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  • Congressional Baseball Game carries on, one day after shooting
    Posted in In the News on June 15, 2017 | Preview rr

    The Democratic and Republican congressional baseball teams proceeded with their annual game to benefit charity Thursday night under the lights at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., only 36 hours after a shooter unleashed gunfire at a GOP team practice. The Democrats won the game, 11-2. Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, his team's manager, accepted the trophy, then gave it to his GOP counterpart, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, to put in Scalise's office on behalf of the Democrats. After acc... Read more

  • Colorado's delegation OK after baseball shooting
    Posted in In the News on June 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    DENVER (AP)-- No one in Colorado's congressional delegation was hurt in the shooting at a baseball practice for Republican congressional members that wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. No Colorado lawmakers were playing on the Republican team but U.S. Reps. Jared Polis and Ed Perlmutter were practicing with the Democratic team on another field about two miles away Wednesday morning. Polis told KOA-AM that there was no security at the Democratic practice until after the shooting. He says ... Read more

  • Dodd-Frank battle may not help America's favorite banks
    Posted in In the News on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    The Republican overhaul of the Dodd-Frank banking law moving toward a House floor vote is a Washington cage fight, with Democrats and Republicans sharply divided. But one section of it seems to meet with widespread approval: regulatory relief for small banks. Known as community banks for their local focus, these institutions are mother-and-child figures on Capitol Hill, inspiring love and support on both sides of the often miles-wide aisle. There's far-ranging agreement on the need to lighten th... Read more

  • What withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement means
    Posted in In the News on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    The United States is leaving an international agreement aimed at lowering greenhouse gases. “I am fighting every day for the great people of this country,” President Donald Trump said during a speech at the White House Thursday afternoon. “Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.” Here’s how the agreement works and what U.S. withdrawal means: What is the Paris climate agreement? It’s a promis... Read more

  • Trump says US will abandon global climate accord — Colorado officials condemn, shrug
    Posted in In the News on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    WASHINGTON | President Donald Trump declared Thursday he was withdrawing the U.S. from the landmark Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies abroad. He said the U.S. would try to re-enter but only if it can get more favorable terms. Framing his decision as “a reassertion of America’s sovereignty,” he said, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” His decision ended weeks of ... Read more

  • What Colorado lawmakers are saying about Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris accord
    Posted in In the News on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he would begin the four-year process of taking the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. In doing so, he cited a much disputed report that predicted the agreement would cost American jobs, and he set the U.S. at odds with nearly every other country in the world. Colorado’s elected Democrats, many of whom had pleaded with the president not to take this step, had a lot to say. They slammed the president and pledged that Colorado and Denver... Read more

  • Dems scorn Trump decision, GOP lawmakers are quiet
    Posted in In the News on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement brought sharp criticism from Colorado's Democratic lawmakers Thursday and little support from Republicans. While in Pueblo touring an addiction treatment center, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet said Trump is turning his back on renewable energy and the new economy, where Colorado is a leader. Democrats may have been expecting the Trump decision because they quickly announced their disagreement. Republican lawm... Read more

  • ICE reprieves for Vizguerra and Hernandez Garcia ring hollow
    Posted in In the News on May 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    President Donald Trump’s claim that his administration would focus its massive deportation efforts on removing criminals isn’t proving all that reliable. The decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials early this month to rein in a little-used congressional privilege exposes the hardliner ideology behind statistics that show many of those being trucked out of the county aren’t bad actors. ICE’s policy change also complicates celebration of the agency’s sensible agreement to stop de... Read more

  • GOP health bill: 23 milion more uninsured; sick risk higher costs
    Posted in In the News on May 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    WASHINGTON | Congress’ official budget analyst is projecting that the House Republican health care bill would produce 23 million more uninsured people and costly, perhaps unaffordable coverage for the seriously ill. Now Republicans in the Senate have to decide how to make their version different. The Congressional Budget Office report, issued Wednesday, also found that average premiums would fall compared with President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, a chief goal of many Republicans. But t... Read more

  • CBO: GOP's AHCA leaves 23M fewer insured; dangerous risk for those with preexisting conditions
    Posted in In the News on May 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    WASHINGTON – The House-passed GOP health care bill would leave 23 million fewer people insured by 2026 than would have been under Obamacare, and costs could soar for older Americans and people with pre-existing medical conditions in some states, according to new analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released Wednesday. House Republicans forced a vote on the revised American Health Care Act late last month before the CBO could re-score the bill with its added amendments. It pa... Read more

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