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Trump Halts Payments to Insurers, Threatens Disruption, Critics Say

Trump Halts Payments to Insurers, Threatens Disruption, Critics Say

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America’s health care and political worlds alike Oct. 13, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance markets and shove Republicans into a renewed civil war over their efforts to shred “Obamacare.”  Defiant Democrats, convinced they have important leverage, […]

Trump Ties DACA to Border Wall and Green Cards

Trump Ties DACA to Border Wall and Green Cards

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has told congressional leaders that his hard-line immigration priorities must be enacted in exchange for extending protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.  Trump’s list of demands included overhauling the country’s green-card system, a crackdown […]

CFPB Clamps Down on Payday Lending Industry

CFPB Clamps Down on Payday Lending Industry

NEW YORK (AP) — Payday and auto title lenders will have to adhere to stricter rules that could significantly curtail their business under rules finalized Thursday by a federal regulator. But the first nationwide regulation of the industry is still likely to face resistance from Congress.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rules largely reflect what […]

It’s Law: California Becomes ‘Sanctuary State’ for Immigrants

It’s Law: California Becomes ‘Sanctuary State’ for Immigrants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed sanctuary state legislation Thursday that extends protections for immigrants living in the United States illegally — a move that gives the nation’s most populous state another tool to fight President Donald Trump. Brown’s signature means that police will be barred from asking people about their immigration […]

U.S. Senate Will Skip Obamacare Repeal Vote for Now

U.S. Senate Will Skip Obamacare Repeal Vote for Now

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing assured defeat, Republican leaders decided Tuesday not to even hold a vote on the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal the Obama health care law, surrendering on their last-gasp effort to deliver on the party’s banner campaign promise.  “The bill is dead as a door nail,” said Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., leaving […]

Appeals Court: Texas Can Enforce More of ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Law, SB 4

Appeals Court: Texas Can Enforce More of ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Law, SB 4

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas can require law enforcement to honor federal immigration requests to detain people in local jails for possible deportation under a new “sanctuary cities” law supported by the Trump administration, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.  But the unanimous ruling of a three-judge panel in New Orleans includes the caveat […]

Families, Relatives and Volunteers Connect Online for Irma Support

Families, Relatives and Volunteers Connect Online for Irma Support

ATLANTA (AP) — Worried relatives, generous volunteers, frantic neighbors, even medical providers are turning to social media now that Hurricane Irma wiped out electricity and cell service to communities across Florida, cutting off most contact with remote islands in the Keys. “We all sort of scattered around the country when we evacuated, so we’re trying […]

Irma 2017: Some Fled by Charter Plane. Others Took the Bus.

Irma 2017: Some Fled by Charter Plane. Others Took the Bus.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hotel dishwasher Wilman Hernandez waited with his wife and young son at a Miami Beach bus stop late last week, desperately looking for a way to get to a shelter where they could ride out Hurricane Irma. Hernandez fears the storm will destroy their first-floor apartment. With no car to […]

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