SENATE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/SENATE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Letter: Bundy’s a hero in my eyes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57823883-82/bundy-hero-elected-nevada.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57823883-82/bundy-hero-elected-nevada.html.csp">Letter: Bundy’s a hero in my eyes</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-16T16:38:01.563-06:00">Updated Apr 16, 2014 04:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy is a hero for facing down just the tip of an evil and corrupt government, bought and paid for by the top .01 percent. If not for the Internet, which the President can shut down on a whim, we would only have a very one-sided picture painting Bundy as a moocher and abusing the rest of us taxpayers! Why voters re-elected the contemptible Harry Reid back into the Senate after a long list of trespasses against our Constitution defies logic. Hopefully, the good peop...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57823883@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:38:01 MDT Op-ed: Get ready for coming fights over ‘personhood’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57826481-82/personhood-senate-democrats-human.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57826481-82/personhood-senate-democrats-human.html.csp">Op-ed: Get ready for coming fights over ‘personhood’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Greg Sargent</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-16T16:38:01.543-06:00">Updated Apr 16, 2014 04:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Some of the most hard-fought Senate races this fall are likely to feature big fights over “personhood.” A number of GOP Senate candidates, many of whom are still in primary races, are on record supporting measures that declare, in some form, that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization. Once the general election races get underway, Democrats are likely to attack Republicans over this — broadening the battle for female voters beyond issues such as pay equity to include an emotional...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57826481@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:38:01 MDT Gun control: A year after background check defeat, modest goals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57826641-68/gun-background-democratic-senate.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57826641-68/gun-background-democratic-senate.html.csp">Gun control: A year after background check defeat, modest goals</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ALAN FRAM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-16T08:49:33.487-06:00">Updated Apr 16, 2014 08:49AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Democratic worries about this November’s elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama’s effort to pass new curbs on firearms. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., recently said he needs additional votes before revisiting a proposed expansion of gun sale background checks that the Senate derailed last April. That has left a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578266412014-04-16T08:49:33.487-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-16T08:49:33.487-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57826641@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:49:33 MDT Leaked findings paint pattern of CIA deception http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57807509-68/cia-report-committee-findings.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57807509-68/cia-report-committee-findings.html.csp">Leaked findings paint pattern of CIA deception</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BRADLEY KLAPPER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-11T20:17:44.669-06:00">Updated Apr 11, 2014 08:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A controversial torture report by the Senate Intelligence Committee paints a pattern of CIA deception about the effectiveness of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation methods used on terror suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks, according to leaked findings. The committee said it will ask the Justice Department to investigate how the material was published. The McClatchy news service late Thursday published what it said are the voluminous, still-classified review’s 20 findings...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578075092014-04-11T20:17:44.669-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-11T20:17:44.669-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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GOP lawmakers said the measure could hinder employers from granting raises, or permitting flexible hours in exchange for lower pay, for fear of costly lawsuits. For Democrats, the bill was the latest stressing income-fairness, including proposals to extend jobless benefi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577987452014-04-09T20:25:02.548-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-09T20:25:02.548-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57798745@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:25:02 MDT Gender pay gap bill faces tough road in Senate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57795983-68/senate-women-republicans-bill.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57795983-68/senate-women-republicans-bill.html.csp">Gender pay gap bill faces tough road in Senate</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ALAN FRAM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T10:53:04.076-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 10:53AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Leaders of both parties dueled Wednesday over which side was truly interested in helping women as the Senate approached a vote on campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination based on a worker’s gender. In a showdown roll call expected Wednesday, Republicans seemed likely to derail the measure. Democrats were hoping to reap political dividends anyway by driving up turnout in this fall’s congressional elections by women voters, who historically lean more Democratic tha...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577959832014-04-09T10:53:04.076-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-09T10:53:04.076-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57795983@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:53:04 MDT Robinson: Senate must release CIA torture report http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57790696-82/torture-cia-report-post.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57790696-82/torture-cia-report-post.html.csp">Robinson: Senate must release CIA torture report</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Eugene Robinson</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-08T15:53:38.229-06:00">Updated Apr 8, 2014 03:53PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation’s most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke. Sexist smoke, at that: Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said Sunday that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is being “emotional” rather than “objective” as the intelligence committee, which Feinstein heads, moves toward release of a comprehensive report on CIA detention and torture ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57790696@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:53:38 MDT Unemployment benefits bill headed to House http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57790307-79/bill-republicans-senate-unemployment.