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Supreme Court's newest justice sticks to 'plain language' Supreme Court's newest justice sticks to 'plain language'
WASHINGTON — If two weeks can offer a window into what might be three or four decades on the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch comes as advertised. Heralded by President Trump and conservative backers as a jurist who opposes judicial activism, Gorsuch showed during oral arguments in 13 cases that he sticks to the letter of the law. From his first day on the bench, when he complained about ...
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Here's what the government spending deal will and won't fund Here's what the government spending deal will and won't fund
WASHINGTON — Congress will vote this week on a bipartisan bill that provides more than $1 trillion to fund the federal government through September and averts a shutdown at the end of this week. The compromise, reached late Sunday and unveiled Monday, keeps spending within limits previously set by Congress with a twist — lawmakers increased a spending account set aside for combat operations tha...
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Trump celebrates 100-day mark with Pennsylvania rally Trump celebrates 100-day mark with Pennsylvania rally
HARRISBURG, Pa. — President Trump celebrated his 100th day in office by holding a rally in Saturday night in Pennsylvania. Touting key points of his policy agenda, Trump addressed a crowd that nearly filled Harrisburg's 7,000 seat Farm Show Arena to capacity. He touched on subjects including immigration reform, decreasing federal regulations, renegotiating trade deals, expanding the military...
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Trump to NRA: The 'assault' on gun rights is over Trump to NRA: The 'assault' on gun rights is over
ATLANTA – As thousands of National Rifle Association members cheered him on, President Trump vowed Friday to defend gun rights and reminisced about his surprise election victory – one in which gun owners played a key role. "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end," Trump told the annual NRA convention, one of a series of events heralding his 100th da...
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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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