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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., speaks with reporters after the Republican's policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration is hoping Congress can come up with a new set of national rules governing how companies can use consumers' data that finds a balance between "privacy and prosperity." "Consumers deserve clear answers and standards on data privacy protection," Thune, who heads the Commerce panel, said in a statement. By hearing from the companies, lawmakers will be able to assess "what Congress can do to promote clear privacy expectations without hurting innovation," he said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
September 26, 2018 - 3:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hoping Congress can come up with a new set of national rules governing how companies can use consumers' data that finds a balance between "privacy and prosperity." But it will be tricky to reconcile the concerns of privacy advocates who want people to...
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September 20, 2018 - 5:13 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — People who want straws with their drinks at California restaurants will have to request them under a new law. The law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2018, file photo, U.S. Congressional candidate Tom Malinowski speaks during a rally against President Donald Trump at Clarence Dillon Public Library, not far from Trump National Golf Club, where Trump is staying this weekend, in Bedminster, N.J. One provision of the Republican tax overhaul looms large in several tight congressional races this fall. Malinowski said taxes are the top issue voters raise on the campaign trail. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
September 19, 2018 - 8:11 am
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Congressman Leonard Lance voted last December with the interests of his northern New Jersey district in mind when he opposed his own party's sweeping tax overhaul. The cap on deductions for state and local taxes that was part of the Republican plan was bound to mean that...
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September 10, 2018 - 7:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders have unveiled their proposal to expand the massive tax law they hustled through Congress last year. They're aiming to make permanent the individual tax cuts and small-business income deductions now set to expire in 2026. With midterm elections barely two...
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Gov. Jerry Brown, signs a copy of the environmental measure SB100 as the bill's author, state Sen. Kevin de Leon, right, holds a copy of the bill, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. SB100 sets a goal of phasing out all fossil fuels from the state's electricity sector by 2045. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
September 10, 2018 - 6:21 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has set a goal of phasing out electricity produced by fossil fuels by 2045 under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, who said the policy should serve as a model for other states and nations. Brown, who has positioned California as a global leader in...
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September 05, 2018 - 3:40 pm
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the commission investigating the Florida school massacre (all times local): 3:25 p.m. The commission investigating the Florida high school massacre is recommending that at least one police officer be assigned to each of the state's public high and middle schools...
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In this Aug. 7, 2018, photo. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington. America is about to get its first extended look at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 04, 2018 - 5:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set for a week of marathon hearings before the Judiciary Committee, where senators will drill down into the judge's background, writings and legal philosophy. Republicans who mostly back President Donald Trump's pick are focusing on...
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September 03, 2018 - 2:33 pm
The NCAA will be back in court Tuesday, defending its amateurism rules against plaintiffs who say capping compensation at the value of a scholarship violates federal antitrust law. The claim against the NCAA and the 11 conferences that have participated at the highest level of college football was...
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Journalists and activists attempt to block police car carrying two Reuters journalists leaving from the court Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar. The court sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison Monday for illegal possession of official documents, a ruling that comes as international criticism mounts over the military's alleged human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
September 03, 2018 - 7:05 am
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The Latest on the conviction of two Reuters reporter in Myanmar for illegally possessing official documents (all times local): 2 p.m. Britain's ambassador says the verdict against two Reuters journalists has undermined media freedom in Myanmar. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were...
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FILE - In this May 21, 2018, file photo, Alicia Renee Farris, front right, campaign chair of the Michigan One Fair Wage group, speaks in support of raising Michigan's minimum wage to $12 an hour in front of the Secretary of State building in Lansing, Mich. Michigan Republicans may stymie a pair of fall ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave by adopting a new tactic: pass the laws themselves, then change them later. Organizers of the ballot drives call it an underhanded effort to thwart the will of hundreds of thousands of people who signed their petitions. (AP Photo/Alice Yin, File)
September 01, 2018 - 11:12 am
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans may use a new tactic to stymie a pair of ballot initiatives that would raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave: adopt the laws themselves ahead of the November election, then change those measures later. The unprecedented strategy is being...
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