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Vice President offers 'unwavering' NATO pledge, leaves open questions

Posted 2/18/2017 in National

America's commitment to NATO is "unwavering," U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday, reassuring allies about the direction the Trump administration might take but leaving open questions about where Washington saw its relationship with the European Union and other international organizations.



Trump interviewing candidates to replace the ousted Flynn

Posted 2/18/2017 in National

As he seeks to get his struggling administration back on track, President Donald Trump is interviewing potential candidates this weekend to serve as his new national security adviser.



AP Exclusive: DHS weighed Nat Guard for immigration roundups

Posted 2/18/2017 in National

The White House distanced itself Friday from a Department of Homeland Security draft proposal to use the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, but lawmakers said the document offers insight into the Trump administration's internal efforts to enact its promised crackdown on illegal immigration.


TVA board elects Howorth as chairman

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

The nation's largest public utility has elected Richard Howorth as new board chairman.


Trump, in unprecedented fashion for a president, rips press

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

The leaks are real. But the news about them is fake. The White House is a fine-tuned machine. Russia is a ruse.



Trump seeks pause in legal fight with revised travel ban

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

The Trump administration said in court documents on Thursday it wants a pause in the legal fight over its ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, so it can issue a replacement ban as it strives to protect the nation from terrorism.



CNN: Donald Trump attacks haven't hurt the news network

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

The president of CNN said Thursday that neither the network's journalism or business have been hurt as a result of President Donald Trump's attacks.



GOP leaders unveil new health law outline, divisions remain

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

Top House Republicans unveiled a rough sketch of a massive health care overhaul to rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday, but a lack of detail, cost estimates and GOP unity left unresolved the problem that's plagued them for years: What's the party's plan and can Congress pass it?



FBI: White supremacist talked of Dylann Roof-type attack

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

A white supremacist with felony convictions in South Carolina bought a gun from an undercover FBI agent, telling the agent he planned an attack in "the spirit of Dylann Roof," authorities said Thursday.



Watchdog: US has no way to measure border wall effectiveness

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

The United States does not have a way to measure how well fencing works to deter illegal crossings from Mexico, according to a report released Thursday by Congress' main watchdog as President Donald Trump renewed his pledge to build "a great wall" on the border.



A broader Israel-Arab deal -- rare opportunity or diversion?

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have pledged to seize what they believe is an opportunity for an ambitious Israeli-Arab peace deal.



Trump's pick for Israel envoy goes on damage control

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

The combative attorney President Donald Trump picked as his ambassador to Israel sought to repair the damage from past attacks on political opponents, telling Congress he deeply regretted using inflammatory language and promised to be "respectful and measured" should he be confirmed.



Man pleads guilty to buying rifles in San Bernardino attack

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

A California man who bought high-powered rifles used in the San Bernardino terror attack pleaded guilty on Thursday as the father of one of the victims angrily denounced the plea deal as a "slap on the wrist."



Washington court rules against florist in gay wedding case

Posted 2/17/2017 in National

The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke the state's antidiscrimination law, even though she claimed doing so would violate her religious beliefs.



Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns

Posted 2/16/2017 in National

Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump legislation blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.



Trump White House wrestles with a crush of crises

Posted 2/16/2017 in National

Less than a month into his tenure, Donald Trump's White House is beset by a crush of crises.



Trump's pick for Israel ambassador faces rocky confirmation

Posted 2/16/2017 in National

David Friedman, the firebrand attorney President Donald Trump picked to be his ambassador to Israel, faces a rocky confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after Trump signaled a dramatic shift in strategy for pursuing peace in the Middle East.



Puzder withdraws nomination to be Trump's labor secretary

Posted 2/16/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary abruptly withdrew his nomination Wednesday after Senate Republicans balked at supporting him, in part over taxes he belatedly paid on a former housekeeper not authorized to work in the United States.



House GOP batting around options for revamping health law

Posted 2/16/2017 in National

With the Republican drive to craft a new health care plan sputtering, House GOP leaders are offering options to rank-and-file lawmakers for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law with a conservative approach dominated by tax breaks and a transition away from today's Medicaid program.



'Day Without Immigrants' protests being held across US

Posted 2/16/2017 in National

Immigrants across the country are expected to stay home from school and work today to show how critical they are to the U.S. economy and way of life.



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