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Trump tries to change focus of border debate

Posted yesterday in National

President Donald Trump tried to cast doubt Friday on wrenching tales of migrant children separated from their families at the border, dismissing "phony stories of sadness and grief" while asserting the real victims of the nation's immigration crisis are Americans killed by those who cross the border unlawfully.



OPEC agrees to pump more oil but crude prices jump anyway

Posted yesterday in National

The countries of the OPEC cartel agreed on Friday to pump 1 million barrels more crude oil per day, a move that should help contain the recent rise in global energy prices.



Alabama, Mississippi refuse to pledge money to resume Amtrak

Posted yesterday in National

Plans to resume passenger train service on the northern Gulf Coast for the first time since Hurricane Katrina suffered a setback with Alabama and Mississippi refusing money for the project, but a leader of the effort said Friday the project isn't dead.



Give up after scandals? TV history shows otherwise

Posted yesterday in National

Say this about TV creators in 2018 -- they don't give up easily.



Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs, sparks backlash

Posted yesterday in National

Delta Air Lines says it's no longer allowing passengers to fly with "pit bull type" dogs as service or support animals, a policy that's being met with criticism by groups that train service dogs and the people who use them.



Trump jabbed first, and now the world hits back in trade fight

Posted 6/22/2018 in National

The United States attacked first, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from around the globe and threatening to hit tens of billions of dollars in Chinese products.



Muted reaction by 'pro-family' groups to family separations

Posted 6/22/2018 in National

Even as many religious organizations, from liberal to conservative, denounced the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, some major advocacy groups that depict themselves as "pro-family" declined to join in the criticism.



Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud, breach of trust

Posted 6/22/2018 in National

The wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was charged Thursday with misusing some $100,000 in public funds to order lavish meals from celebrity chefs, dealing an embarrassing blow to the country's first family and drawing fresh attention to a series of separate corruption investigations plaguing the prime minister.



Trump supporters steadfast despite the immigration uproar

Posted 6/21/2018 in National

Cincinnati resident Andrew Pappas supported President Trump's decision to separate children from parents who crossed the border illegally because, he said, it got Congress talking about immigration reform.



Leaders of largest US black denomination decry separations

Posted 6/21/2018 in National

The United States' largest black denomination has convened its annual meeting in Oklahoma City, and its leaders are denouncing the separation of immigrant children from families at the border.



Lawmakers rip tariffs enacted in name of national security

Posted 6/21/2018 in National

Pointing to damage done to home-state companies, lawmakers from both parties Wednesday criticized tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on imported steel and aluminum products in the name of national security.



Alabama musician loses work after anti-immigrant post on Facebook

Posted 6/21/2018 in National

An Alabama musician who said on social media that he'd like to shoot immigrants attempting to enter the United States says he's losing work because of the post.



Some fear changes to state laws as US weighs pot medicine

Posted 6/21/2018 in National

Some American parents who for years have used cannabis to treat severe forms of epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory as U.S. regulators near a decision on whether to approve the first drug derived from the marijuana plant.



Appeals court tosses veterans' lawsuits over burn pits

Posted 6/21/2018 in National

Military veterans who claim that the use of open burn pits during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan caused myriad health problems cannot move forward with dozens of lawsuits against a military contractor, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.



Alabama balks at funding for restored coastal Amtrak service

Posted 6/21/2018 in National

Alabama is balking at pledging millions of dollars to help restart passenger train service along the northern Gulf Coast for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.



Trump stands firm on immigration policy, sees it as a winner

Posted 6/20/2018 in National

Calling the shots as his West Wing clears out, President Donald Trump sees his hard-line immigration stance as a winning issue heading into a midterm election he views as a referendum on his protectionist policies.



Governors pull National Guard over immigration policy

Posted 6/20/2018 in National

The governors of multiple East Coast states have announced that they will not deploy National Guard resources near the U.S.-Mexico border, a largely symbolic but politically significant rejection of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that has resulted in children being separated from their families.



No clear plan yet on how to reunite parents with children

Posted 6/20/2018 in National

Trump administration officials say they have no clear plan yet on how to reunite the thousands of children separated from their families at the border since the implementation of a zero-tolerance policy in which anyone caught entering the U.S. illegally is criminally prosecuted.



US leaving UN's Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias

Posted 6/20/2018 in National

The United States is leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called "an organization that is not worthy of its name."



Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force'

Posted 6/20/2018 in National

President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" as an independent military service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space -- though he may have limited power to develop a new military command.



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