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Mick Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts Mick Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers on Wednesday that President Trump's plans to slash social programs are designed to increase economic growth to 3% and put "taxpayers first." Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that he went "line by line" through the federal budget and asked "Can we justify this to the folks who are actually paying for it?" Mulvaney...
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Trump makes solemn, yet brief stop at Israel's Holocaust Memorial Trump makes solemn, yet brief stop at Israel's Holocaust Memorial
JERUSALEM — President Trump laid a wreath Tuesday at Israel's Holocaust memorial, calling the Nazi extermination of 6 million Jews “history’s darkest hour.” Trump's half-hour visit at Yad Vashem was far shorter than usual for world leaders who come to the sacred site, but the president expressed sympathy for Holocaust victims and strong support for Israel. In a solemn ceremony, Trump rekindled ...
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Melania Trump eschews headscarf in Saudi Arabia — and it's not an insult Melania Trump eschews headscarf in Saudi Arabia — and it's not an insult
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — First lady Melania Trump did not wear a headscarf when she greeted the king of Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Neither did President Trump's daughter, Ivanka, or any of the other women in Trump's delegation. That's not uncommon, illegal or even particularly impolite. While Islamic women are required by sharia law to cover their heads in public, there's no such expectation for w...
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Contradicting Trump, deputy AG Rosenstein says his memo not meant to 'justify' Comey firing Contradicting Trump, deputy AG Rosenstein says his memo not meant to 'justify' Comey firing
WASHINGTON – Despite President Trump's repeated assertions that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's scathing memo provided the foundation for last week's abrupt dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, the deputy attorney general told Congress Friday that the document was not actually offered to justify the firing – nor was it meant to be made public. "My memorandum is not a statement of rea...
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Trump defends sharing 'facts' with Russians amid reports Israel provided once-secret intel Trump defends sharing 'facts' with Russians amid reports Israel provided once-secret intel
WASHINGTON – President Trump on Tuesday defended his right to share "facts" about terrorism and airline safety with top Russian diplomats, amid reports that Israel supplied the once-secret information at the heart of the latest furor to engulf the White House. Trump is under fire after reports that he revealed highly classified intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian...
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Voting advocates call Supreme Court's decision not to hear North Carolina case a win Voting advocates call Supreme Court's decision not to hear North Carolina case a win
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sidestepped the politically divisive issue of voting rights Monday, refusing to reconsider a lower court's ruling that a North Carolina photo-ID law discriminated against black voters "with almost surgical precision." The justices denied the state's case in part because North Carolina's government changed hands in November, and the new Democratic governor does not...
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As Trump implies there are 'tapes' of talks with Comey, Sean Spicer refuses to answer As Trump implies there are 'tapes' of talks with Comey, Sean Spicer refuses to answer
White House spokesman Sean Spicer repeatedly refused to confirm or deny whether President Trump tapes his phone calls or conversations with others – including inside the Oval Office. The startling non-denial at the White House press briefing came just hours after Trump, in what appeared to be a threat to his fired FBI director Friday morning, implied there may be recordings of his conversations...
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Congress to investigate misconduct in largest government-run prison Congress to investigate misconduct in largest government-run prison
WASHINGTON — A House committee is launching an investigation into the federal Bureau of Prisons' handling of "egregious" misconduct at the largest government-run detention facility — where the warden and other officials were awarded thousands of dollars in bonuses despite female staffers' persistent allegations of sexual harassment. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz,...
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Comey's dismissal had nothing to do with Russia probe, Trump says Comey's dismissal had nothing to do with Russia probe, Trump says
WASHINGTON — As calls for an independent prosecutor intensify on both sides of the aisle, President Trump and his aides argued Wednesday that the firing of FBI Director James Comey was a long time coming – and had nothing to do with the agency's ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. President Trump spent months considering whether to fire FBI...
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Pentagon wants more troops, bombs for Afghanistan to counter Taliban Pentagon wants more troops, bombs for Afghanistan to counter Taliban
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is proposing to counter the resilient Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan by adding thousands more U.S. troops, putting them closer to combat and pounding militants with more airstrikes, according to a senior Defense official. There are about 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, down from the peak of 100,000 in 2010-'11. The request for at least 3,000 more American combat ...
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