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VA still in critical condition, Secretary David Shulkin says VA still in critical condition, Secretary David Shulkin says
WASHINGTON – The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs in a rare White House briefing Wednesday laid bare the problems still plaguing the agency charged with providing health care to nearly 9 million of the nation’s veterans. VA Secretary David Shulkin provided a candid assessment of the challenges that he and other leaders face in overhauling the department, including providing appointmen...
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McCain: President Trump has 'unsettled' allies and Americans alike McCain: President Trump has 'unsettled' allies and Americans alike
"I realize that some of President Trump's actions and statements have unsettled America's friends," the Arizona Republican said, according to the Associated Press. "They have unsettled many Americans as well." McCain continued: "There is real debate under way now in my country about what kind of role America should play in the world and, frankly, I don't know how this debate will play out. But ...
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Tiger Woods held on drink-driving charge in Florida Tiger Woods held on drink-driving charge in Florida
Golf star Tiger Woods was arrested on a drink-driving charge in Florida early on Monday morning, police say. Police recorded the arrest at 07:18 local time (11:18 GMT). The golfer was released a few hours later, records from Palm Beach County police show. He was arrested in the town of Jupiter at around 03:00 local time, media reports say. He has not made any comment. The police record li...
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At G-7, Trump calls for 'reciprocal' trade relations as world leaders push on climate change At G-7, Trump calls for 'reciprocal' trade relations as world leaders push on climate change
TAORMINA, Italy — President Trump urged world leaders to do more to fight terrorism and make changes in their trade policies during a high-profile summit Friday, while members of the Group of Seven tried to talk Trump into staying in a global agreement designed to address climate change. During a day-long series of meetings among the world's most industrialized nations, juggling thorny foreign ...
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Trump 'determined to pursue peace' after Pope meeting Trump 'determined to pursue peace' after Pope meeting
US President Donald Trump has said he is "more determined than ever" to pursue peace in the world after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. He was granted a short private audience with the head of the Catholic Church on the latest leg of his overseas trip. The two men have in the past clashed on issues such as migration, climate change and a Mexico-US wall. Mr Trump is now in Brussels fo...
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Al Franken, comedian-turned-senator, takes on Donald Trump, TV-star-turned-president Al Franken, comedian-turned-senator, takes on Donald Trump, TV-star-turned-president
WASHINGTON — For Al Franken, it's finally safe to be funny again just at a moment all the news around him has taken a decidedly unfunny turn. The two-term Minnesota senator and one-time Saturday Night Live comedian is emerging as one of the fiercest challengers of President Trump and his team, and as a rising star in a Democratic Party eager for political combat. Albeit one who uses humor as...
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In Saudi Arabia, Trump aims to 'unite the civilized world against terrorism' In Saudi Arabia, Trump aims to 'unite the civilized world against terrorism'
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Trump said Friday that he would deploy tough talk with Muslim leaders in his attempt to unite the world against terrorism, promising to "represent the views of the American people frankly and clearly" in a meeting with 50 leaders from around the region. But Trump is heading to Saudi Arabia with more than just lofty rhetoric. He's bringing with him to Riyadh a va...
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Joe Biden on Hillary Clinton: 'I never thought she was a great candidate' Joe Biden on Hillary Clinton: 'I never thought she was a great candidate'
Because 2016 is the campaign that just won't die, Joe Biden decided Thursday was the night to share his feelings about Hillary Clinton's candidacy. "I never thought she was a great candidate," the former vice president told the SALT conference in Las Vegas, according to reports. To add salt to the wound, he continued, "I thought I was a great candidate." It's a stance that he has consiste...
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How high should Congress let flood insurance rates rise in program renewal? How high should Congress let flood insurance rates rise in program renewal?
Congress is considering dramatic changes to the National Flood Insurance Program, which has a $25 billion debt that its director says cannot be repaid. But as a Sept. 30 deadline looms for the program to be renewed, disagreements remain over how much homeowners should be forced to pay for flood insurance to make the program more solvent. If Congress can't reach an agreement, a lapse in the F...
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Syria's Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings, says US Syria's Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings, says US
The Syrian government has constructed a crematorium at a military prison to dispose of the remains of thousands of murdered prisoners, the US has alleged. The State Department has released satellite images of the facility which it said was used to hide evidence. Rights groups say thousands of inmates have been tortured and hanged at the military prison outside of Damascus. Syria has not r...
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