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2 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Back at work: Congress facing busy agenda, funding deadline

Near the top of the list is renewing highway funding before the government loses authority July 31 to send much-needed transportation money to the states right in the middle of summer driving season. The bank's charter expired June 30 due to congressional inaction, a defeat for business and a victory for conservative activists who turned killing the obscure agency into ...

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2 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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NC's spigot for Golden LEAF could turn back on again

The two-year state Senate budget the chamber approved last month would give $20.1 million annually to the Golden LEAF Foundation, which was created in 1999 by a Democratic-controlled Legislature to help small towns and regions dependent on a declining tobacco economy. Key GOP lawmakers at the Legislature had been skeptical of the effectiveness of the foundation, particularly as Democrats controlled ...

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4 HOURS AGO - Forbes

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With Palin 'Death Panels' Debunked, Congress Pushes End-Of-Life Planning

The politics of end-of-life care are beginning to disappear in Washington six years after Tea Party darling Sarah Palin injected false claims that Congressional health reform legislation included “death panels.” Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate by Virginia Democrat Mark Warner and Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson to help patients suffering [...]

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12 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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US, wooing Vietnam, readies red carpet for communist chief

President Bill Clinton announced the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Vietnam on July 11, 1995, following up on the lifting of punitive economic sanctions imposed after the Vietnam War ended in 1975 with a communist victory. In careful diplomatic language, he said he hoped "that the U.S. will continue to have appropriate voice and actions to contribute to ...

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19 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Closer Look: Despite budget deadlock, there are ways out

[...] as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative Democrats stand eyeball-to-eyeball in negotiations over a new budget, neither is likely to submit, forcing the state to continue stumbling into the fiscal year that began July 1 without broad authority to spend. Rauner, a conservative businessman, wants to change Illinois' business and political climate to spur investment and create jobs. Democrats ...

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