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Medicare will require hospitals to post prices online

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare says it plans to require hospitals to post their standard prices online and to make electronic medical records more readily available to patients. The head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, said Tuesday the initiative reflects the Trump administration’s effort to encourage patients to become decision makers [...]

Source: www.seattletimes.com

Trump backtracks on Syria after talks with French leader

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WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for an abrupt U.S. pullout from Syria. One month ago President Donald Trump surprised many, including some in his own administration, by announcing, “We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now.” He insisted that the time had come for the [...]

Source: www.seattletimes.com

White House condemns violence, repression in Nicaragua

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the United States “condemns the violence and repression propagated by the Government of Nicaragua.” Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in statement that the administration “joins the international community in calls for broad-based dialogue and support for the people of Nicaragua, who yearn for the political freedom of expression [...]

Source: www.seattletimes.com

VA nominee Ronny Jackson clashed with another Naval officer in 2012

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Ronny Jackson had a dispute with Obama's physician

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Minnesota tax debate heats up as GOP plans trickle out

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Weeks of debate over Minnesota’s tax code ramped up at the Legislature on Tuesday, as House Republicans began to flesh out the specifics of their plan that comes with some modest income tax rate cuts but would still hit some 180,000 taxpayers or more with some tax increases. It’s a [...]

Source: www.seattletimes.com

Emergency special election will replace Texas’ Farenthold

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has suspended state law and called a special election in June to fill the seat vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, who recently resigned following sexual harassment allegations. Abbott’s Tuesday order schedules an election June 30 for a term expiring at the end of the year. [...]

Source: www.seattletimes.com

First lady embraces moment in spotlight during state visit

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Once an absentee first lady, Melania Trump embraced her moment in the spotlight Tuesday for the French president’s state visit, ditching her trademark dark sunglasses and shining in a look-at-me white skirt suit and matching hat. All eyes will again be on the former model Tuesday evening when she steps out in [...]

Source: www.seattletimes.com

State awards $1.6 million for Iosco County plant expansion

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state has approved a $1.6 million grant to an auto parts manufacturer expanding its northern Michigan plant. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. said Tuesday that the Michigan Strategic Fund approved the grant to Plastic Trim International Inc., which plans to invest up to $16.1 million and create 210 well-paying jobs [...]

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Source: www.seattletimes.com

Republican leaders reach deal on Oklahoma agency spending

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that increases overall spending by more than 10 percent and gives virtually all state agencies a boost in funding. The $7.6 million general appropriations bill is set to be considered in the full Senate on [...]

Source: www.seattletimes.com

State opens up application window for school safety grants

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Justice is now accepting applications for $100 million in newly created school safety grants. Gov. Scott Walker proposed legislation establishing the grants in the wake of a mass shooting at a Florida high school in February. Applicant schools must agree to provide all full-time teachers and administrators [...]

Source: www.seattletimes.com

Michigan House OKs $56.7B budget with per-pupil funding hike

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s public schools would receive their largest increase in base per-student funding in 17 years under a budget plan endorsed by the state House. The Republican-controlled House approved the plan Tuesday, including a boost ranging from $120 to $240 per pupil proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Once the Senate passes a [...]

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Source: www.seattletimes.com

Senate confirms new director of National Security Agency

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command. On a voice vote, the Senate approved Paul Nakasone for one of the nation’s top intelligence posts. They also approved his military promotion to general. Nakasone, a longtime member of the cryptologic [...]

Source: www.seattletimes.com

House passes new Pyramid Promotional Scheme Act

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A four-bill package of legislation defining and punishing pyramid schemes has passed the Michigan House. The chamber voted Tuesday to clarify that a pyramid scheme is any plan that primarily compensates individuals for recruiting others and not through actual product sales. The punishment for intentionally promoting the schemes would be a [...]

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Source: www.seattletimes.com

Former senator who resigned gives to Hawley Senate campaign

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former U.S. senator who resigned decades ago amid allegations of sexual harassment has donated $1,000 to Missouri Republican Josh Hawley’s U.S. Senate campaign. Campaign finance records show Bob Packwood donated to Hawley last month. Packwood resigned in 1995 after the Senate Ethics Committee voted to expel him. Women accused [...]

Source: www.seattletimes.com

APNewsBreak: 2012 inspector general report suggested removing VA nominee Ronny Jackson and rival from White House roles


WASHINGTON (AP) — APNewsBreak: 2012 inspector general report suggested removing VA nominee Ronny Jackson and rival from White House roles.

Source: www.seattletimes.com

APNewsBreak: Watchdog report: VA nominee, in power struggle with rival doctor, exhibited ‘unprofessional behaviors’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — APNewsBreak: Watchdog report: VA nominee, in power struggle with rival doctor, exhibited ‘unprofessional behaviors’

Source: www.seattletimes.com

Ethics committee finds probable cause of violation by Tarr

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A legislative ethics committee has found probable cause that Rep. Geran Tarr violated ethics law by instructing staff to help organize and fundraise for a 2017 street fair. It has recommended no sanctions against the Anchorage Democrat. But the committee, in a release, said it “strongly” recommends that Tarr seek guidance [...]

Source: www.seattletimes.com

Senate leaders try to get spending bills back on track

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s GOP and Democratic leaders can’t agree on much, but they both say they want to dedicate weeks to passing legislation to fund the government next year — and avoid the annual take-it-or-leave-it vote on a foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus catchall spending bill. For now, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and top Senate [...]

Source: www.seattletimes.com

Q&A: How walkout by Arizona teachers is expected to play out

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PHOENIX (AP) — Tens of thousands of Arizona teachers are poised to walk off the job this week to demand more funding for public education, an unprecedented action in this conservative state without many union protections. Educators who are among the lowest-paid in the U.S. have organized weeks of protests seeking raises and a boost [...]

Source: www.seattletimes.com

Harry Harris likely to be nominated U.S. ambassador to South Korea, rather than Australia

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Harris is the outgoing commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific

Source: feeds.cbsnews.com

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