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Trump budget to increase defense, slash EPA, other agencies Trump budget to increase defense, slash EPA, other agencies
WASHINGTON — President Trump has signed off on top-line numbers in a budget outline that seeks to make good on his campaign promises to bolster military spending while making deep cuts to other federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency. "This budget will be a public safety and national security budget, very much based on those two with plenty of other things but very stron...
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Trump gets prime-time shot on Tuesday Trump gets prime-time shot on Tuesday
WASHINGTON — After a month and a week of political battle with Democrats, the media, and some Republicans, President Trump gets a chance to take his agenda to prime time on Tuesday. Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress, a quasi-State of the Union address, is expected to focus on his plans for tax and regulation cuts, health care, border security, and jobs issues. "The theme will be ...
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Trump budget battle may be looming over National Endowment for the Arts Trump budget battle may be looming over National Endowment for the Arts
WASHINGTON — Arts groups across the country are preparing to battle President Trump to keep intact the National Endowment for the Arts and the funding it provides to state and local groups. Americans for the Arts is mobilizing some 5,000 local councils, agencies and funders and 300,000 “citizen activists” to flood members of Congress with calls, sign a petition to the White House and generally ...
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Where in the world is Sarah Palin? Her political star is fading Where in the world is Sarah Palin? Her political star is fading
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — As the Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off just outside of Washington this week, there was one name noticeably missing from the roster of speakers: Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor used to be a rock star at the annual conservative gathering. But this year she wasn’t invited to CPAC, put on by the American Conservative Union. “I think conservative...
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Supreme Court blocks death sentence over racial bias Supreme Court blocks death sentence over racial bias
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court blocked the execution of a Texas murderer Wednesday because of racially discriminatory testimony presented by his own defense team. The 6-2 ruling was the second in the court's new term to overturn a death sentence, and it could be a harbinger of things to come. The justices heard another death penalty case from Texas in November that hinges on a prisoner's intell...
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Homeland Security unveils sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants Homeland Security unveils sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants
The Department of Homeland Security issued a sweeping set of orders Tuesday that implement President Trump's plan to increase immigration enforcement, placing the vast majority of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation. The memos instruct all agents — including Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — to identify, captur...
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Trump-Netanyahu meeting intends to show agreement — even on 2-state solution Trump-Netanyahu meeting intends to show agreement — even on 2-state solution
WASHINGTON — President Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Wednesday for a series of meetings intended to "show there is no daylight" between the two leaders on a range of issues, White House aides say. And that includes the so-called "two-state solution" that has been a hallmark of U.S. policy in the Middle East — and a source of friction between the Ne...
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Trump begins search to replace Michael Flynn as questions mount Trump begins search to replace Michael Flynn as questions mount
WASHINGTON — Less than a month after taking office, President Trump must find a new national security adviser after Michael Flynn resigned for lying about his talks with a Russian ambassador, and the administration now faces questions about what the White House knew about the situation. Citing reports that the Justice Department warned the White House a month ago that Flynn was vulnerable to bl...
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Reality check: After three weeks, Trump has hit a Washington wall Reality check: After three weeks, Trump has hit a Washington wall
WASHINGTON — Not so fast. In his first three weeks in office, President Trump has launched a dizzying flurry of actions, dominating the headlines and sparking controversy. But to his frustration, he has begun running smack into constraints mandated by the Constitution and imposed by political reality. Without acknowledging he's being forced to trim his sails, the president is moving to delay...
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Trump, in strategy shift, considers new executive order on travel ban Trump, in strategy shift, considers new executive order on travel ban
WASHINGTON — President Trump said Friday he's considering a new executive order on refugees as soon as Monday or Tuesday, even as his administration mulls an appeal of a court decision suspending his previous order barring travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries. "We will win that battle," Trump said of the court fight. "We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand ...
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