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How the Koch network could sink tax overhaul

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WASHINGTON -- The lobbying and political network of Charles and David Koch, bogeymen to Democrats for years, is poised for a significant policy win -- but it will come at the expense of fellow conservatives on Capitol Hill.

Their victory also could derail a policy goal they share with those same Republican lawmakers: a permanent comprehensive ...Read more

Chaffetz resignation sparks conflict, compressed campaigns in Utah

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WASHINGTON -- In any other year, Rep. Jason Chaffetz's decision to resign would have sparked a crowded Republican primary. But as one Utah GOP operative put it, this year is not like any other year.

Consultant Chuck Warren sat down with a state lawmaker Friday morning to talk about a possible run for Congress. The lawmaker pointed to a picture ...Read more

Nearly 40 shot in Chicago over weekend, but gun violence still behind last year

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CHICAGO -- Nearly 40 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, but gun violence is still slightly down from the record level of last year, according to data kept by the Tribune.

Four people were killed and 35 other people were wounded from Friday afternoon trough early Monday, according to police. In a span of just three hours early Sunday,...Read more

Penn State plans 'report card' on frats

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Pennsylvania State University for the first time this fall plans to publish a "report card" on its fraternities and sororities, listing their status -- active or suspended -- and their history of conduct infractions.

Although some area universities already publish on their websites which fraternities and sororities have been in trouble for ...Read more

Trump charms some young Saudis with his deal-making and deference to customs. Others are unimpressed

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Addressing Arab leaders here Sunday, President Donald Trump highlighted the untapped potential of one of the region's greatest resources, and it wasn't oil -- it was youth.

"Sixty-five percent of its population is under the age of 30," Trump said at a summit convened by the Saudi monarch. "Like all young men and women, ...Read more

Trump arrives in Israel, hoping to rekindle peace process

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JERUSALEM -- President Donald Trump arrived in Israel on Monday in the earliest-ever visit by a U.S. leader in a presidential term.

Trump aims to use his two-day visit to further his quest for what he has called the ultimate deal -- jump-starting peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

"We have before us a rare opportunity to bring ...Read more

Why Afghans are uncertain more US troops is solution

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- President Donald Trump is expected to decide this month whether to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, where a strengthening Taliban insurgency threatens the 15-year war effort.

Pentagon officials are drawing up plans to add 3,000 to 5,000 personnel to the U.S.-led NATO training mission, arguing that the extra troops ...Read more

Historically black colleges view Trump administration warily, but also with some optimism

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Since taking office, President Donald Trump has pledged "unwavering support" for the critical educational missions of historically black colleges and universities, invited leaders of those institutions to the White House and even dispatched his Education secretary to deliver her first commencement address of graduation season at one of the ...Read more

Trump to propose deep cuts to anti-poverty programs and Medicaid

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to propose $1.7 trillion in cuts to a category of spending that includes major social and entitlement programs for lower-income Americans, as part of an effort to balance the budget within a decade.

The White House will issue a formal budget request Tuesday that includes $274 billion in cuts over 10 ...Read more

Israelis worry that Trump's changing stands look more and more like Obama's

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli love affair with President Donald Trump has soured as promises have gone unfulfilled.

The Israeli public was very excited when Trump took office. They anticipated a fresh start after a fraught relationship with Barack Obama, who many thought was overly sympathetic to the Palestinians.

But reality has set in as all ...Read more

Trump's call to isolate Iran sours post-election hope for opening to West

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TEHRAN, Iran –– On Saturday night, Iranians poured into the streets by the hundreds of thousands to celebrate the re-election of President Hassan Rouhani, whose message of opening up to the West helped him to trounce a hard-line challenger.

On Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump called on the world to isolate Iran.

Nothing could better ...Read more

House committee chairman says he'll talk to fired FBI Director Comey Monday

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WASHINGTON –– The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said he'll talk to former FBI Director James Comey on Monday and is pursuing any records of President Donald Trump's meetings with Comey, who was fired by the president.

The conversation between Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Comey would be the first between...Read more

Israeli Cabinet debates peace incentive offer to Palestinians

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TEL AVIV, Israel –– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet debated offering Palestinians economic incentives for reviving peace talks as they waited for U.S. President Donald Trump to arrive and reveal his plans for addressing the Middle East conflict.

Netanyahu opened the meeting Sunday with the message that Israel would ...Read more

Trump scraps harsh language in speech to Muslim leaders

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- President Donald Trump Sunday dropped some of his harsh talk about Islam as he urged leaders of the Muslim world not to wait for the United States but to act on their own to root out terrorism.

Notably, the speech did not include the words "radical Islamic terrorism," a term he used as recently as February in his first ...Read more

Trump tells Arab leaders it's time to confront Islamist extremism

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- President Donald Trump Sunday called on Arab leaders to join the United States in "honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism," refining the harsh anti-terrorist rhetoric of his campaign in a speech in the nation that hosts Islam's holiest sites.

In the first extended remarks of his foreign trip -- and the ...Read more

Surprise attack by the Taliban kills 25 Afghan police officers

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KABUL, Afghanistan--Taliban militants launched surprise attacks against police checkpoints in southern Afghanistan and killed at least 25 officers, officials said Sunday.

Officials in Zabul province said militants from several provinces carried out the attacks against government installations in the provincial capital, Qalat, and three police ...Read more

Chicago police tighten rules on officers' use of force

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CHICAGO -- Chicago police officials have announced policy changes intended to cut back on questionable shootings and other uses of force that have haunted the department for years.

The changes, made after months of revisions, will tighten Police Department rules that experts and advocates have criticized as too permissive of unnecessary uses of...Read more

North Korea tests another missile in latest provocation by Kim

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SEOUL, South Korea –– North Korea fired another ballistic missile Sunday, increasing tensions in the region as Kim Jong Un persists with his nuclear program.

The missile was fired from Pukchang, northeast of Pyongyang, at 4:59 p.m. local time and flew about 310 miles, South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said in a text message. It landed in ...Read more

Canada prepared for talks to rework NAFTA, trade minister says

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HANOI, Vietnam –– Canada is prepared to start talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and is confident it will get a successful outcome, Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Sunday.

"When you start a discussion you start with saying, 'Well, we're the first client'," Champagne said on the sidelines of a ...Read more

Pressure mounts on Brazilian president as lawyers' group supports impeachment

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BRASILIA, Brazil –– Brazilian President Michel Temer was set back Sunday in his effort to fend off allegations of corruption and cover-up after the country's influential bar association voted in favor of his impeachment.

The council of Brazil's Order of Lawyers (OAB by its Brazilian acronym) voted 25-1 in favor of an impeachment hearing, ...Read more

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