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Gridlock in Congress may presage more of the same to come

Posted 9/30/2016 in National

A bitterly divided Congress adjourned Thursday for the election, having accomplished little more than the bare minimum, with lawmakers looking ahead to a lame-duck session and a weighty to-do list already piling up for next year.



Report says Obama administration failed to follow health law

Posted 9/30/2016 in National

The Obama administration failed to follow the president's health care law in a $5 billion dispute over compensating insurers for high costs from seriously ill patients, Congress' investigative arm said Thursday.



Officials: Firefighter halted teen who killed father, shot 3

Posted 9/29/2016 in National

A volunteer firefighter stopped a teenager who shot two students and a teacher outside a South Carolina elementary school after killing his father at their home, authorities said.



Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach

Posted 9/29/2016 in National

Unmoved by harsh debate reviews, a defiant Donald Trump renewed his attacks against a former Miss Universe winner on Wednesday, showing no sign of making big changes to his message or debate preparation before his second faceoff with Hillary Clinton.



Divided America: Minorities hopeful, whites sour on future

Posted 9/29/2016 in National

Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is black and working class.



FBI director again defends integrity of Clinton email probe

Posted 9/29/2016 in National

Republican lawmakers may question the decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private email server as secretary of state, but they should not question the investigation's thoroughness, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday as he again defended the agency's actions.



Congress overrides Obama veto of 9/11 legislation

Posted 9/29/2016 in National

In a resounding rebuke, Democrats joined with Republicans Wednesday to hand Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency, voting overwhelmingly to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts for its alleged backing of the attackers.



House aides: Deal reached to keep government running

Posted 9/28/2016 in National

Congressional leaders have broken a stalemate over money to address the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, top House aides said Wednesday, clearing the way for a spending bill needed to keep the government running until December.



Female voters react to Trump

Posted 9/28/2016 in National

When Donald Trump challenged Hillary Clinton's stamina on the debate stage, Pennsylvania voter Patricia Bennett said she heard a "dog whistle" that smacked of unmistakable sexism.



Poll: Voters more confident in Trump's health

Posted 9/28/2016 in National

The "stamina," the "look": A new poll suggests voters are buying in to Donald Trump's insinuations about Hillary Clinton's health.



Debate renews attention on Trump's tax returns

Posted 9/28/2016 in National

Donald Trump says "you don't learn that much from tax returns," a dubious assertion that has renewed attention on his refusal to release documents that could shed light on his tax rate, charitable giving and foreign business ties.



Trump has turned over tax returns -- for lawsuits, loans, casinos

Posted 9/28/2016 in National

While Donald Trump won't publicly release his income tax returns, the New York businessman has turned them over when it suited his needs -- if he stood to make a profit, needed a loan or when a judge forced him.



Debate reaches 84 million viewers, toppling record

Posted 9/28/2016 in National

The showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the most-watched presidential debate ever, with 84 million viewers.



Pence breaks with Trump, says humans affect climate change

Posted 9/28/2016 in National

Donald Trump's running mate is breaking with the Republican nominee's claim that climate change is not the result of human activity.



Israel mourns death of former president and prime minister

Posted 9/28/2016 in National

Israel today mourned the death of Shimon Peres, a former president and prime minister whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state.



Clinton puts Trump on the defensive in combative debate

Posted 9/27/2016 in National

Donald Trump aggressively tried to pin the nation's economic and national security problems on Hillary Clinton in the first presidential debate, belittling the former senator and secretary of state as a "typical politician" incapable of delivering the change many Americans crave.



Moderator Lester Holt worked to keep control of debate

Posted 9/27/2016 in National

After initially taking a hands-off approach to the two strong-willed presidential candidates before him, NBC's Lester Holt more aggressively challenged Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the general election's first debate wore on and he warmed to the often-thankless role of moderator.



Official: One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over

Posted 9/27/2016 in National

More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director.



Debate Night: Clinton, Trump set for high-stakes showdown

Posted 9/26/2016 in National

After months of tangling from afar, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will confront each other face-to-face for the first time in Monday night's presidential debate, laying out for voters their vastly different visions for the nation's future.



Why it matters: Jobs and the election

Posted 9/26/2016 in National

THE ISSUE: Tepid income growth and shrinking opportunities for blue-collar workers have kept many Americans anxious about jobs and the economy, seven years after the Great Recession ended.



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