White House announces support for women in military draft

WASHINGTON Obama administration declared its support Thursday for requiring women to register for the military draft, a symbolic but significant shift that reflects the U.S. military's evolution from a male-dominated force to one seeking to incorporate women at all levels. President Barack Obama has been considering whether to adopt the position since last December, when Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the military to open all jobs to women, including the most arduous combat posts.


Pres. Barack Obama and first lady Michelle lit the National Christmas Tree in President's Park on Dec. 1 for the last time.

Donald Trump begins – thank you tour’ in Indiana

US president-elect Donald Trump visited a factory in Indiana on Thursday to kick off a "thank you tour" for his election win and celebrate persuading air conditioner maker Carrier to preserve around 1,000 jobs in the state rather than move them to Mexico. The Republican businessman toured the plant in Indianapolis and shook hands with workers on an assembly line.

Trump talks $7M tax break at Carrier; PU prof. says maybe not so good for taxpayers

The state of Indiana is offering Carrier a $7 million tax break over 10 years, and President-elect Donald Trump says he's working on more incentives for companies nationwide. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence were at the Indianapolis Carrier Plant Thursday afternoon to celebrate their deal with Carrier to keep more than 1,000 jobs in Indiana, instead of moving them to Mexico.

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson abruptly resigns after 6 seasons

U.S. government officials on Thursday finalized an overhaul of how they plan for oil and gas drilling, mining, grazing and other activities across public lands in the West. U.S. government officials on Thursday finalized an overhaul of how they plan for oil and gas drilling, mining, grazing and other activities across public lands in the West.

How to weave a 21st century safety net

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Modern American capitalism is not working for many Americans. That's why, no matter what your political leanings, fixing an economy that can no longer be counted on to create steady, well-paying jobs for all has to be our top priority.

Measuring, protecting and supporting the outdoor industry

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Coloradans already know, intuitively, what a big role the outdoor recreation industry plays in driving the economy. Less appreciated in Washington, however, is how consumer spending in that sector of the economy supports, or could support, the conservation of public lands and wild animals.

Sources: Christie seeking job as RNC chair under Trump

TRENTON -- Gov. Chris Christie is angling to be named chairman of the Republican National Committee, sources with knowledge of President-elect Donald Trump 's transition planning confirmed Thursday. If named, the governor would fill the seat to be left vacant by the group's current leader, Reince Priebus, who will become Trump's chief of staff.

Trump supports completion of Dakota Access Pipeline

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday said for the first time that he supports the completion of a pipeline project near a North Dakota Indian reservation, which has been the subject of months of protests by tribes and environmentalists. A communications briefing from Trump's transition team said despite media reports that Trump owns a stake in Energy Transfer Partners , the company building the pipeline, Trump's support of the pipeline "has nothing to do with his personal investments and everything to do with promoting policies that benefit all Americans."

Wells Fargo may be forced to face victims in court

Congress just might come to the rescue of Wells Fargo fake account victims whose lawsuits the bank is trying to kill. Two lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday that would aim to prevent Wells Fargo from using fine print buried in customer agreements to derail class action lawsuits.

Cory Booker: Time Running Out for Sentencing Reform

"There are [inmates] in America who are living examples of how we are violating our principles," Sen. Cory Booker said Thursday. Despite White House attention on the issue and a bill that has bipartisan support in a polarized Congress, Sen. Corey Booker said Thursday "we are not at an historic moment" for criminal justice reform in America - and it might not get very far under the incoming Trump administration.

Duncombe: An influential UI prof

Unless one attended the University of Idaho during the late 60's or the 70's and 80's, chances are good they have never heard of Syd Duncombe. Not one to toot his own horn, he was nonetheless one of the most beloved instructors on the campus.

The Carrier Deal: Donald Trump to the Rescue or Troubling Precedent?

