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For some Alabama voters, supporting abortion rights may be a sin worse than some of the sexual misdeeds Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore has been accused of — allegations Moore has denied.

That's the conundrum facing the state's conservative, deeply religious electorate: Embrace Democrat Doug Jones despite his liberal stance on abortion and other social issues or vote for Moore anyway even if they believe there is some truth to the sexual assault allegations against him.

A provision in the tax code that allows employers and their employees to get a tax break on tuition assistance offered by companies is on the chopping block in the House version of the new tax bill. That perk is a useful recruiting tool for employers in a tight job market.

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News Brief: 3 Members Of Congress Out In One Week, California Fires, Jerusalem

Dec 8, 2017

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How The House And Senate Bills Affect Higher Ed

Dec 8, 2017

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PA's Credit Stable, But That Might Not Last

Dec 8, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A rating agency has deemed Pennsylvania's credit stable.

That's an improvement from several months ago, when the commonwealth received a downgrade from a different agency in the midst of an extended budget impasse. 

But it doesn't mean the fiscal woes are over.

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KEYSTONE CROSSROADS - The federal trial over Pennsylvania’s congressional district map wrapped up in a Philadelphia courtroom on Thursday with a string of stirring closing arguments before a three-judge panel. 

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Two Democratic representatives, John Lewis and Bennie Thompson, say they will not attend the long-awaited opening on Saturday of two museums dedicated to Mississippi's history and civil rights struggle because of the planned appearance of President Trump.

Lewis is a Georgia Democrat and icon of the civil rights campaign. Thompson is Mississippi's only Democratic congressman. In a joint statement, they said they made their decision "after careful consideration and conversations with church leaders, elected officials, civil rights activists" and many others.

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Congress Passes Bill To Avert Shutdown For 2 Weeks

Dec 7, 2017

Updated at 6:17 p.m. ET

Congress has voted to avert a partial government shutdown that could have come Friday night.

Republicans carried the measure to passage in the House, with a vote of 235-193, with about a dozen Democrats voting in favor as well. The Senate passed the measure, known as a continuing resolution, with an overwhelming vote of 81-14. This pushes the next threat of a shutdown to the Friday before Christmas, setting up a possible showdown over immigration and defense spending as Congress is trying to leave town for the holidays.

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