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Pence Says China Has Power to Calm Korean Peninsula

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:27:00 EDT

A peaceful end to growing tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic-missile ambitions remains possible thanks to China, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said.image

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Trump to Mark 100 Days With Pennsylvania Rally

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:43:35 EDT

President Donald Trump said he plans to hold a rally in Harrisburg, Pa., next Saturday to mark his 100th day in office. image

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U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Dismissed

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:36:24 EDT

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, a physician advocate for the Affordable Care Act appointed by former President Barack Obama, was removed from the post by the Trump administration. He was replaced by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adamsimage

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Trump Administration Won't Waive Sanctions for Oil Project Exxon Planned in Russia

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:53:42 EDT

President Trump has rejected a bid by oil company Exxon Mobil to resume a Black Sea venture with Rosneft, a sanctioned Russian firm close to the Kremlin.image

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Mnuchin Urges IMF to Bolster Oversight of Currency, Trade Policies

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:53:04 EDT

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in his first speech to the International Monetary Fund’s governing body, called on the institution to bolster its oversight of currency policies and trade deficits the Trump administration says are warping the global economy.image

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Border Lawmakers Balk at Trump's Wall Request

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:03:47 EDT

Not a single member of Congress who represents the territory on the southwest border has expressed support for President Trump’s request for $1.4 billion to begin construction of his promised wall, according to a Wall Street Journal survey.image

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Trump Puts Two Dodd-Frank Powers on Hold in Symbolic Move

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:47:40 EDT

The Trump administration puts on hold two of its powers under the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law during a 180-day review. image

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Swing-District Lawmakers Look to Strike Delicate Balance

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:50:05 EDT

Lawmakers in the nation’s swing districts face a unique challenge: carving out a politically safe middle ground at a time when voters have become more partisan and ideological. image

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House Panel Seeks Information on Trump Businesses' Foreign Proceeds

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:17:24 EDT

The House Oversight Committee asked the Trump Organization to provide more information about payments it books from foreign entities and its plan to donate profits from those proceeds to the U.S. Treasury.image

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Trump Meets With Aid Worker Freed From Egyptian Prison

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:51:51 EDT

President Donald Trump met with the Egyptian-American aid worker he quietly helped to release, highlighting an early diplomatic victory as his team faces tests from North Korea and other foreign-policy challenges.image

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In 'Buy American' Push, Trump Is Starting in a Hole

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:37 EDT

Foreign-owned companies received more money from federal contracts in the past three months than in any corresponding period in a decade, and President Donald Trump has limited power to buck that trend.image

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U.S. Defense Chief Mattis: 'No Doubt' Syrian Regime Has Chemical Weapons

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:09:36 EDT

During a visit to Israel for talks with officials there, Jim Mattis declines, however, to say how many chemical weapons the Assad government has in its arsenal.image

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William Coleman Fought Civil-Rights Battles From the Inside

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:15:38 EDT

William T. Coleman Jr. was part of a team of lawyers who persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that state-sanctioned racial segregation violated the Constitution. Mr. Coleman died at a retirement home in Alexandria, Va. image

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'Nuclear Option': Republicans Invoked a Cold War Term

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:37:27 EDT

The showdown over the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch brought the term “nuclear option” to the headlines. Where it came from.image

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Federal Prosecutors Weigh Wikileaks Charges

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:39:52 EDT

Federal prosecutors are weighing criminal charges against leaders and members of WikiLeaks, an organization that posts leaked documents on its website, but no charges are imminent, according to people familiar with the matter.image

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U.S. Threatens to Withhold Grants in Sanctuary-City Crackdown

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:09:49 EDT

The Justice Department escalated its fight with big cities on Friday, suggesting that illegal immigration is increasing urban crime and threatening to pull grant funding from uncooperative jurisdictions.image

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Trump Launches National-Security Probe on Steel Imports

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:14:05 EDT

The Trump administration has opened a wide-ranging probe into whether to curb steel imports in the name of national security, ramping up its campaign to give a more economic nationalist tinge to American trade policy.image

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Trump Joins Criticism of Iran; Questions U.S. Role in Libya

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:42:26 EDT

President Donald Trump, adding to strong criticism of the Iran nuclear deal voiced by his administration, said that Tehran is “not living up to the spirit of the agreement.” Mr. Trump also questioned another key U.S. policy position in the Middle East—its role in Libya.image

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Utah Plans for Vote as Chaffetz Weighs Leaving House Seat

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:16:12 EDT

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican who leads the House committee primarily responsible for conducting oversight of the federal government, said Thursday he may leave Congress before his term ends, a day after announcing he wouldn’t run for re-election in 2018.image

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White House Banks On Sweeping Tax Plan

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:52:05 EDT

White House officials said Thursday they are developing a sweeping plan to overhaul both corporate and individual taxes, dismissing concerns that a more modest proposal might be more viable in today’s political climate. image

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SEC Should Write Fiduciary Rule, Acting Chairman Says

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:21:07 EDT

Wall Street’s top regulator should craft its own rule governing the advice that stockbrokers provide to retail investors, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s acting chairman said. image

