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House votes to expand college accounts Obama wanted to scrap

      WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Wednesday to expand the benefits of popular college savings plans that President Barack Obama failed to scale back. The bill would let students use money from college savings accounts to buy computers and other technology, something they cannot do now with tax-free distributions from the accounts. [...]

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Governors: No clear plan if health care subsidies fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people could lose health insurance subsidies in the coming months if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.And one thing was clear this weekend as the nation’s governors gathered in Washington: Many of the states that could be affected are not prepared for the [...]

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Winking congressman steals spotlight in House floor speech

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Maryland congressman has taken the photo bomb to the next level. Republican Rep. Andy Harris was caught on C-SPAN winking and grinning behind a fellow lawmaker speaking from the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday. A video of the winks was making the rounds on national news sites [...]

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Congress set to pass bill approving Keystone XL pipeline

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Congress is set to send a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto it. The House is expected to pass the bill easily Wednesday, capping weeks of debate over one of Republicans’ top priorities — a bill authorizing the construction [...]

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Congress: Ventilation drew smoke into stricken subway train

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Ventilation fans in Washington’s subway tunnels didn’t work properly during a fatal accident last week in which a train filled with smoke, and fans on the stricken train actually drew smoke inside the cars, members of Congress said Wednesday. One woman died and more than 80 others were hospitalized with smoke [...]

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Republicans plan to offer their own solutions on immigration

  HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers determined to counter President Barack Obama on immigration want to advance solutions of their own, starting with a border security bill and perhaps moving on to tackle other aspects of the broken system. It’s a goal House Republicans have tried and failed to achieve for the past two [...]

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