New Health and Human Services Secretary Evasive at House Questioning

Facing tense questioning by lawmakers Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declined to elaborate on issues involving the Trump administration’s cuts to Medicare and Medicaid or how the department will address correlations between gun violence and mental health care.

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Pelosi Stands Ground on Budget Unless House Agrees to Dreamer Vote

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Md., broke the record for longest ever House floor speech Wednesday evening as she vowed to hold the floor — and oppose a two-year budget deal struck earlier in the day by Senate leaders — until Speaker Paul D. Ryan commits to the consideration of immigration reform legislation.

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House Votes to Avert Shutdown; Senate Chances Dim

A divided House voted Thursday to prevent a government shutdown after an eleventh-hour deal brought conservatives aboard. But the GOP-written measure faced gloomy prospects in the Senate, and it remained unclear whether lawmakers would be able to find a way to keep federal offices open past a Friday night deadline.

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Congresswoman’s ‘Death Tax’ Saga a Lesson in Estate Planning

During her time as South Dakota’s lone congresswoman, Rep. Kristi Noem has long told a tale about the Internal Revenue Service’s crushing “death tax” on her farming and ranching family shortly after her father’s untimely death. But court documents suggest Noem’s story is less a tale of the taxman cometh, and more about bungled estate planning.

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