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John Kasich raises 'taking out' top North Korean leaders

The 2016 presidential candidate's views, shared Friday at a Monitor breakfast, come amid an escalation of rhetoric vis-a-vis North Korea, both from the Trump administration and Republican congressmen.

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Fried pickles and populism: a diner tour of Trump Country

During a 10-day road trip through Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia, the Monitor asked diner owners and customers for their thoughts on President Trump’s first 100 days.

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As Trump addresses NRA, some gun owners concerned about going too far

The week Trump becomes the first president to address the NRA in more than 30 years, a new poll shows a majority of gun owners do not support some of the gun lobby’s more aggressive positions.

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Why fewer states are trying teens as adults

Harsh prison sentences for juveniles are a legacy of the get-tough-on-crime laws of the 1990s. New York's move to take 16- and 17-year-olds out of the adult system leaves North Carolina as the only state that considers 16-year-old offenders adults by default.

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No second Taiwan phone call on horizon, says Trump

Tensions with North Korea may have changed President Trump's observance of Beijing's 'one China' policy.

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Senate confirms Alex Acosta as Labor secretary

His confirmation came at a key moment for President Trump – just two days before he reaches the symbolic 100-day marker – filling out the president's cabinet.

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Under a gun friendly Trump, anti-gun movement plans to fight back

As the pendulum swings towards pro-gun, gun rights advocates are confident they can provide resistance, especially at the state level. 

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On 'sanctuary cities,' Trumpian hyperbole runs up against legal precision

In the courtroom, where judges value verbal precision and the plain meaning of words, the president’s shoot-from-the-hip style has often worked against him.

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North Korea: Can US lead global 'village' toward diplomatic solution?

Even as the White House sends mixed signals over North Korea, Secretary Tillerson's visit to the UN could pave a path toward diplomacy. Dozens of countries with a hand in keeping the Kim Jong-un regime afloat could be part of the solution.

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Trump's steep learning curve

The education of Donald Trump in these first 100 days is about so much more than learning the vast array of issues that cross his Oval Office desk – and rethinking some positions along the way.

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New Silicon Valley perk: paid time off to protest

Facebook is giving employees paid time off May 1 to join protests against President Trump’s immigration policies. Critics say left-leaning Silicon Valley is pushing an anti-conservative agenda, but it says it is strengthening civic responsibility.

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Health care adds latest wrinkle to Puerto Rican debt crisis

Bankruptcy could sabotage the governor's top-priority efforts to secure federal funding for the island’s near-insolvent Medicaid system.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch, Trump's tax reform ally on Capitol Hill

The White House released its plan for tax reform April 26. The issue will test Senator Hatch's 40-plus years as a legislator.

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U.S. lawmakers say Trump admin still lacks clear N. Korea plan

The unusual meeting with all 100 U.S. Senators comes as President Trump has increased the American military presence near North Korea, and leaned on China to pressure the reclusive Asian nation.

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Berkeley paradox: Birthplace of free speech now offended by it

The uproar over Ann Coulter's scheduled talk underscores a shift in public understanding about freedom of expression – particularly on college campuses. The talk, set for April 27, has been called off.

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For trans children and their families, a time of growing uncertainty

Parents of transgender students, and the teens themselves, say 2017 has brought greater uncertainty than any they've faced in recent years – after recent gains toward equality have been stifled or reversed.

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What's left out of Trump tax plan? The 'D' word.

The budget deficit is set to soar, even if the president's new corporate tax-cut plan doesn't go through. But politicians and even some economists are less alarmed by big deficits.

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Boston sees slow progress on race in police stops

An Associated Press review found a vast majority of police-civilian encounters from 2015 to 2016 involved persons of color, even as Boston enlists the help of independent researchers. 

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Trump tax cuts may be a hard sell in light of growing national debt

President Trump is set to show off his new tax plan on Wednesday, which would include large tax cuts for businesses.

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Republicans control all of Washington. Why aren't they winning more?

President Trump, like other presidents before him, is discovering the challenge of dealing with the army of cats that is a modern US political party.

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How does Trump plan to stop illegal immigration? A Texas court offers a model approach

The west Texas court is billed as the toughest immigration court in the land, but could its strategy work on a national level? 

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Congress makes progress on budget deal to avoid shutdown

The budget agreement came to a standstill over the question of funding for the US-Mexico border wall. But President Trump signaled that his demand that Congress provide funding for the project could be put on hold.

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Ann Coulter backers sue UC Berkeley over cancellation (+video)

Students on Monday filed lawsuit against the university, saying the school is violating their right to free speech by canceling the conservative pundit's speaking event on campus this week.

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Trump backs away from demand for border wall money

President Trump has indicated that he would be willing to return to the wall funding issue in September.

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Education in South Sudan 'cannot wait,' says new report

The report from the Education Cluster documents the challenges of providing an education in the world's youngest country. 

