Federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings on Obamacare

The legal battle over President Obama’s healthcare law ramped up again Tuesday, as two federal appeals courts handed down conflicting rulings on whether the government can continue to pay subsidies nationwide to millions of low- and middle-income people to help them with the cost of insurance.
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Appeals court upholds EPA limits on air toxicity

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejects challenges from both sides of the issue, finding that EPA limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants are valid.WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the White House had touted as central to President Obama's environmental agenda. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]

Gabrielle Giffords appeals to Washington state lawmakers on gun control

The former Arizona congresswoman makes an emotional appeal in the state Capitol as Washington state lawmakers consider two rival bills on gun background checks. SEATTLE — Both sides wielded persuasive statistics at the Washington state Capitol on Tuesday. Both sides made high-minded arguments about protecting constitutional rights during a packed and emotional hearing on gun control. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]