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Trump, at White House Forum, Signals Support for Arming School Staff

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:05:51 EST

President Donald Trump, leading an emotional discussion with families touched by school gun violence, signaled support for a plan to arm teachers and coaches and also tighten background checks and mental-health screening before gun purchases.image

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Mueller Examines Manafort Loans

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:04:55 EST

Special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in New York are examining as much as $16 million in loans that a bank run by a former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump made to former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to court filings and a person familiar with the two investigations. image

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Trump Again Presses Sessions Over Russia Probe

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:43:00 EST

President Trump renewed his public pressure on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, suggesting the Justice Department should be looking at the Obama administration as part of its Russia probe.image

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High Court: Guilty Plea Doesn't Prohibit Constitutional Challenge to Convictions

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:08:26 EST

The Supreme Court held that defendants who plead guilty retain the right to challenge their convictions as unconstitutional, frustrating prosecutors who said the rule would inject uncertainty into a criminal justice system built on plea bargains. image

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Trump Economic Report Blames Obama Policies for Slow Growth

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:14:00 EST

President Donald Trump’s first official economic report to Congress makes a lengthy case that the U.S. economy has been weak in recent years, not because of the severity of the most recent recession, but because of policy mistakes by Mr. Trump’s predecessor.image

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Commerce Secretary Becomes Point Man For Commercial Space Projects

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:58:53 EST

Responding to industry complaints that federal rules increasingly hamper private ventures in space, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has emerged as the deregulation czar of the heavens.image

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White House Reaches Out to Labor Unions on Trade Policy

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:26:58 EST

President Donald Trump sought input Wednesday from the largest labor unions in the U.S. on trade policy, including the talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.image

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Treasury Recommends Keeping Dodd-Frank Liquidation Power

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:17:31 EST

The Trump administration recommended retaining the government’s power to seize and unwind a failing financial firm in a crisis, endorsing a plank of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law.image

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Supreme Court Curbs Protections for Whistleblowers

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:17:33 EST

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that individuals must report alleged corporate wrongdoing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, not just to their companies, to qualify for whistleblower protections under the Dodd-Frank Act.image

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Interior Department's Drone Army Fights Fires and Monitors Wildlife

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:22:48 EST

The Interior Department is dramatically amplifying its use of drones, launching thousands of unmanned flights to help manage the nation’s public lands, and creating the largest federal drone program outside of the Pentagon, federal officials said. image

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North Korea Pulled Out of Pence Meeting at Last Minute

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:32:35 EST

North Korea canceled a secretly planned meeting with Vice President Mike Pence during his trip to the Winter Olympics in South Korea this month, a session that would have amounted to the highest-level visit between the U.S. and North Korea in years.image

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'America's Pastor' Billy Graham Dies at Age 99

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:07:08 EST

Billy Graham, counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, preached a simplified Protestant message about sin and redemption. He did so without rancor and, in later years, without much emphasis on the prospect of hellfire.image

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Proposal Would Loosen Limits on Short-Term Health Plans

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:55:40 EST

The Trump administration released a proposal that would allow for the proliferation of less-comprehensive, cheaper health plans restricted under the Affordable Care Act.image

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GOP Congressman in Colorado Gets an Earful About Guns

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:29:26 EST

A GOP lawmaker in a Colorado swing district faced criticism from his constituents Tuesday about gun policies, illustrating the tricky landscape for some Republicans heading into the midterm elections.image

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Associate of Gates Pleads Guilty to Lying to Mueller Team

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:05:52 EST

A lawyer accused of lying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller has pleaded guilty, the latest sign that Mr. Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election is picking up speed.image

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Cybersecurity Task Force to Protect Elections Is Unveiled

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:38:58 EST

The Justice Department announced a new cybersecurity task force aimed in part at combating threats to the integrity of U.S. elections, as pressure mounts for stronger countermeasures to deter foreign efforts targeting the vote.image

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U.S. Pursues Saudi Nuclear Deal, Despite Proliferation Risk

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:58:05 EST

The Trump administration is pursuing a deal to sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia despite the kingdom’s refusal to accept the most stringent restrictions against the proliferation of nuclear weapons, U.S. officials say.image

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Pennsylvania Special Election Loses Its Punch as New Districts Loom

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:52:18 EST

Whoever wins Pennsylvania’s congressional special election next month will likely find himself drawn out of the district by November when a new map from the state Supreme Court will be in effect image

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Trump Takes Step to Ban 'Bump Stocks'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:35:46 EST

President Trump said Tuesday he is moving to impose new regulations that would ban devices that allow certain firearms to function as rapid-fire “machine guns.” image

