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Congress passes short-term funding bill to avoid government shutdown Congress passes short-term funding bill to avoid government shutdown
WASHINGTON — With just hours left until a government shutdown at midnight, Congress passed a stopgap funding bill Friday that will keep the government open for another week. House members voted 382-30 to approve the legislation, which gives lawmakers until midnight on May 5 to try to reach a compromise on legislation to fund the government through the rest of fiscal year 2017, which ends Sept. ...
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What happened to the draftees who stepped forward the day Muhammad Ali stood still? What happened to the draftees who stepped forward the day Muhammad Ali stood still?
Fifty years ago Friday, on a day when 37 Americans died in the Vietnam War, a group of young men reported to a military induction center in Houston to answer their nation's call to service. When their names were read, all but one stepped forward. Today, the only one we remember is the only one who refused to take that step — Muhammad Ali, the world heavyweight champion. He claimed that he was a...
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Ending one Obamacare subsidy would increase costs of another Ending one Obamacare subsidy would increase costs of another
WASHINGTON — Ending one of the private insurance subsidies created by Obamacare to help more than 7 million people pay for their coverage would end up costing — not saving —the federal government money, according to an analysis from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation released Tuesday. That’s because stopping subsidies for out-of-pocket costs like deductibles would indirectly increase th...
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Majority of Americans back bigger government for first time in 8 years Majority of Americans back bigger government for first time in 8 years
With a federal government shutdown looming this week, a new survey out Monday found more Americans would prefer a bigger government. According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, 48% of Americans said they'd prefer bigger government that provides more services, up 7 points since last September. Of those surveyed, 45% said they'd prefer a smaller government that provided fewer servi...
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Trump, Pence allies see booming business as new Washington lobbyists Trump, Pence allies see booming business as new Washington lobbyists
WASHINGTON — Former campaign aides, fundraisers and others with ties to President Trump and Vice President Pence have attracted dozens of new lobbying clients in Washington, raking in more than $2.2 million in lobbying fees in the first months of the administration, a USA TODAY analysis shows. Brian Ballard, a longtime Florida lobbyist and a fundraiser for both Trump’s campaign and inaugural co...
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Trump executive orders will target tax rules, 'too big to fail' financial institutions Trump executive orders will target tax rules, 'too big to fail' financial institutions
WASHINGTON — President Trump aims to dismantle even more financial regulations with executive orders on Friday, directing Treasury officials to take another look at tax rules and oversight of "too big to fail" financial institutions, an aide said. In a signing ceremony at the Department of the Treasury, Trump will once again signal that he intends to roll back many of the sweeping regulations t...
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With government shutdown threat looming, congressional leaders look for a deal With government shutdown threat looming, congressional leaders look for a deal
WASHINGTON — Congress returns Monday with just five days left to keep the government from shutting down, and President Trump is adding to the pressure by demanding money for a Southwest border wall and other controversial programs that threaten a bipartisan deal. Lawmakers passed a stop-gap spending bill in December to fund federal agencies through midnight next Friday. Congressional leaders ar...
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Missouri playground at center of Supreme Court church-state dispute Missouri playground at center of Supreme Court church-state dispute
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has waited 15 months to take a swing at what may be the premier case of its lackluster term — but at the last moment, the church-state dispute over a Lutheran church's playground may be slip-sliding away. On the surface, the case is about just that: the unforgiving, pea gravel surface of the playground at Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center in Columbia, Mo. Chi...
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Trump team remains low-key about failed North Korean missile launch Trump team remains low-key about failed North Korean missile launch
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration took a low-key approach to this weekend's failed missile test in North Korea, and continued to express the hope that China would rein in its nuclear-armed neighbor. The test "fits into a pattern of provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior on the part of the North Korean regime," said Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, o...
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The President Trump effect? Democrats see early fundraising surge The President Trump effect? Democrats see early fundraising surge
WASHINGTON — President Trump has occupied the White House for less than three months, but his administration has fueled an early boom in Democratic fundraising and activism, according to liberal groups at the forefront of upcoming political fights. ActBlue, an online fundraising conduit for Democratic candidates and causes, has processed more than $111 million in contributions during the first ...
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