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Afghanistan strike may boost Trump, send message to North Korea Afghanistan strike may boost Trump, send message to North Korea
WASHINGTON — Even though President Trump didn't authorize dropping of a 21,000-lb. bomb in Afghanistan on Thursday, he may still get a political boost from it. After U.S. military announced the attack on an Islamic State tunnel complex, Trump said he endorsed the strike, and he said he wasn't trying to send a message to another troublesome nation, North Korea. "It doesn’t make any difference if...
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Trump administration lifts hiring freeze, gives future budget direction Trump administration lifts hiring freeze, gives future budget direction
WASHINGTON — The federal hiring freeze imposed by President Trump in January is slated to be lifted Wednesday, but agencies won’t be allowed to hire willy-nilly, the president's chief budget officer said. Instead, White House officials expect them to staff up only in areas slated for expansion under the president’s budget proposal released last month, for example at the Departments of Defense a...
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Defense chief Mattis says Syria will pay a big price if it uses gas again Defense chief Mattis says Syria will pay a big price if it uses gas again
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Syria will pay a "very, very stiff price" if it uses chemical weapons again. The remarks from Mattis and Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the chief of Central Command, were the strongest yet from the Pentagon on the April 4 chemical attack U.S. officials say Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered that killed as many as 100 civilians. The Pentagon responded b...
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Trump, Republicans in Supreme Court driver's seat Trump, Republicans in Supreme Court driver's seat
WASHINGTON — It's as if Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia never left — for now. By confirming federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to the high court Friday, the Senate restored the status quo — a slim conservative majority missing from the court since the death of the legendary Scalia 14 months ago. But it's unlikely to stay that way for long — and therein lies a huge opportunity for ...
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President Trump's budget would cut Superfund toxic cleanup program by 30% President Trump's budget would cut Superfund toxic cleanup program by 30%
WASHINGTON — When the Trump administration’s preliminary budget came out last month, the news was not good for those living near Wappinger Creek in New York’s Dutchess County, or the former SBA shipyard in Jefferson Parish, La., or the Anaconda aluminum reduction facility in Columbia Falls. Mont. All three sites were so contaminated with toxic substances and posed such a threat to public health...
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Syria strikes draw Capitol Hill support, calls for greater congressional role Syria strikes draw Capitol Hill support, calls for greater congressional role
WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders expressed strong support on Friday for President Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes against Syria, but many lawmakers also called on the president to outline a more cohesive strategy to address that conflict and warned the White House against taking broader military action without congressional approval. "America is back in terms of playing a leadership rol...
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Pepsi pulls Kendall Jenner advert amid outcry Pepsi pulls Kendall Jenner advert amid outcry
Pepsi has pulled an advert that sparked an outcry and accusations that the drinks maker was trivialising recent street protests across the US. The advert featured reality TV star Kendall Jenner leaving a photo shoot to join a heavily policed demonstration. She defuses the tension by walking to the police line and handing an officer a can of Pepsi, prompting cheers. In a statement posted o...
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Business groups try to quash federal equal pay project Business groups try to quash federal equal pay project
WASHINGTON — Business groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are pressuring the Trump administration to kill an Obama-era initiative designed to reduce wage disparities by requiring big employers to report pay data based on race, gender and ethnicity. The Obama administration had proposed the new requirement to bolster federal investigations of possible pay discrimination and encourage empl...
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Silver Stars reveal secret valor among Delta Force, other commandos Silver Stars reveal secret valor among Delta Force, other commandos
WASHINGTON — The Silver Stars awarded to Army special operators since the Sept. 11 terror attacks offer a rare glimpse of soldiers on secret missions risking their lives again and again to rescue comrades in battles against militants in Afghanistan and Iraq. Until now, their heroism has been known only to a small circle. The awards, due to their sensitive, secretive nature of their missions, we...
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Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters
To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics — several allegedly connected to organized crime, according to a USA TODAY review of court cases, government and legal documents and an interview with a former federal prosecutor. The president and his companies have been ...
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