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Winners and losers under Medicare drug plan in Trump budget

Posted 2/13/2018 in National

Some Medicare beneficiaries would face higher prescription drug costs under President Donald Trump's budget even as the sickest patients save thousands of dollars, a complex trade-off that may make it harder to sell Congress on the plan in an election year.



Trump says 'OK with me' if plan to rebuild roads founders

Posted 2/13/2018 in National

President Donald Trump sent Congress a sweeping plan Monday to rebuild the nation's depleted roads and bridges -- then immediately raised doubts about how committed he was to delivering on that campaign promise.



Senate leaders predict a tough time getting immigration deal

Posted 2/13/2018 in National

The Senate's two top leaders put on a show of comradery as their chamber launched its immigration debate, but also laid down markers underscoring how hard it will be to reach a deal that can move through Congress.



Vanessa Trump taken to hospital after white powder scare

Posted 2/13/2018 in National

Donald Trump Jr.'s wife was taken to a New York City hospital on Monday as a precaution after she opened an envelope addressed to her husband that contained an unidentified white powder, though police later said the substance wasn't dangerous, authorities said.



States look to lower drug costs, consider Canadian imports

Posted 2/12/2018 in National

Lawmakers in more than two-thirds of the states are considering ways to reduce prescription drug costs, including importing them from Canada, as they strive to balance budgets without knowing for sure what their government's share of the tab will be.



Trump aide confident Democratic memo will be released

Posted 2/12/2018 in National

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are prepared to black out parts of their memo about the FBI's Russia investigation to ensure there's no harmful spilling of secrets, then try again to get President Donald Trump to let it come out.



Congress takes on immigration issue amid election pressures

Posted 2/12/2018 in National

The Senate begins a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the "Dreamer" immigrants today, and Republican senators say they'll introduce President Donald Trump's plan. Though his proposal has no chance of passage, Trump may be the most influential voice in the conversation.



Trump budget plan already outdated after budget deal

Posted 2/12/2018 in National

In a twist on Washington's truism about presidential budgets being D.O.A., President Donald Trump's 2019 fiscal plan due Monday is dead even before arrival.



Lobbying expenses spiked as Congress shaped tax overhaul

Posted 2/12/2018 in National

Money spent on lobbying by corporations, trade associations and special interest groups spiked during the final three months of 2017 as they battled for the biggest breaks possible in the most dramatic tax overhaul in more than 30 years.



Stock drop could pose risk to US economy -- if it endures

Posted 2/12/2018 in National

The tumble in U.S. stock prices has inflicted psychological pain and financial losses -- at least on paper -- for people with a meaningful stake in the market.



OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors

Posted 2/12/2018 in National

The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic.



Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

Posted 2/12/2018 in National

The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago.



Russian airliner crashes moments after takeoff, killing 71

Posted 2/12/2018 in National

A Russian airliner that had just taken off from the country's second-busiest airport crashed Sunday, killing all 71 people aboard and scattering jagged chunks of wreckage across a snowy field outside Moscow.



Congress votes to reopen government, passes budget deal

Posted 2/9/2018 in National

The House moved swiftly early today to reopen the federal government and pass a $400 billion budget deal, overcoming opposition from both liberal Democrats and tea party conservatives to endorse enormous spending increases despite looming trillion-dollar deficits.



Kelly in harsh spotlight after senior aide's resignation

Posted 2/9/2018 in National

Pressure mounted on White House chief of staff John Kelly Thursday as questions swirled about his defense of a senior aide he fought to keep in a highly sensitive West Wing job despite accusations of spousal abuse from two ex-wives.



'Kryptonite' guitarist's family says doctor fed opioid habit

Posted 2/9/2018 in National

The family of a longtime guitarist for 3 Doors Down is accusing an Alabama doctor of fueling the rocker's opioid addiction before he died of a drug overdose.



Trump aims to reduce drug costs under Medicare

Posted 2/9/2018 in National

President Donald Trump will propose lowering prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing them to share in rebates that drug companies pay to insurers and middlemen, an administration official said Thursday.



Trump flirts with flashy military parade long eschewed by US

Posted 2/8/2018 in National

For generations, as America's authoritarian rivals strutted their tanks, troops and jets through main thoroughfares in dramatic displays of strength, the United States watched from afar, but did not emulate.



Pelosi speaks for record 8 hours in favor of 'Dreamers'

Posted 2/8/2018 in National

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi staged a record-breaking, eight-hour speech in hopes of pressuring Republicans to allow a vote on protecting "Dreamer" immigrants -- and to demonstrate to increasingly angry progressives and Democratic activists that she has done all she could.



Trump's bipartisan pitch long gone; now he's talking treason

Posted 2/7/2018 in National

President Donald Trump's call in the State of the Union address last week for a new era of bipartisan cooperation seems like a distant memory.



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