President-elect Donald Trump traveled to Indiana Thursday afternoon to meet with officials at heating and air-conditioning company Carrier to celebrate a deal that will keep hundreds of the company's positions from being relocated to Mexico. Yet some are concerned about what kind of precedent the pact struck by the incoming administration will set for domestic companies going forward.

Richard Spencer

Richard Spencer, the face of a white-nationalist group that gained notoriety and momentum after Donald Trump's election, has been allowed by the federal government to operate his nonprofit organization in financial secrecy for the past three years. Spencer's think tank, the National Policy Institute, has not filed financial returns with the federal government since 2013, according to a database of nonprofit records.

How Donald Trump got Carrier to stay

Carrier is getting a modest $7 million in financial incentives over the next 10 years from the state of Indiana to keep 1,000 jobs at an Indianapolis plant, sources familiar with the deal tells CNN. That is just a fraction of the estimated $65 million a year it expected to save if it had moved those jobs to Mexico.

The Folly of Opening Female Restrooms To Men

A sexual predator could be coming to an office-building restroom stall near you, because America and much of the world is flushing itself straight down the common-sense toilet. In addition to news of so-called bathroom bills and directives coming out of North Carolina, Illinois, Fort Worth, and Houston, the pre-filing of a bill for the 2017 Texas legislative session would give special protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Xavier Becerra to leave Congress for California attorney general post

Rep. Xavier Becerra announced Thursday he would be leaving Congress to serve as California's attorney general, a move that takes the senior Democrat out of Washington but not off the front lines of the battle against the Trump administration. California Gov. Jerry Brown named Becerra to the spot Thursday opened up by the departure of Kamala Harris, who won a US Senate seat this November.

Russian space cargo ship destroyed

An unmanned Russian cargo ship loaded with more than 2.5 tonnes of food and supplies for the International Space Station has broken apart about six minutes after lift-off, Russia's space agency Roscosmos says. A Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress capsule blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan as planned on Thursday morning, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

South Bay private investigator helped in search for Sherri Papini

The mystery surrounding the kidnapping of Sherri Papini, a Redding area woman who vanished on Nov. 2 and three weeks later was dumped on a road in Yolo County, has gained national attention. For one Bay Area-based private investigator, there's more than just a curiosity to know who was responsible for Papini's three-week ordeal.

Survey: Only one-in-four Americans want Obamacare completely repealed

Only about one in four Americans wants President-elect Donald Trump to entirely repeal his predecessor's health care law that extended coverage to millions, a new poll has found. The post-election survey released Thursday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation also found hints of a pragmatic shift among some Republican foes of "Obamacare."

The real problem behind fake news

The real problem behind fake news - To the list of historic firsts that Donald Trump seems to rack up daily, we can now add this: He is the first candidate in the annals of American politics to allege massive fraud in an election he actually won. - Trump took to Twitter last weekend

‘Thank You Tour’: Trump victory lap heads for Indianapolis, Cincinnati

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump headed out on a victory lap Thursday, appearing first in Indiana to salute workers at a factory where he says he saved hundreds of jobs from moving to Mexico and then in Ohio on the first stop of a "Thank You Tour" to honour supporters in states that helped him to his stunning victory. Thursday's Midwest swing will be the first time that Trump, who has shown an early inclination to revel in the role of showman-in-chief, has barnstormed across the country since the campaign.

Dem admits: We ‘have no strategy,’ ‘no plan’ for retaking the House

A House Democrat lamented Thursday that his party has no plan and no strategy for rebuilding a Democratic majority in the House over the next few years. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., told MSNBC Thursday that he voted to keep Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in her leadership role in the House, but admitted that she and other Democratic leaders don't have a plan in place.

Washington Post urges Dems to support Price nomination to lead HHS

The Washington Post is calling on Senate Democrats to support Republican Rep. Tom Price as President-elect Trump's pick for secretary of Health and Human Services. The paper's editorial board on Wednesday night said Price has shown a seriousness on healthcare policy and that Democrats should be open to debating him when he's confirmed.

