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The Two-Way
4:50 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets

The House easily approved a deal to help veterans hammered out by Florida GOP Rep. Jeff Miller (left) and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 5:42 pm

The House voted Wednesday to approve a bill that would address widespread problems with health care for veterans.

The vote in favor of the $16.3 billion package was 420 to 5.

The problems veterans have had obtaining care has drawn national attention in recent weeks. A White House investigation into problems at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals found "significant and chronic systemic failures."

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The Two-Way
4:12 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

House Votes To OK Lawsuit Against Obama

Speaker John Boehner makes his way to the House chamber on Wednesday
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:17 pm

The House voted Wednesday to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama, claiming that he has overstepped the limits of his executive authority.

The vote to allow Speaker John Boehner to sue Obama was 225 to 201. Five Republicans voted no, while no Democrats voted in favor of pursuing the lawsuit.

Republicans say that Obama exceeded his constitutional authority by unilaterally deciding to delay the employer mandate for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Politics
1:08 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

For 2 Senators, Campus Sexual Assault Solution Starts In Washington

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:07 pm

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Politics
1:08 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Lawsuit Opens A Long Round Of Political Pingpong

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio strides to the House chamber Wednesday as lawmakers prepare to move on legislation authorizing a lawsuit against President Obama, accusing him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 8:30 pm

The House passed a resolution this evening authorizing Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama. The 225-201 vote fell nearly along party lines, with five Republicans joining Democrats to vote "no."

The suit accuses Obama of exceeding his constitutional authority in his implementation of the Affordable Care Act. But as a campaign tactic, the prospect of a lawsuit appears to be a Democratic bonanza.

At a campaign-style speech earlier today in Kansas City, Mo., President Obama went after House Republicans for choosing politics over policy.

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Politics
1:08 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Senate Bill Would Fine Colleges For Mismanaging Campus Rape Cases

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:06 pm

Eighteen-year-old Anna went off to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York last year, where she says she was raped 16 days into her freshman year.

A medical examiner's report found blunt-force trauma, possibly from multiple partners, and a witness described seeing her passed out in the back of a dance hall being raped by football players while others watched or took photos.

The football players denied the allegations, and the school cleared them of wrongdoing 12 days later, before the results of the rape kit were complete.

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