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  • Exec at heart of ex-Va. Governor's corruption trial due back on stand  - (Posted 14 minutes ago at Reuters)
    RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The businessman who federal prosecutors contend gave gifts and loans to former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife is due to return to the witness stand on Thursday at the couple's corruption trial.
  • Wisconsin supreme court upholds state's voter ID law  - (Posted 33 minutes ago at Reuters)
    (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a state law on Thursday requiring voters to have identification to cast a ballot, according to court documents.
  • Businessman says helped ex-Virginia governor, wife as part of 'business relationship'  - (Posted 12 hours ago at Reuters)
    RICHMOND Va (Reuters) - The businessman at the heart of a corruption trial involving former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, testified on Wednesday he helped them out with gifts and loans strictly for the benefit of his dietary supplement company.
  • Obama to Republicans: ‘Stop just hatin’ all the time’  - (Posted 14 hours ago at Reuters)
    KANSAS CITY Mo./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took his criticism of congressional Republicans to a higher pitch on Wednesday, imploring them to "stop just hatin' all the time" as they voted to sue him over charges he has overstepped the bounds of his office.
  • House Republicans vote to sue Obama over healthcare law  - (Posted 14 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his signature healthcare law.
  • U.S. lawmakers warn Japan, Canada on Pacific trade deal talks  - (Posted 14 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday said Japan's refusal to drop all barriers to farm imports under a Pacific trade deal was unacceptable and urged the U.S. administration to cut Japan and Canada out of the talks if they did not give ground.
  • Obama to order federal contractors to disclose labor violations  - (Posted 14 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday that would require potential government contractors to disclose past labor law violations, a White House official said.
  • U.S. bars Venezuelan officials accused of abuses in protests  - (Posted 16 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - Washington barred a group of Venezuelan officials, including government ministers and presidential advisers, from the United States on Wednesday after accusing them of abuses in a crackdown on protests against President Nicolas Maduro this spring.
  • U.S. Senate bill would make colleges get tough on sexual assault  - (Posted 16 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation on Wednesday to combat sexual assaults on college and university campuses by requiring schools to provide more help for victims and work more closely with police investigators.
  • Massachusetts governor signs law limiting protests at abortion clinics  - (Posted 16 hours ago at Reuters)
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Wednesday signed into law a measure allowing to police to order anti-abortion protesters away from clinic entrances if their presence impedes public access.
  • Biofuel groups press White House on more than just 2014 targets  - (Posted 16 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. biofuel industry is urging the Obama administration to go beyond simply raising proposed targets for use of the fuels, making the case instead for fundamental changes to the government's approach to the renewable fuel program.
  • U.S. House passes $17 billion veterans healthcare bill, 420-5  - (Posted 17 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a $17 billion plan to ease long healthcare delays at the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department, adding much of the cost to the federal deficit.
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