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Trump Administration Looking at Bankruptcy Options for Student Debt

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:03:09 EST

The Trump administration indicated it is considering allowing more Americans to erase student debt in bankruptcy.image

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Russia's Real Goal: Continue Democracy's Decline

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:59:04 EST

President Donald Trump’s angry Twitter reaction to the indictment of Russians for interfering in the 2016 election misses the broader and more frightening point: Democracy as we know it is under attack, and potentially in decline, Gerald F. Seib writes. image

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Group Files Complaints Over Payments to Playboy Playmate Who Alleged Affair With Trump

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:22:00 EST

A government-watchdog group filed complaints asking the FEC and Justice Department to investigate a $150,000 payment to a former Playboy centerfold model who sold her story of an alleged affair with President Donald Trump to the publisher of the National Enquirer.image

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Trump Administration's Deregulation Push Heads for Outer Space

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:15:19 EST

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to announce new moves promoting private ventures in space, including easing launch rules and putting the Commerce Department in charge of broader deregulation initiatives. image

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House Republicans Take First Step to Tackle Opioid Crisis

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:35:30 EST

House Republicans will begin a series of legislative hearings next week as the first step in an effort to pass bipartisan bills tackling the opioid crisis. image

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Trial Tests FTC's Power to Referee Drugmakers' Fight Against Generics

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:58:46 EST

A trial under way in federal court in Philadelphia is testing the power of U.S. competition regulators to crack down on drug makers’ alleged moves to thwart the sale of low-cost generics. image

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Pennsylvania Gets a New District Map

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:21:41 EST

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court imposed a new congressional map for the state that appeared to give Democrats a big boost in their effort to retake the U.S. House of Representatives in November’s midterm elections. image

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Trump Endorses Romney for Senate

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:47:18 EST

President Donald Trump Monday night endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for a Utah Senate seat, backing a GOP candidate who is a favorite within the party but who has in the past been a vocal critic of the president.image

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Federal Judge Approves $300 Million Loan for Puerto Rico Utility

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:14:52 EST

A federal judge approved an emergency $300 million loan that will keep Puerto Rico’s troubled electric utility in operation, averting a threat of more power outages at a time when the island is trying to recover from last summer’s devastating hurricanes. image

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ECB Freezes All Payments by Latvia Bank Amid U.S. Probe

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:48:34 EST

The ECB has frozen all payments by a Latvian bank, following accusations by the U.S. that the small bank laundered billions in illicit funds, including for companies connected to North Korea’s banned ballistic-missile program.image

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Tax Regulations at Center of GOP Dispute

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:26:42 EST

A turf battle is breaking out in the Republican Party over which agencies should have a say in writing new regulations stemming from last year’s landmark tax legislation. image

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U.S. Questions How Much It Can Trust Russia Over Ukraine

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:59:23 EST

U.S.-Russian negotiations over a peacekeeping force for eastern Ukraine are emerging as a test for Washington on the wisdom of trying to negotiate with Moscow. image

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Inside an Immigration Roundup: Crying Children, Closed Doors, Coffee

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:59:13 EST

How the federal effort targeting illegal immigrants for deportation actually plays out when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents go door-to-door early one Sunday morning. image

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Facebook Battles New Criticism After Indictment Against Russians

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:49:50 EST

Facebook is contending with a new wave of criticism prompted by the U.S. indictment alleging that Russia manipulated social-media platforms—and by a Facebook executive’s attempts to address the issue.image

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Students Ratcheting Up Anti-Gun Protests After School Shooting

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:02:43 EST

High-school students are planning marches and school walkouts nationwide as their ranks grow on social media, galvanized by last week’s Florida school shooting that left 17 dead.image

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Judge Is Asked to Disallow Trump Bias Claims in AT&T Merger Trial

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:18:55 EST

The Justice Department asked a federal judge not to allow AT&T Inc.’s defense of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Inc. to include a claim that the Trump administration improperly challenged the deal for political reasons.image

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The Rise of the Jumbo Student Loan

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:10:50 EST

Most borrowers who left college or graduate school owing at least $50,000 in student loans in 2010 had failed to pay down any of their debt four years later, according to a study by the Brookings Institution. image

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Talking Taxes: How to Hold On to More of Your Dough

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:51:49 EST

The new tax rules have already taken effect. But they won’t show up on tax returns until early in 2019. What’s changing for individuals? The latest video in our Talking Taxes series breaks it all down for you, in bite-size pieces.image

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South Korean President Hopes for U.S. Dialogue With North