SF protestors urge Sen. Feinstein to reject all Trump appointees

About 15 people gathered outside Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office in San Francisco to deliver a petition calling on Democrat congressional leaders to reject president-elect Donald Trump's cabinet appointees. About 15 people gathered outside Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office in San Francisco to deliver a petition calling on Democrat congressional leaders to reject president-elect Donald Trump's cabinet appointees.

Beware Police Drones

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Although not as ubiquitous as other law enforcement technologies, drones will be a routine part of police officers' toolkits in the coming years. This poses a wide range of serious privacy worries, not least because police have not disguised their enthusiasm for invasive surveillance.

Vice President Biden to be Colbert’s guest on ‘Late Show’

In this Nov. 1, 2016, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Charlotte, N.C. CBS said Biden is returning to "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Biden is a scheduled guest the Tuesday, Dec. 6, edition for what will be his first talk show appearance since the 2016 presidential election.

The 21st Century Cures Act clears the U.S. House

After years of hearings, negotiations, amendments, bipartisanship, and editing, the sweeping landmark 21st Century Cures Act has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican Fred Upton of St. Joseph and Democratic U.S. Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado co-sponsored the package of bills that is designed to simplify and expedite the process for approving new drugs and medical devices.

Recalled Newsweek ‘Madam President’ Clinton issue hits eBay

In this Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, Kathy Schmitt, left, folds T-shirts that she designed, declaring "Madam President," for sale at an election night party for Democrats in Seattle. Copies of a one-off edition of Newsweek featuring Hillary Clinton that carried the title "Madam President" that were recalled following Clinton's loss in the Nov. 8, 2016, election are being sold for hundreds of dollars on eBay.

Cotton trusts Trump to sort out business conflicts

"I trust Donald Trump's word that he's going to put the business of the American people first" - @SenTomCotton https://t.co/AyWgRWHLEj - New Day December 1, 2016 Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Thursday that he trusts President-elect Trump to remove himself from his business empire before being sworn in as the next president of the United States, and said it doesn't make sense to judge his plans until they are revealed on Dec. 15. "This is a more complicated matter than what we've seen in the past, with past presidents or senior officials just simply selling stock or putting stock into a blind trust," Cotton said on CNN. "You can't really hide a building, or... hide who's going into a building."

Pelosi accedes to critics’ changes

House Democrats will vote Thursday to adjust how they operate internally in the 115th Congress, a move that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hopes will placate members who complained that the caucus leadership is too closed off from rank and file lawmakers. Although his bid to replace the 76-year-old Californian as party leader failed Wednesday, her challenger, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, succeeded in forcing her to accept some of his proposed rule changes , most notably making the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairmanship an elected position.

Today in History: December 1

A Montgomery Sheriff's Department booking photo of Rosa Parks taken Feb 22, 1956, after she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus for a white passenger on Dec. 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Ala. On Dec. 1, 1941, Japan's Emperor Hirohito approved waging war against the United States, Britain and the Netherlands after his government rejected U.S. demands contained in the Hull Note.

Oil, ethanol industries join forces to save EPA fuel program

A group of strange bedfellows, namely the oil and renewable fuel industries, are coming together in a rare call of support for the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable fuel program. The groups, which can sometimes be found suing one another, sent a letter Wednesday night asking EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy not to sign off on a change proposed by refining giant Valero and Monroe Energy to the Renewable Fuel Standard that would fundamentally change the program and create even more havoc for oil and renewable fuel companies.

2,000 veterans to give protesters a break at Standing Rock Read Story Melanie Eversley , Usa Today

Native Americans march to a burial ground sacred site that was disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images Some 2,000 veterans will join demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline with the idea of giving a break to protesters who have engaged in the standoff for months. The veterans also want to call attention to the violent treatment that law enforcement has waged on the protesters, according to Veterans Stand for Standing Rock.

