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Hello? People swamp Congress with phone calls in era of Trump

Posted 2/4/2017 in National

President Donald Trump has promised to shake up Washington, but so far he's produced gridlock -- at least with the phone lines on Capitol Hill.



Republicans mull 'repairing' Obamacare law it vowed to repeal

Posted 2/4/2017 in National

Republicans are increasingly talking about repairing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a softer tone that comes as their march to fulfill a keystone campaign promise encounters disunity, drooping momentum and uneasy voters.



Trump hits Iran with new sanctions for missile test

Posted 2/4/2017 in National

The Trump administration ordered sanctions against more than two dozen people and companies from the Persian Gulf to China Friday in retaliation for Iran's recent ballistic missile test, increasing pressure on Tehran without directly undercutting a landmark nuclear deal with the country.



Rule on guns and mentally ill people faces a GOP rollback

Posted 2/3/2017 in National

In a sign of the new climate taking hold on gun issues under a Trump administration with a Republican-led Congress, a rule to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people is on its way to being scrapped.



European populists seek 'Trump boost' for anti-Islam stances

Posted 2/3/2017 in National

In Donald Trump, Europe's populist leaders think they have found a champion. For now.



Trump moves toward tougher line on Israeli settlements

Posted 2/3/2017 in National

President Donald Trump is warning Israel that constructing new settlements "may not be helpful" to Middle East peace efforts, shifting toward a tougher line with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government.



Trump pledges to end political limits on churches

Posted 2/3/2017 in National

Declaring that religious freedom is "under threat," President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to repeal a rarely enforced IRS rule that says pastors who endorse candidates from the pulpit risk losing their tax-exempt status.



Repeal of health law could mean women pay more for less

Posted 2/3/2017 in National

From a return to higher premiums based on gender, to gaps in coverage for birth control and breast pumps, experts say women could end up paying more for less if the Obama-era health care law is repealed.



Democrats in a vise over President's Supreme Court pick

Posted 2/3/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court has put Senate Democrats in a vise.



Union: Guard killed at prison saved colleagues' lives

Posted 2/3/2017 in National

Forced into a closet by inmates at Delaware's largest prison, Sgt. Steven Floyd called out to officers coming to his aid, warning them that inmates had set a trap -- saving their lives with his final actions, the head of the state corrections officers' union said.



AP Sources: US readies sanctions on Iran after missile test

Posted 2/3/2017 in National

The Trump administration is preparing to levy new sanctions on Iran, U.S. officials said Thursday, in the first punitive action since the White House put Iran "on notice" after it test-fired a ballistic missile.



Pork industry says not to worry about a bacon shortage

Posted 2/3/2017 in National

An insatiable demand for bacon depleted frozen pork belly supplies in the U.S. to a record low level for December, but the pork industry is confident it can keep up with demand and avoid any serious shortages.



Texas 'bathroom bill' may pose big test for sports leagues

Posted 2/3/2017 in National

Texas knows how to throw a party, and for the Super Bowl in Houston, a new 29-story luxury hotel with a rooftop pool shaped like a meandering "lazy river" is the kind of glitzy welcome mat that keeps big events coming back. But that status may soon be put to the test.



Trump to Senate: Scrap rules if needed to confirm Gorsuch

Posted 2/2/2017 in National

President Donald Trump urged the Senate's Republican leader on Wednesday to resort to the "nuclear option" of scrapping longstanding chamber rules if needed to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, an aggressive opening to what's shaping up as a ferocious clash over the future of the high court.



Trump taps conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Posted 2/1/2017 in National

President Donald Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch, a fast-rising conservative judge with a writer's flair, to the Supreme Court, setting up a fierce fight with Democrats over a jurist who could shape America's legal landscape for decades to come.



Reality show comparisons in Trump announcement inescapable

Posted 2/1/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's past life as a television showman provided an irresistible comparison for the media covering his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.



Senator: Army Corps told to approve Dakota pipeline easement

Posted 2/1/2017 in National

The Army Corps of Engineers was ordered to allow construction of the Dakota Access pipeline to proceed under a disputed Missouri River crossing, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said.



Travel ban throws research, academic exchange into turmoil

Posted 2/1/2017 in National

Universities across the nation say President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven Muslim countries is disrupting vital research projects and academic exchanges in such fields as medicine, public health and engineering, with untold numbers of scholars blocked from entering the U.S.



Immigration order playing well to Trump's fans around nation

Posted 1/31/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries is playing well in Trump Country, those places that propelled him to the White House.



Clash over refugee ban brings firing of Justice Dept. head

Posted 1/31/2017 in National

In an extraordinary public showdown, President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general of the United States after she publicly questioned the constitutionality of his refugee and immigration ban and refused to defend it in court.



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