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New Medicare Initiative Aims to Fill Holes in Patient Health Records
Health
New Medicare Initiative Aims to Fill Holes in Patient Health Records

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday unveiled a new initiative that aims to connect the dots between a patient’s health records held by different providers. The Data at the Point of Care, or DPC, demonstration... Read More

Senate GOP Blocks Bid to Pass TPS for Venezuelans
U.S. Senate
Senate GOP Blocks Bid to Pass TPS for Venezuelans

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate will leave for a six-week break without passing a bill to grant Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Venezuelans even though the House of Representatives passed a similar measure last week. Two Democratic senators, Bob... Read More

Judge Allows Lawsuit Over US ‘Metering’ of Asylum-Seekers to Move Forward
Immigration
Judge Allows Lawsuit Over US ‘Metering’ of Asylum-Seekers to Move Forward

SAN DIEGO — A lawsuit over the federal government’s program limiting the number of asylum-seekers who can ask for help at ports of entry will be allowed to go forward, a federal judge in San Diego ruled on Monday. U.S.... Read More

Problem Solvers Endorse Bill to Establish Smithsonian Women’s History Museum
In The News
Problem Solvers Endorse Bill to Establish Smithsonian Women’s History Museum
2019-07-26 19:19:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Problem Solvers Caucus on Thursday endorsed H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, which will establish a new women’s history museum on the Mall in Washington, as a part of the Smithsonian Institution. Twenty-four Democrats and... Read More

Federal Judge Affirms North Carolina Transgender Restroom Rights
State News
Federal Judge Affirms North Carolina Transgender Restroom Rights
2019-07-24 14:07:42
by Dan McCue

A federal judge approved a legal settlement Tuesday affirming transgender people's right to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public buildings. The consent decree between the state's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, and transgender plaintiffs covers a... Read More

New Dems Endorse Proposed Standards For Border Detainees
Immigration
New Dems Endorse Proposed Standards For Border Detainees
2019-07-19 21:21:01
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has endorsed a proposal by Representative Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., to establish enhanced standards of care for people detained at the U.S. border by Customs and Border Patrol. Ruiz’s bill, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals... Read More

Henry Lozano, Who Engineered The Political Careers of Emerging Latino Leaders, Dies
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Henry Lozano, Who Engineered The Political Careers of Emerging Latino Leaders, Dies

Henry Lozano, who spent much of his career aiding, counseling and influencing Los Angeles Latino politics and politicians, has died at his home in Whittier, Calif. Lozano, who died Monday, was 85. No cause of death was given. As a... Read More

House Votes to Condemn Trump’s Tweets as Racist
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House Votes to Condemn Trump’s Tweets as Racist

WASHINGTON — For all the tumult and anger that President Donald Trump’s verbal attacks on four minority lawmakers have caused, he has been clear about his political motives: Drive a wedge through the country that forces each side to its... Read More

‘Staggering’ Number of Children Exposed to Violence in Chicago, New Study Says
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‘Staggering’ Number of Children Exposed to Violence in Chicago, New Study Says

CHICAGO — Over the Fourth of July holiday, Felix Kombwa brought the children he mentors to a festival where a law-enforcement exhibit allowed visitors to sit in a squad car, try on police gear and chat with officers. But the... Read More

Cuomo Celebrates Women's World Cup Victory By Signing Equal Pay Law
State News
Cuomo Celebrates Women's World Cup Victory By Signing Equal Pay Law
2019-07-10 19:44:07
by Dan McCue

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated the World Cup champion U.S. women's national soccer team Wednesday by signing legislation guaranteeing women equal pay for equal work in New York State moments before the star athletes were honored with a ticker-tape... Read More

Illegal Immigrants Face Huge Fines For Ignoring Deportation Orders
Immigration
Illegal Immigrants Face Huge Fines For Ignoring Deportation Orders
2019-07-09 17:32:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Disputes over illegal immigration are heating up as some long-time foreign residents of the United States who ignored court deportation orders received notice they are liable for hefty fines this week. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began issuing... Read More

Florida Lawmakers Move to Complicate Voting Rights Restoration for Ex-Felons
Voting
Florida Lawmakers Move to Complicate Voting Rights Restoration for Ex-Felons
2019-07-03 23:32:28
by Dan McCue

In 2018, 65 percent of Floridians who went to the polls supported a measure aimed at restoring the voting rights of non-violent ex-felons “who have completed all terms of their sentence, including parole or probation.” On Friday night, Florida's Republican... Read More

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