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  • The problem: the so-called "sidecar" bill lacks the votes in the Senate. Yet Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., has said he wants to move a companion bill through the House alongside the main GOP legislation that rolls back key parts of Barack Obama's health care law and limits federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people. That strategy may just help Ryan put together...

  • The ax would fall especially hard on Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health care to the poor and lower-income workers. In Washington, for example, state officials say they would have to come up with $1.5 billion a year starting in 2020 to keep coverage in place for about 600,000 residents who gained coverage through the Medicaid expansion...

  • The Labor Department says Alaska is the only state to show a significant decline in jobs, shedding 2,100.. New Hampshire reported the largest jobs gain among the states on a percentage basis, with a 1 percent increase, followed by Idaho and Maine with 0.7 percent each. New Hampshire added jobs in retail and shipping, restaurants and hotels, and construction.

  • March 13- If the Republicans' plan to dismantle most of Obamacare is approved later this month by the U.S. House of Representatives, where it cleared initial hurdles last week, it would go next to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain. Republicans dominate the House, but have only 52 seats in the 100- seat Senate. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky: He has called the plan "...

  • President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked the credibility of the nonpartisan agency that will analyze the costs of a replacement for Obamacare, as the White House sought to quell opposition from many conservative Republicans. The Congressional Budget Office, which provides official estimates of the budget impact of proposed legislation, is expected to...

  • President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked the credibility of the nonpartisan agency that will analyze the costs of a replacement for Obamacare, as the White House sought to quell opposition from many Republicans. In a series of television interviews, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney and top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said that the CBO is...

  • President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked the credibility of the nonpartisan agency that will analyze the costs of a replacement for Obamacare, as the White House sought to quell opposition from many Republicans. In a series of television interviews, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney and top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said that the CBO is...

  • Meanwhile, GOP opponents from the right and center hardened their positions against the Trump-backed legislation. Speaking in television interviews, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump administration officials vowed to move forward on their proposed "repeal and replace" plan regardless of the CBO findings, insisting they can work past GOP disagreements and...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 617 rigs sought oil and 151 explored for natural gas this week. Louisiana increased by five rigs, Colorado and Oklahoma each were up three, Ohio and Wyoming rose by two and California gained one. Arkansas, Kansas, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and West Virginia were all unchanged.

  • March 10- U.S. drillers added oil rigs for an eighth week in a row to the most since September 2015, extending a ten-month recovery as energy companies boost spending to take advantage of a recovery in crude prices since OPEC agreed to cut production late last year. "We will not see the impact of this week's crude price collapse for another couple of months," James...

  • March 8- David Nason, a General Electric executive and former Treasury Department official, has told the White House he is no longer interested in serving as the Federal Reserve's bank supervision chief. Nason informed the White House that he no longer wished to be considered for the position of Vice Chairman at the Federal Reserve. "This could be seen as a victory...

  • March 7- A highly pathogenic strain of bird flu was found in a chicken breeder flock on a Tennessee farm contracted to Tyson Foods Inc, the first discovered in the United States this year. POULTRY PRODUCING STATES Georgia: 1.340 billion broiler chickens in 2015 Alabama: 1.083 billion Arkansas: 962 million North Carolina: 823 million Mississippi: 723 million...

  • March 6- A bird flu strain was found in a chicken breeder flock on a Tennessee farm contracted to Tyson Foods Inc and 73,500 birds were killed by the disease or culled to control its spread, the government and company officials said on Sunday. The Tennessee outbreak has already prompted South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong to limit imports of U.S. poultry.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 28- Canada's oil-rich province of Alberta has fined a local subsidiary of U.S.-based Murphy Oil Corp C $172,500 for its role in a 9,000- barrel spill in 2015 that went undetected for more than six weeks, the provincial energy regulator said on Tuesday. The Alberta Energy Regulator said Murphy Oil Company failed to report the release of...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 28- Major U.S. corporations are going to war in Washington over a Republican' border adjustment' tax proposal meant to boost exports over imports, with lawmakers in Congress coming under pressure from some of the nation's biggest employers. The political split that is opening, most pronounced in the narrowly divided Senate, could doom the...

  • Feb 27- Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Monday won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit accusing the world's largest retailer of defrauding shareholders in its Wal-Mart de Mexico unit by concealing its suspected bribery of public officials in Mexico. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla in Manhattan said holders of Wal-Mex's American depository shares cannot pursue...

  • Feb 27- Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Monday won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit accusing the world's largest retailer of defrauding shareholders in its Wal-Mart de Mexico unit by concealing its suspected bribery of public officials in Mexico. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla in Manhattan said holders of Wal-Mex's American depository shares cannot pursue...

  • Wal-Mart launched the price test across 11 Midwest and Southeastern states such as Iowa, Illinois and Florida, focusing on price competition in the grocery business that accounts for 56 percent of the company's revenue, said vendor sources with direct knowledge of the matter who did not wish to be identified for fear of disrupting business relations with...

  • HENDERSON, Louisiana, Feb 22- When Hope Rosinski's father gave her a six-acre plot in Louisiana more than a decade ago, she was surprised to find oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing the property. Opposition to the company's planned extension of the Bayou Bridge pipeline has made Louisiana bayous the latest battleground in a nationwide war against new pipeline...

  • HENDERSON, Louisiana, Feb 22- When Hope Rosinski's father gave her a six-acre plot in Louisiana more than a decade ago, she was surprised to find oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing the property. Opposition to the company's planned extension of the Bayou Bridge pipeline has made Louisiana bayous the latest battleground in a nationwide war against new pipeline...