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AP sources: White House to propose boosting defense spending

Posted 2/27/2017 in National

The White House will propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.



AP: VA data show low rate of discipline for drug loss, theft

Posted 2/27/2017 in National

Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs' hospitals were fired or reprimanded in only a small fraction of thousands of reported cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions since 2010, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.



Trump says he won't attend correspondents dinner this spring

Posted 2/27/2017 in National

President Donald Trump, who has been criticizing the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won't be attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner -- sparing himself the dubious honor of being an in-the-house target of jokes.



New Democratic chairman Perez pledges to repair, unite party

Posted 2/27/2017 in National

Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged on Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to the Senate" and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 election.



Trump's choice to be Navy secretary withdraws

Posted 2/27/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said Sunday he was withdrawing from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests.



In poor Black Belt region, both fears and prayers over Trump

Posted 2/26/2017 in National

Here, in what's left of the Old South's plantation region, the descendants of slaves who picked cotton and worked the dark soil are praying differently since Donald Trump moved into the White House.



Witnesses: Bar gunman shouted 'get out of my country'

Posted 2/26/2017 in National

In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to "get out of my country," witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help.



Judge won't throw out Bergdahl case over Trump comments

Posted 2/26/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's campaign-trail criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, while "problematic," hasn't prevented the soldier from getting a fair trial on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, a military judge ruled Friday.



Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

Posted 2/26/2017 in National

As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.



Trump blasts media, anonymous sources -- after WH uses them

Posted 2/26/2017 in National

President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources -- just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.



White House adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

Posted 2/24/2017 in National

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official says.



Administration expects Justice crackdown on legalized marijuana

Posted 2/24/2017 in National

The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, offering the Trump administration's strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Americans believe it should be legal.



Immigrants fearing deportation under Trump change routines

Posted 2/23/2017 in National

In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by immigration agents.



Conservatives hail end of bathroom rule for transgender children

Posted 2/23/2017 in National

Conservatives are praising the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, saying the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that is best left for states to decide.



Health care's future: Turning patients into savers, shoppers

Posted 2/23/2017 in National

The U.S. government may soon lean on someone new to help lower health care costs: you.



Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules

Posted 2/22/2017 in National

Millions of people living in the United States illegally could be targeted for deportation -- including people simply arrested for traffic violations -- under a sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration.



'It saved my life': Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts

Posted 2/22/2017 in National

While the Affordable Care Act has brought health coverage to millions of Americans, the effects have been profound, even lifesaving, for some of those caught up in the nation's opioid-addiction crisis.



Trump denounces anti-Semitism in forceful condemnation

Posted 2/22/2017 in National

President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned recent threats against Jewish community centers in the U.S. as "painful reminders" of lingering prejudice and evil, his first full-throated comments on the rise of anti-Semitic venom after pressure for him to speak out forcefully.



Historian with expert predictions ponders Trump impeachment

Posted 2/22/2017 in National

A college professor who has successfully predicted every presidential election since 1984, including Donald Trump's upset victory last year, is working on a book based on a possible future plot twist: Trump's removal from office.



Thousands of demonstrators across US say 'Not My President'

Posted 2/21/2017 in National

Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the U.S. to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest dubbed Not My President's Day.



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