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Trump's Budget Seeks Cuts to Taxes, Safety-Net Programs

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:18:39 EDT

President Donald Trump on Tuesday will propose a plan he says will balance the federal budget in a decade on the strength of substantially faster economic growth and cuts to taxes and programs such as Medicaid, food stamps, disability benefits, welfare and student loans.image

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White House Budget to Kick Off Next Fiscal Fight

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:37:02 EDT

President Trump is releasing his fiscal 2018 budget on Tuesday, the beginning of what could be a challenging, lengthy battle in Congress.image

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Trump Budget Proposes Cuts to Food-Stamp Program

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:56:14 EDT

President Donald Trump’s budget on Tuesday will propose a $193 billion reduction in spending on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, over a decade. image

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Flynn Won't Cooperate With Senate Russia Probe

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:26:20 EDT

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said Monday he would refuse to cooperate with a congressional subpoena, invoking his right against self-incrimination and setting off a legal showdown with Congress over its investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.image

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What Trump Can Learn From Iran-Contra

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:32:50 EDT

Ronald Reagan’s ability to rebound from the Iran-Contra scandal carries lessons for President Trump as he faces inquiries into Russia’s possible ties to his administration, Gerald F. Seib writes.image

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Trump, Netanyahu Cast Iran as Common Enemy

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:10 EDT

President Donald Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an attempt to build on two days of talks in Saudi Arabia about a regional thaw between Arabs and Israelis.image

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White House Seeks Delay in Suit Over Health Law Subsidies

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:17:44 EDT

The Trump administration requested a 90-day delay in a lawsuit over billions of dollars in federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, but insurers say they need more certainty before deciding whether to offer 2018 policies. image

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Supreme Court Strikes Down North Carolina Congressional Districts

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:09:19 EDT

The Supreme Court found that North Carolina’s congressional map was drawn by Republican lawmakers to disadvantage black voters, upholding a lower court that ordered two oddly shaped districts be redrawn. image

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Comparing Trump, Obama Speeches to Muslim World

Mon, 22 May 2017 04:11:49 EDT

President Donald Trump’s first major speech to the Muslim world differed dramatically from Barack Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech in both substance and style, but their goals were essentially the same.image

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Supreme Court Limits Where Patent Suits Can Be Filed

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:52:57 EDT

The Supreme Court limited the ability of patent holders to bring infringement lawsuits in courts with plaintiff-friendly reputations, which could provide a boost to companies that defend against patent claims. image

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Sen. McCain Softens 'Watergate' Statement on Trump Administration Turmoil

Sun, 21 May 2017 14:49:58 EDT

Sen. John McCain walked back earlier comments that the controversy surrounding investigations into potential collusion between associates of President Trump and the Russian government had reached “Watergate size and scale.” image

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U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Vows Support for Refugees

Sun, 21 May 2017 18:20:24 EDT

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, touring a sprawling refugee camp and other facilities in Jordan serving refugees, vowed support on Sunday for those displaced by the region’s conflicts.image

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Taxes, Budget Are Focus for White House

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:47:59 EDT

President Trump’s policy agenda faces tests this week as he looks to shift the focus from Russia investigations to his plans for boosting U.S. military power and revamping the tax code.image

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Mike Pence Faces Silent Protest at Notre Dame Graduation Ceremony

Sun, 21 May 2017 23:53:14 EDT

Vice President Mike Pence delivered the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame, touching on freedom of expression, a principle on display as several dozen graduates walked out of the ceremony and others booed them as they left. image

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Trump to Roll Out First Budget Proposal With Little Fanfare

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:44:01 EDT

Traditionally, budget submissions follow a series of highly choreographed events designed to provide sustained and broad exposure to an administration’s policy agenda. image

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Dumped by Trump, Remaining TPP Nations Vow to Forge Ahead

Mon, 22 May 2017 04:02:16 EDT

The 11 countries left in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement have backed a proposal to continue with the pact, despite U.S. President Donald Trump pulling out of it, New Zealand’s trade minister said.image

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California Democrats Choose Eric Bauman as State Party Chairman

Sun, 21 May 2017 18:17:40 EDT

The California Democratic Party elected Eric Bauman to its top leadership post Saturday, narrowly defeating an insurgent candidate who supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had rallied around. image

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Tillerson Hopes Rouhani's Re-Election Sparks Change in Iran

Sat, 20 May 2017 13:57:02 EDT

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday said he hopes the re-election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would prompt changes to Tehran’s approach to terrorism and human rights. image

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Russia Probe Heats Up as Trump Tries to Limit Damage

