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Nine Republican Senators Join Democrats to Vote No on Repeal and Replace

By TIM RYAN

Nine Republican senators joined all 48 Democrats Tuesday night in rejecting an amendment that was in fact a Republican replacement of the Affordable Care Act, dealing a blow to the party’s hopes just hours after it took up legislation to repeal the health care law.

+ Uncertainty Reigns After Health Care Vote

Tougher Sanctions Pressed as North Korea Threat Grows

By BRITAIN EAKIN

Amid a report that North Korea will have a reliable nuclear-capable missile program capable of striking North America as early as next year, a bipartisan Senate push to beef up sanctions took on a greater sense of urgency Tuesday.

+ Trump's Power to Lift Sanctions
Hamstrung With Veto-Proof Bill

Massachusetts High Court Blocks Federal Immigration Detainers

By ZACK HUFFMAN

In a major ruling against President Trump’s immigration policies, Massachusetts’ highest court on Monday found it illegal for the state’s law enforcement agencies to hold suspected undocumented immigrants without criminal charges “solely on the basis of a federal immigration detainer.”

Google Fights Canadian High Court's Global Takedown Order

By NICHOLAS IOVINO

A Canadian Supreme Court ruling that ordered Google to block websites from its global search index violates the First Amendment, Google claims in a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

Officer Who Shot Michael Brown Must Face Friend's Lawsuit

By JOE HARRIS

The police officer who shot Michael Brown is not entitled to qualified immunity in a civil rights lawsuit filed by the man who was with Brown when he died, the Eighth Circuit ruled Tuesday.

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Moon May Contain Far More Water Than Scientists Once Thought

The moon may hold much more water than previously thought, according to a study of satellite data published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Judge OKs Sanction of Kobach in Voting-Rights Case

By JON PARTON

A federal judge on Tuesday denied Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s request to reconsider a magistrate judge’s sanctions, finding Kobach has shown a pattern of misleading the court in a voting-rights case.

Oregon Weighs Privatizing to Cure $5B Pension Woe

By KARINA BROWN

Ideas to address an estimated $5 billion shortfall in funding for the retirement plans promised to Oregon public employees focused heavily on privatizing public assets at a task force meeting on Monday, including privatizing state universities and liquor sales and selling off public water rights.

Nightly Brief
  • The Senate on Tuesday narrowly voted to begin debate on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.
  • Undeterred by President Donald Trump’s rush to roll back federal environmental law, California on Tuesday extended its lucrative business tax on greenhouse gas emissions and renewed its commitment to fighting climate change.
  • A study of satellite data published in the journal Nature Geoscience suggests the moon may hold much more water than previously thought.

Cap-and-Trade
Extension Signed
in California

By NICK CAHILL

Undeterred by President Donald Trump’s rush to roll back federal environmental law, California on Tuesday extended its lucrative business tax on greenhouse gas emissions and renewed its commitment to fighting climate change.

D.C.'s 'Good Reason' Mandate for Carrying Guns Rejected

By DANIEL W. STAPLES

The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday shot down Washington’s requirement that citizens have a “good reason” to fear that their lives are in danger to carry a concealed firearm in the capital city.

Former Editor Accuses Time of Gender Bias

By CHRISTINE STUART

A longtime journalist and author on Monday demanded punitive damages from Time Inc., claiming its fraud, retaliation and culture of male cronyism cost her a top editorial job and hurt her book sales.

Immigration Bond Company Sues
BuzzFeed for $5 Million

By TIM RYAN

An immigration bond company sued BuzzFeed for $5 million over a cover story it says was “full of false and defamatory statements,” including that it was under federal investigation.

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