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The League of Arizona Cities and Towns has sued the state, arguing that the state legislature “unconstitutionally approved policy changes that affect…how cities enforce requirements that people show proof of citizenship to receive government benefits.”
U.S. and Canadian safety chiefs vowed yesterday “to jointly combat organized crime and violent extremism in a bid to boost legal travel and trade across their shared border.”
MIT economist Jonathan Gruber says that too few lawmakers are worrying about the affordability measures in health care reform. “Let’s put it this way: It is 10 times as important as the public option and has received one one-hundredth of the coverage,” he says
Kaiser Health News asks “how would legislation affect premiums paid by individuals and small businesses, two groups that currently face wildly unpredictable rate increases year to year?”
Why does Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) think that his best shot to pass health care reform is through regular order?
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) “has asked key members of his committee to split off into bipartisan working groups in an effort to break the logjam on financial reform legislation.”
World Bank President Robert Zoellick warned yesterday that “swift interest rate hikes aimed at containing inflation in product and asset prices could cause another downturn in the slowly recovering economies of the United States and Europe.”
“Iran would be willing to give up some of its stock of low-enriched uranium in exchange for fuel for a medical reactor, as long as the swap takes place on its own soil,” Iranian officials said yesterday. “The United States, Russia and France have indicated that they would reject any swap on Iranian soil.”
“A key official in the Obama administration’s effort to remake detention policy and close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay has resigned.” Phillip Carter “said in a brief telephone interview that he was leaving for ‘personal and family reasons’ and not because of any policy differences with the administration.”
“Israel has rejected a demand for the release of two Hamas commanders as part of any exchange for a captured Israeli soldier, a source close to negotiations said Wednesday, signaling talks had hit a snag.”