Probe urged over alleged drug use at Bedford, Lowell VA sites

Elected officials and veterans advocates said Tuesday that they were deeply disturbed by allegations that employees at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford may be involved in selling drugs to patients. On Sunday, The Sun reported that the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was investigating an alleged drug-dealing ring at the hospital that includes employees and patients and may be linked to at least two overdose deaths in VA facilities.

Neil Leifer photographic prints going to auction in NYC

Hundreds of Neil Leifer photographs, including his iconic images of Muhammad Ali, will be auctioned in New York City. Supporters of Hillary Clinton apparently still have a chance to get their hands on a since-recalled commemorative edition of Newsweek that was set to be released if the Democrat won the presidential election.


Carey will perform on New Year's Eve in New York's Times Square moments before the ball drops, ann... . FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, file photo, Mariah Carey participates in the "Mariah's World" panel during the NBC Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.

350.org Japan and Green Peace Japan Hold Joint #NoDAPL Action…

Japan and Green Peace Japan held a "#NoDAPL Japan" photo action to highlight the massive financing that Japanese banks are pouring into the Dakota Access Pipeline project in the U.S., a project that has endangered water access rights among minority populations in the country. This action was conducted in solidarity with a number of actions planned around the world to express opposition to the pipeline project [1].

Winning: Trump Visits Carrier in Indiana After Preserving 1,000 Jobs

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will visit Carrier Corp. in Indianapolis on Thursday, just two days after the company announced it had reached a deal with the incoming president that will save over 1,000 American jobs. A release on Wednesday provided a few details of the Trump-Pence event scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Carrier's Indianapolis facility.

With Carrier trip, Trump embraces theater of the presidency

The president-elect is flying to Indiana on Thursday for an event with officials from Carrier Corp., which is keeping about 1,000 jobs in the U.S. instead of moving them to Mexico. In doing so, he's showing an early deftness for the way the theater of the presidency can be used to shape perceptions of those who occupy the Oval Office.

Trump will face tough questions on future of nuclear arsenal

For all the concerns raised in the presidential campaign about Donald Trump's fitness to command America's nuclear arsenal, the immediate questions he's likely to face as president aren't about launching these weapons, but modernizing them. He'll have to make politically fraught decisions about a U.S. nuclear arsenal that in some ways has become decrepit.

Trump to take victory lap at factory, rally

In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he arrive at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Trump, ethics attorneys and good-government groups are all grappling with how to navigate being a president with extraordinary international and domestic business ties. While others in government are bound by rules and regulations about their business ties, the president has fewer such restrictions.

AP sources: Obama leans against last-minute action on Israel

In this Nov. 14, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama listens during a news conference in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington. Obama has nearly ruled out any last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians, U.S. officials said, indicating Obama will likely avoid one last row with Israel's government as he leaves office.

Presidential election recount set to begin in Wisconsin

The first candidate-driven statewide recount of a presidential election in 16 years was set to begin Thursday in Wisconsin, a state that Donald Trump won by less than a percentage point over Hillary Clinton after polls long predicted a Clinton victory. Presidential election recount set to begin in Wisconsin, a state where Donald Trump won by less than a percentage point over Hillary Clinton (AFP The recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein carries none of the drama of the Florida presidential recount of 2000, when the outcome of the election between Al Gore and George W. Bush hung in the balance.

Cop fatally shot while responding to domestic violence call

Motorcycle law enforcement officers lead a procession away from Tacoma General Hospital of an ambulance bearing the body of a the officer. SEATTLE - A police officer who was shot multiple times in Tacoma while responding to a domestic violence call died Wednesday night, while police worked to arrest a suspect they believed was still barricaded in the home with a gun, authorities said.

End Of An Era? Hillary May Be DONE With Politics Permanently

The election night defeat of Hillary Clinton must be taking a big toll on the Clinton family, in spite of talk earlier this week of the possibility that Hillary Clinton was looking at another go in 2020 . This week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend and associate of the Clintons, says that no such plan is in the works.

