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Wisconsin representatives take up right-to-work bill

Workers gather outside the State Capitol building in MadisonBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Wisconsin lawmakers on Monday made a final push toward adopting a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker to bar private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union-negotiated contracts. The measure, which would make Wisconsin the 25th state to enact a "right-to-work" law, is expected to pass the Republican-led state Assembly as soon as Thursday and then be signed into law by Walker, a Republican presidential hopeful. "Unions argue that they benefit ordinary Americans, but in economic terms, unions (operate) as a labor cartel," said James Sherk, a Heritage Foundation policy analyst, who testified in support of legislation at an 11-hour public hearing on Monday in front of the Assembly labor committee. "If Wisconsin is truly open for business, you will vote with your constituents and turn down this bill," said Tim Silha, a UAW union president from Janesville.

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Democrats fend off GOP renewable energy bill

A Republican effort to reduce renewable energy mandates on Colorado utilities failed its first test before a Democratic panel Monday. The rejection of the renewable-energy reduction continued a string ...

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Boehner leaves open possible vote on Dem-backed DHS bill

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the chamber as the House failed to advance a short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded past a midnight deadline, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday evening, Feb. 27, 2015. Conservatives in Speaker Boehner's own party fought against three-week funding measure because it would not overturn Obama’s actions on immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday that the House might pass long-term funding for the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions attached, as Republican options dwindled for avoiding a capitulation to the White House and Democrats.

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U.S. air safety threatened by possible hacking: senators

Major security vulnerabilities in the Federal Aviation Administration's information systems are putting air traffic control programs, along with plane passengers, at risk, two U.S. senators said in a letter to the transportation secretary on Monday. "T...

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Congress grapples with U.S. domestic security agency funding

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Heightening the political drama over funding the U.S. domestic security agency, the Senate Monday voted to block negotiations with the House of Representatives, leaving few options for House Speaker John Boehner a...

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Senate Dems block negotiations on Homeland bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have blocked a Republican move to open formal negotiations with the House on legislation combining funding for the Homeland Security Department with restrictions on President Barack Obama's immigration policy.

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Debate on common wage repeal lingers during contractor event

A Republican-backed proposal to repeal the state law that sets wages for public construction projects requires further study instead of a quick vote, opponents of the measure said Monday. Indiana contractors ...

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Bipartisan letter in House raises concerns over Iran talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Relations Committee are circulating a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama highlighting concerns about a prospective deal the U.S. and its partners are negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program.

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U.S. justices raise doubts about Arizona redistricting commission

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared skeptical of a voter-approved plan that stripped Arizona state lawmakers of their role in drawing congressional districts in an bid to remove partisan politics from the...

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