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Bill to make union dues optional fails in New Hampshire
16 Feb 2017 at 11:00am
Despite support from New Hampshire's Republican Governor Chris Sununu, even advocates had acknowledged before the vote that it could fail, and the 200-177 margin showed significant numbers of Republicans voted against it. One was a Republican representative, firefighter and Iraq war veteran who told his colleagues at the statehouse in Concord that unions had been instrumental in helping his fellow soldiers find well-paying work after returning home from war. "The arguments used against passage of 'right to work' all have been heard before in other states," said Representative Laurie Sanborn, a Republican.

New Jersey judge again backs 'Bridgegate' complaint against Christie
16 Feb 2017 at 10:53am

A New Jersey judge has ruled for the second time that a citizen's criminal complaint against Governor Chris Christie over the "Bridgegate" scandal can move forward. At a hearing on Thursday, Judge Roy McGeady, who oversees municipal courts in Bergen County, found probable cause for the official misconduct complaint filed by activist Bill Brennan, a retired firefighter who is running for governor this year. Brennan, a Democrat, has accused Christie, a Republican, of knowing about a plot to close lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 intended to punish a local mayor for failing to endorse Christie's re-election bid.

Mick Mulvaney confirmed as White House budget director
16 Feb 2017 at 10:37am

The US Senate confirmed congressman Mick Mulvaney as the next federal budget chief Thursday, providing President Donald Trump with a key lieutenant for shrinking the size of the federal government. Mulvaney was confirmed as director of the Office of Management and Budget by a vote of 51 to 49, along party lines. Republican Senator John McCain voted no, the only crossover vote.

Judge: Bridge case complaint against Christie can proceed
16 Feb 2017 at 10:33am

A New Jersey judge says a criminal complaint against Republican Gov. Chris Christie over the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal in 2013 can go forward.

GOP lawmakers grope for consensus on remaking health law
16 Feb 2017 at 10:11am

House Republican leaders sketched broad outlines of a replacement for President Barack Obama's health care law that left rank-and-file GOP members at odds and questioning details and timing of how the ...

GOP lawmakers agree to force vote on bargaining bill in Iowa
16 Feb 2017 at 10:03am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ? Republican lawmakers agreed to forcibly end debate Thursday on legislation that would eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public workers in Iowa, a maneuver that highlights how quickly the bill moved through the new GOP-majority statehouse.

House to unveil Obamacare bill after next week
16 Feb 2017 at 9:01am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers plan to introduce their legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare after they return from next week's break, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters on Thursday. Ryan did not give a specific date and added that lawmakers are waiting to see how congressional analysts "score" their proposal to reverse former Democratic President Barack Obama's health care law. The House is scheduled to return Feb. 27. (Reporting by David Morgan, Susan Heavey and Richard Cowan; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Senate confirms Mulvaney as Trump's budget director
16 Feb 2017 at 8:28am

The U.S. Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed South Carolina congressman Mick Mulvaney to serve as White House budget director in a 51-49 vote that largely followed party lines. Underscoring the rocky reception that President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees have had on Capitol Hill, the vote came as Republican Senator John McCain opposed Mulvaney along with 46 Democrats and two independents. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Wednesday he was concerned about Mulvaney's opposition to defense spending.

Trump Supreme Court nominee's confirmation hearing to start March 20
16 Feb 2017 at 8:19am

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, conservative federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, beginning on March 20, the panel's Republican chairman said on Thursday. The hearing is likely to last three to four days, with Gorsuch and committee members making opening statements on the first day, the nominee facing questions on the second day and outside experts also testifying, Senator Chuck Grassley said. Grassley said in a statement that Gorsuch, nominated by Trump on Jan. 31, has so far "met every demand" posed by Democrats, who are the minority party in the Senate but can still delay action if they can muster enough votes.

Senate confirms Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina as director o...
16 Feb 2017 at 8:09am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Senate confirms Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina as director of White House budget office.

Wisconsin US Rep. Duffy won't challenge Baldwin in US Senate
16 Feb 2017 at 7:55am

MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy announced Thursday that he won't challenge Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in 2018, clearing the way for other Republicans who were waiting for Duffy to decide.

Netanyahu's far-right allies hail U.S. shift on 'two states'
16 Feb 2017 at 4:41am

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's far-right political allies hailed on Thursday a shift in U.S. support for a Palestinian state and shrugged off a call by President Donald Trump to curb Israeli settlements on occupied land. In his first face-to-face meeting with Netanyahu as president, Trump on Wednesday dropped a U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the longstanding bedrock of Washington's Middle East policy. The Republican president said he would accept whatever peace solution the Israelis or Palestinians chose, whether it entailed two states or one.

Governor orders evacuation of Dakota pipeline protest camp
15 Feb 2017 at 9:14pm

Republican Doug Burgum ordered demonstrators to leave the camp located on land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by Feb. 22, citing safety concerns that have arisen due to accelerated snowmelt and rising water levels of the nearby Cannonball River. Burgum also said in his executive order that the camp poses an environmental danger to the surrounding area. A federal judge on Monday denied a request by Native American tribes seeking to halt construction of the final link of the $3.8 billion pipeline after the Corps of Engineers granted a final easement to Energy Transfer Partners LP last week.

Republican Senator Collins opposes Pruitt for EPA chief
15 Feb 2017 at 7:46pm

Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine said on Wednesday she would oppose Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency, citing his numerous lawsuits against the agency. Pruitt is scheduled to face a Senate confirmation vote on Friday. Unless more Republicans join Collins in opposing Pruitt, his nomination is likely to be approved.

Trump ducks questions as Russia scandal deepens
15 Feb 2017 at 6:53pm

US President Donald Trump dodged questions about ties with Russia, railed against intelligence leaks and defended the national security advisor he just fired, as crisis engulfed his fledgling administration. Amid revelations that Trump aides were in repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials in the run-up to his shock election victory last year, the Republican billionaire battened down the hatches, even as members of his party called for a broader probe. The 70-year-old president accused his own intelligence community of being behind the leaks, directly pointing the finger at the National Security Agency and the FBI.

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