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Senate Democrats propose $1 trillion infrastructure plan

Posted 1/25/2017 in National

Senate Democrats on Tuesday offered a plan to spend $1 trillion on transportation and other infrastructure projects over 10 years, challenging President Donald Trump to join them on an issue where they hope to find common ground.



Sexist, vulgar posts on women's marches rebound on officials

Posted 1/25/2017 in National

A school board member in Hillary Clinton's hometown resigned after making a derogatory reference on Twitter to the female anatomy in describing women marching against President Donald Trump. An Illinois teacher was pulled from the classroom for a tweet deemed sexist. And a freshman Indiana lawmaker was inundated with criticism over a Facebook post mocking "fat women."



Trump health secretary pick gives Democrats few details on health overhaul

Posted 1/25/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's selection to become health secretary told a Senate committee Tuesday that the new administration believes people with existing illnesses should not be denied health insurance, but committed to no details on that or any aspects of how Republicans will reshape President Barack Obama's health care law.



Despite tornado threat, shelters rare for mobile home parks

Posted 1/25/2017 in National

Ten of at least 20 people killed in a weekend tornado outbreak lived in Georgia mobile home parks, yet laws requiring storm shelters in those vulnerable communities are few and far between.



White House press secretary: 'Our intention is never to lie'

Posted 1/24/2017 in National

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told a roomful of reporters that "our intention is never to lie to you," although sometimes the Trump administration may "disagree with the facts."



President Trump takes office, vows to stop 'American carnage'

Posted 1/21/2017 in National



Inauguration coverage shows deep divisions remain

Posted 1/21/2017 in National

The media brought a reverence for history and ceremony to its coverage of President Donald Trump's inaugural on Friday, yet deep divisions exposed in the campaign that brought him there weren't far from the surface.



On first day, Trump signs health care executive order

Posted 1/21/2017 in National

President Donald Trump quickly assumed the mantle of the White House on Friday, making his first executive order one aimed at his predecessor's signature health care law and swearing-in members of his national security team to his Cabinet.



Champagne corks pop in Moscow at Trump's inauguration

Posted 1/21/2017 in National

Champagne corks popped Friday in Moscow as Russians celebrated the start of Donald Trump's presidency, confident of better relations ahead between the two countries.



First day goal? Make White House feel like home for Trump

Posted 1/20/2017 in National

It's supposed to feel just like home when Donald Trump steps inside the White House residence for the first time as president on Inauguration Day.



Treasury pick defends foreclosure actions, asset disclosure

Posted 1/20/2017 in National

Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump's pick as Treasury secretary, clashed with Democrats during a lengthy confirmation hearing Thursday over his handling of thousands of mortgage foreclosures and his failure to initially disclose to the committee nearly $100 million in assets and interests in a Cayman Islands corporation.



Perry vows to boost agency he had pledged to eliminate

Posted 1/20/2017 in National

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change.



Obama commutes 330 drug sentences

Posted 1/20/2017 in National

In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.



Mexican drug kingpin "El Chapo" to appear in US courtroom

Posted 1/20/2017 in National

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious drug kingpins, is finally headed for a court date the United States sought for two decades while he made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run in Mexico.



AP-NORC Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care

Posted 1/19/2017 in National

Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump.



In inaugural speech will Trump call on our better angels?

Posted 1/19/2017 in National

Tradition suggests it's time for Donald Trump to set aside the say-anything speaking style and rise to the inaugural moment.



Trump's Treasury pick facing criticism over foreclosures

Posted 1/19/2017 in National

Donald Trump's pick to lead the Treasury Department, Stephen Mnuchin, built his reputation and his fortune as a savvy Wall Street investor.



Former President George H.W. Bush and wife hospitalized

Posted 1/19/2017 in National

Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted Wednesday to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital with pneumonia, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing, a spokesman said.



Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time

Posted 1/19/2017 in National

Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that's now gone.



New report: Abortions in US drop to lowest level since 1974

Posted 1/18/2017 in National

Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S. has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974.



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