2 GOP senators would let states keep Obama health law

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. listens at left as Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, to announce the Patient Freedom Act of 2017, a possible GOP replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican senators said Monday that they'll propose legislation that lets states keep former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul or opt for a new program providing trimmed-down coverage.



Republicans propose giving U.S. states option to keep Obamacare

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks at a news conference with a bipartisan group of senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., to unveil a compromise proposal on gun control measuresBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Republican senators said on Monday that U.S. states should be allowed to stay in the Obamacare healthcare insurance program if they like, with one adding she felt confused by President Donald Trump's broad but unspecific executive order targeting the program. Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a promise to dismantle Obamacare, and they are working on carrying out that pledge as an early product of united Republican control of the White House and Congress.



Texas governor warns Austin sheriff over 'sanctuary cities'
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday told Austin's liberal sheriff that her jail would become the first in the state to lose taxpayer money over so-called "sanctuary cities" policies unless she reverses plans to curtail working with federal immigration authorities by February.

More Californians dreaming of a country without Trump: poll

File photo of the California flagBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The election of Republican businessman Donald Trump as president of the United States has some Californians dreaming - of their own country. One in every three California residents supports the most populous U.S. state's peaceful withdrawal from the union, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, many of them Democrats strongly opposed to Trump's ascension to the country's highest office. California also far surpasses the national average favoring secession, which stood at 22 percent, down from 24 percent in 2014.



Trump pulls U.S. out of Pacific trade deal, loosening Asia ties

President Trump signs executive orders at the White House in WashingtonFulfilling a campaign pledge to end American involvement in the 2015 pact, Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office pulling the United States from the 12-nation TPP. "Great thing for the American worker," Trump said as he signed the order on his third full day in office. The Republican says the trade deal would have damaged U.S. manufacturing.



U.S. blocks health insurer Aetna's $34 billion Humana acquisition

A trader points up at a display on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeA U.S. judge blocked on Monday health insurer Aetna Inc's proposed $34 billion acquisition of smaller peer Humana Inc, raising the stakes for rival Anthem Inc as it battles to clear a $54 billion deal to buy Cigna Corp. The ruling is the latest sign of antitrust authorities having grown more assertive under U.S. President Barack Obama, whose term ended last week.



Spain 'regrets' disappearance of White House Spanish site

Spain's Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told reporters he 'regrets' the deletion of the Spanish version of the websiteSpain voiced concern Monday over the disappearance of the US White House's Spanish-language website since Donald Trump came to power, saying it was "not a good idea" in a country with millions of Hispanics. The White House has not yet clarified whether the Spanish section of the website has been taken down temporarily to be updated, or whether US President Trump's new administration has decided to remove it altogether. "We regret that the Spanish version of the website was deleted, it doesn't seem like a good idea," Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told reporters.



Nebraska state senator criticized for women's march retweet

FILE - In this March 29, 2016 file photo, Nebraska state Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion, speaks during debate in Lincoln, Neb. Kintner, who had cybersex with a woman on a state computer, is facing criticism again for a retweet Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, suggesting that demonstrators at a women's march weren't attractive enough to be sexually assaulted. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state senator who had cybersex with a woman on a state computer is facing criticism again for a retweet suggesting that demonstrators at a women's march weren't attractive enough to be sexually assaulted.



Trump opponent poised to become California attorney general

FILE- In this Jan. 10, 2017, file photo, Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., responds to a lawmakers question during during his confirmation hearing before the Assembly Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General in Sacramento, Calif. In their first official action since Donald Trump became president, California lawmakers are poised vote Monday, Jan. 23, on confirming attorney general nominee, Becerra, who has vowed to defend the state’s liberal policies against the Trump administration and the Republican Congress. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In their first official action since Donald Trump became president, California lawmakers are poised Monday to confirm a Democratic nominee for attorney general who has vowed to defend the state's liberal policies against the new administration and the Republican Congress.



Trump taps ex-Rep. Heather Wilson for Air Force secretary

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, Heather Wilson is seen in Albuquerque, N.M. President Donald Trump is planning to nominate the former New Mexico Rep. Heather Wilson as secretary of the Air Force. In confirmed, she would be the first Air Force Academy graduate to hold the position. (AP Photo/Jake Schoellkopf, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday he has selected former Republican congresswoman Heather Wilson of New Mexico to be secretary of the Air Force.



Bill would limit influence of unions on public project bids
Two Republican lawmakers are proposing that Wisconsin limit union influence on bids for public projects. The proposal from Sen. Leah Vukmir and Rep. Rob Hutton would prohibit state and local governments ...

Supreme Court rejects Texas voter ID requirement

Texas' Republican authorities enacted a statute in 2011 that required voters to show one of seven types of official IDThe US Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider an appeal by Texas to revive strict voter-identification requirements that a lower court had ruled were discriminatory. Enacted by the state's Republican authorities in 2011 and considered one of the strictest such laws in the United States, it required voters to show one of seven types of official ID. It allowed concealed handgun licenses and military ID cards, but not certain forms of federal identification and student ID cards.



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