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Kentucky miners: Why won't McConnell and Paul notice us?

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WASHINGTON -- Retired coal miners wearing camouflage shirts were an unmistakable, recurring sight Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Yet to Kentucky's senators, they may as well have blended in with the woodwork.

Sen. Rand Paul walked right past them in the hallway. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't even look up from the Senate floor as they ...Read more

Trump and Republican leaders differ on a lower corporate tax rate

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is set to announce what he's calling a "tax reform and reduction" plan Wednesday, and the longtime real estate mogul wants to slash the corporate tax rate by 20 percentage points, from 35 percent to 15 percent.

Trump floated the idea of a 15 percent corporate tax rate during the campaign, but Republican ...Read more

Trump solemnly marks Holocaust 2 weeks after press secretary apologizes for Hitler comments

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump delivered a sober and uplifting speech Tuesday recognizing the Holocaust and emphasizing the need to speak out against evil, two weeks after his press secretary apologized for a series of awkward remarks about the dark chapter in Jewish history.

Trump struck a far more formal tone than usual, sticking ...Read more

Clerks for new Supreme Court justice know Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON -- The clerks who Justice Neil Gorsuch hired to help launch his Supreme Court career bring a wealth of experience from the political branches of government, including work on Capitol Hill, at the Justice Department and the White House.

That, in turn, could help guide Gorsuch on legal issues this term dealing with cases about the ...Read more

Trump White House touts achievements but downplays 100-day expectations

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WASHINGTON -- In the closing weeks of his campaign last year, Donald Trump laid out what he called a "100-day contract" with voters -- an ambitious flurry of administrative and legislative steps that he vowed would start the process of "draining the swamp" and protecting American workers.

With many of those promises as yet unfulfilled or ...Read more

Long a Congress power broker, Hal Rogers finds his clout waning

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Hal Rogers, long a Washington power broker, is suddenly politically mortal.

The Republican senior statesman from Kentucky relinquished his powerful perch as House Appropriations Committee chairman earlier this year due to term limits.

He wanted to become chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Instead he got the...Read more

Science takes a back seat in Trump's first 100 days

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WASHINGTON -- When a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011, the White House suddenly found itself confronting a nuclear crisis halfway across the globe.

Radiation was wafting from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and President Barack Obama needed to make immediate decisions: Should he evacuate U.S. ...Read more

Like predecessors, Trump avoids 'genocide' term on Armenian Remembrance Day

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday carefully avoided the term "genocide" in marking the slaughter of Armenians during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, following the lead of his Democratic and Republican predecessors.

Using diplomatic language remarkably similar to that deployed by President Barack Obama and others, Trump instead ...Read more

Trump tells astronauts to get to Mars 'at worst, during my second term'

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WASHINGTON -- "Station, this is your president, do you hear me?"

President Donald Trump spoke live for about 20 minutes Monday morning with a pair of astronauts at the International Space Station, including commander Peggy Whitson, who set a new record for accumulated time in space at more than 534 days.

Trump -- asking questions from the Oval...Read more

Ethics group questions Rep. Hank Johnson's help to candidate Jon Ossoff

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WASHINGTON -- A conservative-leaning ethics foundation filed an inquiry to the Office of Congressional Ethics on Monday asking it to look into Rep. Hank Johnson's use of official resources for the purposes of helping the Jon Ossoff House campaign in Georgia.

Johnson, himself a Georgia Democrat, posted links to stories about Ossoff and problems ...Read more

Texas death penalty case argued at Supreme Court could change appeals process

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WASHINGTON -- A Texas man who fatally shot a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother could avoid being put to death if the U.S. Supreme Court decides he had inadequate legal advice in his appeal.

The convicted murderer, Erick Davila of Fort Worth, argued at trial that he wasn't trying to kill the pair -- he was aiming for someone else -- and the U....Read more

Trump declines to use the word 'genocide' in describing Armenian deaths

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump prides himself on speaking bluntly on the international stage and, at times, breaking with diplomatic norms. But he continued a tradition Monday that has infuriated many Armenian Americans -- refusing to use the word "genocide" in describing the killings of more than 1 million Armenians at the hands of ...Read more

Trump's tax announcement is unlikely to provide many details

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump promised a "big announcement" this week on one of his signature issues -- tax reform.

But if you're looking for all the long-awaited details of his promised "massive tax cut" for businesses and individuals, you'll have to wait a while longer.

The White House now says that Trump simply "will be outlining ...Read more

State Department is promoting Trump's Mar-a-Lago in online blog post

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President Donald Trump's oceanside Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida has gained considerable airtime and tweet time since Trump took office and dubbed it his winter White House.

It now has official attention from the State Department.

The State Department's "Share America" website, which shares "compelling stories and images that spark discussion ...Read more

Top Dems blast Trump's first 100 days, border wall demands

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic leaders slammed President Donald Trump on Monday for a "parade of broken promises to working people" during his first 100 days, and said his demands for border wall funding in a must-pass spending bill have stalled talks to avert a government shutdown.

Congressional Democrats are planning a week-long barrage to counter ...Read more

Supreme Court: GM can't avoid defective ignition-switch lawsuits

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DETROIT -- General Motors can no longer avoid lawsuits from potential victims of ignition-switch defects that came before its bankruptcy because the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the automaker's appeal of a lower court ruling.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal from General Motors to keep a legal shield intact from its 2009...Read more

Trump seeks symbolic win this week as 100-day milestone nears

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WASHINGTON -- The White House on Sunday urged lawmakers to make progress this week on a high-profile issue such as health care or tax reform -- or at least to avoid the disruption and embarrassment of a federal government shutdown on Friday, a day before President Donald Trump marks his first 100 days in office.

But Trump's hopes for a tangible...Read more

Budget director says details of Trump tax plan won't be ready until June

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The White House will offer "specific governing principles" for its tax plan this week along with indications of what new rates would be, but a complete proposal probably won't be ready until June, President Donald Trump's budget director said.

Trump said in a Twitter post Saturday that tax reform and reduction would be announced this week.

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Trump plans rally in Pennsylvania for 100th day of presidency

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump plans to mark his 100th day in the White House with a "big" rally in Pennsylvania's capital city.

But there's a certain diversionary feel to his timing for the latest visit to a key swing state he won in defeating Hillary Clinton last year –– including that there could be a federal government ...Read more

Trump plans rally in Pennsylvania for 100th day of presidency

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump plans to mark his 100th day in the White House with a "big" rally in Pennsylvania's capital city.

But there's a certain diversionary feel to his timing for the latest visit to a key swing state he won in defeating Hillary Clinton last year –– including that there could be a federal government ...Read more