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Mulvaney returns to Congress to defend Trump budget, and gets a grilling

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WASHINGTON -- Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who until months ago was embraced by conservatives for his relentless budget-slashing advocacy, returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday as the White House's chief spending-cut champion -- and found both Republicans and Democrats challenging him.

Mulvaney, a tea party favorite who until February ...Read more

Democrats look for win in Trump country — starting in Montana

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Thursday's special House election in Montana offers an early and important test for the Democratic Party: Can it win over districts and states that loved Donald Trump just last year?

Republicans watching this week's congressional contest are nervous the answer is already a resounding "yes."

The special election between Democrat Rob Quist and ...Read more

Another probe joins the lengthening line to question ex-Trump adviser Flynn

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WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee will subpoena former Trump adviser Michael Flynn after he refused to cooperate with the panel's investigation into Trump campaign ties with Russia.

"We will be following up with subpoenas and those subpoenas will be designed to maximize our chances of getting the information we need," Rep. Adam ...Read more

House Intelligence Committee will subpoena Michael Flynn, Schiff says

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WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee is preparing to issue subpoenas to President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to the committee's ranking Democrat, following the lead of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the House subpoenas "will be designed to maximize our...Read more

Trump said to hire lawyer for Russia probes

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump has hired one of his longtime lawyers, Marc Kasowitz, to help guide him through what is shaping up to be wide-ranging probes of his campaign and Russian interference in the election, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Kasowitz, managing partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, has represented Trump ...Read more

Inside Elections ratings: 19 House races shift toward Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- The midterm elections are still nearly a year and a half away, and the political dynamics could yet change, but we shouldn't ignore the fact that history and the current environment are merging together for a potentially great set of elections for Democrats in November 2018.

The president's party has lost House seats in 18 of the ...Read more

What a Montana congressional race will, and won't, tell us about Trump and his political troubles

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VICTOR, Mont -- On Thursday, the political world will eagerly look to Montana and a closely fought congressional race for the latest test of Democratic strength and Republican resilience in the turbulent age of Trump.

The major candidates and outside groups have sunk more than $8 million into the contest, a huge sum in a state where $250,000 ...Read more

What stays, and what goes, in Trump's $19.1 billion budget proposal for NASA

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President Donald Trump's $19.1 billion budget proposal for NASA will allow the space agency to continue its long-term efforts to explore the universe, including sending humans to the moon and to Mars.

The 2018 funding plan, released Tuesday, includes support for about 100 space missions even as it cuts some well-known programs, including one ...Read more

Scientific research would suffer under Trump's budget, and that's bad for the economy, experts say

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How does science fare under President Donald Trump's proposed budget?

Not too well.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, estimated that the budget released Tuesday morning represented a 16.8 percent decrease in overall funding for scientific research compared with the current budget.

The proposed cuts include:

--...Read more

Trump's standing in polls has dropped: How significant is the slide?

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's standing in national polls has consistently declined since the end of last month. His approval rating now sits at the lowest point of his presidency. Here are some questions and answers about what the polls do -- and don't -- tell us.

Question: How significant is Trump's slide?

Answer: At the end of April...Read more

Trump proposes cuts to grants that help states fight terrorism

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's 2018 budget would cut $667 million in federal grants to states for security against terrorist threats, a reduction that local officials are certain to fight after Monday's deadly bombing in Britain spurred fresh questions about U.S. security.

Since 2003, the Department of Homeland Security has doled out ...Read more

Trump's gift to at-risk Republicans? A budget they can bash

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump may have handed Republicans leery of supporting him a great gift: a spending plan that calls for deep cuts to some of the country's most popular programs -- and one they can rail against.

Indeed, it did not take long for congressional Republicans on Tuesday to distance themselves from the White House's $4.1 ...Read more

Trump's budget seen as 'slap in the face' to rural voters who elected him

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WASHINGTON -- Two of farmers' most powerful Republican advocates in the Senate slammed President Donald Trump's proposal Tuesday to slash crop insurance, warning those and other budget cuts would badly wound one of the president's most loyal constituencies.

Voters who live in rural areas gave Trump a 61-34 percent advantage over Democrat ...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

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

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

Lawmakers react to latest Trump-Russia bombshell: 'What now?!'

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WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers on Monday evening seemed resigned to yet another bombshell report suggesting President Donald Trump attempted to interfere with a federal investigation aimed at, in part, determining whether there was collusion between his campaign and Russia.

Though many had yet to read the potentially explosive article, some Democrats ...Read more

Supreme Court finds the GOP packed black voters into two North Carolina districts to help win more House seats

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina on Monday because they had been gerrymandered along racial lines, with Justice Clarence Thomas joining the court's liberals to form the majority.

The justices said North Carolina's Republicans had packed additional black voters into the two already heavily...Read more

Gorsuch dissents as Supreme Court upholds ban on big-money gifts to parties

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WASHINGTON -- New Justice Neil M. Gorsuch joined Clarence Thomas in dissent Monday when the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a Republican Party lawyer seeking to strike down limits on big-money contributions to political parties.

By a 7-2 vote, the high court upheld limits set in the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002.

The dissent by Gorsuch is ...Read more

 

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