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Donald Trump plans to keep President Barack ObamaA s U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara. The aggressive prosecutor made a name for himself acting on fraud and public corruption cases.

EDITORIAL: Is Trump’s vow to refrain from meddling with Medicare to be trusted?

One of the great challenges experienced by both the press and at least some of the public in understanding Donald Trump is caught up in what his defenders often cite: The press during the long campaign made the mistake of taking Trump literally but not seriously, while Trump's many followers took him seriously but not literally. So how does all that work out regarding the president-elect's stand on Medicare? During the campaign, Trump made a point of vowing that he would keep his hands off both Medicare and Social Security.


The families of Sept. 11 victims are voicing their stern opposition to a proposed change to a new law that allows them to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged backing of the attackers, invoking the support of President-elect Donald Trump for their cause.

Timeline of planned Carrier factory closing in Indiana

President-elect Donald Trump is set on Thursday to trumpet a deal with furnace and air conditioner manufacturer Carrier Corp. that would reduce the planned 1,400 job cuts at an Indianapolis factory that became a political cause during the presidential campaign. Feb. 10: Company officials announce plans to shutter the Indianapolis factory, along with a 700-worker factory in the northeastern Indiana city of Huntington that is also owned by Carrier parent company United Technologies Corp. of Hartford, Connecticut.

US ambassador highlights links between airbase and community

The outgoing US ambassador urged people to focus on today's "inspiring" links between airbases such as RAF Lakenheath and their communities as he highlighted their important role in the UK's relationship with his country. Matthew Barzun, who was speaking to journalists just over five weeks before he returns to the US following the election of Donald Trump, highlighted the community bonds between US men and women in uniform and the communities they live in.

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Let Freedom Ring

Nevada, like most of the nation, voted red Republican in every rural county. Only urban Washoe and Clark counties voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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The 35 members of the armed forces from Lackawanna County who were at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, will finally receive public recognition. Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright's proposed budget for 2017 includes funding for renovating city firehouses, but two of them need emergency roof repairs now, officials said.

Legislator aims at monuments

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican, is calling on Donald Trump to reverse President Obama's designations of national monuments across the country. President Obama designated two national monuments in Nevada - Tule Springs Fossil Beds on Dec. 19, 2014, and Basin and Range on July 10, 2015.


Director Jeff Nichols, who made two excellent movies in Mud and Take Shelter , released a very good movie earlier this year called Midnight Special . Loving , written and directed by Nichols, recounts the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose interracial marriage was ruled illegal by the state of Virginia in 1958, banning them from the state and sending their lives into constant turmoil.

Xavier Becerra on the California ‘Resistance’

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California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra on how, whether, and why his state will "resist" Trump-era national policies. Another Californian on the left.


It's supposed to be a metric for currency and some of it is required. But filling in little boxes and columns seems so ... tedious.

Scott Reeder: Politicians must play by the rules too

AMES, Iowa - I remember watching my older brother, Danny, dribbling down the court and me wiggling uncomfortably in the bleachers, staring at my blue Keds and asking: "How do we know who wins?" I guess that was a good enough explanation for a 4-year-old, and that's usually the way things worked out. You see, in basketball, a basket can count as one, two or three points.

Carrier has been asking for-and getting-subsidies long before Trump-Pence

Indiana's government will subsidize Carrier through a special tax break in exchange for Carrier keeping two thirds of its jobs in Huntington-jobs the company had said it was moving to Mexico. President Election Donald Trump -whose VP-elect happens to be Indiana's governor-has waved this decision by Carrier aloft as a victory for Trump's toughness and dealmaking.

In choosing their next chief, Democrats should listen to Obama :0

Rep. Keith Ellison's road to chairing the Democratic National Committee keeps getting rockier - which is a healthy sign for the party. No less than President Obama seems to think the Minnesota congressman is the wrong way to go: His people have been pushing Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Michigan ex-Gov. Jennifer Granholm for the job.

