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Trump administration wants tax reform done by August, Mnuchin says

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration wants to overhaul the tax code by August, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday, laying out an aggressive timetable in his first significant public comments since taking office last week.

"Our economic agenda, the No. 1 issue is growth, and the first most important thing that will impact growth ...Read more

Dennis Hastert victim again argues for rest of hush money in court filing

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CHICAGO -- One of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's sexual abuse victims argues he kept his end of the bargain to remain silent about decades-old misconduct in exchange for $3.5 million, and it was the disgraced politician who first disclosed the existence of their secret pact.

In the latest filing in the man's breach-of-contract ...Read more

Ivanka Trump is pushing her $500 billion child care plan on Hill

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WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump has urged lawmakers writing a tax overhaul to include a deduction for child care expenses, but with a price tag of as much as $500 billion over a decade she may have trouble finding support in Congress.

Members of the House and Senate met with the president's eldest daughter in the Roosevelt Room at the White House ...Read more

How Jesse Jackson Jr. collects $138,400 a year from the federal government

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CHICAGO -- Records from former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s divorce case show how he has been able to collect hefty benefit checks from the federal government after serving time in prison for looting hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign fund.

Jackson, 51, receives about $138,400 a year -- more than he made as a freshman ...Read more

Protests after video appears to capture off-duty LAPD officer firing gun during confrontation with teens

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LOS ANGELES -- A day after an off-duty Los Angeles police officer fired his gun during a confrontation with a group of teenagers in Anaheim, videos purportedly showing the encounter spread online, prompting questions about the officer's actions.

No one was injured by the gunfire, but the footage -- posted on YouTube and Facebook -- sparked a ...Read more

Trump scorns the IMF's globalism, and now he gets to vote on it

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WASHINGTON -- Christine Lagarde is racing through Uganda in a black SUV. It's a bumpy road -- not the only one the IMF chief is likely to encounter in the age of President Donald Trump.

Since World War II, America has set the agenda for the world economy. The International Monetary Fund has been one of its main tools. The Fund helped steady the...Read more

Still the same Trump, and his North Carolina fans love it

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Every Sunday afternoon for the past month, A.P. Dillon, a writer and mom in Cary, N.C., has given her two sons activities to stay busy while she heads for her computer with a spreadsheet that tracks President Donald Trump's executive orders and actions.

"He's doing what he said he was going to do," said Dillon, who voted for ...Read more

Liberal activists warn Democratic Party's lawmakers: Primaries are coming

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WASHINGTON -- Liberal leaders have a warning for their lawmakers in Washington: Get in line, or else.

Frustrated by the party's performance on Capitol Hill and emboldened by the mass protests against President Donald Trump, a coalition of progressive groups say they are open to supporting primary challengers next year against Democratic members...Read more

Loud and angry, protesters turn congressional town halls into must-see political TV

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MARIPOSA, Calif. -- They came by the hundreds, in big cities and rural hamlets, to heckle, plead, badger and, in some instances, to protest the protests themselves.

Congress is in recess this week and a citizenry suddenly spurred to action used the opportunity to let their returning lawmakers know just how they feel about the tempestuous past ...Read more

With no vote in Congress, D.C. residents find power in cash

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WASHINGTON -- It was only the second political contribution Sarah Carr had made in her life. A $100 gift to an obscure politician from a distant state whose values hardly align with her own.

But Carr, a 41-year-old marine scientist who lives on Capitol Hill, had a clear goal: she wanted to support anyone who might oust Utah Republican Rep. ...Read more

Trump's plan needs mechanism to steer money to infrastructure

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans have been reluctant to comment on -- or even work on -- legislation to deliver on President Donald Trump's pledge to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure over 10 years.

Lawmakers say they're waiting for the administration to provide details of a proposal that has raised more questions than it answered. ...Read more

10 arrested as authorities close in on Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

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As authorities closed in on the Dakota Access pipeline protest Wednesday, a small contingent of resisters refused to leave the site where they've stood for almost a year against the construction of the pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

The standoff marked the culmination of one of the nation's largest and longest environmental ...Read more

California city passes resolution calling for Trump impeachment

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RICHMOND, Calif. -- In an unanimous decision, the Richmond City Council passed a resolution asking the U.S. House of Representatives to investigate impeaching President Donald Trump for not selling off his business interests after assuming the nation's highest office.

The resolution is the first such move by a city, according to the activists ...Read more

Fearing deportation, California's 'Dreamers' are skipping out on financial aid

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As widespread fears of deportation sweep California, the number of undocumented immigrant students in California applying for college financial aid has dropped more than 40 percent, new data shows.

"We know the fear is real, and we see it in the numbers," said state Assemblyman Jose Medina, a Riverside Democrat, who heads the Assembly's higher ...Read more

Lawyers for man charged with killing 2 Sacramento-area deputies seek venue change

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Citing vast media coverage of the October 2014 slayings of two Sacramento-area deputies and the nationwide debate over President Donald Trump's immigration policies, lawyers for slaying suspect Luis Bracamontes say their client cannot get a fair trial and are asking a Sacramento Superior Court judge to move the case to ...Read more

Lawsuit against Lunada Bay surfers in Southern California suffers setback in federal court

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LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge denied a request this week that would have allowed more people to join a lawsuit that accuses a group of surfers of harassing and assaulting outsiders to keep them away from Lunada Bay, a big wave spot in Palos Verdes Estates.

U.S. District Judge James Otero on Tuesday rejected a motion for class-action status -- ...Read more

Florida panther population shows sharp rebound

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A new estimate puts the maximum number of Florida panthers prowling the state's forests and swamps at 230, a sharp increase from past years and a hopeful sign for a species once thought virtually certain to go extinct.

Federal and state wildlife agencies announced Wednesday they were revising the maximum estimated ...Read more

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Texas preschool teacher is fired over anti-Semitic posts

DALLAS -- A Texas preschool teacher has been fired over a series of anti-Semitic posts on social media, including a tweet that said "kill some Jews."

Nancy Salem, who was fired from The Children's Courtyard in Arlington, also retweeted: "How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough!" ...Read more

Trump said to delay revamped immigration order until next week

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is delaying until next week issuing a new version of his order restricting immigration and banning travel to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries, according to a White House official.

Trump had said that a revamped executive order, tailored to address legal issues that blocked his original ...Read more

UN seeks momentum, not expecting a breakthrough in new Syria peace talks

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GENEVA -- The relaunch of the Syrian peace process on Thursday can at best create some momentum toward political transition in the war-ravaged country, U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said, dampening hopes for major progress in the Geneva talks.

"Am I expecting a breakthrough? No, I am not expecting a breakthrough," de Mistura told reporters ...Read more

 

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