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57790307-79/bill-republicans-senate-unemployment.html.csp">Unemployment benefits bill headed to House</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID ESPO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-08T10:43:31.906-06:00">Updated Apr 8, 2014 10:43AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House, where a small band of dissident Republicans is leaning on Speaker John Boehner to permit a vote on resuming aid to more than 2 million victims of the Great Recession. “As many Americans continue to struggle without benefits, we respectfully request that the House immediately consider this bill or a similar measure,” seven House Republicans wrote Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Mon...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577903072014-04-08T10:43:31.906-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-08T10:43:31.906-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. 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He seasoned his move with a sharp rebuke of Republicans whom he accused of “gumming up the works” on workplace fairness. Obama made a clear partisan appeal to women as he issued an executive order that prohibits federal contractors from retaliating against w...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577904902014-04-08T12:23:23.38-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-08T12:23:23.38-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57790490@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:23:23 MDT Senate votes to restore jobless benefits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57787739-68/senate-boehner-benefits-bill.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57787739-68/senate-boehner-benefits-bill.html.csp">Senate votes to restore jobless benefits</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID ESPO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-07T18:42:48.024-06:00">Updated Apr 7, 2014 06:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well. Steps are needed “to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans,” seven House Republicans wrote Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. They released their letter as the Senate was bestowing its widely expected appro...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577877392014-04-07T18:42:48.024-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-07T18:42:48.024-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57787739@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:42:48 MDT Utah Sen. Mike Lee's Jell-O day attracting buzz http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/outofcontext/57786387-64/jell-lee-utah-com.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/outofcontext/57786387-64/jell-lee-utah-com.html.csp">Utah Sen. Mike Lee's Jell-O day attracting buzz</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-07T13:03:47.946-06:00">Updated Apr 7, 2014 01:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington - Sen. Mike Lee's Jell-O Wednesdays got a nice bit of buzz recently when The Washington Post featured it in a list of unbelievable-but-true facts about politics.Lee's office has been offering a small cup of Utah's official dessert every Wednesday the Senate is in session to visitors from Utah, Senate pages, staffers and others. Lee often holds court with the Jell-O aficionados and gets a picture with the visitors.Kraft Foods, which makes the treat, is excited about the senator's snack...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57786387@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:03:47 MDT Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slimmer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57787483-79/senate-bill-benefits-boehner.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57787483-79/senate-bill-benefits-boehner.html.csp">Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slimmer</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID ESPO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-07T17:56:31.051-06:00">Updated Apr 7, 2014 05:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well. Steps are needed “to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans,” seven House Republicans wrote Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. They released their letter as the Senate was bestowing its widely expected appro...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577874832014-04-07T17:56:31.051-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-07T17:56:31.051-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57787483@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:56:31 MDT Senate panel votes to release parts of CIA torture report http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57771388-68/cia-report-intelligence-agency.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57771388-68/cia-report-intelligence-agency.html.csp">Senate panel votes to release parts of CIA torture report</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BRADLEY KLAPPER </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and STEPHEN BRAUN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-03T19:51:15.259-06:00">Updated Apr 3, 2014 07:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to release parts of a hotly contested, secret report that harshly criticizes CIA terror interrogations after 9/11, and the White House said it would instruct intelligence officials to cooperate fully. The result sets the stage for what could be the fullest public accounting of the Bush administration’s record when it comes to waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques.” The panel voted 11-3 to order the declassificati...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577713882014-04-03T19:51:15.259-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-03T19:51:15.259-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57771388@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:51:15 MDT Senate report: Torture didn’t lead to bin Laden http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57756215-68/cia-bin-laden-courier.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57756215-68/cia-bin-laden-courier.html.csp">Senate report: Torture didn’t lead to bin Laden</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BRADLEY KLAPPER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-31T21:01:33.874-06:00">Updated Mar 31, 2014 09:01PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A Senate investigation concludes waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to congressional aides and outside experts familiar with a still-secret, 6,200-page report. The finding could deepen the worst rift in years between lawmakers and the CIA. The CIA disputes the conclusion and already is locked with the Senate intelligence committee in an acrimonious fight amid dueling charges of snooping and competi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577562152014-03-31T21:01:33.874-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-31T21:01:33.874-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57756215@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:01:33 MDT Hunt: A GOP Senate would be a big deal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57752004-82/senate-republicans-president-republican.