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By Jeff Mason | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump honored military veterans in Washington on Saturday at a Kennedy Center event that resembled both a political rally and an evangelical Christian religious service ahead of the July 4 Independence Day holiday. Using the podium again to lash out at the news media, Trump worked
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WASHINGTON President Donald Trump lashed out on Saturday at the growing number of states refusing to give voters’ names, addresses and sensitive personal information to a commission he created to investigate alleged voter fraud. “Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL,” he wrote on Twitter. “What are they
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By Dave McKinney | CHICAGO CHICAGO Risking a historic drop to junk bond status, Illinois began its third straight fiscal year without a budget on Saturday as political maneuvering dimmed hopes for a bipartisan spending and revenue package anytime soon. While the House scheduled session on Sunday to take up a revenue package, the Senate
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A budget impasse between Maine Governor Paul LePage and Democratic lawmakers triggered a shutdown of nonessential state services on Saturday, after the conservative Republican threatened to veto a bipartisan compromise reached by lawmakers. LePage has insisted on a budget with deeper spending cuts than those contemplated by lawmakers and has promised to veto any spending
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By Eric M. Johnson | SEATTLE SEATTLE The governors of Washington state and Alaska signed into law new operating budgets late on Friday, hours before deadlines that would have triggered a partial shutdown of government agencies. In Washington state, the $43.7 billion two-year operating budget, which includes a $5.2 billion revenue increase paid for in
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WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was sending federal help to fight crime in Chicago that has reached “epidemic” proportions. The government is sending gun investigators to Chicago and plans to prosecute firearms cases aggressively, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News when asked about Trump’s statement about the plan in an
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By Timothy Mclaughlin | CHICAGO CHICAGO The Chicago Police Department’s approach to mental health has upset critics who argue a policy barring counselors from taking notes and keeping records of sessions with officers is counterproductive and could be harmful to the cops. As Chicago struggles with a police suicide rate much higher than the national
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WASHINGTON The United States plans to sell Taiwan about $1.42 billion in arms, a proposal the Trump administration informed Congress about on Thursday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. “The administration had formally notified Congress of seven proposed defense sales for Taiwan. It’s now valued about $1.42 billion,” Nauert told reporters, saying the sales
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By Arshad Mohammed and Mica Rosenberg | WASHINGTON/NEW YORK WASHINGTON/NEW YORK President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on people from six predominantly Muslim countries and all refugees entering the United States is finally scheduled to take effect later on Thursday, but in a scaled-back form that still allows in some travelers. The rollout of the controversial
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By Kim Palmer | CLEVELAND CLEVELAND Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature voted on Wednesday to freeze enrollment in the state’s Medicaid healthcare insurance for the poor, setting the stage for a showdown with Republican Governor John Kasich, who favors expanding the program. The proposed Medicaid freeze, which would deny coverage to hundreds of thousands of Ohio residents
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By Dan Whitcomb | LOS ANGELES LOS ANGELES The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to consider a challenge by business groups of the state’s cap-and-trade law, a ruling that environmentalists hailed as ending a legal fight that had cast a cloud over the program. The state supreme court did not issue a written opinion
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By Steve Friess | DETROIT DETROIT A federal judge halted late on Monday the deportation of all Iraqi nationals detained during immigration sweeps across the United States this month until at least July 10, expanding a stay he imposed last week. The stay had initially only protected 114 detainees from the Detroit area. U.S. District
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By Terray Sylvester | PORTLAND, Ore. PORTLAND, Ore. Police in Portland girded for potential unrest on Sunday, citing “online threats of violence,” ahead of dueling political rallies planned by supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump after racially charged killings convulsed Oregon’s largest city. The Trump Free Speech Rally and counter-protests were set to unfold
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NEW YORK While dozens of women have leveled sexual assault allegations at comedian Bill Cosby, destroying his reputation as “America’s dad,” the question of whether he will be imprisoned will hang on the words of a single woman when his trial starts this week. The outcome, taken together with the treatment of accuser Andrea Constand
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By Roberta Rampton | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON President Donald Trump will hit the road next week to ramp up his long-promised plan to overhaul the nation’s aging airports, roads and railways, a push that could energize his supporters and distract from political intrigue in Washington. The infrastructure push – which will include a trip to Cincinnati,
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