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Immigration Bill Remains Largely Intact After 1st Hearing

A Senate panel began working through hundreds of amendments to the bipartisan immigration bill Thursday. Most were filed by Republicans hoping to slow down, weaken or kill the legislation. And of the most contentious, which would allow same-sex spouses of Americans to apply for green cards, will likely not come up until next week at the earliest.
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Shape Of Debate In Missouri: Tinfoil Hats And Toy Helicopters

In a rare evening session of the state House, lawmakers found a variety of ways to argue, including playing dress up to comment on the nature of the legislation under debate.
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House Republicans Pass 'Plan B' For Debt Ceiling

House Republicans passed legislation that gives the Treasury Department new power in case the federal government defaults on its loans.

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Democrats Skeptical Of Republican 'Debt Prioritization' Bill

House Republicans have passed a bill that would tell President Obama which bills to pay first, should the U.S. Treasury run out of cash and risk default, like it almost did two summers ago. The proposal is not likely to move in the Democratic Senate, and the issue itself is fading in urgency as the deficit picture improves.
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Colorado Lawmakers Set Taxes And Rules For Marijuana Sales

Colorado is set to become the first U.S. state to regulate and tax recreational sales of marijuana, after lawmakers approved several bills that set business standards and taxes. Legislators expect enforcement of the rules to be paid for by two taxes on marijuana — a 15 percent excise tax, and a 10 percent sales tax.

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