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:19:43 EDT

President Trump said an investigation of his campaign’s possible ties to Russia is a “witch hunt,” but the appointment of a special counsel and recent grand jury subpoenas suggest a federal criminal probe is expanding to include other suspicious activity and countries.image

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U.S. Fight Against Islamic State Is Accelerating, Mattis Says

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:03:21 EDT

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said changes in the fight against Islamic State that were approved by President Donald Trump have given the U.S. the ability to move more quickly and forcefully on the battlefield. image

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Trump Aims to Balance Budget

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:14:16 EDT

The president next week will propose the U.S. can balance the federal budget over 10 years with substantial cuts to safety-net programs combined with a tax and regulatory overhaul that speeds up the growth rate. image

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On Saudi Trip, Trump Aims to Strengthen Ties With Muslim World

Sat, 20 May 2017 13:13:43 EDT

President Donald Trump, who during his campaign called for a halt on Muslims entering the U.S., is now going to Islam’s cradle to seek help combating terrorism and forging a Middle East peace deal. image

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Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty Following Sexting Probe

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:11:15 EDT

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose sexting scandals ended his political career, pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to exchanging sexually explicit messages with a minor.image

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White House Faces New Pressure on Comey, Russia

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:22:54 EDT

White House aides Friday had to respond to a pair of reports that President Donald Trump had bragged to Russian officials about firing the FBI director and that a senior White House adviser is a significant person of interest in the FBI’s Russia probe. image

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In House Briefing, Rosenstein Is Mum on Comey Firing Memo

Sat, 20 May 2017 03:35:18 EDT

Rod Rosenstein defended his memo that the White House cited as grounds for the FBI director’s firing, but the deputy attorney general declined to further discuss his role, including who asked him to write the letter.image

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Comey Agrees to Testify Publicly

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:48:37 EDT

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify publicly in Congress, capping a week that may shape President Donald Trump’s administration for months, or even years, and prompting White House aides to rethink how they operate in this new political and legal environment.image

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'Blabber' Gets Its Own Scandal

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:34:18 EDT

The word is the latest to get a ‘-gate’ label, after Trump reveals classified information.image

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Trump Pick for Treasury Deputy Is Dropping Out

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:51:20 EDT

James Donovan, the Trump administration’s nominee for the No. 2 spot at the Treasury Department, is dropping out of contention.image

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Court Voids Federal Rule on Recreational Drones

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:55:43 EDT

An appeals court overturned an FAA rule requiring virtually all recreational drone owners to register their devices. image

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How the FDA Approved a $300,000-a-Year Drug Its Own Experts Didn't Believe Worked

Fri, 19 May 2017 05:51:08 EDT

After trial data for a new medicine proved inconclusive, Sarepta Therapeutics joined with the parents of sick boys to persuade officials it helped.image

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Three Men Share Spotlight in Trump-Russia Probe

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:33:52 EDT

Robert Mueller III, James Comey and Rod Rosenstein have collectively spent more than 80 years at the Department of Justice, a place where young prosecutors are taught to stay out of politics. Now, they could wind up haunting the White House.image

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Roger Ailes, Former Fox News Chief, Dies at 77

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:17:12 EDT

Roger Ailes, who combined political savvy with television showmanship to build the Fox News Channel into a conservative media juggernaut, but departed last year amid an internal probe into allegations of sexual harassment, died at age 77.

Ex-Sen. Joe Lieberman Is Leading Contender for Director of FBI

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:31:11 EDT

Selecting Joe Lieberman—who served in the Senate as a Democrat and then an independent--would enable the White House to characterize its choice as bipartisan.image

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Trump Seeks to Affirm Global Role

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:22:47 EDT

President Donald Trump embarks on his first official foreign trip Friday aiming to advance peace in the Middle East and engage European allies on the fight against terrorism—though his domestic political woes may tag along, too.image

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FBI Probe Scrutinizing Flynn's Work for Turkish Businessman

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:35:22 EDT

The investigation former FBI Chief Robert Mueller will be leading has begun to closely examine the ties between former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and a Turkish businessman, and whether they played any role in his decisions as the president’s adviser. image

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Trump Denies He Asked Comey to End Flynn Probe

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:34:31 EDT

President Donald Trump flatly denied that he asked former FBI Director James Comey to end his investigation of former National Security adviser Mike Flynn.image

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U.S. Examines Russia's Grip on Citgo Assets

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:19:18 EDT

Financial authorities are looking into the Russian government’s growing leverage over Citgo amid heightened concern that the Kremlin is seeking to use energy as a political weapon against the U.S. image

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Donald Trump Jr. Meets with Business Partner in Dubai

