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CBO: Obamacare Redo Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured

By TIM RYAN

The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that a Republican-backed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Act would raise the projected number of people without health insurance by 14 million next year and by 23 million in 2026.

Trump Praised Duterte for Philippine Drug Crackdown

By BRANDI BUCHMAN

President Donald Trump congratulated his Filipino counterpart during a phone call last month for doing “an unbelievable job” dealing with the drug problem in the Philippines, where the government’s efforts have included the extrajudicial killing of suspects.

Group Seeks Docs on Ditching of Federal Climate Change Data

By BRITAIN EAKIN

An environmental advocacy group says it is using the Freedom of Information Act strategically to try to force the Trump administration to restore climate change data that has gone missing since the inauguration.

Judge in Mass-Murder Case Blasts Orange County Sheriff

By DON DeBENEDICTIS

Nearly 5½ years after Scott E. DeKraai massacred eight people at an Orange County beauty parlor and four years after DeKraai’s public defender began exposing the jailhouse informant scandal that rocked the county’s criminal justice system, the judge in the case says important information is still being kept from him.

Minnesota Mom Loses Fight Against Teen’s Sex Change

By DIONNE CORDELL-WHITNEY

A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by a Minnesota mother who claimed state agencies and health care providers terminated her parental rights when they allowed her teenager to undergo sex-change procedures without her consent.

Mississippi Schools Called Worse Than They Were After the Civil War

Mississippi’s schools are so bad they violate the promises the state made after the Civil War to be readmitted to the Union, parents of four black elementary school students said in a federal lawsuit Tuesday.

Judge Derails Construction of DC's Purple Line

By BRANDI BUCHMAN

Putting D.C.’s $2.5 billion light-rail project on indefinite hold, a federal judge slammed transportation authorities for ignoring his order to review ridership and safety issues.

One Glass of Wine Daily Raises Breast-Cancer Risk

By SEAN DUFFY

Drinking just one glass of wine or other alcoholic drink a day increases the risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new report.

Nightly Brief

Today’s top CNS stories, including:

  • The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that a Republican-backed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Act would raise the projected number of people without health insurance by 23 million in 2026;
  • Reproductive rights activists, clad in red robes and white bonnets, stood in the rotunda of the Texas Capitol building shouting one word over and over: “Shame!”;
  • A new report says drinking just one glass of wine or other alcoholic drink a day increases the risk of developing breast cancer, and more.

Hedging on Student Discrimination, DeVos Alarms on Capitol Hill

By BRITAIN EAKIN

Ruffling Democratic feathers in her first congressional appearance as education secretary, Betsy DeVos refused to say Wednesday whether private schools should lose federal dollars for voucher programs if they are found to discriminate.

Texas Lege Declares War on Abortion

By KELSEY JUKAM

Clad in red robes and white bonnets, reproductive rights activists stood in the rotunda of the Texas Capitol building Tuesday shouting one word over and over: “Shame!”

All Charges Cleared for Tribal Pot Consultant

By LACEY LOUWAGIE

A state jury found a non-Indian consultant who worked on a South Dakota tribe’s failed attempt to open a marijuana grow facility and smoking lounge not guilty of all drug-related charges Wednesday.

Inmate Group Fights Censorship at Ohio Jail

By BRIAN GROSH

A nonprofit advocating for prisoner rights filed a federal lawsuit claiming softcover books it sent to inmates at a privately run prison in central Ohio were sent back because they weren’t pre-approved by management.

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