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Retirement adviser rule will go into partial effect, but changes are still possible

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WASHINGTON -- A controversial Obama-era rule for retirement advisers, delayed by a review ordered by President Trump because of strong Republican and financial industry opposition, will partially take effect next month, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said.

But Acosta indicated that he has problems with the rule and that there still could be ...Read more

Economists say Trump's budget proposal doesn't add up

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's inaugural budget proposal claims to eliminate the nation's deficit in 10 years, thanks largely to faster economic growth that it projects will come from the president's sweeping tax cuts.

Never mind the overly optimistic projections on economic growth. Or that Trump's tax overhaul has not happened yet. ...Read more

Here's why US intel agencies homed in on Trump campaign over its Russia ties

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WASHINGTON -- There was enough intelligence tying members of President Donald Trump's election campaign to Russian intelligence officers to worry former CIA Director John Brennan before he left office in January, Brennan told Congress on Tuesday.

It was the closest an American intelligence official has come to explaining the genesis of the FBI ...Read more

Trump, Pope Francis are disrupters who rattle elites and staff

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WASHINGTON -- Amid the rambunctious American presidential campaign, Pope Francis joined the fray, telling reporters on his papal plane that Donald Trump's pledge to build a border wall was "not Christian." Trump fired back, calling the pope's remarks "disgraceful."

Now Trump is president, and as he and Francis prepare to meet each other for the...Read more

Target CEO tells Congress that GOP's proposed import tax would hurt his customers

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WASHINGTON -- A proposed 20 percent tax on imported goods championed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as a way to overhaul the nation's tax system received a hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, and reception to the plan by business leaders and House Republicans was mixed.

The tax on imports, dubbed the border adjustment tax, has divided ...Read more

Duterte declares martial law in Philippine island of Mindanao

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BEIJING -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on the southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday night after a city there was rocked by clashes between government forces and Islamist militants.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella announced the declaration in Moscow, where Duterte arrived Tuesday for a five-day state visit. ...Read more

In Jerusalem and Bethlehem, parsing what Trump left unsaid

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government wanted to hear Donald Trump announce he's moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Palestinians would have liked Trump to publicly back their aspiration to statehood.

While it was Israel that Trump lavished with praise, in the end neither side got all it ...Read more

Contacts between Moscow and Trump campaign began last summer, ex-CIA chief says

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WASHINGTON -- The CIA received intelligence last summer indicating Donald Trump's campaign aides were in contact with Russian government officials, information that was worrisome enough to pass to the FBI for investigation, former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday.

Brennan said it wasn't clear at the time if the Trump aides were acting as ...Read more

Arrest made in deadly fire that killed Ohio family of 7

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AKRON, Ohio -- Last week's deadly fire that killed an Akron family of seven has been ruled to be arson, officials announced Tuesday afternoon during a press conference at the Akron Police Department.

Stanley O. Ford, a neighbor of the family, has been arrested and charged with one count of aggravated arson and seven counts of aggravated murder,...Read more

Moderate Tuesday Group co-chair MacArthur resigns

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WASHINGTON -- New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur has stepped down as co-chair of the moderate Republican Tuesday Group.

MacArthur wrote a letter of resignation to the group, which he read to members present for their weekly Tuesday meeting, according to Rep. Chris Collins. He is resigning the chairmanship but expected to remain a member of the ...Read more

Trump the deal maker leaves Israel with no sign that a deal is in the making

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JERUSALEM -- President Donald Trump wrapped up a two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank on Tuesday without evidence of progress toward renewing talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

While the president reiterated his desire to broker a peace deal, his visit produced no announcement on steps toward renewing negotiations.

In public ...Read more

Justice Department sues Fiat Chrysler over diesel emissions

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DETROIT -- The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for building and selling diesel engines that violate the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

The federal government said Fiat Chrysler created software that acted as what's called a defeat device for emissions testing ...Read more

Trump's budget arrives in Congress as most do, with a lot of talk and little action

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's budget landed on Capitol Hill the way White House fiscal proposals traditionally do -- with a thud.

It wasn't just Democrats who dismissed the blueprint as a "nightmare" scenario, with its beefed up military spending and tax breaks for the wealthy, but Republicans also winced at steep domestic program cuts...Read more

Great Lakes funding eliminated under Trump budget plan

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DETROIT -- It's official now: The Trump Administration's budget priorities do not include the Great Lakes.

The administration's budget proposal, released Tuesday by the White House's Office of Management and Budget, zeroes out the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which since 2010 has provided more than $2.2 billion for programs to improve ...Read more

Police make arrest in Manchester blast as source names suspected suicide bomber

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LONDON -- The militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility Tuesday for the deadly suicide bomb attack at a concert in Manchester, England, that left 22 people dead, and police said they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the case.

In a statement released on social media in both English and Arabic, the militant group said ...Read more

Walter Shapiro: Montana special election unlikely to predict larger political trend

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Sometime after 10 p.m. Thursday in Washington, everyone in politics will feign being an expert on Montana or, as they will call it with an insider's flourish, Big Sky Country. The returns from the first statewide race of the Trump era will inevitably trigger the type of frenzied over-analysis reserved for special elections at moments of ...Read more

Jonathan Bernstein: The wisdom of Pelosi's poise on impeachment

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Nancy Pelosi wasn't in Congress during the Watergate scandal. She never served with Tip O'Neill, who was House Majority Leader during the scandal, and overlapped by less than one full term with Watergate-era House Judiciary Chair Peter Rodino. But her refusal to feed the impeachment flames, despite intense pressure from fellow Democrats, shows ...Read more

Islamic State claims responsibility for Manchester blast

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CAIRO -- The Islamic State extremist militia has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack at Manchester Arena.

The statement carried by the group's semi-official Amaq news agency said the blasts were the result of explosive devices placed amid "the crusaders crowds in Manchester."

It said 70 people were injured. British authorities say 22 ...Read more

Trump visits Israel's Holocaust memorial

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JERUSALEM -- President Donald Trump, visiting Israel's national Holocaust memorial, paid solemn tribute Tuesday to the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, calling it "history's darkest hour."

At the memorial, Yad Vashem, Trump lighted an eternal flame and laid a wreath honoring the victims. He called the Nazi campaign of extermination against ...Read more

Men convicted of gay sex caned in Indonesia's Aceh province

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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Two men convicted of gay sex were caned Tuesday in front of a crowd of onlookers in Indonesia's sharia-ruled province of Aceh in the first such case in the devoutly Muslim region.

The crowd of about 500 people cheered as the men, who covered their faces with their shirts, were led onto a raised platform in front of a ...Read more


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