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Trump takes step toward reshaping US trade and freezes hiring of federal workers

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump took another step Monday to reshape America's trade relationships with key global allies, breaking from a proposed 12-nation pact with Pacific Rim nations that was an Obama administration priority as he prepares to renegotiate a decades-old agreement with Canada and Mexico as well.

The executive order Trump ...Read more

What is the Mexico City abortion rule?

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City abortion rules on Monday, which was rescinded by former President Barack Obama exactly eight years ago.

Though Trump has had controversial clashes with Mexico over his border wall policy, this executive order actually has nothing to do with Mexico, despite its name. It's also not ...Read more

Eyes on foreign relations panel ahead of Rex Tillerson vote

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WASHINGTON -- Rex Tillerson will get to the floor (and likely be confirmed as secretary of state) whether Sen. Marco Rubio supports him or not.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker made that clear last week, telling CNN as early as last Tuesday of his intention to work through the procedural gears to get the former Exxon Mobil CEO a ...Read more

Rep. Rutherford released from hospital

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., is recovering at his Washington residence after being released over the weekend from the George Washington University Hospital.

Rutherford was taken from the Capitol on a stretcher after suffering "significant discomfort" during House votes outside the floor. Doctors believe the "acute digestive flare...Read more

House fits in abortion bill, even with short schedule

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WASHINGTON -- It's a short week for Congress in Washington, with Republicans in both the House and Senate heading out Wednesday for a retreat in Philadelphia, where they will strategize with the new administration about the year's legislative agenda. Before leaving, though, they'll wade into abortion politics with legislation in the House -- ...Read more

Putin awaits call to President Trump as Russia sees shared goals

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MOSCOW -- The Kremlin said it hopes to arrange the first official phone call between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump very soon, as Russia emphasized how much it has in common with the new administration.

While there are no preparations yet for a meeting between the two leaders, "a phone call is being agreed on," Kremlin...Read more

States send Trump wish-lists for promised roads-and-bridges plan

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With President Donald Trump promising to rebuild crumbling U.S. highways, bridges and buildings, states have begun submitting lists of priority projects in need of funding.

The information has come in response to a December request from Trump's transition team to the National Governors Association to collect lists of projects from the states, ...Read more

15 killed in South Georgia storms

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ATLANTA -- Power was out, schools were closed and cleanup was underway Monday after deadly storms and possible tornadoes ripped through South Georgia over the weekend.

The storms killed at least 19 people in the Deep South, according to the Associated Press. Fifteen of those deaths were in Georgia.

Seven people died at a mobile home park in ...Read more

Who's tracking casualties in Iraq? A California high school teacher

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Joel Wing, a high school social studies teacher in Oakland, was at home working on his MacBook Air one recent afternoon when he saw troubling news out of Baghdad.

The United Nations had just released its estimate for the number of soldiers and other fighters killed in Iraq in November: 1,959 security forces dead, a number ...Read more

I reported on Obama longer than anyone else. Here's what I learned.

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WASHINGTON -- This new guy named Barack Obama was speaking forcefully, delivering one of his first speeches as an Illinois lawmaker with such eloquence that I turned up the volume on the squawk box that carried his voice from the Senate floor to my press room office one floor below.

"Who's that?" I asked the statehouse pundit who happened to be...Read more

Trump's judicial picks will affect far more than the Supreme Court

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"I do think there is going to be a difference in their viewpoints," said retired U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger, who is now in private practice in Fresno, Calif. "They will be more, if you want to use the term, conservative."

For example, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has six vacancies. The important but little-known Washington-based...Read more

Widespread flooding, mudslides, evacuations as biggest storm in years batters California

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LOS ANGELES -- The latest and most powerful in a series of three winter storms slammed into California on Sunday, flooding roads, forcing evacuations in communities near burn areas and adding more snow in mountains from the Sierra Nevada to the San Bernardino Mountains.

Numerous roads around Southern California were flooded by sustained bursts ...Read more

Analysis: Trump's White House sets unapologetically aggressive tone in its first days

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WASHINGTON -- One by one, just hours after President Donald Trump's inauguration, some of his most senior aides made the short journey from their new West Wing offices to the press briefing room.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer stood for a moment behind the lectern where he will conduct news briefings. Stephen Bannon, chief strategist, took note of...Read more

With Trump in White House, Israel moves aggressively to build on disputed land

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- The city of Jerusalem, emboldened by anticipated support from the Trump administration, on Sunday authorized the construction of some 560 new homes in areas of the city claimed by the Palestinians as a capital of their future state.

The announcement came as members of Israel's right-wing government clamored for Israeli ...Read more

Defeated Gambian president accused of stealing state funds

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DAKAR, Senegal -- Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh looted the country's state coffers before relinquishing power, a member of the new president's coalition said Sunday.

After Jammeh went into exile in Equatorial Guinea, officials found that he had taken at least $12 million from the Central Bank of Gambia during the standoff that followed ...Read more

Trump promises 'good result' from NAFTA renegotiation

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump Sunday reaffirmed a campaign promise to renegotiate NAFTA, indicating that he isn't retreating from the opposition to free trade that was central to his election campaign.

Trump said he'll meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to begin discussing the ...Read more

After the march, 500 women learn how to run –– for office

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WASHINGTON -- The day after the Women's March brought half a million people to Washington, 500 women from across the country spent Sunday learning how to run for office.

The candidate training held by EMILY's List, the largest Democratic women's group in the country, focused on overcoming the "intimidation factor" when navigating political ...Read more

White House offered 'alternative facts' on inauguration crowd, adviser says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's senior advisers defended White House attacks on the news media and incorrect claims about the size of the crowd at his inauguration, accusing news organizations Sunday of trying to undermine Trump's legitimacy.

The pushback came a day after White House press Secretary Sean Spicer incorrectly said Trump's ...Read more

Trump won't release tax returns, aide says

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump will refuse to release his tax returns, abandoning a campaign promise that he would do so after an audit of them is finished, an aide said Sunday.

"The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns. We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care. They voted for ...Read more

Secretary of state nominee Tillerson gets important support from 2 senators

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WASHINGTON -- Rex Tillerson, the Exxon Mobil CEO who is President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of State, has overcome a major hurdle on his way to Senate confirmation.

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who had resisted Tillerson's appointment, said Sunday they have decided to support his ...Read more