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Watchdog Finds Immigration Agency Lacks Manpower to Properly Track Immigrants

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:05:51 EDT

The Homeland Security Department’s internal watchdog said federal immigration officers are not sufficiently tracking thousands of undocumented immigrants awaiting deportation but who aren’t currently in detention.image

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Sessions Criticizes Judge Who Opposed Trump Travel Ban

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:51:40 EDT

In a radio interview, Attorney General Jeff Sessions played down the stature of a federal judge in Hawaii who suspended President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on visas and refugees and lambasted other judges who ruled against the administration.image

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Trump Calls Italy 'Key Partner' in Anti-Terror Fight

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:11:08 EDT

President Trump welcomed Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni to the White House, calling Italy a “key partner” in the fight against terrorism and saying the two nations would together address the challenges of “large-scale migration” and international smuggling.image

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FCC Reverses Obama-Era Limits on TV Stations' Owners

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:13:47 EDT

Federal regulators reversed an Obama-era rule that has hindered major television-station owners from buying stations or selling themselves, a move that could lead to waves of new deals. image

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FDA Expands Warnings on Codeine and Tramadol for Children

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:14:03 EDT

The Food and Drug Administration expanded its safety warnings about the use of codeine and tramadol products for pain or cough relief with children, saying the medicines carry serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing or even death.image

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Trump Signals Provide Comfort to Central Bankers, Finance Ministers

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:59:11 EDT

The Trump administration appears unlikely to upend decades of global financial cooperation by scorning the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.image

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Trump Plans to Issue Three Executive Actions on Taxes, Regulation

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:58:25 EDT

President Donald Trump will sign three documents Friday to advance a push to reduce tax and regulatory burdens, including a measure that could roll back Obama administration efforts to prevent U.S. companies from shifting operations overseas to avoid taxes.image

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Political Path Narrows for Exxon Deal With Russian Firm

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:11:50 EDT

Bipartisan political opposition is taking shape to the request by Exxon Mobil Corp. for a waiver from U.S. sanctions to allow it to drill with Russian state-oil giant PAO Rosneft in the Black Sea.image

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Trump: No U.S. Role in Libya Beyond Combating Islamic State

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:14:15 EDT

President Donald Trump said he doesn’t see a role for the U.S. in seeking to stabilize Libya, saying Washington should instead focus on combating Islamic State. image

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Trump: Iran 'Not Living Up to the Spirit' of Nuclear Deal

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:52:23 EDT

President Donald Trump said Thursday that Iran was “not living up to the spirit” of the nuclear agreement reached in 2015. image

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to Visit White House

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:17:19 EDT

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with President Donald Trump in Washington on May 3, the White House said.image

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U.S. Bid to Stem Steel Imports Faces Hurdles

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:52:16 EDT

President Trump’s bid to stanch imports flowing into the U.S. steel market is fighting strong currents: Domestic prices that are among the world’s highest and a buoyant dollar that pushes down the cost of imports. image

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Publicity Over Dispute by Former Trump Partners Could Tarnish President, One Warns

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:32:11 EDT

Two former business partners of President Donald Trump are in a nasty dispute that has one suggesting he could publicize the other’s controversial past—and warning that the bad headlines could tarnish the president. image

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Insurers Offer Early Sign of ACA Exchange Plans for 2018

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:02:10 EDT

Anthem made preliminary filings indicating it will offer plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces in Virginia and Kentucky next year. Cigna and Aetna also made similar filings in Virginia.image

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Trump Toughens Talk on Canada

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:44:11 EDT

President Donald Trump has shifted his sharpest economic criticism from Mexico to Canada, which he says must stop protecting dairy farmers from U.S. competition. image

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Mnuchin Says Administration Will Release Tax Proposal Soon

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:47:46 EDT

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the administration plans to release its tax reform proposal “very soon” and promised a sweeping overhaul of the tax code will get done.image

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Pence Praises Toyota, Says Economic Ties With Japan Can Improve

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:53:04 EDT

Vice President Mike Pence praised investment by Toyota and other Japanese companies in the U.S. while avoiding criticism of Tokyo’s trade practices, drawing a relieved welcome from Japanese business leaders.image

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Tillerson Warns Iran Could End Up Like North Korea

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:45:20 EDT

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the nuclear agreement with Iran risks repeating mistakes of past U.S. policy towards North Korea, underscoring a tough Trump administration line against both countries. image

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Is Trump Turning Toward Globalism? Not So Fast

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:26:22 EDT

Donald Trump’s recent embrace of traditionally internationalist approaches to Syria, China and NATO may leave the impression that he has gone globalist. But the president’s nationalism hasn’t faded, it has bifurcated, Greg Ip writes. image

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UC Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:43:13 EDT

The University of California at Berkeley canceled a scheduled appearance by conservative commentator Ann Coulter, citing safety concerns. It is the second cancellation this year by the university of a high-profile figure from the right. image

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Trump Rejects Protests Seeking Release of His Tax Returns

