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Pentagon plans to launch Trump's Space Force as a separate armed service Pentagon plans to launch Trump's Space Force as a separate armed service
WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that the Pentagon has begun planning a Space Force, embarking on an effort to create the first armed service since 1947. In June, President Donald Trump called for the establishment of the sixth armed service, to join the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. Thursday's plan, which requires authorization and funding from C...
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In Russia, Sen. Rand Paul delivers letter from Trump to Vladimir Putin In Russia, Sen. Rand Paul delivers letter from Trump to Vladimir Putin
WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday he had delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of his effort to improve relations with Russia. "I was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin’s administration," the Kentucky Republican announced on Twitter. "The letter emphasized the importance of further engagemen...
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Black voters angry at Donald Trump expected to turn out in key House races, survey found Black voters angry at Donald Trump expected to turn out in key House races, survey found
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump may not be up for re-election this fall, but a new survey shows anger at the president and a feeling of being disrespected by him is expected to drive black voters to the polls in dozens of competitive U.S. House races in November. "That will be a heavy determinant of turnout for African-American voters," said Henry Fernandez, co-founder of the African American Researc...
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Amid war talk, Donald Trump reimposes economic sanctions on Iran Amid war talk, Donald Trump reimposes economic sanctions on Iran
WASHINGTON – The Donald Trump administration moved Monday to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran, a long-scheduled step that comes amid military threats between the two countries and Trump's offer to talk about a new nuclear agreement with Tehran. "As we continue applying maximum economic pressure on the Iranian regime, I remain open to reaching a more comprehensive deal that addresses the full...
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Four state primaries Tuesday will measure GOP vulnerability, Democratic tensions Four state primaries Tuesday will measure GOP vulnerability, Democratic tensions
WASHINGTON – Kansas isn’t known as a swing state. Republicans have a lock on all six statewide elected offices, from governor to insurance commissioner. The state has an all-GOP congressional delegation. And President Donald Trump carried Kansas by more than 20 points in 2016. But in 2018, Democrats hope to turn this ruby-red state at least a little bit blue – and political experts say that’...
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Chicago activists shut down Lake Shore Drive, speak out against gun violence at Wrigley Chicago activists shut down Lake Shore Drive, speak out against gun violence at Wrigley
CHICAGO – Dozens of protesters temporarily shut down the Windy City’s iconic Lake Shore Drive on Thursday as they expressed outrage over Chicago’s endemic gun violence and called for the resignation of the city’s mayor. The demonstration's organizers timed the protest to coincide with rush-hour traffic along the busy thoroughfare on the city’s lakefront and then marched to Wrigley Field, where ...
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Defense bill authorizing pay raise for troops, military parade heading to president's desk Defense bill authorizing pay raise for troops, military parade heading to president's desk
WASHINGTON – A defense bill that authorizes a pay raise for uniformed troops and billions of dollars in new hardware for the military is heading to President Donald Trump. The Senate voted 87-10 on Wednesday to give final approval to the $717 billion defense package and send it to Trump for his signature. The House passed the bill last week by a vote of 359-54. The legislation, known as the ...
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'Monster' Carr Fire seventh most destructive in California history – and growing 'Monster' Carr Fire seventh most destructive in California history – and growing
REDDING, Calif. – Cliff Allen knows all too well the challenges facing crews battling more than a dozen insatiable wildfires roaring across California that have claimed the lives of four firefighters in less than three weeks. More than 10,000 firefighters are committed to a months-long assault on blazes fueled by dried vegetation, intense heat, strong winds and even "firenadoes." Allen, presid...
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Trump renews shutdown threat over border security funding as deadline looms Trump renews shutdown threat over border security funding as deadline looms
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump renewed his threat Monday to shut down the federal government if Congress does not pass a government funding bill that includes additional money for border security, but his remarks left wide room for negotiation with lawmakers. "As far as the border is concerned, personally, if we don’t get border security, after many, many years of talk in the United Stat...
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President Donald Trump threatens to shut down government over border wall funding President Donald Trump threatens to shut down government over border wall funding
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump threatened Sunday to shut down the federal government unless Democrats in Congress support his immigration initiatives, including funding for a wall on the border with Mexico. Trump also lashed out at the immigration policy that allows up to 50,000 immigrants to receive visas each year and the practice of arresting migrants for crossing the border illegally ...
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