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Pence says no one will 'fall through the cracks' following Obamacare ... Iraq to be left of the list... MO votes down discrimination ban

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 1, 2017 at 6:40 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says "no one is going to fall through the cracks" when President Barack Obama's health care law is replaced. Pence, who appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," was referring to low-income people on Medicaid. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia accepted the optional Medicaid expansion under the health care law. And some governors are now concerned that they'll lose the increased federal funding that came with the Medicaid expansion.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some U.S. officials say President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban. Still on the list would be Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and Trump is expected to sign the executive order in the coming days. The new executive order also is expected to no longer single out Syrian refugees for an indefinite ban.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri state senators have voted down a proposal to ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The amendment would have banned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and covered employment, housing and public accommodations. The vote this morning was 20-10.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rose at a sluggish pace in January, despite signs of growing optimism about the economy. The Commerce Department says consumer spending increased 0.2 percent in January, after a 0.5 percent gain in December. Spending on services — from haircuts to health care — was flat, and Americans spent less on long-lasting goods such as autos and appliances. Prices rose in a sign that inflation has perked up a bit. A measure of inflation closely watched by the Federal Reserve rose 0.4 percent in January and has increased 1.9 percent in the past 12 months, the biggest year-over-year gain in more than four years. That nearly matches the Fed's target of 2 percent and may make a rate hike by the Fed more likely this year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee) appears headed toward confirmation as President Donald Trump's Interior secretary. The Republican-controlled Senate has scheduled a vote on Zinke's nomination this morning. Zinke is a former Navy SEAL and state senator and a fifth-generation Montanan.

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