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:03:54 EDT

Donald Trump, Jr. met earlier this week in Dubai with a billionaire longtime business partner of Trump Organization, who said the two men had discussed “new ideas.” image

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Texas' New Sanctuary-City Law Under Attack

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:09:17 EDT

Under the law, municipalities and police departments are prohibited from adopting policies that limit their cooperation with federal authorities in enforcing immigration law. image

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U.S. Sanctions Venezuelan Supreme Court Justices

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:22:46 EDT

The Trump administration blacklisted eight Venezuelan supreme court justices for rulings that have gutted the country’s opposition-controlled congress, the Treasury Department said. image

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FCC Votes to Scale Down Net Neutrality Rules

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:12:51 EDT

The Federal Communications Commission approved a plan to begin rolling back Obama-era net neutrality rules, reopening a battle over internet regulation that has raged for much of the last decade.image

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Former OCC Examiner in Charge of Wells Fargo Sues Agency Seeking Records

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:36:09 EDT

The former Office of the Comptroller of the Currency examiner overseeing Wells Fargo & Co. is suing the regulator for allegedly violating a Freedom of Information Act request made seeking records over his administrative leave. image

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Rosenstein to Face Senate After Appointment of Special Counsel

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:34:57 EDT

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will appear before the entire Senate Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours after appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller III as special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. image

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Mnuchin to Review Request to Provide List of Trump's Business Contacts

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:35:01 EDT

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will tell lawmakers the administration’s goal of sustainable economic growth of 3% or higher is achievable “if we make historic reforms to both taxes and regulation.”image

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A Letter Shows Trump's Evolution on Nafta

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:52:51 EDT

The letter sent by the Trump administration Thursday to Congress kicking off the Nafta renegotiation process shows the evolution of the administration’s tone and tactics from late March, when a preliminary draft had circulated on Capitol Hill.image

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Trump's Glass-Steagall May Be Less Onerous Than Big Banks Fear

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:16:44 EDT

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a congressional panel that a breakup of the big banks isn’t what the Trump administration has in mind when it comes to a modern version of the Glass-Steagall Act. image

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U.S. Probe Into Bombardier Jet Sales Pricing Stirs Canada

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:45:53 EDT

The Canadian government is reviewing potential defense deals with Boeing Co. in the wake of U.S. trade officials launching a probe into alleged subsidies and unfair discounts of passenger jets made by Bombardier Inc.image

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Wall Street Regulator Says Giving Brokers Report Cards Leads to Drop in Fraud Patterns

Wed, 17 May 2017 14:15:48 EDT

Wall Street is cracking down on a common, manipulative trading technique after its self-regulatory organization began grading brokers on how much bad behavior flows through their systems.image

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U.S. Strikes Advancing Syrian-Led Troops

Thu, 18 May 2017 22:11:02 EDT

The U.S.-led military coalition in Syria launched airstrikes on Syrian forces and their allies as they approached U.S.-backed rebels in al-Tanf, on the border with Jordan, according to U.S. officials, marking an expansion of hostile U.S. action toward the government of Bashar al-Assad. image

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Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Says He's Joining Homeland Security

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:28:48 EDT

David Clarke, a longtime supporter of President Donald Trump, said he has accepted a federal appointment as assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security. The move, unconfirmed by the department, drew a mixed response.image

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Trump Advises Graduates to Shrug Off Unfair Attacks

Wed, 17 May 2017 14:09:52 EDT

President Trump advised graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to “never give up” even when subjected to unfair attacks, as he faces new questions over his conversations with fired FBI director James Comey. image

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Stocks, Dollar Sink on Washington Turmoil

Thu, 18 May 2017 03:50:35 EDT

Investors’ burgeoning anxiety about the future of President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda jarred financial markets on Wednesday, upending months of relative tranquility and steady gains.

Governors, Attorneys General Clash Amid Political Tensions

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:27:22 EDT

Around the U.S., cross-party battles between governors and attorneys general are heating up in what some observers see as another sign of increasingly divisive national politics seeping into state offices.image

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Turkish President's Security Detail Accused of Attacking D.C. Protesters

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:20:49 EDT

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security team was accused of taking part in an unprovoked attack on protesters in the U.S. capital, marring a Washington visit for the second year in a row.image

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FCC's Internet-Rules Revamp Likely to Bring Big Changes Online

Wed, 17 May 2017 14:48:35 EDT

U.S. regulators are set to move forward Thursday with a plan that would blow up the rules that have governed the internet in recent years and essentially start anew, opening the door to fundamental shifts in consumers’ online experiences. image

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Trump Administration Weighs Adding Currency Rules to Nafta

