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WASHINGTON | Ruling to strike down health law puts GOP in a quandary

WASHINGTON — A federal judge’s ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who’ve seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul’s core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people. While the decision by the Republican-appointed … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ruling to strike down health law puts GOP in a quandary

TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas’ new Democratic governor promised not to raise taxes to meet her goals of boosting spending on public schools and social services. Republicans who control the Legislature argue that a tax increase is coming even if state politicians do nothing. One of the first big political fights Gov.-elect Laura Kelly faces upon … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Former FBI chief Comey arrives for GOP interview

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on former FBI Director James Comey’s closed-door interview by House Republicans (all times local): 10 a.m. Former FBI Director James Comey has arrived on Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview with two House committees. House Republicans are questioning Comey on decisions made by the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Former FBI chief Comey arrives for GOP interview

LOS ANGELES | GOP suspicion after Democratic sweep in California

LOS ANGELES — A combination of recent changes in California‘s election rules have lengthened the ballot-counting process and, some Republicans believe, disadvantaged their party. A stunning 5 million ballots — more than 40 percent of the overall total — were counted after Nov. 6. In many places, Democrats got a significantly larger portion of the … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | GOP suspicion after Democratic sweep in California

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. | Trump says time for action on ‘the Wall,’ visits golf course

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump has returned to his West Palm Beach golf course on another sunny Florida day. Trump began his Friday on Twitter, saying Democrats and Republicans “MUST come together, finally, with a major Border Security package, which will include funding for the Wall.” He says it’s “time for action,” … Continue reading WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. | Trump says time for action on ‘the Wall,’ visits golf course

AUSTIN, Texas | Trump critic Hurd keeps Texas US House seat for Republicans

AUSTIN, Texas— Rep. Will Hurd, one of few Republican critics of President Donald Trump in Congress, narrowly won his re-election bid Monday in a sprawling Texas district that has been a perennial battleground. Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones conceded Monday, nearly two weeks after Election Day, ending what had been one of the few remaining … Continue reading AUSTIN, Texas | Trump critic Hurd keeps Texas US House seat for Republicans

WASHINGTON | Record 43 Latinos to serve in Congress

WASHINGTON — Congress will have a record 43 Latino members next year. The number increased over the weekend after California Democrat Gil Cisneros defeated Republican Young Kim, who was trying to become the first Korean-American woman elected to the House. The Hispanic delegation will be made up of 35 Democrats and eight Republicans in both … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Record 43 Latinos to serve in Congress

LAS VEGAS | Reid machine keeps humming in Nevada, even in his retirement

LAS VEGAS — Harry Reid may no longer lead Senate Democrats in Washington, but the political machine he built in Nevada has Republicans on the run. Democrats romped up and down the state in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, ousting Republican Sen. Dean Heller, winning races for governor and lieutenant governor, and expanding their state … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Reid machine keeps humming in Nevada, even in his retirement