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To speed infrastructure, Trump proposes a permit process that already exists To speed infrastructure, Trump proposes a permit process that already exists
WASHINGTON — President Trump is promising to streamline the federal approval process for building roads, bridges, pipelines and tunnels, announcing the creation of new government offices to coordinate other government bureaucracies and make sure they follow deadlines. But one of the reforms that Trump announced Friday — the creation of a new permitting council to coordinate federal approvals fo...
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James Comey testimony: Fired FBI director to brief Senate on encounters with Trump James Comey testimony: Fired FBI director to brief Senate on encounters with Trump
WASHINGTON — Former FBI director James Comey will finally make his much-anticipated appearance Thursday on Capitol Hill, providing dramatic testimony that President Trump pressed him to pledge his loyalty and drop the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russia. The Senate Intelligence Committee posted Comey's explosive seven-page statement on its website We...
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Qatar row: Saudi and Egypt among countries to cut Doha links Qatar row: Saudi and Egypt among countries to cut Doha links
A number of Arab countries including Saudi Arabia and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. They say Qatar backs militant groups including so-called Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, which Qatar denies. The Saudi state news agency SPA said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing land, sea and air contact with the tiny peninsula of oil-rich Qatar. ...
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Will Trump use executive privilege to block Comey testimony? Spicer says White House hasn't decided Will Trump use executive privilege to block Comey testimony? Spicer says White House hasn't decided
WASHINGTON — White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Friday did not rule out the possibility that President Trump might invoke executive privilege to try to stop former FBI director James Comey from testifying Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russ...
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Democrats vent but can't stop Trump from leaving Paris climate agreement Democrats vent but can't stop Trump from leaving Paris climate agreement
WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers slammed President Trump on Wednesday as news spread that he plans to pull out of the Paris climate accord, but there's not much they can do to about it if he does. Trump has said he will make a decision by the end of the week, and news reports Wednesday indicated he is moving toward withdrawal. A Republican-controlled Congress couldn't stop President Barack ...
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White House ducks comments on Russia investigation and Jared Kushner White House ducks comments on Russia investigation and Jared Kushner
WASHINGTON — White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined Tuesday to comment on reports that presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner hoped to set up a back-channel communication with the Russian government during the transition to the new administration. Asked by reporters whether Kushner discussed that with Trump, Spicer said he would not "get into what the president did or did not dis...
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Trump returns to political challenges, from Russia inquiry to health care Trump returns to political challenges, from Russia inquiry to health care
TAORMINA, Italy – After ending an ambitious, nine-day international trip in the shadow of an active volcano on the Sicilian coast, President Trump returned to Washington this weekend to face the prospect of multiple political explosions. As Trump inked arms sales with Saudi Arabia, tried to kickstart the Israeli and Palestinian peace process, met with the pope, and addressed European leaders, t...
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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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