Next week marks the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, a discriminatory policy that, in the words of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, “is designed to deprive poor and minority women of the constitutional right to choose abortion.” Representative Henry Hyde, the congressman who introduced the amendment in 1976, was brazen about the true intent of his law: “I would certainly like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion, a rich woman, a middle class woman, or a poor woman. Unfortunately, the only vehicle available is the Medicaid bill.”
Next week marks the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, a discriminatory policy that, in the words of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, “is designed to deprive poor and minority women of the constitutional right to choose abortion.” Representative Henry Hyde, the congressman who introduced the amendment in 1976, was brazen about the true intent of his law: “I would certainly like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion, a rich woman, a middle class woman, or a poor woman. Unfortunately, the only vehicle available is the Medicaid bill.”
Starting in 2014, approximately 20 Democrat attorneys general, known as the “Green 20,” banded together to investigate ExxonMobil and other energy companies for alleged fraud and other charges regarding global warming.
Starting in 2014, approximately 20 Democrat attorneys general, known as the “Green 20,” banded together to investigate ExxonMobil and other energy companies for alleged fraud and other charges regarding global warming.
Tech areas like cybersecurity, privacy, and net neutrality are winners in the international community, a top tech official for the Obama administration said Wednesday.
Tech areas like cybersecurity, privacy, and net neutrality are winners in the international community, a top tech official for the Obama administration said Wednesday.
For the first time in six years, some congressional Republicans are willing to engage in conversations about fixing -- not repealing -- Obamacare, should another Democrat occupy the White House.
For the first time in six years, some congressional Republicans are willing to engage in conversations about fixing -- not repealing -- Obamacare, should another Democrat occupy the White House.
Clean Power Plan supporters say they were validated Tuesday when several D.C. Circuit Court judges questioned a key argument against the plan about its guidelines for shifting states away from fossil fuels.
Clean Power Plan supporters say they were validated Tuesday when several D.C. Circuit Court judges questioned a key argument against the plan about its guidelines for shifting states away from fossil fuels.
The recent comments of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggesting that the Federal Reserve is acting in the political interests of the Obama administration cast a shadow over a Wednesday hearing on banking supervision featuring Fed Chair Janet Yellen.
The recent comments of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggesting that the Federal Reserve is acting in the political interests of the Obama administration cast a shadow over a Wednesday hearing on banking supervision featuring Fed Chair Janet Yellen.
Congress on Wednesday forcibly voted to override President Obama's veto of legislation that would allow 9/11 victims' families to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, despite Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan's warning of "grave" risks to American national security if it becomes law.
Congress on Wednesday forcibly voted to override President Obama's veto of legislation that would allow 9/11 victims' families to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, despite Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan's warning of "grave" risks to American national security if it becomes law.
Political analysts were quick to declare victory for Hillary Clinton after the Democratic nominee's first debate with Donald Trump on Monday night, and a new Politico/Morning Consult poll shows roughly half of likely voters agree with that assessment.
Political analysts were quick to declare victory for Hillary Clinton after the Democratic nominee's first debate with Donald Trump on Monday night, and a new Politico/Morning Consult poll shows roughly half of likely voters agree with that assessment.
Most businesses offer goods and services that are paid for directly by customers or clients. However, the health care industry operates differently due to the role of third party payers.
Most businesses offer goods and services that are paid for directly by customers or clients. However, the health care industry operates differently due to the role of third party payers.
Americans pride themselves on being prepared for the worst: Earthquake proofing our houses, frequent car check-ups to thwart highway malfunctions, vaccinating our kids. Yet many of us are unaware of a risk that threatens some of our own communities: unsafe dams.
Americans pride themselves on being prepared for the worst: Earthquake proofing our houses, frequent car check-ups to thwart highway malfunctions, vaccinating our kids. Yet many of us are unaware of a risk that threatens some of our own communities: unsafe dams.
A key question as the Federal Communications Commission moves forward to a final privacy rule will be how the its regulations could interfere or coexist with the regime currently enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.
A key question as the Federal Communications Commission moves forward to a final privacy rule will be how the its regulations could interfere or coexist with the regime currently enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.
Less than two days out from Thursday’s scheduled vote, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s cable set-top box proposal remains in flux. But if discussions between programming representatives and FCC officials are any indication, a compromise over the most contentious part of the plan may be in the works.
Less than two days out from Thursday’s scheduled vote, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s cable set-top box proposal remains in flux. But if discussions between programming representatives and FCC officials are any indication, a compromise over the most contentious part of the plan may be in the works.
Congress will likely need to take action for the second year in a row to keep out-of-pocket health care costs from significantly rising in 2017 for some seniors. A group of 75 health care and employer groups on Tuesday sent congressional leaders a letter urging them to prevent this from happening.
Congress will likely need to take action for the second year in a row to keep out-of-pocket health care costs from significantly rising in 2017 for some seniors. A group of 75 health care and employer groups on Tuesday sent congressional leaders a letter urging them to prevent this from happening.
Advocates for legislation that would restrict people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns might have perked up late in Monday night’s debate, when Donald Trump — the Republican nominee who boasts the support of the National Rifle Association — lent his voice to their cause in front of a mammoth television audience.
Advocates for legislation that would restrict people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns might have perked up late in Monday night’s debate, when Donald Trump — the Republican nominee who boasts the support of the National Rifle Association — lent his voice to their cause in front of a mammoth television audience.
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Energy Brief: House Passes CR After Striking Deal on Flint

The House easily passed a 10-week stopgap spending bill late Wednesday in a 342-85 vote, clearing the measure for President Obama’s signature with two days to spare before a government shutdown. Congressional leaders smoothed over a final impasse by committing to include financial help for Flint’s contaminated water system in subsequent legislation expected to clear in the lame-duck session after the elections.

Health Brief: Zika Funding Passes With CR

Lawmakers approved $1.1 billion in Zika funding as part of a stopgap spending measure that will keep the government open through early December after months of negotiations and partisan bickering. Lawmakers found an opening for the measure, which provides some money to begin enacting opioid legislation, after agreeing to provide money for Flint, Mich., in a separate bill.

Energy Stocks, Oil Prices Rise

Energy investment rose modestly Wednesday, especially among those tied to escalating oil prices. An index tracking investment in the oil equipment and services sector was up 5.99 percent as of 4:05 p.m., while the oil and gas exploration and production sector was up 5.06 percent.

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