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House GOP health bill facing fresh committee test

Posted 3/16/2017 in National

The White House and Republican leaders are talking to rank-and-file lawmakers about revising the GOP health care overhaul, hoping to keep a rebellion by conservatives and moderates from snowballing and imperiling the party's showpiece legislation.



Trump budget: Defense spending a priority over agency money

Posted 3/16/2017 in National

President Donald Trump is unveiling a $1.15 trillion budget, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes a dozen departments to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.



APNewsBreak: Sex assault reports up at Navy, Army academies

Posted 3/16/2017 in National

Reports of sexual assaults increased at two of the three military academies last year and an anonymous survey suggests sexual misconduct rose across the board at the schools, The Associated Press has learned.



Tillerson: NKorea has no need to fear US

Posted 3/16/2017 in National

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on North Korea Thursday to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, saying the isolated nation "need not fear" the United States.



Trump earned $153M and paid $36.5M in taxes in 2005

Posted 3/15/2017 in National

President Donald Trump earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes in 2005, paying a roughly 25 percent effective tax rate thanks to a tax he has since sought to eliminate, according to highly sought-after tax documents disclosed Tuesday night.



Analyst: Millions to lose coverage under GOP bill

Posted 3/14/2017 in National

Fourteen million Americans would lose coverage next year under House Republican legislation remaking the nation's health care system, and that number would balloon to 24 million by 2026, Congress' budget analysts projected Monday.



Justice Dept. asks for more time on wiretapping evidence

Posted 3/14/2017 in National

Facing a Monday deadline, the Justice Department asked lawmakers for more time to provide evidence backing up President Donald Trump's unproven assertion that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper during the election.



Republicans brace for downbeat CBO analysis of health bill

Posted 3/13/2017 in National

Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law are bracing for a Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that fewer Americans will have health coverage under the proposal, despite President Donald Trump's promise of "insurance for everybody."



Media groups push back after fake news defined US elections

Posted 3/13/2017 in National

The Baltimore Gazette had its share of scoops leading up to the 2016 presidential election. But one stands out: Every presidential race since John F. Kennedy's election was rigged.



As incivility hits new depths, many working to combat it

Posted 3/13/2017 in National

In state capitals, lawmakers attend workshops on how to avoid demonizing their opponents. On a college campus, students re-enact hard-fought debates that led to great compromises at the country's founding. Even a summer camp is aiming to give children the tools to show respect in the face of disagreement.



McCain to Trump: Provide wiretap evidence or retract claim

Posted 3/13/2017 in National

The House intelligence committee is asking the Trump administration for evidence that the phones at Trump Tower were tapped during the campaign as its namesake has charged, a request reinforced Sunday by an influential Republican senator who says the president must either come up with the evidence or retract his claim.



Abrupt dismissals spark turmoil among federal prosecutors

Posted 3/13/2017 in National

Two days before Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered dozens of the country's top federal prosecutors to clean out their desks, he gave those political appointees a pep talk during a conference call.



Pence appeals for complete GOP support for overhaul

Posted 3/13/2017 in National

Vice President Mike Pence appealed for total GOP congressional support for a White House-backed health overhaul during a brief visit Saturday to Kentucky, where the Republican governor and junior senator are among the plan's skeptics.



Proposed $54B jump in defense budget won't help economy much

Posted 3/11/2017 in National

Investing another $54 billion in the U.S. military won't do much for the overall economy.



Church cops? Alabama congregation eyes its own unusual police force

Posted 3/11/2017 in National

Briarwood Presbyterian Church already has more than 4,000 members, two private schools and its own radio station. And if administrators have their way, the wealthy congregation could soon add something that no other American church has: its own police force.



Trump picks former FDA official to head food and drug agency

Posted 3/11/2017 in National

President Donald Trump announced Friday that has chosen a conservative doctor-turned-pundit with deep ties to Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry to lead the powerful Food and Drug Administration.



Trump praises arrest of 'troubled person' at White House

Posted 3/11/2017 in National

President Donald Trump said Saturday that the U.S. Secret Service did a "phenomenal job" apprehending a "troubled person" who got onto the White House grounds after climbing a fence on the east side of the property while Trump was inside the executive mansion.



Palestinian leader invited to White House in Trump call

Posted 3/11/2017 in National

President Donald Trump invited Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House to discuss resuming peace talks in their first contact since Trump took office in January.



Bird flu cases revive fear of repeat of major 2015 outbreak

Posted 3/10/2017 in National

The detection of a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu at a Tennessee chicken farm has poultry farmers stepping up security in an attempt to prevent an outbreak like the one in 2015 that required the destruction of millions of chickens and turkeys in the Midwest.



NTSB: Fatal railroad crossing not on tour bus route

Posted 3/10/2017 in National

The Texas tour bus hit by a freight train in a deadly crash wasn't supposed to have taken the road where it got stuck at a rail crossing earlier this week, a federal official said Thursday.



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