Legislation

Congress presses ahead on dismantling health care law

By ANDREW TAYLOR Congress is poised to complete its initial step toward dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law, as Republicans divided over how to replace it face pressure from Donald Trump for quick action. “We have a responsibility to step in and provide relief from this failing law,” Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters …

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Obama, Pence to Capitol as health care overhaul fight begins

By ALAN FRAM Donald Trump warned congressional Republicans on Wednesday against letting Democrats dodge blame for problems with President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, even as the GOP-led Congress takes initial steps toward dismantling the law. “Massive increases of ObamaCare will take place this year and Dems are to blame for the mess,” the president-elect …

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Illinois law enlists hairstylists to prevent domestic abuse

By CARYN ROUSSEAU An Illinois law that takes effect Sunday aims to take advantage of the trusted relationship between hairstylists and their clients to prevent domestic violence. Stylists, barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians, hair braiders and nail technicians in Illinois will receive an hour of mandated abuse-prevention training as part of the licensing process. The law does …

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North Carolina lawmakers meeting to consider HB2 repeal

By GARY D. ROBERTSON and JONATHAN DREW North Carolina’s legislature is reconvening to see if enough lawmakers are willing to repeal a 9-month-old law that limited LGBT rights, including which bathrooms transgender people can use in public schools and government buildings. House and Senate members met in the capital Wednesday for a special session two …

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Trump action on health care could cost Planned Parenthood

By ANDREW TAYLOR One of President-elect Donald Trump’s first, and defining, acts next year could come on Republican legislation to cut off taxpayer money from Planned Parenthood. Trump sent mixed signals during the campaign about the 100-year-old organization, which provides birth control, abortions and various women’s health services. He said “millions of women are helped …

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Democrat to try solving Chicago gun violence with sentencing

By IVAN MORENO The refrain is heard almost as often as the fatal gunshots: The way to reduce Chicago’s gun violence is tougher prison sentences for repeat gun offenders, keeping them off the streets and decreasing the city’s mounting death toll. That idea, pushed by the mayor, police superintendent and others, shifts pressure from patrol …

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