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Mattis Waiver Confirmed by Senate

Justin Holcomb, The waiver required for Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to become the next Secretary of Defense was passed through the Senate on Thursday.  Mattis answered questions during his hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday morning, hoping to influence legislators to grant him the waiver. Current laws deny military officers from taking cabinet

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Likely to Sweep ˜Acela Primary’ #VoteTrump

Five Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states, dubbed the Acela Corridor block after the Amtrak line that serves them, will go to the polls Tuesday. If polls are any indication, the results will cement the delegate leads of Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. Both Trump and Clinton hold wide leads in surveys of voters in

Uncertainty for gay couples married in Wisconsin

 A federal judge’s order for Wisconsin officials to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses didn’t address the legal status of the more than 550 gay marriages conducted in the last week, and subsequent statements by state officials have not removed the uncertainty. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on June 6 ordered county clerks to stop enforcing

House votes to make business tax break permanent

 The House voted Thursday to make permanent a generous tax break that makes it easier for small businesses to buy new equipment and improve their property, part of an election-year showdown over a series of expired tax breaks worth billions. The tax break allows business owners to more quickly write off the costs of computers,

Wisconsin clerks reverse on gay marriage licenses

 Gay couples in Wisconsin convinced some county clerks to give them licenses Monday so they could wed before an expected hold on a judge’s decision declaring the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Other clerks, however, refused to act without an order from the court or state, which is appealing the judge’s decision. Hundreds of couples

‘Obamacare’ likely topic at conservative gathering

 President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is coming under renewed attack as some of the nation’s leading conservatives gather for a New Hampshire summit thick with presidential implications. Several potential Republican White House contenders — among them Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — headline a conference