Congress is circumspect over Obama’s community college tuition strategy

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Congress is circumspect over Obama’s community college tuition strategy

6 reasons the math on Obama’s college plan doesn’t add up. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama came to Knoxville on Friday to announce a national free college tuition plan modeled after Tennessee’s program, but it was his announcement of a $259 million manufacturing innovation hub that prompted celebration among state officials.Obama said in a video published on Facebook that anyone “who is willing to work for it” would be eligible for a tuition waiver at a two-year institution under his plan.Obama, who traveled Friday to Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., to tout the America’s College Promise plan, said he wanted to make higher education as ...

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Keystone Pipeline’s Nebraska Path Cleared; Congress Votes

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Keystone Pipeline’s Nebraska Path Cleared; Congress Votes

Court, not Congress, raises Keystone pressure on Obama. TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline faces one less hurdle after Nebraska’s highest court cleared its path through the state, sending the matter back to Washington. A worker uses a grinder smooth a weld on the joint between two sections of pipe on a section of the Gulf Coast Project pipeline in Atoka, Oklahoma,Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg The U.S.That has more to do with the Nebraska Supreme Court than pressure from congressional Republicans, whose Friday passage in the House of a bill to push forward the long-delayed pipeline fell well short of a veto-proof majority.LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s highest court ...

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Following Sony hacks, Congress revisits much-maligned spying bill

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Following Sony hacks, Congress revisits much-maligned spying bill

CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Returns. After privacy concerns derailed this controversial legislation in the U.S. Not unlike a mummy, the reanimated corpse of a bad bill that just doesn’t know when to stay dead is once again coming to the floor of a Congress near you this week.1: The bill allows virtually any company to “use cybersecurity systems to identify and obtain cyber threat information.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation notes that “cybersecurity systems” could be interpreted to mean “monitoring email, filtering content, or even blocking acces to sites.” CISPA would allow these kind of privacy violations for the purpose of uncovering cyber threats. 2: Cyber ...

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Get ready for more bipartisan bills in Congress. And more vetoes from Obama.

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Get ready for more bipartisan bills in Congress. And more vetoes from Obama.

Construction above, obstruction below. On his first day in his new job, freshly-minted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., designated the Keystone XL pipeline bill as Senate Bill 1 —the first legislation introduced under his leadership.But in light of the new job numbers, the motivation behind McConnell’s ridiculous rhetoric is at least understandable – it’s been a long while since Americans have seen job growth like this. The intentions of the congressmen sitting underneath it, who took their seats for the 114th Congress for the first time on January 6th, are similarly fuzzy. He continued, “The uptick appears to coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama administration’s ...

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What Veto Threat? Congress Approves ObamaCare Law

Rubric: Congress | 11 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
What Veto Threat? Congress Approves ObamaCare Law

Empowered Republicans tackle Obamacare in new Congress. Congress took its first swipes at Obamacare on Thursday with the House approving a bill to cancel the law’s 30-hour workweek provision, though only a dozen Democrats bucked President Obama on the vote. WASHINGTON — In yet another attempt to roll back President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, House Republicans passed a bill Thursday that they said protects the 40-hour workweek, but that Congress’ own budget analyst says damages it.The House voted 252-172 for the ObamaCare bill, which tweaks the law’s definition of full-time workers who must be offered employer-provided health care.Republicans have launched their ...

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Congress Renews Post-Terrorist Attack Insurance Payments

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Congress Renews Post-Terrorist Attack Insurance Payments

Congress Renews Post-Terrorist Attack Insurance Payments. The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program guarantees insurance payments in case of a terrorist attack at places like shopping malls, big-city high rises, and events like the Super Bowl. WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday gave overwhelming final congressional approval to a revamped federal backstop to terrorism insurance, just eight days after lawmakers allowed it to lapse.Edward Woodson is a former lawyer, now host of The Edward Woodson Show, which airs weekdays 7-8am on WZAB 880am Miami and streaming online at www.EdwardWoodson.com Born and raised in Washington, DC of Ecuadorian descent, Edward is distinguished by his lucid prose style ...

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Congress approves terrorism insurance program

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Congress approves terrorism insurance program

Congress Passes Measure to Cover Terrorism Risk. WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday gave overwhelming final congressional approval to a revamped federal backstop to terrorism insurance, just eight days after lawmakers allowed it to lapse.The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program guarantees insurance payments in case of a terrorist attack at places like shopping malls, big-city high rises, and events like the Super Bowl. The sweeping 93-4 vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it into law despite reservations about an unrelated provision that chips away at new regulations on financial instruments called derivatives. Taubman (Chairman, President and CEO – Taubman ...

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Terrorist risk insurance clears Congress

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Terrorist risk insurance clears Congress

Extension of terrorism insurance program clears Congress. WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Senate’s bipartisan vote of 93-4 today extends for six years the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), a significant policy tool against the potential economic fallout of terrorism that helps protect businesses nationwide from ongoing threats, provides certainty to commercial real estate markets and allows transactions to move forward without significant interruption, according to The Real Estate Roundtable. “As the economic recovery gains traction, a swift, multi-year enactment of TRIA is essential for maintaining a flow of liquidity into commercial real estate markets,” ...

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Obama and Congress head for first confrontation over Keystone XL pipeline

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Obama and Congress head for first confrontation over Keystone XL pipeline

Canada doesn’t need Keystone XL to win US crude supply battle. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House has approved a bill reducing the number of workers who must be offered employer-provided health insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law. WASHINGTON — House Democrats took President Barack Obama to task on Thursday for urging Congress to grant him the authority to fast-track huge international trade deals with little transparency. “The president’s policy is not exactly beloved within the Democratic caucus; we’re very unhappy with it,” Rep. As Republicans gear up for the beginning of the first time they’ve controlled both chambers ...

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Renewal of Federal Terrorism Insurance Clears Congress

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Renewal of Federal Terrorism Insurance Clears Congress

Extension of terrorism insurance program clears Congress. WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Senate’s bipartisan vote of 93-4 today extends for six years the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), a significant policy tool against the potential economic fallout of terrorism that helps protect businesses nationwide from ongoing threats, provides certainty to commercial real estate markets and allows transactions to move forward without significant interruption, according to The Real Estate Roundtable. “As the economic recovery gains traction, a swift, multi-year enactment of TRIA is essential for maintaining a flow of liquidity into commercial real estate markets,” ...

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