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House GOP to Release Border Bill

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 49 min 50 sec ago
House Republicans later today will release a bill providing $659 million to help deal with the influx of Central American children and families crossing the border.

Consumer Confidence Rises in U.S.

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 1 hour 16 min ago
Consumers turned more upbeat about the economy this month, according to a consumer confidence report. Better sentiment about job availability supports expectations for a good increase in July payrolls.

Medicare, Social Security Disability Fund Headed in Different Directions

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 1 hour 25 min ago
Two of the nation's biggest entitlement programs are on very different paths, government trustees said Monday—with Medicare's trust fund rebounding strongly, but Social Security's disability fund on the brink of exhaustion.

Home-Price Growth Slows Sharply

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 1 hour 46 min ago
Home prices across the U.S. slowed sharply to a single-digit pace in May on a year-over-year basis, the slowest rate since February 2013, according to a home-price report.

Bookends: Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow — Do These Kinds of Cultural Categories Mean Anything Anymore?

NY Times Books - 2 hours 58 min ago
Thomas Mallon and Pankaj Mishra discuss whether there is any use in retaining old labels of cultural prestige.






Why Tensions Are Climbing Between Israel and the U.S.

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 3 hours 54 sec ago
Capital Journal: Washington Bureau Chief Gerald F. Seib looks at increasingly fraught U.S.-Israeli relations and finds mutual mistrust stemming from a broken peace process and ongoing talks over the fate of Iran's nuclear program.

Mayor Addresses Chokehold Case, Police-Community Relations

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 3 hours 26 min ago
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke of the day-to-day successes of the police department in remarks on the chokehold case Monday, his first on the matter since returning from an eight-day vacation in Italy.

LIRR Contract to Cost Extra $226 Million

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 3 hours 54 min ago
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said recent contract agreements with its unions will cost an added $1 billion through 2016.

More Schools Open Doors to Community

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 7 hours 13 min ago
Public and private groups are using "community schools" across the U.S. to deliver services to residents and, in some cases, helping to boost student performance.

Shipping Lanes Threaten Pacific Blue Whales

New York Times - California News - July 28, 2014 - 9:00pm
Two major feeding grounds for the huge mammals are bisected by the routes of ships near seaports in San Francisco and Santa Barbara, Calif.

Migrant Cases' Fast Track Stirs Alarm

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 8:03pm
A Justice Department push for immigration courts to prioritize cases involving unaccompanied minors has raised concern among lawyers and judges.

Lawmakers Unveil $17 Billion Fix for VA

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 8:01pm
House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion package to begin addressing long wait times and mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a down payment on a broader reassessment of how the agency provides care to veterans.

House Passes Bill to Speed FDA's Sunscreen Approvals

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 7:55pm
The House passed legislation to require the FDA to speed approval of new types of sunscreen in the wake of a regulatory backlog that has stalled their introduction.

Hormone-Replacement Therapy Seems Safe, Study Finds

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 7:20pm
Hormone-replacement therapy started soon after menopause seems safe and lowers some markers of heart-disease risk while significantly reducing hot flashes, according to a multicenter trial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Louise Shivers, Conjurer of Rural South, Dies at 84

NY Times Books - July 28, 2014 - 7:11pm
Ms. Shivers was startled by the critical success of her first novella, “Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail” (1983), published when she was in her 50s.






Electric Utilities Get No Jolt

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 7:08pm
Electricity sales look anemic for the seventh year in a row, despite Americans' growing use of gadgets and an improving unemployment rate.

U.S. Cites Surge in Religious Refugees

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 4:51pm
The State Department released a report documenting the largest international displacement of religious communities "in recent memory" in 2013, particularly in conflicts with religious or sectarian dimensions.

Gun-Law Ruling Worries Doctors

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 4:47pm
A court ruling upholding a Florida law that discourages doctors from asking patients about gun ownership is stoking alarm among some medical professionals, who view such questions as part of basic patient care.

Report: Over 80,000 Pentagon Employees Owed Back Taxes

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 3:35pm
More than 80,000 Defense Department workers working in sensitive settings owed more than $730 million in taxes to the federal government, according to a new investigation, debts that raise new concerns about safeguards for protecting America's secrets.

Sen. Reid Open to Separating Wildfire and Israel From Border Bill

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 3:30pm
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opened the door to separating funding for fighting wildfires and Israel's missile defense system from contentious legislation aimed at easing the border crisis.
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