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Before the ax, Comey was pushing Trump-Russia probe harder

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

Days before he was fired by Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation into Russia's election meddling and the possible involvement of Trump associates, U.S. officials say, fueling concerns that Trump was trying to undermine a probe that could threaten his presidency.

 

 

What US-Russia crisis? Trump seeks closer ties in WH meeting

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

All but ignoring the unfurling drama over Russia and the U.S. election, President Donald Trump on Wednesday sought to advance prospects for cooperation between the former Cold War foes in Syria and elsewhere in a rare Oval Office meeting with Vladimir Putin's top diplomat.

 

 

DeVos booed speaking at historically black university

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

Drawing shouts of "Liar!" and "Just go," Education Secretary Betsy DeVos powered through her commencement address Wednesday at a historically black university, even as many of the graduating students turned their backs to her in protest.

 

 

Lawmakers reach agreement on stalled VA accountability bill

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on a bill to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire its employees, part of an accountability effort touted by President Donald Trump.

 

 

VA aims to end veteran homelessness, says it'll take years

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

The new Veterans Affairs chief shares the goal set by former President Barack Obama's administration of ending homelessness among veterans, but says it'll take longer than his predecessor predicted.

 

 

Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in April

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

The Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in South Dakota early last month, which an American Indian tribe says bolsters its argument that the pipeline jeopardizes its water supply and deserves further environmental review.

 

 

Ryan says tax overhaul long overdue

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

Noting he had just gotten his driver's license the last time Congress overhauled the nation's tax system, House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday insisted lawmakers will act soon even as he deals with deep divisions in his own Republican Party.

 

 

Collapsed interstate bridge in Georgia to open next week

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

Atlanta drivers can resume their commutes on a heavily used interstate by early next week at the latest, Georgia's governor and state transportation officials announced Wednesday, about six weeks since a bridge on the highway collapsed because of a large fire.

 

 

Trump firing Comey shrouds Russia probe in doubt, turmoil

Posted 5/10/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's stunning firing of FBI Director James Comey throws into question the future of a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign's possible connections to Russia and immediately raised suspicions of an underhanded effort to stymie a probe that has shadowed the administration from the outset.

 

 

Harsher sentences could result from guidance weighed by DOJ

Posted 5/10/2017 in National

Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove, a reversal of Obama-era policies that aimed to reduce the federal prison population and show more leniency to lower-level drug offenders.

 

 

Judge rejects immediate block of Confederate-era monument removal

Posted 5/9/2017 in National

Supporters of Confederate-era monuments slated for removal in New Orleans launched a new court fight Monday to save one of them.

 

 

White House: Republicans to be rewarded for health care vote

Posted 5/8/2017 in National

The Republican Party will be rewarded for doing "what's right" by voting to overhaul a "failing and collapsing" health care system, a top aide to President Donald Trump asserted as Democrats and at least one outside group began laying the groundwork to challenge the GOP for control of the House in the 2018 midterm election.

 

 

States brace for big decisions under GOP health care changes

Posted 5/8/2017 in National

 

 

Appeals court to weigh challenge to revised Trump travel ban

Posted 5/8/2017 in National

After a series of stinging legal defeats, President Donald Trump's administration hopes to convince a federal appeals court that his travel ban targeting six-Muslim majority countries is motivated by national security, not religion.

 

 

Experts: Convicting ex-officer in teen's death will be tough

Posted 5/8/2017 in National

Authorities who've charged a white suburban Dallas police officer with murder in a black teenager's death face a tough task in getting a conviction as few of these cases go to trial and, when they do, juries remain reluctant to second guess an officer's decision to use deadly force, legal experts said Saturday.

 

 

Crumbling roads and bridges bring higher taxes and fees

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Tennessee will soon tax motorists more to fill their tanks. So will California, Indiana and Montana.

 

 

US military member killed in Somalia, 1st death since 1993

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

A U.S. service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al-Shabab.

 

 

Trump order makes some preachers ecstatic, others cringe

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's order to ease limits on political activity by religious organizations is being met with both enthusiasm and dread from religious leaders, with some rejoicing in the freedom to preach their views and endorse candidates and others fearing the change will erode the integrity of houses of worship.

 

 

Democrats convinced health bill jeopardizes Republican's monopoly in DC

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

It's "Trumpcare" now, and Republicans have to answer for it.

 

 

GOP health victory may be fleeting as wary Senate awaits

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

Senate Republicans wasted no time on Friday showing they have little use for the House bill to repeal and replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act amid fears among Americans that people already sick won't be able to get affordable insurance.

 

 

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