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Trump plans to defend his order threatening funding for 'sanctuary cities'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to fight a U.S. judge's decision to freeze his order threatening funding to state and local governments that refuse to cooperate fully with immigration agents.

"We'll see them in the Supreme Court," Trump said Wednesday in response to a question from a reporter while signing an executive order to look ...Read more

White House introduces sweeping tax-cut proposal

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WASHINGTON -- Racing to convey a sense of momentum to President Donald Trump's sluggish legislative agenda, the White House unveiled what it called "the biggest tax cut" in U.S. history Wednesday, just ahead of the symbolic 100-day mark in the administration.

The tax plan, touted as an overhaul, bears the hallmark of other early Trump proposals...Read more

Dennis Hastert's remaining Illinois pension benefits revoked

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Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert had his remaining Illinois pension benefits taken away Wednesday by a board that oversees state lawmakers' retirement funds.

The board of trustees for the General Assembly Retirement System, comprised of state lawmakers, voted to revoke the pension Hastert received based on the about six years he spent ...Read more

Trump wants to lower business rate to 15 percent in 'biggest tax cut' in US history, Mnuchin says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump wants to sharply reduce the tax rate for all businesses -- from multinational corporations to mom-and-pop shops -- to 15 percent in the "biggest tax cut" in U.S. history, Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said Wednesday.

But the Trump administration has not embraced a House Republican proposal to include ...Read more

Air Force launches test missile off Central California coast to show nuclear deterrent capability

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An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was launched just after midnight Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base as part of an operational test to show the country's nuclear deterrent capability, according to the U.S. Air Force.

The Minuteman III missile test launch occurred at 12:03 a.m. from the base northwest of Lompoc, Calif., ...Read more

GOP super PAC pours millions more into Georgia runoff

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WASHINGTON -- Now that the GOP field has been winnowed from 11 to one in Georgia's 6th District, a major GOP super PAC is increasing its spending to boost GOP nominee Karen Handel in the June runoff.

Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC endorsed by House GOP leadership, is investing an additional $3.5 million in the race, bringing their...Read more

Trump signs order to reconsider national monuments created by Obama, George W. Bush and Clinton

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The fierce debate over public land in the West is expected to intensify following President Donald Trump's signing of an executive order Wednesday that could lead to the reduction or elimination of some national monuments.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who announced the order Tuesday, said Trump asked him to review monuments created by ...Read more

Mexico's foreign minister calls Trump's wall 'a hostile act'

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's top diplomat called President Donald Trump's proposal to build a border wall "an unfriendly, hostile act" that will further aggravate increasingly tense relations between the longtime allies.

While Trump has repeatedly vowed to build a wall and make Mexico pay for its construction, Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray told a...Read more

Mihir Sharma: Obama delivering a paid speech is hardly shocking, indefensible

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OK, so Barack Obama, less than 100 days out of the White House, has agreed -- according to Fox Business, quoting sources within Cantor Fitzgerald LP -- to give a speech at the firm's health-care conference later this year. For this, Obama is apparently going to be paid $400,000.

The former president hasn't confirmed this himself, and even if it...Read more

Woman swept up in massive cocaine bust in L.A. now faces deportation, spurring protests and anger

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LOS ANGELES -- Dozens of people gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday to protest the detention of a 54-year-old woman who now faces deportation for living in the country illegally.

Teresa Vidal-Jaime was picked up by federal authorities Monday after a massive drug bust at a Boyle Heights apartment complex where she lives. During the raid,...Read more

Trump challenges federal judge to high court duel over sanctuary cities

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has a message for the federal judge who blocked his executive orders tailored to keep some so-called "sanctuary" cities from receiving federal funds: "See you in the Supreme Court!"

Trump took to Twitter before 7 a.m. Wednesday morning to blast a federal judge in California who on Tuesday issued a nationwide...Read more

Report: More police training, public education needed to stop 'drugged' driving

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CHICAGO -- Drug-impaired driving has become a bigger problem in the United States than drunken driving, and law enforcement officers need more training to identify it, while the public needs to know that it is unsafe to drive high, according to a new report released this week.

The Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for ...Read more

Q&A with Rep. Dwight Evans

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WASHINGTON -- Freshman Rep. Dwight Evans, 62, a Pennsylvania Democrat, talks about starting a charter school, representing universities, and how he likes to eat a Philly cheesesteak.

Q: What has surprised you so far in your time in Congress?

A: I don't think much has really surprised me because I was in the legislature for 36 years. The ...Read more

Sen. Gardner sees 'refreshing' new focus on North Korea

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WASHINGTON -- Senators will be bused to the White House on Wednesday for a briefing on North Korea, and one Republican senator says attention on the threat is long overdue.

Sen. Cory Gardner has been among the lawmakers calling on the Trump administration to prioritize addressing the threat of North Korea launching nuclear weapons, and the ...Read more

More LA residents believe new riots are likely, poll finds

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LOS ANGELES -- For Nicole Cuff and her friends, the 1992 Los Angeles riots used to feel like a piece of history, told in old stories by their parents or discussed and analyzed in school.

Recently, though, it's started to feel much more real to her -- like something that could happen again in the near future.

Cuff, a coordinator at an ...Read more

Trump at 100-day mark: Stable support but few achievements

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WASHINGTON -- As the first 100 days of his presidency draw to a close on Saturday, Donald Trump cannot claim many solid accomplishments, but does have one big one: He has held onto the support of the voters who put him in the White House.

Trump has dominated the daily news cycle and conversation like few of his predecessors. Questions abound ...Read more

Le Pen's slim shot at French presidency rests on low turnout

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PARIS -- Marine Le Pen's narrow chances of winning the French presidency hinge on swaths of the electorate not showing up at the polls on May 7.

That's the conclusion of analysts sifting through the numbers after she won 21 percent of the vote in the first round on April 23, trailing front-runner Emmanuel Macron by about 3 percentage points.

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Rural doctors' training may be in jeopardy

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WASHINGTON -- In nearly two years as a medical resident in Meridian, Miss., Dr. John Thames has treated car-wreck victims, people with chest pains and malnourished infants. Patients have arrived with lacerations, with burns, or in a disoriented fog after discontinuing their psychiatric medications.

Thames, a small-town Mississippi native, said ...Read more

Study: California drought increased electricity bills and air pollution

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California's brutal five-year drought did more than lead to water shortages and dead lawns. It increased electricity bills statewide by $2.45 billion and boosted levels of smog and greenhouse gases, according to a study released Wednesday.

Why? A big drop-off in hydroelectric power. With little rain or snow between 2012 and 2016, cheap, clean ...Read more

Trump's first 100 days are not promising if you're concerned about personal privacy

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has fought to ensure his own freedom from intrusion, acutely aware of what information could prove politically damaging, such as the release of his income tax returns.

But under the rubric of rolling back regulations or enforcing immigration laws, Trump has taken actions that critics say will erode privacy ...Read more


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