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:03:06 EDT

The Trump administration has told senators it is considering barring currency manipulation to the North American Free Trade Agreement, a departure from past U.S. policy that could set a precedent for other trade deals.image

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With Trump Visit Imminent, Israel Plays Down President's Intelligence Disclosure

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:18:30 EDT

Government minister says Israel has ‘complete confidence’ in U.S. intelligence community. image

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North Carolina Senator Says He Is OK After Race Collapse

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:40:40 EDT

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina collapsed during a Washington, D.C., race but quickly issued a statement saying he was doing well after being taken to the hospital.image

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Trump's Loyalists See Course Correction Amid the Tumult

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:57:53 EDT

President Trump has begun accepting some of the intractable realities of Washington, and administration officials say he is now correcting course after a slow transition from campaign mode.image

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Trump Administration Announces New Sanctions on Iran

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:48:15 EDT

The U.S. announced new sanctions targeting seven individuals and entities, including two senior Iranian defense officials and a China-based network the U.S. says has supported Iran’s ballistic missile program.image

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Israel Provided Intelligence Trump Shared With Russia

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:26:26 EDT

Israel provided the U.S. with the classified information that President Trump shared last week with Russian officials, according to officials with direct knowledge of the matter.image

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Trump Shared Intelligence Secrets With Russians in Oval Office Meeting

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:02:52 EDT

President Donald Trump shared sensitive intelligence obtained from a close U.S. ally with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador in a meeting last week, according to U.S. officials.image

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Senate GOP Gets Ready to Shape Tax Policy

Tue, 16 May 2017 19:00:04 EDT

GOP senators are gearing up to shape negotiations over competing ideas from the House and administration and put their own stamp on U.S. tax policy.image

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Trump's Tweets Put His Aides in Awkward Spot

Wed, 17 May 2017 06:12:47 EDT

H.R. McMaster is the latest administration official to find himself in an awkward position. The national security adviser had to revise his defense of the president’s unveiling of intelligence to Russian officials—all because of a Trump tweet.image

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Trump Intelligence-Sharing Controversy Raises Questions

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:17:02 EDT

The controversy over President Trump’s conversation with top Russian officials about Islamic State has raised many questions. Here are some answers. image

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John Cornyn Withdraws as Candidate for FBI, Calls for 'Independent' Director

Tue, 16 May 2017 18:31:38 EDT

A leading candidate to be the next director of the FBI, Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), withdrew from consideration, providing another sign that a partisan figure might have a hard time winning confirmation to the post. image

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States Wage Battles Over High Drug Prices

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:43:46 EDT

Amid increasing calls for curbs on U.S. drug pricing, some of the most aggressive legislative action is happening at the state level—and industry lobbyists are fanning out to fight back.image

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Full Employment Confronts Trump, Fed With Tougher Trade-Offs

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:29:51 EDT

In April, when the unemployment rate dropped to 4.4%, it marked the completion of a slow and joyless recovery from the Great Recession, writes Greg Ip.image

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Erdogan Praises Trump, Denounces U.S.'s Kurdish Allies in Syria

Tue, 16 May 2017 21:49:30 EDT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised U.S. President Donald Trump and hailed his visit to Washington as the launch of a new cooperative era for the two countries, but he attacked America’s Kurdish partners in Syria as terrorists. image

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U.S. Plans to Supply Antitank Weapons to Kurds

Wed, 17 May 2017 01:13:23 EDT

The U.S. military is preparing to provide Kurdish forces in Syria with antitank weapons in their fight against Islamic State, U.S. officials said Monday.image

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Assad Regime Mocks U.S. Claims of Prison Killings, Crematorium

Wed, 17 May 2017 06:35:36 EDT

The state-run news agency, quoting an unnamed foreign ministry official, calls accusations of mass hangings and the burning of remains to hide the proof “detached from reality and false.”image

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Gutierrez: U.S. Exit From TPP Wasn't a Rational Decision

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:21:26 EDT

President Donald Trump’s move to pull out of a major Asia-Pacific trade deal could turn out to be the most consequential decision of his administration, a former U.S. commerce secretary said. image

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New Jersey Plane Crash Kills Two Crew Members

Mon, 15 May 2017 17:57:35 EDT

Two flight crew members were killed when a jet crashed into a commercial warehouse in Carlstadt, N.J., Monday afternoon, according to the Carlstadt Police Department. image

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Mayor Bill de Blasio's Re-Election Campaign Chest Now $7.5 Million

Mon, 15 May 2017 22:06:10 EDT

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio raised $663,049 toward his bid for reelection over the past two months, according to campaign filings Monday.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