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Democrats Want Universal Background Checks on Guns

“Next month, they might have a chance to follow through on their campaign promises with legislation requiring federal background checks on all gun sales” writes Elaine Godfrey for theatlantic.com. A lot of symbolic legislation never becomes the law of the land, he said, but it nonetheless serves a political purpose.The legislation isn’t likely to become law. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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Senate easily approves criminal justice legislation

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation long in the making and backed by President Donald Trump to reduce sentences for certain prison inmates” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The legislation also aims to establish programs to head off repeat offenders and protect first-time non-violent offenders from harsh mandatory minimum sentences. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Elizabeth Warren wants to turn the federal government into a generic drugmaker

“Elizabeth Warren has a novel idea for lowering drug costs: Let the federal government manufacture cheaper generic versions of brand-name prescription treatments” reports washingtonexaminer.com. By three years after enactment, the government would need to be manufacturing at least 25 copycat treatments, effectively turning the new federal health office into a large generic drug company. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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No more taxpayer dollars for sexual harassment settlements? New measure would make lawmakers foot the bill

“While the law currently requires taxpayer dollars to fund settlements, a bipartisan agreement has been reached in the House and the Senate over a measure aimed at curbing sexual misconduct that would hold the lawmakers liable for harassment and retaliation settlements” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The House passed the legislation earlier this year, and the Senate is poised the pass the compromise measure during this Congress.The legislation is then expected to be sent back to the House as an independent measure. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Michael Bloomberg Schools Meghan McCain After “Anti-Gun” Comment on ‘The View’

“The latter point rubbed conservative host and self-described NRA member Meghan McCain the wrong way, and the two quickly got into a disagreement over guns” reports decider.com. But despite pushing for common-sense practices, Bloomberg assured McCain that he’s not trying to take away anyone’s guns. “The Second Amendment gives you the right to own weapons, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Source: decider.com Share This:

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Senate to take up criminal justice bill this month: McConnell

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will take up a revised criminal justice bill this month, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor on Tuesday, reversing his previous resistance to acting on the measure” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “At the request of the president, and following improvements to the legislation that have been secured by several members, the Senate will take up the recently revised criminal justice bill this month,” McConnell said.”I think Jared is sincere and passionate that this reform will make the…

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Seattle City Council approves plan for UW to build 6 million square feet, add high-rise district

“Monday’s legislation will allow high rises as tall as 17 stories in West Campus and in South Campus, around the medical center” writes Daniel Beekman for seattletimes.com. Monday’s legislation will allow high rises as tall as 17 stories in West Campus and in South Campus, around the medical center.The council changed the legislation to reflect that, avoiding a potential legal battle with the UW over the provision. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Jared Kushner says criminal justice reform bill is ‘very close,’ hopes for passage before Christmas

“The measure includes provisions to reduce prison sentences, and Kushner argued that the legislation would save money in the long run” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Senior White House adviser and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner said Monday night that Congress is very close to passing a sweeping criminal justice reform measure, and that he’s hoping for a “big bipartisan celebration” over passage before Christmas. “The president’s built an amazing bipartisan coalition of Democrats and Republicans, and we’re very close right now,” Kushner said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.Senate Majority…

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Wisconsin GOP legislation eases corporate tax break rules

“The lame-duck legislation would erase those annual verification requirements” writes Todd Richmond for seattletimes.com. WEDC is a quasi-governmental agency Walker created in 2011 that hands out grants, loans and tax credits to businesses and other organizations.State auditors found last year that the agency isn’t living up to that requirement and was accepting information recipients submitted as accurate and complete.MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Companies seeking tax credits from Wisconsin’s troubled job-creation agency would face less scrutiny under a provision Republicans included in a package of lame-duck legislation designed to weaken newly…

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