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State lawmakers earn big money from law firms, sometimes for little legal work

State lawmakers are earning big money from law firms — and some of them aren’t doing much lawyering. Financial disclosure statements made public this month show some legislators earned up to six-figure incomes from …

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U.S., Iran, world powers reportedly reach milestone nuclear deal; announcement expected Monday

They appear to have a deal. After years of tough negotiations, diplomats for Iran, the U.S. and several other Western countries were on the verge of a milestone agreement to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, the …

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I Just Became an American Citizen. Why I am Proud.

Last week, I became an American citizen. My wife and I were among 101 new Americans from 45 different countries who took the Oath of Allegiance at Mount Vernon’s special 4th of July Naturalization Ceremony. …

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Uninsured Rate Continues To Drop

The rate of uninsured Americans continued to drop in the second quarter of 2015, according to a new Gallup survey. The decline is evidence of lasting improvement following a sharp first-quarter drop, thanks to the …

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Comment California Farmer Water Cutbacks Blocked By Judge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge ruled Friday that California regulators violated some farmers’ rights by telling them to stop diverting from rivers and streams, but the state says it can still punish those who …

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Greek-American Leaders Tout Lobbying Wins For Greece, But Want More

WASHINGTON — Greek-American political leaders say their push for the U.S. to use its political power on behalf of Greece is helping to resolve the nation’s financial crisis. But they say they could do more …

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The House Just Passed A Major Science Research Funding Bill. No, Really, It Did.

WASHINGTON — Science advocates scored a major legislative victory on Friday — a rarity in recent politics — after the House of Representatives passed a bill directing billions to agencies that promote …

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The Gun-Control Movement Is Borrowing the Marriage-Equality Playbook — and Hoping for Similar Results

If the marriage movement were a novel, then the current moment would be its denouement. The players — activists, politicians, supporters, loved ones — have taken their victory lap and drunk their Champagne. The …

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Indiana’s Marijuana Church Sues State, Claims Pot Prohibition Infringes On Its Religious Beliefs

Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis — a religion that embraces marijuana as a holy sacrament, newly born under the state’s recently enacted and controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act — …

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Paul Ryan Says Government Won’t Shut Down Because Republicans Are In Control

WASHINGTON — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is confident there will be no government shutdown this fall because Republicans are in charge on Capitol Hill, he said Friday. “I’m not worried about that because we …

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