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Witnesses to execution test a 'somber' civic duty

Arkansas requires six 'respectable' citizens to witness executions – a task it struggled to find volunteers for as it executes its first prisoners since 2005. At the same time, states have become increasingly secretive about the mechanics of capital punishment.

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Why is New Orleans dismantling Confederate statues?

The city is the latest Southern institution to separate itself from symbols viewed by many as tied to racism and white supremacy. But those opposed to the removal say the city is shucking away its history and its identity. 

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Trump pushes for border wall funding as first hundred days, budget deadline converge

The president insisted on Twitter that Mexico would pay for the wall 'eventually.'

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California taking slow steps to resume executions

The nation's largest state hasn't executed anyone in over a decade, but recent laws have meant that the state is slowly preparing to use capital punishment again.

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As first 100 days dwindle, Trump has tough week ahead

The President is up against a budget deadline even as he tries to push forward policy successes before the symbolic 100-day mark of his administration.

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O'Reilly and changing a culture of sexual harassment

A recent study found that 30 years of training has not been very effective at preventing sexual harassment, because it's too focused on avoiding liability. More important is the tone set by leaders.

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Those obituaries for Trump-style populism? A bit premature.

President Trump has edged closer to mainstream stands on some issues. But this week's 'Buy American, Hire American' push is a reminder that he's not done bucking the establishment.

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British lawmakers say high heel workplace ban is a step too far

The bill was introduced to change what many see as sexist dress codes imposed on professional women in Britain.

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When a child has no lunch money, whose problem is it?

As so-called lunch-shaming practices come under increasing scrutiny, the search for solutions – both public and private – has intensified. 

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Wal-Mart, other retailers betting against Trump’s border tax

Many retailers that were contemplating a complicated and costly shift of supply lines closer to the US are now changing their calculus to fight a border tax bill in Congress.

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After legal roadblocks, Arkansas performs its first execution since 2005

The state originally wanted to put eight inmates to death before its supply of a drug used in lethal injection expires at the end of April. Overcoming last minute legal hurdles, the first inmate, Ledell Lee, was executed Thursday night.

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The next O'Reilly: Why young conservatives may not want a Papa Bear

Younger people who are politically engaged today tend to be more eclectic – more moderate or more libertarian, and not necessarily looking for one authority figure to follow religiously.

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After 'Facebook killing,' social media confronts its dark side

A Facebook-shared murder video this week is resurfacing hard questions about civility on the internet and whether tech companies do enough to curtail violence, hate, and other abuses on their platforms.

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With new trademarks, Ivanka Trump's business grows alongside political influence

Despite controversy surrounding her global business empire and position at the White House, first daughter Ivanka Trump continues to enjoy high popularity among voters. But she won't necessarily be the most powerful first daughter to date.

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Across US, states answering cries for police reforms

Largely overshadowed by the emotional protests demanding police reforms, a wave of legislation and executive orders has been enacted at the state level in the past two years.

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Is Trump changing his views on international deals?

President Trump promised to pull out of many international agreements, but his position seems to have changed somewhat since the presidential campaign.

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Arkansas executions face new legal roadblocks

For the second time this week, court rulings halt efforts in Arkansas to carry out its first executions since 2005.

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SeaWorld announces birth of last orca bred in captivity

The baby orca was born just over a year after the park announced it would no longer breed orcas in captivity. 

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Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

The Republican has easily won re-election four times, but is now facing hostile crowds at town halls, a strong Democratic challenger, and criticism over his reluctance to investigate Donald Trump.

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Blue surge in Georgia: What election shows about shifts in suburban values

The Atlanta suburbs these days are less about picket fences and more about bulgogi on Uber Eats. As demographics shift, so do suburban values – and votes, as Democrat Jon Ossoff's first-place finish Tuesday shows.

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Crisis in Venezuela: Can Trump ‘lead from behind’ in Latin America?

If the US chooses to weigh in against Venezuela's antidemocratic spiral, analysts say the model for action is cooperation with its neighbors, a possible template for US action on other crises that pose less national-security risk than North Korea or Iran.

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Why the first 'Dreamer' deported under Trump was sent back to Mexico

A spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection said the 23-year-old entered the United States illegally. At least 10 Dreamers remain in federal custody.

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One Democrat, one Republican advance to second special election for Georgia congressional seat

Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel will face off in a June special election for Congressional seat left vacant by Health Secretary Tom Price. 

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Trump signs "Buy American, Hire American," an order to put US workers first

At the headquarters of hand and power tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., President Trump signed an order that that asks the government to propose new rules and changes that will stop what he called abuses in a visa program used by US technology companies.

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Trump voters discontented? So far that's not what polls say.

President Trump has weak overall ratings, yet he still polls very well among Republicans and right-leaning independents who were crucial to his election. Congress and House Speaker Paul Ryan don't fare as well.

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