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Obamacare subsidies are sticking point in talks to avert government shutdown Obamacare subsidies are sticking point in talks to avert government shutdown
WASHINGTON — Federal subsidies that help low-income Americans pay for health insurance under Obamacare became the latest sticking point Wednesday for negotiators trying to reach agreement on legislation to prevent a government shutdown at midnight Friday. Democrats want language in the bill to ensure that federal subsidies owed to health insurance companies under Obamacare are paid so that insu...
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White House may be relenting on demand for immediate border wall funding White House may be relenting on demand for immediate border wall funding
WASHINGTON — The White House appeared Tuesday to be backing off its demand for immediate funding to begin construction of a wall on the Southwest border, opting instead to fight for money in the 2018 budget and make it easier for Congress to avert a government shutdown this week. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News that the wall remains a priority for President Trump but doe...
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Here are 5 reasons Trump and Congress are struggling with tax reform Here are 5 reasons Trump and Congress are struggling with tax reform
A tax reform plan was supposedly imminent when President Trump met with airline executives at the White House on Feb. 9. “We're way ahead of schedule,” Trump said then. “We're going to be announcing something, I would say, over the next two or three weeks that will be phenomenal in terms of tax.” Nearly 10 weeks later, Trump told a crowd in Wisconsin on Tuesday a plan was “coming along very ...
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After three-month vacation, Obama to return to public eye After three-month vacation, Obama to return to public eye
WASHINGTON — Former president Barack Obama, having made good on his promise to take his family on a long post-presidency vacation, will return to the public eye for the first time in his hometown of Chicago on Monday. The event sounds exactly like the kind of thing Obama said he would do in his life after the presidency: "President Obama and Young Leaders to Hold Conversation on Civic Engagemen...
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Do Chinese steel imports threaten national security? Trump wants to find out Do Chinese steel imports threaten national security? Trump wants to find out
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has launched a wide-ranging investigation into whether steel imports threaten national security, a move aimed at China's growing dominance in steel production. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross launched the investigation Wednesday, saying a 19.6% increase in steel imports in the first quarter has had "a very serious impact on the domestic industry." Pres...
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Trump to sign 'Buy American, Hire American' executive order Trump to sign 'Buy American, Hire American' executive order
WASHINGTON — President Trump will sign a double-barreled executive order Tuesday that will clamp down on guest worker visas and require agencies to buy more goods and services from U.S. companies and workers. Trump will sign the so-called "Buy American, Hire American" executive order during a visit to Snap-On Tools in Kenosha, Wis., Tuesday, said two senior administration officials who briefed ...
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Rep. Mark Meadows banking his constituents' faith will extend to him Rep. Mark Meadows banking his constituents' faith will extend to him
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — In rural western North Carolina, faith runs deep. It is a place where a two-hour stretch of highway has more Baptist churches than houses and local law enforcement officers pray together before starting a lunch meeting. Right now, Rep. Mark Meadows, the local congressman, is banking on his constituents having faith in him, even if they are not sure what he is up to. “I...
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Trump team braces for North Korea 'event,' including a possible nuke test Trump team braces for North Korea 'event,' including a possible nuke test
WASHINGTON — President Trump hit the golf course Friday, as he and his aides braced for what North Korea calls a "big event," possibly some kind of nuclear test. Administration officials said they are hopeful that China can dissuade its communist neighbor from conducting a nuclear explosion or a missile test. "I think China has really been working very hard," Trump told reporters Thursday, l...
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New Alabama governor working on 'stabilizing' state New Alabama governor working on 'stabilizing' state
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama's new governor has two immediate goals: Restore public trust in government, and work to improve the state's image after an unprecedented series of leadership scandals. “There’s no doubt there’s been a dark cloud hanging over our great state,” Gov. Kay Ivey said Thursday, in her first news conference since becoming the state’s chief executive Monday. “People all over t...
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Trump’s tax returns will be immediately under audit Trump’s tax returns will be immediately under audit
WASHINGTON — For the average taxpayer, the odds of being audited by the Internal Revenue Service are just 0.7%. Unless you're President Trump, in which case your chance of an audit rises to 100%. It's not just that his net worth and more than 500 partnerships make him a likely audit target under IRS policies designed to direct its enforcement efforts to the richest taxpayers. Under an obscur...
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