LA County sheriff shuffles brass to lead department out of a dark days of the pasta

Hoping to steer the nation's largest law enforcement department of its kind into a new era, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell announced Wednesday a shift in leadership, including a new undersheriff - the second-highest position - as well as two assistant sheriffs. Jacques Anthony La Berge, a 31-year veteran of the LASD that includes service in the jails, the Special Enforcement Bureau and Transit Services Division, was named as the undersheriff, the first time that position has been filled since 2013, McDonnell said.

California Guard soldiers wona t be forced to repay bonuses

Thousands of California National Guard troops will not have to repay enlistment bonuses and benefits they received a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a deal between House and Senate negotiators. Rep. Adam Schiff, whose congressional district includes Burbank, Glendale and the Pasadena area, said legislation will ensure soldiers who were required to pay back bonuses and benefits “they received in good faith are not the subject of clawbacks both now or in the future.” Southern Calfornia native John Bischler, who spent 13 years in the National Guard, said he was cautiously optimistic about the compromise.

Steven Mnuchin will be the next Treasury secretary. Photo: Bloomberg

Mnuchin had long been considered a top contender for the Treasury post but his selection runs counter to the anti-establishment rhetoric of the Trump campaign US president-elect Donald Trump's naming of veteran Wall Street banker and hedge-fund manager Steve Mnuchin to be the next Treasury secretary quickly turned into a polarising appointment as financiers cheered the selection while watchdog groups warned that it could lead to roll-backs of crucial post-crisis regulations. Mnuchin, who was a Goldman Sachs partner before starting Dune Capital Management and later running Pasadena lender OneWest Bank, confirmed the appointment in an early morning appearance on CNBC.

Overtime pay battle stumps employers

A federal judge's injunction of President Barack Obama's attempt to expand overtime pay for 4.2 million workers has left some employers unsure of how to allot future salaries while their employees wonder how they will be paid. The regulation was scheduled to go into effect today, but U.S. District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant III issued an injunction on Nov. 22, to the U.S. Department of Labor's dismay.

NC officials order Durham vote recount after GOP appeal

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Heavily Democratic Durham County must recount more than 94,000 votes in the still-undecided governor's race, North Carolina elections officials ordered on Wednesday, further delaying declaring a winner three weeks after Election Day. The Republican-led statewide elections board voted 3-2 along party lines in favor of a Republican bid to recount the early ballots cast before Nov. 8. Durham County election officials didn't know definitively whether the recount effort will take hours or days.

No Gunfight At OK Corral

Police sergeant John Poulos has been engaged in two rather interesting gun fights over the past two years. This Chicago cop claimed he saw 19 year old Kajuan Ray point a gun at him twice during a foot chase in West Englewood.When police arrived at the scene of this 'shoot-out' they discovered that Sgt.

Too Much Truth To Power Is Not Necessarily A Good Thing

Or just CLICK THIS LINK to start shopping for anything. Don't worry - anything you buy through it will pay Daily Pundit a commission! Thanks! Four other states do not require permits to carry a handgun including Arizona, Alaska, Vermont and Wyoming, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Albany’s Spat Over Pay Raises Turns Into Late Night Press Release War

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie-the two most powerful Democrats in Albany-escalated their feud over a proposed salary bump for state legislators tonight in a pair of dueling press releases, which found Heastie accusing the governor of holding the State Legislature hostage and of disseminating misinformation. For more than two weeks, the governor and State Legislature have bickered over the possibility of giving lawmakers their first pay raise since 1999, ever since Cuomo's appointees to the Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation blocked the increase at a meeting earlier this month.

America’s poor still lack access to basic banking services

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In recent years, the Treasury Department has made financial inclusion a priority. What's to come? Gillian B. White considers the future, for The Atlantic.