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PA Budget Passes Without Funding
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The main spending bill in a $32 billion bipartisan budget package is past the Pennsylvania Legislature on the state fiscal year's final day, although lawmakers don't know how it'll all be funded. The House voted 173-27 on Friday, hours after the Senate voted 43-7. The package was unveiled a day earlier, after being negotiated in secret. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf supports it, but has yet to say whether he'll sign it if lawmakers can't figure out a

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Handel Wins Special Election in Georgia
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Karen Handel, a veteran Republican officeholder, overcame a deluge of liberal money to win a special House election in Georgia on Tuesday, bridging the divide in her party between admirers of President Trump and those made uneasy by his turbulent new administration. Ms. Handel, 55, fended off Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old Democrat and political newcomer who emerged from obscurity to raise $25 million from progressives across the country eager to express

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Can Environmental Mandates Reverse Pittsburgh’s Decline
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President Trump summed up his opposition to the Paris Climate Accord by saying he was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris. In response, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued an executive order honoring Pittsburgh's commitment to the climate agreement. Peduto remarked: "This exposure will show Pittsburgh as a shining example of how you can change an economy through innovation, if you're willing to be a part of understanding where the future is."

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Chairman Raja Supports President Trump on Paris Accord
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Raja, chairman of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County (RCAC) supports President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord and also the President’s decision to look out for “Pittsburgh, not Paris.” According to Raja, “The Paris Accord is a BAD deal for Americans, and President Trump's action to remove the U.S. from this giveaway to other countries is another example of him keeping his campaign promise to put American

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Trump Fires Comey
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President Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey, abruptly ending a rocky year-long stretch for the top law enforcement officer who came under fire for his handling of the Clinton email probe -- and whose agency has been investigating whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia. “The FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” Trump

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Conservatives Flood Town Hall Meetings Too
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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a town hall event in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., spent about an hour offering her vision for congressional action and fielding questions. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and acting chair of the House Budget Committee, Black has a significant role in drafting the Obamacare repeal reconciliation bill. It was no surprise the event was packed and somewhat contentious,

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House Passes Replacement for Obamacare
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The House on Thursday narrowly approved legislation to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, as Republicans recovered from their earlier failures and moved a step closer to delivering on their promise to reshape American health care without mandated insurance coverage. The vote, 217 to 213, held on President Trump’s 105th day in office, is a significant step on what could be a long legislative road. Twenty Republicans bolted

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Trump Celebrates 100 Days In PA
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HARRISBURG, Pa. — On the 100th day, the president had fun. He zipped up to the nearest Rust Belt state full of the forgotten men and women who put him into office. He bashed the bad guys of the media and Hollywood and the swamp he’d just left behind. He promised jobs and greatness. It was like last year again, all lusty cheers and smiling faces, a refreshing tonic after three months of stubborn lawmakers, naysaying judges, carping protesters,

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Murphy Right Not to Attend Meeting
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In the April 21 edition, under a headline that read, “Congressman Murphy a no-show for South Hills town hall,” the Observer-Reporter reported there was a gathering described as a town hall meeting in Bethel Park at which a crowd of 200 mostly left-leaning activists chanted, “Where is Tim Murphy?” Where was the town hall meeting? The event referred to in the article certainly wasn’t a town hall meeting. Why would any elected official attend

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Gorsuch Confirmed By Senate
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In spite of a scorched-earth campaign by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s untimely death last year. Gorsuch’s nomination was one of the most significant actions of the Trump presidency so far, and his confirmation will now have profound implications for our nation over the next several decades. Here are four reasons why American citizens—especially

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