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Trump says he'll keep his promises. Here are some of his biggest from the campaign

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will deliver on Tuesday his biggest speech since inauguration, an address to a joint session of Congress. The West Wing is keen to demonstrate that Trump is keeping his promises and will explain how.

With that in mind, it's worth revisiting some of his signature campaign lines:

'Our plan will put America ...Read more

Trump blames Obama for protests: 'I think he's behind it'

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President Donald Trump said he believes that predecessor Barack Obama is riling up protesters against his administration and that Obama's "people" may be the source of unflattering national-security leaks to the media.

"I think he is behind it. I also think it is politics, that's the way it is," Trump said of the protests during an interview ...Read more

In a Trump town, feuding runs deep

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WARSAW, N.Y. -- They were not exactly a rowdy bunch. The youngest at the table was a 47-year-old town supervisor, seated with her 10-year-old son; the others were retirees.

They had just ordered a round of drinks, and were in the process of telling a reporter and videographer how much they loved Donald Trump when the manager of the bar came up ...Read more

Trump said to put Obama water pollution rule on chopping block

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will order his administration to rescind and rewrite an Obama-era environmental rule that critics say gave the U.S. government too much power to regulate waterways nationwide, according to a senior White House official.

Trump is set to sign a directive on Tuesday compelling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ...Read more

The real goal of Trump's executive orders: Reduce the number of immigrants in US

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WASHINGTON -- Behind President Donald Trump's efforts to step up deportations and block travel from seven mostly Muslim countries lies a goal that reaches far beyond any immediate terrorism threat: a desire to reshape American demographics for the long term and keep out people who Trump and senior aides believe will not assimilate.

In pursuit ...Read more

Pakistan pledges to rein in spending as Sharif prepares for vote

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar pledged that the government wouldn't go on a spending binge before next year's elections as it wants to maintain reforms made under a three-year International Monetary Fund bailout.

"We are not going to be loosening the purse, at least as long as I'm here," Dar, 66, said in an interview in his ...Read more

Battle looms over next steps for air traffic control

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ATLANTA -- With a new president in office, warring contingents in the airline industry are again pushing competing visions of how to fix the nation's aging air traffic control infrastructure.

President Donald Trump focused on the issue during a meeting with airline industry CEOs in early February.

"I hear we have the wrong system," Trump said ...Read more

Even most Trump backers want a path to citizenship for immigrants here illegally

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WASHINGTON -- As President Donald Trump prepares to address Congress on Tuesday for the first time, a new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that even 72 percent of Trump's own supporters want a path to citizenship for immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.

Trump is targeting millions of people for possible deportation. But Americans are warm to ...Read more

At least four people killed when small plane crashes into Calif. neighborhood

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LOS ANGELES -- At least four people died and as many as five others were missing Monday after a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Riverside.

The plane was carrying a married couple and three teenagers who were returning home to San Jose after a cheerleading competition in Anaheim.

One person who died was believed to be a ...Read more

SpaceX to fly 2 paying citizens around the moon

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LOS ANGELES -- When the first astronauts traveled to the moon, they were experienced military fliers riding NASA rockets and capsules, backed by the U.S. government.

Forty-five years after the last Apollo moon mission, in what would be a first, SpaceX plans to fly two private citizens around the moon atop one of the company's own rockets. And, ...Read more

China's top diplomat meets Trump as North Korea tensions rise

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China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi met U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday in the highest-level contact between the world's two biggest economies since the election as concerns over North Korea's nuclear program overshadow campaign tensions over trade.

Yang relayed greetings from President Xi Jinping in a meeting with Trump, Vice President Mike...Read more

Bathroom choice is a decision for transgender students at Pa. school, judge rules

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PITTSBURGH -- A federal judge Monday said three transgender students at a Pennsylvania high school can use the bathroom of their choice.

U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak granted a preliminary injunction request brought by the students and an advocacy group that sought to halt the enforcement of a new policy at Pine-Richland High School in ...Read more

Ross confirmed as commerce secretary; White House won't release his answers on Russia

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary Monday night after two Democratic senators criticized the White House for refusing to release Ross' written response to questions about his banking ties to Russia's oligarchs.

Ross is a billionaire who has turned around high-profile companies in the steel, coal, textile and ...Read more

Wilbur Ross, to be key player in NAFTA negotiations, confirmed as Commerce secretary

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WASHINGTON -- Wilbur Ross, the billionaire investor who will play a leading role in President Donald Trump's revamping of the North American Free Trade Agreement, easily won Senate confirmation Monday night to be the administration's Commerce secretary.

Unlike some other Trump nominees who faced intense opposition from Senate Democrats, Ross ...Read more

Trump refocusing on protecting police; some in minority communities worry

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and his Justice Department have signaled they will change the way they will interact with local law enforcement, raising concern in minority communities that the pendulum will swing toward protecting police in sometimes strained police-community relations.

Trump is expected to talk about the need to get ...Read more

Salvadoran woman at center of Maryland lawsuit granted temporary reprieve from deportation

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A Salvadoran woman at the center of a civil rights lawsuit alleging that sheriff's deputies in Frederick County, Md., unlawfully profiled, detained and arrested her on a federal immigration warrant in 2008 was granted a reprieve Monday to remain in the country at least through this summer, her attorneys said.

Roxana Orellana Santos had a ...Read more

Gaping partisan divide evident as leaders discuss House Trump-Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- In case you were worried, the partisan divide in Congress is as gaping as ever.

On Monday, the senior Republican and Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee held separate news conferences to address what they saw as the principal issues to be addressed during their "bipartisan" investigation of possible collusion ...Read more

Despite Trump's pledge, governors expect little federal spending on infrastructure

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said again Monday that he was preparing to spend big on infrastructure. But even as he spoke, administration officials and congressional leaders were telling governors to expect little new federal investment in roads, bridges, transit systems, dam repairs and other water works.

Instead, the administration ...Read more

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Trump says Hollywood's obsession with him led to best picture mix-up at the Oscars

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is often loath to accept responsibility when things go wrong, but in the case of Sunday's Oscars broadcast, he made an exception.

As he explained it Monday, it was Hollywood's obsession with attacking him that contributed to ...Read more

Georgia couple get long sentences in Confederate flag case

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ATLANTA -- Just a month after Dylann Roof shot and killed nine African-American worshippers in a Charleston, S.C., church, Jose Ismael Torres and Kayla Rae Norton gathered with 13 friends to make a statement about the Confederate battle flag.

Roof had championed it and said he wanted to start a race war. Over two days in July 2015, Norton and ...Read more