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:37:42 EST

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that he remained hopeful that a recent inter-Korean rapprochement around the Olympics could lead to dialogue between the U.S. and North Korea.image

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Kelly Orders End to Some Interim Security Clearances

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:16:58 EST

The White House next week will discontinue interim security clearances for some of its staffers, one of several changes Chief of Staff John Kelly proposed Friday in the wake of news that a top lieutenant held the temporary status for more than a year despite allegations of domestic abuse. image

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VA Secretary's Chief of Staff Departs After Watchdog Report

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:24:58 EST

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin’s chief of staff is stepping down after the agency’s watchdog alleged she altered an email and misled ethics officials while arranging for Dr. Shulkin’s wife to travel with him to Europe on an official trip. image

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Trump Weekend Tweetstorm Responds to Mueller Indictment

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:03:18 EST

President Donald Trump used Twitter over the weekend to respond to the latest moves by special counsel Robert Mueller, repeating that his campaign didn’t collude with Russia. He also played down the impact that Russian actions had on the election.image

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European Diplomats Aim to Curb Iran Actions, Save Nuclear Deal

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:26:09 EST

European diplomats met with a senior Iranian official in a bid to curtail Iran’s regional muscle-flexing and show the U.S. that there are other ways to check Tehran’s aggression.image

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After Senate Failure on Dreamers, Immigration Faces Unclear Path in House

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:03:14 EST

The Senate’s failure to pass immigration legislation this week has alarmed some centrist House Republicans who have been pushing their leaders for months to bring up a bill that would provide legal protections for Dreamers.image

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U.S. Weighs Tariffs, Quotas on Metals Imports

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:43:36 EST

The Trump administration said it is considering sweeping new limits on imports of steel and aluminum as the next phase of its “America First” economic policies, playing down warnings from economists and allies about the risks of higher prices and trade wars.image

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After Florida School Shooting, GOP Lawmakers Under Pressure to Back Gun Control

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:23:09 EST

Some congressional Republicans said Sunday they could support some gun-safety bills, after coming under pressure from students who survived a mass shooting at a Florida high school. But the lawmakers couldn’t say when, or if, GOP House and Senate leaders would put legislation on the floor. image

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Gun Rights Expand in Era of Mass Shootings

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:09:53 EST

The Florida school shooting has prompted calls for stricter gun laws but such legislation faces a tough road as a wave of states move to expand gun owners’ rights.image

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For Tech Giants, Halting Russian Meddling Won't Be Easy

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:08:32 EST

The U.S. indictment handed up against three Russian companies and 13 individuals suggests it won’t be easy to stop any aggressive influence campaign in the run-up to the midterm election in less than nine months.image

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U.S.-Turkey Relations at 'Crisis Point,' Top American Diplomat Says

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:00:55 EST

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said relations between the U.S. and Turkey were at a “crisis point” after two days of meetings failed to dissolve tensions over sharply conflicting aims in northern Syria. image

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Mitt Romney Announces Run for Utah Senate Seat

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:15:43 EST

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will run for the U.S. Senate seat from Utah being vacated by Orrin Hatch, he said in a video announcement.image

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States Worry You May Claim 529 Tax Exemption for K-12 School Tuition

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:14:09 EST

State officials across the country are increasingly worried that a provision in the new tax law extending college savings accounts to K-12 expenses will blow an unexpected hole in their budgets.image

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Republicans Who Opposed Obama's Health Law Now Work to Keep Premiums Down

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:33:59 EST

Republicans opposed to the Affordable Care Act are showing interest in proposals to shore up the health law and lower premiums, driven partly by their concerns that any big jump in insurance costs may hurt them in the midterm elections. image

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In Utah, Fossils Versus Fossil Fuels

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:50:27 EST

Paleontologists worried that the search for fossil fuels could disturb rare fossils are suing to reverse the Trump administration’s decision to cut by nearly half the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.image

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FBI Didn't Follow Up on Tip From Person Close to Accused Shooter

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:40:17 EST

The FBI said it mistakenly didn’t investigate a credible and specific tip about the teenager charged with storming into a Florida high school and killing 17 people.image

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Q&A: How Russian Operatives Allegedly Interfered in the U.S. Election

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:32:24 EST

Federal prosecutors said they have indicted Russian nationals on charges related to their alleged efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. image

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Attorney General Faces Many Battles

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:12:47 EST

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fighting on multiple fronts, embroiled in disputes with Republican lawmakers on at least three issues while his Justice Department remains at odds with the White House on others.image

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Bannon Stays Mostly Mum in House Hearing, Prompting Bipartisan Ire

