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Ralph Regula, Long-Serving Ohio Congressman, Dies at 92

Photo Representative Ralph Regula in 2001. He helped create a national park, and led the effort to keep the name of the nation’s tallest mountain. Credit Kamenko Pajic/Associated Press Ralph Regula, an 18-term Republican congressman from Ohio who was a key player in creating the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and waged a long battle to keep the name of North America’s tallest peak from being changed from Mount McKinley, died on Wednesday in Bethlehem Township, Ohio. He was 92. His death was confirmed by his son Richard. Mr. Regula represented…

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Senate Parliamentarian Challenges Key Provisions of Health Bill

And Democrats made clear they would seize on the findings. “The parliamentarian’s decision today proves once again that the process Republicans have undertaken to repeal the Affordable Care Act and throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance is a disaster,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont. Mr. Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, disclosed the preliminary decisions by the parliamentarian. The waiting period provision is fundamental to the working of the bill. Because the legislation would end the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most Americans…

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Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump report more previously undisclosed assets

Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to President Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, step off Air Force One upon arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on May 23, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner initially “inadvertently omitted” more than 70 assets worth at least $10.6 million from his personal financial disclosure reports, according to revised paperwork released Friday.  The previously unreported assets were added to updated financial disclosure reports certified by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics…

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Trump’s Virginia Golf Outings Leave Paddlers High, Dry and Angry

“There is no way you can aim a gun from a little bitty, wiggly boat. It won’t work,” fumed Susan Sherrod, chair of the Canoe Cruisers Association, a local group that is protesting mightily. “You can’t pack a big bomb in it. It’s too small.” The Trump Organization’s attraction to the area is understandable. Just outside the capital, past the mammoth shopping centers and across from the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, great blue herons and snowy egrets loll along the leafy banks. Paddleboards, wooden canoes, and kayaks cluster above where…

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Ivanka Trump Received at Least $12.6 Million Since 2016, Disclosure Shows

In total, Ms. Trump will receive $1.5 million in fixed payments from the same three real estate entities. She stands to earn additional income from her stake in the hotel in Washington. The disclosures provided less specific figures for Ms. Trump’s earnings from her fashion brand, which were reported in ranges. From the beginning of last year to May 31 of this year, she or her trust earned at least $6 million from sales of her clothes, shoes and other accessories. Ms. Trump rolled her brand into the trust, which…

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Ivanka Trump Received at Least $12.6 Million Since 2016, Disclosure Shows

In total, Ms. Trump will receive $1.5 million in fixed payments from the same three real estate entities. She stands to earn additional income from her stake in the hotel in Washington. The disclosures provided less specific figures for Ms. Trump’s earnings from her fashion brand, which were reported in ranges. From the beginning of last year to May 31 of this year, she or her trust earned at least $6 million from sales of her clothes, shoes and other accessories. Ms. Trump rolled her brand into the trust, which…

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Excitement builds for “Great American Eclipse”

On Aug. 21, the moon will slip between Earth and sun, casting a roughly 70-mile-wide shadow that will race across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, giving tens of millions of Americans a chance to enjoy — and study — a fleeting but sublime spectacle, the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. It has been dubbed, appropriately enough, the “Great American Eclipse.” “It really is fortunate,” said Matthew Penn, an astronomer with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory who is leading a nationwide effort to photograph the…

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A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

Mallinckrodt also spent $610,000 lobbying Congress, triple the amount of 2015’s first quarter. The company, which makes pain-control drugs as well as H. P. Acthar, an injectable gel prescribed for multiple sclerosis and other diseases, has lobbied on issues related to opioids, patents, Medicare and other matters, regulatory filings show. Mallinckrodt is far from unique. This year, a critical and risky one for drug companies, the industry as a whole is ratcheting up campaign donations and its presence on Capitol Hill, a new database compiled by Kaiser Health News shows….

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Dems’ new slogan mercilessly mocked, compared to Papa John’s ad

Democrats, after lengthy deliberations, reportedly have settled on a new slogan – and it’s not exactly getting rave reviews. The winner, according to Vox, is: “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.” The slogan drew immediate taunts given its obvious similarity to the Papa John’s tagline, “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa John’s.” But considering the party has been scrambling to regroup with an effective message and strategy since its November thumping – all toward the goal of retaking at least one chamber of Congress next year – Obama-era…

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