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:01:00 EDT

Giving no ground, President Donald Trump dismissed Saturday protests calling for him to disclose his tax returns as the work of political opponents unhappy about his election victory.image

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Stillman College Faces Uncertain Future

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 08:00:03 EDT

A significant cash infusion allowed historically black Stillman College to make its April payment on an Education Department loan, but the school’s interim president still is seeking short-term federal relief to prevent the college’s closure.image

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FCC Chief Faces Balancing Act in Net Neutrality Rollback

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:35:45 EDT

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai faces a tough challenge in rolling back net-neutrality rules that he regards as an overreach, without reaching too far himself.image

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On Pence's Asia Visit, Security Will Overshadow Trade

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:15:51 EDT

With North Korea escalating its nuclear-weapons program, shared security strategies in the Pacific are likely to overshadow U.S. President Donald Trump’s economic demands as Vice President Mike Pence tours the region to reassure allies about a continuing U.S. presence.image

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Trump Will Nominate Ex-Lawmaker Scott Garrett to Head Export-Import Bank

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 21:25:57 EDT

President Donald Trump said he would nominate former congressman Scott Garrett, who has supported closing the U.S. Export-Import Bank, to head the credit agency. image

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Firms Belatedly Register as Foreign Agents for Manafort-Linked Lobbying

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:06:39 EDT

Two lobbying firms said they were registering as agents of a foreign government in connection with lobbying that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort helped organize five years ago for the then-Ukrainian government. image

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Trump Administration Takes Steps to Stabilize Health-Insurance Market

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:37:42 EDT

The Trump administration took steps to stabilize the Affordable Care Act’s individual health-care market, as insurers demand more certainty from the administration before deciding whether to remain in the law’s marketplaces next year. image

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Trump Says He Offered China Better Trade Terms in Exchange for Help on North Korea

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:12:00 EDT

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he has offered Chinese President Xi Jinping a more favorable trade deal for Beijing in exchange for his help on confronting the threat of North Korea.image

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Elizabeth Warren Describes Why She Didn't Run for White House in New Book

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:09:50 EDT

Sen. Elizabeth Warren opted not to run for president in 2016 in part because her husband warned the race would be far more grueling than her 2012 Senate bid, she writes in a book scheduled for release Tuesday. image

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White House Budget Director Says 'Shutdown Is Not a Strategy' As Funding Deadline Looms

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:40:43 EDT

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Wednesday the Trump administration is looking to avoid a partial government shutdown in two weeks but that the White House would insist on securing concessions from Congress on security funding and immigration policy.image

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Chicago Mayor Questions How Trump Can Fund Infrastructure Plan

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:43:01 EDT

President Trump’s infrastructure push won’t be able to rely just on tax credits and will require raising revenue to fund building projects, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. image

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Can Consumers Be Smart Health-Care Shoppers?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:41:46 EDT

Proponents of consumerism in health care say simple steps can save patients a lot of money. Skeptics say the system is too complex for shopping to pay off in most cases.image

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GOP Pours Money Into Montana House Race

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:22:43 EDT

Republican leaders may have been caught off guard by the weakness of their candidate in the Kansas special election, but they won’t let it happen again in Montana, where another House election will be held May 25. image

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Newly Energized Liberals Pour Record Effort Into Local Races

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:38:59 EDT

Upset over Trump’s victory, grassroots Democrats enlist in nationwide efforts to swing special House elections, state contests and mayoral races. Republicans dig in, citing a lack of results so far. image

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Trump Says Health-Care Revamp Still Priority Ahead of Tax Overhaul

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:49:35 EDT

President Donald Trump said he would keep pressing to enact a health-care overhaul even if it means delaying another one of his policy goals: revamping the tax code.image

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Should Medicaid Become a Block-Grant Program?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:37:44 EDT

Supporters of the change say it would cut costs and provide better care for the needy. Critics say it would force states to cut eligibility and benefits.image

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Donald Trump Jr. Rules Out '18 Race

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:26:18 EDT

Donald Trump Jr. said he would not be running for governor of New York next year, but left open the possibility that he might run for office someday and said a governorship appeals to him.image

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Republican Wins Kansas House Race

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:11:07 EDT

Republicans won the first congressional election of the Donald Trump era, keeping control of a House seat that had become surprisingly competitive and sparked last-minute GOP efforts to get out the vote.image

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Gorsuch Set to Face Tough Questions in High-Stakes Senate Hearings

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:43:58 EDT

Judge Neil Gorsuch is expected to face questions this week about his judicial philosophy and long record of rulings from the bench when he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee starting Monday. Democrats intend to ask about what they say is a history of decisions by Judge Gorsuch that favor corporations and employers over ordinary citizens and workers. His defenders say he is a model judge deeply knowledgeable in the law and well-prepared for the hearings.image

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Who Is Bankrolling 2016 Election?

Sun, 28 Feb 2016 04:07:21 EST

A look at who is bankrolling the 2016 election—and at which candidates are benefiting most from the biggest donations.image

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The Democratic Battle on Facebook

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:30:58 EST