratic leaders blame conservative Republicans for holding up a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running. From left are, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Schumer, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate set to OK budget bill, but fight not over

WASHINGTON (AP) — A potential government shutdown hurtling ever closer, the Democratic-led Senate moved Friday toward approving legislation keeping federal agencies from locking their doors on Tuesday. But disputes with the Republican-run House and among […]

09/27/2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the Republican Conference chair, left, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, after a closed-door strategy session. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

No compromise: Government on brink of a shutdown?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving closer to the brink of a government shutdown, House Republicans vowed Thursday they won’t simply accept the stopgap legislation that is likely to remain after Senate Democrats strip away a plan […]

09/26/2013

This video frame grab image from Senate TV show Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaking on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Senate TV)

Despite Cruz, Senate heads toward Obamacare vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz’ all-night talkathon to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law surpassed the 20-hour mark Wednesday with a harsh reality looming — a test vote the tea party conservative […]

09/25/2013

Mayor, councilman compete for open Assembly seat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Voters in a Southern California Assembly district are choosing between a Republican turned independent and a Democrat in a special runoff election. Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, the independent, and Democrat Freddie […]

09/24/2013

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., smiles as he leaves the floor of the House of Representatives at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. The GOP-controlled House passed a bill that would prevent a government shutdown while crippling the health care law that was the signature accomplishment of President Barack Obama's first term,  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP House: Keep government open, hit ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charting a collision course with the White House, the Republican-controlled House approved legislation Friday to wipe out the three-year-old health care law that President Barack Obama has vowed to preserve — and […]

09/20/2013

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Senate passes bill to avert helium shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bill to avert an impending shutdown of the federal helium reserve, a key supplier of the lighter-than-air gas used in a wide range of products, from party […]

09/19/2013

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Republican leaders emerge from a closed-door strategy session at the Capitol, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dodge default, defund Obamacare, GOP leaders say

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans vowed Wednesday to pass legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown and avoid a historic national default while simultaneously canceling out Obamacare, inaugurating a new round of political brinkmanship […]

09/18/2013

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Bill would remove homelessness as abuse criteria

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has approved legislation to remove homelessness as an automatic reason for reporting child abuse or neglect. AB652 by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco says people who […]

09/03/2013

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Senate OKs bill barring high-cost school bonds

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown legislation intended to prevent school districts from selling high-cost bonds that rack up massive interest costs and cannot be paid off until they mature. The […]

09/03/2013

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