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Tax bill beginning to deliver bigger paychecks to workers

Posted 2/2/2018 in National

The contentious tax overhaul is beginning to deliver a change that many will welcome -- bigger paychecks.



Trump set to defy FBI, allow release of classified memo

Posted 2/2/2018 in National

Over the strong objections of his own Justice Department, President Donald Trump will clear the way for the publication of a classified memo on the Russia investigation that Republicans say shows improper use of surveillance by the FBI, White House officials said.



Comey: Defends FBI, takes aim at 'weasels and liars'

Posted 2/2/2018 in National

Former FBI Director James Comey has defended the agency on Twitter, writing, "All should appreciate the FBI speaking up. I wish more of our leaders would."



CIA defends meeting with Russian spy officials

Posted 2/2/2018 in National

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday there was nothing "untoward" about his meeting with top Russian spy chiefs, saying that even though Moscow remains an adversary, ignoring chances to cooperate on security issues would endanger American lives.



United joins Delta in tightening rules for comfort animals

Posted 2/2/2018 in National

United Airlines wants to see more paperwork before passengers fly with emotional-support animals -- and don't even try to bring a peacock on board.



FBI in public fight with Trump over releasing Russia memo

Posted 2/1/2018 in National

In a remarkably public clash of wills with the White House, the FBI declared Wednesday it has "grave concerns" about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia election investigation that President Donald Trump wants released.



Trump infrastructure plan seeks to shift burden to states

Posted 2/1/2018 in National

When President Donald Trump called for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure investment in his State of the Union address, he didn't pledge that the federal government actually would provide that much money for roads, bridges, rail and waterways.



Trump calls for optimism in spite of warnings of danger

Posted 1/31/2018 in National

Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump summoned the country to a "new American moment" of unity in his first State of the Union, challenging Congress to make good on long-standing promises to fix a fractured immigration system and warning darkly of evil forces seeking to undermine America's way of life.



Trump favors release of memo White House wants reviewed

Posted 1/31/2018 in National

President Donald Trump was overheard Tuesday night telling a Republican lawmaker he is "100 percent" in favor of releasing a classified memo on the Russia investigation that has sparked a political fight pitting Republicans against the FBI and the Justice Department.



Pentagon: Gag order on Afghan data was a mistake

Posted 1/31/2018 in National

In an abrupt reversal, the U.S. military on Tuesday said it made a mistake when it ordered an independent federal auditor to stop providing the public with information about U.S. war efforts in Afghanistan that help to measure how the 16-year-old stalemated war is going.



Amid publicity tour, adult film star denies affair with Trump

Posted 1/31/2018 in National

Adult film star Stormy Daniels, in the midst of a publicity tour fueled by past allegations of a 2006 sexual relationship with a then-married Donald Trump, said in a statement on Tuesday the alleged affair never occurred.



Republicans vote to release classified memo on Russia probe

Posted 1/30/2018 in National

Brushing aside opposition from the Justice Department, Republicans on the House intelligence committee voted to release a classified memo that purports to show improper use of surveillance by the FBI and the Justice Department in the Russia investigation.



FBI's McCabe, a frequent Trump target, abruptly leaves post

Posted 1/30/2018 in National

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a target of frequent and aggressive criticism by President Donald Trump, abruptly stepped down from his position Monday ahead of his planned retirement this spring.



Putin: US took 'hostile step' in publishing Russia list

Posted 1/30/2018 in National

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the Trump administration made a "hostile step" when it published a list of Russian businessmen and politicians as part of a sanctions law against Moscow.



Some in GOP heed call to return Wynn money, post-allegations

Posted 1/30/2018 in National

Some Republicans in Congress are donating their contributions from Las Vegas billionaire Steve Wynn to charity in light of sexual misconduct allegations against the former Republican National Committee finance chairman.



Child experts: Just say 'no' to Facebook's kids app

Posted 1/30/2018 in National

Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app aimed at kids.



Trump's infrastructure plan comes with a huge hole

Posted 1/30/2018 in National

When President Donald Trump unveils his plan to beef up the nation's infrastructure plan next month, it will include a crater-sized hole.



Pentagon restricts release of Afghanistan war data

Posted 1/30/2018 in National

The Pentagon has ordered an independent federal auditor to stop providing the public with key information about U.S. war efforts in Afghanistan, accelerating a clampdown on data, such as the size of the Afghan military and police forces, that indicate how the 16-year-old stalemated war is going.



GOP senators: Trump needs to show restraint in Russia probe

Posted 1/29/2018 in National

Two Republican senators said Sunday that President Donald Trump would be wise to keep a public silence on an independent investigation into his 2016 campaign's contacts with Russia in the wake of news reports that he sought to fire the special counsel.



Jeff Sessions weathers turbulent year as AG

Posted 1/29/2018 in National

Jeff Sessions was in his office, looking unusually deflated. He had just received another public lashing from President Donald Trump.



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