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APNewsBreak: Lawsuit says ‘bathroom bill’ effects still felt

AP Photo/Gerry Broome RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Transgender people in North Carolina are still effectively prevented from using restrooms matching their gender identity under a law that replaced the state’s notorious “bathroom bill” earlier this year, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. The replacement law continues the harms of its predecessor by leaving restroom policies in the hands of state lawmakers and preventing local governments or school systems from setting rules or offering guidance, the complaint states. “The vacuum purposefully created by H.B. 142 … Read the referenced story here: APNewsBreak:…

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Bill to Cut US Legal Immigration Expected Later This Summer

Two Republican senators are working with the White House on a comprehensive immigration bill that reports say will cut legal immigration in half. An earlier version of the bill proposed in February by Senators David Perdue and Tom Cotton was also expected to cut legal immigration from 1 million to 500,000 each year. It called for limiting admission for migrants’ family members, ending the diversity visa lottery program and making the process of obtaining “green card” work permits much more difficult. “Senator Cotton and Senator Perdue are continuing to build…

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Opioid Treatment Funds In Senate Bill Would Fall Far Short Of Needs

Enlarge this image The morphine-like pain killer Oxycontin is just one of a number of opioids fueling a substance use crisis in the U.S. federal health officials say. And successful treatment for the substance use disorder can be costly. Leonard Lessin/Getty Images/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Leonard Lessin/Getty Images/Science Source At a lunch on Wednesday, President Trump tried to persuade some reluctant senators to endorse repealing the Affordable Care Act. During the meeting, he mentioned a provision in the Senate Republican proposal that allocates funding for opioid treatment, saying,…

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Two More GOP Senators Oppose Healthcare Bill

Two more Senate Republicans have announced they will oppose the vote to open debate on the GOP’s healthcare bill, in effect killing the bill in its current form. Senators Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah issued separate statements late Monday saying they can’t support the legislation. They join two other Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, in opposition. With just 52 seats in the 100-seat U.S. Senate, the Republicans can only afford to lose two votes to pass their proposed replacement of…

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China Denounces Taiwan Provision in US Defense Bill

China reiterated it is firmly against any military contacts between the United States and Taiwan, after the passage of a new U.S. defense bill that could lead to American warships visiting Taiwan. “China firmly opposes any forms of official exchange and military contact between the U.S. and Taiwan,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Monday. Kang said Beijing had made “stern representations” to Washington over the section on Taiwan in the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018, which was passed Friday by Congress. The bill directs the…

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The Cruelty & Fraudulence of McConnell’s Health Bill

Paul Krugman, New York TimesA few days ago the tweeter in chief demanded that Congress enact “a beautiful new HealthCare bill” before it goes into recess. But now we’ve seen Mitch McConnell’s latest version of health “reform,” and “beautiful” is hardly the word for it. In fact, it’s surpassingly ugly, intellectually and morally. Previous iterations of Trumpcare were terrible, but this one is, incredibly, even worse. … Read the referenced story here: The Cruelty & Fraudulence of McConnell’s Health Bill

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The Cruelty & Fraudulence of Mitch McConnell’s Health Bill

Paul Krugman, NY TimesA few days ago the tweeter in chief demanded that Congress enact “a beautiful new HealthCare bill” before it goes into recess. But now we’ve seen Mitch McConnell’s latest version of health “reform,” and “beautiful” is hardly the word for it. In fact, it’s surpassingly ugly, intellectually and morally. Previous iterations of Trumpcare were terrible, but this one is, incredibly, even worse. … Read the referenced story here: The Cruelty & Fraudulence of Mitch McConnell’s Health Bill

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