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  • House votes to avert federal shutdown, Senate chances dim

    A divided House on Thursday passed an eleventh-hour plan to keep the government running. But the GOP-written measure faced gloomy prospects in the Senate, and it remained unclear whether lawmakers would be able to find a way to keep federal offices open past a Friday night deadline.

  • For rival camps in abortion debate, a weekend to mobilize

    Activists on both sides of the abortion debate will be rallying and marching over the next few days in their annual show of force, while looking ahead to the coming year with a mix of combativeness and trepidation. The events kick off Friday with the March for Life in Washington, the biggest yearly event for opponents of abortion.

  • New Trump office would protect conscience rights of doctors

    Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. Leading Democrats and LGBT groups immediately denounced the move, saying "conscience protections" could become a license to discriminate, particularly against gay and transgender people.

  • Former Montana lawmaker gets 18 years for drug trafficking Source: AP

    A former leader of the Montana House of Representatives who once supported funding for an anti-drug campaign was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for his central role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring. Michael Lange, the Republican House majority leader during the 2007 Legislature, arranged deliveries of at least 20 and possibly up to 50 pounds of meth from a source in California over a seven-month period in 2016, prosecutors said.

  • U.S. Senate passes bill to renew foreign surveillance program

    The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew a critical foreign intelligence collection program dubbed the "holy grail" because it allows U.S. spy agencies to conduct surveillance on foreign targets abroad. The Senate voted 65-34 to reauthorize the program for six years.

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    Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave a... . FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2016 file photo, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.

  • Judge keeping some documents secret in Hastert lawsuit

    The public will not get to see certain documents and testimony obtained in an Illinois lawsuit related to the hush-money deal involving former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Kendall County Circuit Judge Robert Pilmer agreed to a protective order on Wednesday, a day before a hearing was scheduled on the matter.

  • FILE - In this June 17, 2015 file photo, medical marijuana

    New York will study whether it's plausible to legalize marijuana for recreational use as neighboring states move ahead with it. The number of Americans who are in favor of legalizing marijuana continues to increase.

  • Federal responsibility in nuclear attack alerts is unclear

    A timeline shows Hawaii officials botched efforts to immediately correct a false missi... . President Donald Trump, accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks to members of the media as they arrive for a dinner at Trump International Golf Club in in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 14, 2... .

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