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Richard Lugar, former GOP senator from Indiana, dies

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/29/19, 11:47 am

Richard Lugar, a longtime Republican senator from Indiana, died on Sunday at age 87. He was undergoing treatment at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia for a rare neurological disorder called chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, the Lugar Center in Washington said in a statement. The former Rhodes Scholar was a leading Republican voice on foreign policy during his 36 years in the Senate. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered flags in the state flown at half-staff until Lugar’s funeral, which has not yet been announced.

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Controversial question

Politics | Supreme Court weighs asking about citizenship on the census
by Anne K. Walters
Posted 4/25/19, 05:27 pm

WASHINGTON—Conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court appear likely to vote in favor of asking respondents if they are U.S. citizens on the 2020 census after hearing oral arguments in Department of Commerce v. New York on Tuesday. The case seeks to block the Trump administration from adding the question to the once-a-decade survey of all U.S. residents.

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White House resists House Democratic probes

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/24/19, 10:57 am

The Treasury Department has asked for an extension to the House Ways and Means Committee’s Tuesday deadline to turn over six years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns. In a letter to committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he would have a final decision by May 6. Mnuchin said he is consulting with the Justice Department “due to the serious constitutional questions raised by this request and the serious consequences that a resolution of those questions could have for taxpayer privacy.”

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