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:03:26 EST

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon once again declined to answer some questions about his time in government during an appearance before the House Intelligence Committee, setting the stage for a further showdown with Congress over his continued refusal to provide testimony.image

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VA Secretary Says He'll Reimburse U.S. for Disputed Travel Costs

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:22:40 EST

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Thursday he would pay back the U.S. government for costs associated with a trip to Europe that was criticized in an internal watchdog report—and said he wouldn’t resign.image

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Trump's Budget Cuts Funding for Manufacturing Program

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:11:59 EST

President Trump’s proposed budget calls for eliminating federal funding to a program that supports small manufacturers that the government has said created or protected more than 100,000 jobs in the last fiscal year alone.image

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White House Blames Russia For Massive 2017 Cyberattack

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:04:56 EST

The White House blamed Russia for a massive cyberattack last year that crippled computer networks at multinational firms worldwide, vowing the hack would be met with “international consequences.” image

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Immigration Measures Fail in Senate

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:20:52 EST

The Senate failed to break its impasse over immigration after a week of debate, as a flurry of unsuccessful votes left the chamber no closer to resolving the fate of hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants.image

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Law-Enforcement Officials Say YouTube Tip Wasn't a Strong Lead

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:16:30 EST

Current and former law-enforcement officials said it wasn’t clear what further action the FBI could have taken after agents were notified of a threatening comment left on YouTube last year by a user with the same name as the 19-year-old charged for the school shooting in Florida. image

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Florida School Shooting Renews Debate Over Gun Access and Mental Health

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:55:48 EST

The Florida school shooting rampage by a former student with a troubled past has put a new focus on the vexing debate over what can be done to keep firearms away from people prone to violence. image

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Inspector General Opens Probe of FCC's Easing of Media-Ownership Rules

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:49:59 EST

A federal inspector general has agreed to investigate actions by federal regulators that might benefit Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. in its efforts to buy Tribune Media Co., according to a top congressman who requested the probe.image

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Trump's Inaugural Committee Spent Nearly $107 Million on Events

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:18:52 EST

President Donald Trump’s inauguration committee spent nearly all of the record $107 million it raised on official events, and almost one-quarter of its money went to a firm led by a longtime friend of the first lady, according to tax documents released Thursday and people familiar with the group’s spending.image

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After Deaths, NTSB Issues Rail-Safety Recommendations

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:56:16 EST

Transportation-safety regulators issued new safety recommendations as investigations continue looking into fatal rail crashes in South Carolina and New York.image

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Concussion Blood Test Wins FDA Approval

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:05:12 EST

The FDA has approved the first blood test to evaluate concussions, otherwise known as mild traumatic brain injuries, in patients after accidents, military wounds, sports collisions and other causes.image

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After Florida Shooting, Trump Plans Summit on School Safety

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:40:17 EST

President Donald Trump said he planned to convene a meeting of the nation’s governors and state attorneys general in which he would make school safety “our top priority,” in the wake of a school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead.image

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Was the Payment to Stormy Daniels a Campaign Contribution?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:07:41 EST

Campaign attorneys and legal scholars are divided on whether Michael Cohen’s $130,000 payment to an adult film star weeks before the 2016 election is a violation of campaign-finance law. image

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GOP Senators Pan Trump Plan to Make Futures Industry Pay User Fees

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:43:46 EST

Senate Republicans criticized the Trump administration’s proposal to impose fees on the futures industry to fund the top U.S. derivatives regulator, which has requested a bigger budget.image

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White House Adviser Cohn Downplays Concerns Over Rising Inflation, Bond Yields

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:43:23 EST

Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn dismissed worries that recent tax cuts and other stimulus would provide an excessive growth boost that causes inflation and eventually derails the economic expansion.image

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Amtrak May Suspend Use of Tracks Without Crash-Prevention Systems

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:00:31 EST

Amtrak on Thursday threatened to suspend operations on some tracks it uses outside the Northeast Corridor if the track owners don’t meet a year-end federal deadline to install crash-prevention systems. image

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Romney Delays Announcement on Utah Senate Run

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:22:07 EST

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Wednesday he would delay a planned announcement regarding a run for the open Senate seat being vacated by Utah Republican Orrin Hatch, following the school shooting in Florida.image

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Tillerson Says Hezbollah's Actions Threaten Lebanon's Security

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:02:38 EST

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Hezbollah’s actions threaten Lebanon and the region’s security, a day after he faced criticism for saying the U.S. should acknowledge the group as part of the political landscape.image

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Trump's Requested Military Parade Could Cost Up to $30 Million, Budget Director Says

