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U.S. judge tells Christian churches they must cover abortion in insurance plan

(Worthy News) – A federal judge told three Christian congregations in California that they have no case in wanting to opt out of the state’s requirement that they cover abortions through their health insurance plans. U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller upheld a 2014 requirement of the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) that…

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House Passes Amendment to Block Funding of Sessions Civil Asset Forfeiture Program

(Worthy News) – The House of Representatives passed an amendment Tuesday which blocks funding of a controversial program reimplemented by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The amendment, co-sponsored by Reps. Jamie Raskin (D., Md.), Jim Sensenbrenner (R., Wisc.), and John Conyers (D., Mich.), affects the federal government’s involvement in the controversial practice known as civil asset…

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Israel to occupy parts of south Lebanon in next conflict with Hezbollah

(Worthy News) – In the event of another war with Hezbollah, the IDF’s objective would be to occupy parts of southern Lebanon where the group has support and infrastructure and to force a UN resolution that improves the security situation on the northern border, a senior IDF officer said on Monday. Thousands of soldiers from…

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National debt hits $20 trillion for first time in history

(Worthy News) – The national debt exceeded $20 trillion for the first time ever on Friday, the same day President Trump signed a bill into law that suspended the debt ceiling and allowed unlimited federal borrowing. The debt ceiling had been frozen at about $19.84 trillion since mid-March, and the Treasury Department was forced to…

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As Irma barrels into Florida, Washington takes a 1-2 punch

(Worthy News) – More than a decade of budget cutting and a rash of government job vacancies are taxing Washington’s ability to cope with a one-two punch of epic storms. The fiscal belt-tightening has coincided with an American migration to job-abundant coasts, where people are building bigger houses and taller condos while shunning flood insurance.…

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FEMA Is Nearly Out of Cash, Just as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Strike

(Worthy News) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is rapidly running out of disaster relief funding as Hurricane Irma slams Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and heads toward Florida. The federal response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas has quickly depleted FEMA’s disaster relief fund, which dropped by $2.14 billion last Thursday to…

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Texas churches sue FEMA for disaster relief after Harvey

(Worthy News) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been sued by three Texas churches severely damaged in Hurricane Harvey, over what they called its policy of refusing to provide disaster relief to houses of worship because of their religious status. In a complaint filed on Monday in federal court in Houston, the churches said they…

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Congress Faces a Tense Agenda, With Little Margin for Error

(Worthy News) – Congress returns Tuesday from its summer break and, in a test of the uneasy alliance between President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans, will have to grapple with keeping the federal government open, paying U.S. creditors and passing a hurricane-aid bill. The list is long, and the time is short. The Trump administration…

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House to vote Wednesday on first batch of Hurricane Harvey relief

(Worthy News) – The House plans to vote Wednesday on the first slice of federally-provided aid for Hurricane Harvey recovery. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Monday in Texas the vote would happen Wednesday. Over the weekend, House Republicans posted a bill that meets the Trump administration’s request for $7.85 billion for FEMA and…

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UN Security Council to meet on North Korea nuclear test

(Worthy News) – The United States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea requested the urgent meeting, to be held at 10 a.m., the US mission said in a statement. North Korea on Sunday detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile, calling the test “a perfect success.” The underground blast…

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