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57752004-82/senate-republicans-president-republican.html.csp">Hunt: A GOP Senate would be a big deal</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Albert R. Hunt</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-31T05:09:04.753-06:00">Updated Mar 31, 2014 05:09AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">If Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate in this year’s elections, it will be, as Vice President Joe Biden might put it more graphically, a big deal. Last week, elections handicapper Nate Silver gave a 60 percent probability that the Republicans would gain at least the half-dozen seats required for a majority. This wasn’t news to top party strategists. But it produced a palpable panic among Democrats along Pennsylvania Avenue, from the White House to Capitol Hill. Rationalizations followed...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57752004@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 05:09:04 MDT Will college athletes unionize? A query for NLRB http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57750504-68/nlrb-board-athletes-college.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57750504-68/nlrb-board-athletes-college.html.csp">Will college athletes unionize? A query for NLRB</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TOM RAUM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-30T17:49:01.745-06:00">Updated Mar 30, 2014 05:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The five-member regulatory board that will ultimately decide if Northwestern University football players can unionize has itself been in the middle of a firestorm. The very makeup of the National Labor Relations Board has been challenged in a case now before the Supreme Court. And Republicans contend the agency has being overly friendly to organized labor. Northwestern said Friday that it would appeal to the full NLRB a regional director’s ruling that full scholarship players can be...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57750504@www.sltrib.com Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:49:01 MDT California Democrats plagued by scandal no eve of election season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57739344-68/democratic-yee-senate-democrats.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57739344-68/democratic-yee-senate-democrats.html.csp">California Democrats plagued by scandal no eve of election season</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JULIET WILLIAMS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-27T18:51:33.662-06:00">Updated Mar 27, 2014 06:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sacramento, Calif. • So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday’s arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on federal corruption charges, news that roiled the capital and led one of Yee’s opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a “corrupt institution.” Democrats hold large majorities in both chambers of the Legislature and should be flying into election season this ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577393442014-03-27T18:51:33.662-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-27T18:51:33.662-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57739344@www.sltrib.com Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:51:33 MDT Collins: The Senate: Carpetbaggers and pig castraters http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57738641-82/senate-hampshire-iowa-brown.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57738641-82/senate-hampshire-iowa-brown.html.csp">Collins: The Senate: Carpetbaggers and pig castraters</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By GAIL COLLINS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-27T09:57:01.657-06:00">Updated Mar 27, 2014 09:57AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Some of you appear to be very, very worried about which party is going to win control of the Senate in November. Really, you should stop for a while. Take a break. No fretting about undecided voters until there’s at least a minimal chance that the undecided voters know who’s running. Right now, we’re in the season where center stage goes to whoever screws up the most. Relax and enjoy. For instance, Scott Brown, who’s pursuing the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, just h...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57738641@www.sltrib.com Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:57:01 MDT Leaders in House, Senate agree to stall Medicare fee cuts to doctors http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57733836-68/medicare-cuts-fix-agreement.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57733836-68/medicare-cuts-fix-agreement.html.csp">Leaders in House, Senate agree to stall Medicare fee cuts to doctors</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANDREW TAYLOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-26T11:25:02.137-06:00">Updated Mar 26, 2014 11:25AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that he and top Senate Democrat Harry Reid have reached agreement on legislation to forestall a looming 24 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors. Boehner, R-Ohio, said the legislation would fix the problem for 12 months and the House will vote on it Thursday. Because of a flawed formula dating to 1997, Medicare doctors are threatened with big fee cuts almost every year. Congress has always stepped in to prevent the cuts and must act by...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57733836@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:25:02 MDT Bill to loan Ukraine $1B and punish Russia advances http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57725477-68/bill-reid-ukraine-senate.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57725477-68/bill-reid-ukraine-senate.html.csp">Bill to loan Ukraine $1B and punish Russia advances</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BRADLEY KLAPPER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-24T21:28:23.525-06:00">Updated Mar 24, 2014 09:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Republicans may have helped Russia annex Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, delivering a surprisingly sharp attack just before lawmakers advanced a bill authorizing sweeping U.S. sanctions on Russia and $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine. The 78-17 procedural vote in favor of the legislation spared President Barack Obama an embarrassing setback while he lobbies U.S. partners on a weeklong trip overseas to punish Moscow for its anne...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577254772014-03-24T21:28:23.525-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-24T21:28:23.525-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57725477@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:28:23 MDT