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Leid Stories—Behind the Republicans’ Dead-Even Obamacare Vote; Is Epic Battle with Hillary, Top Dems About to Begin?—07.26.17

At a campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio, last night, President Trump boasted a significant Republican victory in repealing and replacing Obamacare in a Senate vote earlier in the day. Although the vote was a direct hit against Obamacare, party leaders said it was meant simply to authorize discussion and debate on certain aspects of the health-care law, which went into …

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Leid Stories—Betsy DeVos, the Meaning of Freedom In Our Time: A People’s Survey—02.08.17

Vice President Mike Pence yesterday cast a history-making, tie-breaking vote that confirmed as secretary of education Betsy DeVos, one of President Donald Trump’s most controversial Cabinet nominees. Pence’s vote came after two Republican senators—Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—joined a unanimous Democratic vote against DeVos, a prominent philanthropist who twice served as chair of the Michigan Republican Party.

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Lawmakers want FDA to crack down on soap makers

People who are trying to do good for their families and the planet by living a simple life based on traditional skills are facing yet another assault. Artisanal soap makers say new regulations, proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), will put them out of business. Many soap makers are rural “kitchen table” operations that rely …