Utah lawmakers file anti-bias bill, with backing of Mormon Church

(Reuters) - Lawmakers in conservative Utah on Wednesday introduced a landmark anti-discrimination bill, with the backing of the Mormon Church, that they said would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation while also protecting religious freedom.

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California Republicans take on teachers' union in package of education bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Republican lawmakers on Wednesday announced a package of bills to dramatically change the way public school teachers are hired, fired and evaluated, embracing controversial education reforms in the most populous U.S. state.

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U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling.

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U.S. House committee subpoenas Clinton emails on Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressional committee investigating the 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya issued subpoenas on Wednesday for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's personal emails, which have created a political storm for the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate.

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U.S. Rep. Van Hollen of Maryland announces Senate run

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland announced on Wednesday that he would run in 2016 for the U.S. Senate seat held by fellow Democrat Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring.

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Unions take campaign against trade deals to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trade unions stepped up their campaign against legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, appealing to lawmakers to oppose the plan.

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Union backing elusive as Garcia seeks to unseat Chicago Mayor Emanuel

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is struggling to round up support from labor unions as he seeks to unseat pro-business Mayor Rahm Emanuel, even though he bills himself as more progressive.

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U.S. Congress' backing of Netanyahu on Iran more show than substance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the U.S. Congress generated loud applause and worldwide headlines, it is unlikely to lead to new legislation or a shift in U.S. policy toward Iran.

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Budget cuts will force U.S. to revise defense strategy: Carter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter urged lawmakers on Wednesday to endorse plans for a Pentagon base budget that exceeds federal spending caps by $35 billion, saying another year of cuts would leave the military unable to execute U.S. defense strategy.

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Senate fails to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it.

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Senator Bill Nelson calls for federal probe of Lumber Liquidators

(Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bill Nelson asked three federal agencies to investigate hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc after a report on "60 Minutes" that some of its wood flooring products had dangerous levels of formaldehyde.

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White House: Obama signs homeland security funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law a bill that funds the U.S. Department of Homeland Security until the end of the fiscal year, after lawmakers this week ended a months-long dispute over the agency's budget.

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