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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott waves to delegates as the arrives for the Texas GOP Convention, Friday, June 15, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
June 15, 2018 - 4:37 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday told his party that gun rights are safe on his watch amid worries by some conservatives over his response to last month's mass shooting at a high school near Houston that killed 10 people. Abbott headlined the Texas GOP Convention in...
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Pro-democracy lawmakers react after a controversial bill had passed at legislative chamber In Hong Kong, Thursday, June 14, 2018. The Hong Kong Legislative Council had passed a controversial bill on Thursday on the co-location checkpoint arrangements for a cross-border Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong express rail link, a high speed rail link that connects Hong Kong and mainland Chinese cities. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 14, 2018 - 9:41 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's legislature has passed a bill that will allow Chinese authorities to enforce their own laws within a portion of the semi-autonomous territory. Independent lawmakers believe the bill governing the Hong Kong terminus of the rail link from the Chinese city of Guangzhou...
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls on reporters during the daily briefing in the Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
June 14, 2018 - 5:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and immigration legislation (all times local): 5:15 p.m. House Republicans are reviewing a discussion draft of a sweeping immigration bill that includes a visa system for young "Dreamers" and other immigrants and $25 billion for President Donald Trump's...
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FILE - In this June 27, 2017 file photo, the proprietor of a medical marijuana dispensary prepares his monthly tax payment, over $40,000 in cash, at his Los Angeles store. A proposal in Congress to ease the federal ban on marijuana could encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies, but it appears to fall short of a cure-all for an industry that must operate mainly as a cash business in a credit card world. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
June 14, 2018 - 4:11 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A proposal in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana could encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies, but it appears to fall short of a cure-all for an industry that must operate mainly as a cash business in a credit card world. Marijuana is legal in some...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2018, photo, Andy Cilek poses with a Tea Party shirt at his home in Eden Prairie, Minn. Cilek was one of two voters who defied elections officials after he was asked to cover up a tea-party shirt and button. The Supreme Court has struck down a Minnesota law that restricted what voters can wear to polls. The justices ruled June 14, that the law violates the First Amendment. Still, the justices’ 7-2 ruling suggested that some restrictions on what people can wear to vote are permissible. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
June 14, 2018 - 2:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down Minnesota's broad restrictions on voters wearing "political" hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls, but said states can place limits on such apparel. Minnesota contended the restrictions were reasonable, kept order at polling places and...
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FILE - This May 21, 2018 image shows the main page of the healthcare.gov website in Washington. On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, two independent experts said that the Trump administration appears to be taking aim at provisions of the Affordable Care Act that protect people in employer plans, not just those consumers who buy a policy directly from an insurer. The new position was outlined a week earlier in a legal brief the Justice Department filed in a Texas case challenging the health law. (HealthCare.gov via AP)
June 14, 2018 - 1:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's latest move against "Obamacare" could jeopardize legal protections on pre-existing medical conditions for millions of people with employer coverage, particularly workers in small businesses, say law and insurance experts. At issue is Attorney General...
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In this photo provided by the New Jersey Governor's Office, Gov. Phil Murphy, center, signs several gun safety bills at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex Atrium in Trenton, N.J., Wednesday, June 13 , 2018. The half-dozen new gun control laws tighten the state's already strict statutes. (Edwin J. Torres/New Jersey Governor's Office via AP)
June 13, 2018 - 5:37 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey on Wednesday enacted a half-dozen new gun control laws, tightening its already strict statutes as advocates applauded and critics questioned whether they will achieve their aims. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the legislation in Trenton alongside Democratic...
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FILE- In this April 18, 2018, file photo, gas prices are displayed at a Mobil station in New York. President Donald Trump is declaring that oil prices are too high and blaming a coalition of countries that control a significant portion of the world's supply of crude petroleum. Trump tweeted on Wednesday: "Oil prices are too high, OPEC is at it again. Not good!" (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
June 13, 2018 - 4:56 pm
President Donald Trump blames OPEC for oil prices that he says are too high, and no doubt many Americans feel the same way. But it's more complicated than that. Crude has more than doubled since bottoming out below $30 a barrel in early 2016, causing U.S. motorists to face the highest gasoline...
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June 12, 2018 - 4:10 am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese legislators on Tuesday passed a contentious cybersecurity law, which critics say will hurt the economy and further restrict freedom of expression. The law requires service providers such as Google and Facebook to store user data in Vietnam, open offices in the...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2018, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration said in a court filing late Thursday that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement that people have health insurance and provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless of any medical conditions. Sessions said in a letter to Congress on June 7, that President Donald Trump, who campaigned on repealing the law and nearly did so his first year in office, approved the legal strategy. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
June 09, 2018 - 8:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to stop defending in court the Obama health law's popular protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions could prove risky for Republicans in the midterm elections — and nudge premiums even higher. The Justice Department said in a court...
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