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:45:12 EST

A military parade requested by President Donald Trump could cost taxpayers between $10 million and $30 million depending on the complexity of the event, the White House budget director told lawmakers Wednesday.image

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House Backs Bill That Would Benefit Fintech Partnerships With Banks

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:22:08 EST

The House approved a bill that would make the resale of high-interest loans more attractive to third-party buyers such as debt collectors—and bolster fintech firms’ partnerships with banks. image

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Mulvaney's Real Target: Government, Not Deficits

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:02:14 EST

President Donald Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, says he is a deficit hawk, but he is about to preside over a historic rise in the budget deficit due in great part to a tax cut he and Mr. Trump enthusiastically supported.image

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Lawmakers Ask Kelly, Wray About Ex-Aide's Security Clearance

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:17:09 EST

A House committee asked Chief of Staff John Kelly and the FBI director to answer questions about the White House’s security-clearance policy and their handling of domestic-abuse allegations against former adviser Rob Porter.image

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Federal Agency Sidesteps Idaho Dispute on Health Insurance

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:41:29 EST

The White House is taking a wait-and-see approach to a contentious decision by Idaho regulators to allow the sale of health insurance plans that don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act, a top official said Thursday. image

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Mattis Presses Europe on NATO Defense Spending

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:14:49 EST

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis pressed allies Wednesday to continue boosting military budgets, even as fresh evidence emerged that increases in European defense spending have yet to erase the impact of years of cuts. image

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U.S. to Block Tax-Law Loophole on 'Carried Interest'

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:34:15 EST

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the government will act within two weeks to block a hedge-fund maneuver around part of the new tax law.image

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VA Chief Got Free Wimbledon Tickets, Wife's Airfare, Watchdog Says

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:08:58 EST

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted a gift of Wimbledon tennis tickets, misspent taxpayer money and misused department resources in an official trip to Europe last year, according to an inspector general’s report released Wednesday.image

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Trump Hardens Stance on Immigration Plan

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:02:15 EST

President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged senators to vote against any immigration proposal other than his own plan, courting a showdown with Republican and Democratic senators who oppose the White House’s desire to curb family-based migration and would like to cut a narrower deal.image

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As DACA Deadline Looms, Young Immigrants Plan for the Unknown

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:09:12 EST

A March 5 deadline is looming for a resolution for nearly 700,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. The young people, their schools and employers are beginning to make contingency plans.image

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Trump Mideast Plan Is 'Fairly Well Advanced,' Tillerson Says

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:46:08 EST

President Trump’s plan for peace in the Middle East is ‘fairly well advanced’ Secretary of State Tillerson said while in Jordan sign to a new foreign-assistance agreement.image

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Trump Infrastructure Plan Faces Hurdles Funding Airport Overhaul

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:07:26 EST

President Trump’s infrastructure plan promises few immediate benefits for U.S. airports and airlines, primarily because current aviation laws block many types of public-private projects envisioned by White House officials. image

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Employers Challenge IRS Bid to Start Enforcing Insurance Mandate

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:05:52 EST

Businesses are pushing back on the Internal Revenue Service’s decision to begin enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s employer insurance mandate, challenging penalties that run into the millions and asserting the agency is wrong to impose the fines.image

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Highlights of the VA Report

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:03:26 EST

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday issued a report finding that Secretary David Shulkin misspent taxpayer money and misused department resources in an official trip to Europe last year. Here are the highlights of the findings.image

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Trump Mulls Tariffs, Quotas on Foreign Steel

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:02:35 EST

President Trump told lawmakers Tuesday that he is eyeing “tariffs and/or quotas” as a way of restricting U.S. imports of steel and aluminum on national-security grounds, but he acknowledged concerns that blocking metal imports could lead to price increases for U.S. industries that use the metals.image

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Second Federal Judge Blocks Trump Plan to End DACA

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:36:08 EST

A second federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to temporarily restore an Obama-era program that gives protections to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children. image

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Lawmakers Consider Carving Up Trump's Infrastructure Proposal

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:17:41 EST

The Trump administration this week laid out an infrastructure plan designed to win support from both parties. But congressional leaders have other ideas, and may divide the package into several pieces to get some of it passed in a tough legislative year.image

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The Path to the Tax Overhaul

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:58:30 EST

It was nearly a decade in the making. Now, both Republicans and Democrats see the plan as potentially helping them in this year’s elections.image

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Midterm Elections Are Vulnerable to Russian Meddling, U.S. Spy Chief Says

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:43:55 EST

The November midterm elections are vulnerable to the same kind of Russian interference that plagued the 2016 presidential election, the Trump administration’s top intelligence official said.image

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