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                                White House budget director Mick Mulvaney speaks at the White House, in Washington. Mulvaney says that Democratic negotiators on a massive spending bill need to agree to funding top priorities of President Donald Trump, such as a down payment on a border wall and hiring of additional immigration agents.

Trump heads into tough week with budget, health care battles

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                                White House budget director Mick Mulvaney speaks at the White House, in Washington. Mulvaney says that Democratic negotiators on a massive spending bill need to agree to funding top priorities of President Donald Trump, such as a down payment on a border wall and hiring of additional immigration agents.
President Donald Trump heads into one of his most challenging weeks, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline, and readying for a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall. Read More
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                                U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with South Korea’s acting president and prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on April 17.

Amid North Korea crisis, Pence becomes Trump emissary abroad

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                                U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with South Korea’s acting president and prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on April 17.
As tensions rose on the Korean peninsula, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence became the top American official headed to the region after North Korea again failed to successfully launch a ballistic missile. Read More
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                                Lawmakers return to Washington this week to a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over his border wall.

Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

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                                Lawmakers return to Washington this week to a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over his border wall.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 10:06 am
Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Critics who want the law reformed worry that agencies use the foreign intelligence collection tool too loosely and sometimes in connection with domestic law enforcement investigations.

Senators seek data on Americans caught up in surveillance

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Critics who want the law reformed worry that agencies use the foreign intelligence collection tool too loosely and sometimes in connection with domestic law enforcement investigations.
A Democratic privacy advocate and libertarian-minded Republican are asking the nation’s top intelligence official to release more information about the communications of American citizens swept up in surveillance operations. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS / JAN. 8
                                Former President Barack Obama’s first public engagement comes as President Donald Trump nears his 100-day mark in office next week.

Obama to hold first public event of his post-presidency

ASSOCIATED PRESS / JAN. 8
                                Former President Barack Obama’s first public engagement comes as President Donald Trump nears his 100-day mark in office next week.
Former President Barack Obama will speak Monday in Chicago to young community leaders and organizers at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned. Read More
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                                U.S. Vice President Mike Pence waves as he gets into his car after arriving in Sydney, Friday, April 21, 2017. Pence will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday as part of his 10-day, four country trip to Asia.

Pence reaffirms U.S.-Australia alliance after Trump spat

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                                U.S. Vice President Mike Pence waves as he gets into his car after arriving in Sydney, Friday, April 21, 2017. Pence will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday as part of his 10-day, four country trip to Asia.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 8:38 pm
Vice President Mike Pence sought to reassure Australia on Saturday that the U.S. remains committed to the countries’ longtime alliance, as he tried to patch up relations that were left frayed when President Donald Trump got into a spat with Australia’s leader over a refugee resettlement deal. Read More
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                                Supporters of then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held signs, Oct. 27, during a campaign rally in Springfield, Ohio. The Trump administration insisted that “drain the swamp” is more than a throwaway catchphrase, yet in the last three months, the White House has become less transparent, hired scores of special interest players, raised money from lobbyists and taken no concrete steps to address campaign finance.

Trump secrecy moves threaten his ‘drain the swamp’ pledge

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                                Supporters of then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held signs, Oct. 27, during a campaign rally in Springfield, Ohio. The Trump administration insisted that “drain the swamp” is more than a throwaway catchphrase, yet in the last three months, the White House has become less transparent, hired scores of special interest players, raised money from lobbyists and taken no concrete steps to address campaign finance.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 12:19 pm
The leader of a bipartisan good-government group, Zach Wamp, headed to the White House last week to ask whether President Donald Trump’s “drain the swamp” slogan would ever be more than a throwaway campaign slogan. Read More
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                                Young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children can “rest easy,” the president said Friday, telling the “dreamers” they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, said his administration is “not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals.”

Trump tells young immigrants in U.S. illegally to ‘rest easy’

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                                Young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children can “rest easy,” the president said Friday, telling the “dreamers” they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, said his administration is “not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals.”
Young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children can “rest easy,” President Donald Trump said today, telling the “dreamers” they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies… Read More
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                                Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, left, and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took seats for a meeting at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel today.

Mattis: Syria still has chemical weapons

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                                Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, left, and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took seats for a meeting at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel today.
Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel today, warning against the banned munitions being used again. Read More
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                                Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally for Omaha Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello today in Omaha, Neb. Sanders, who attracted millions of college-aged and young adults to his presidential campaign last year, is following through on a promise he made when he left the race: to promote younger leaders for the Democratic Party.

Sanders backs party youth to remake Democrats

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                                Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally for Omaha Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello today in Omaha, Neb. Sanders, who attracted millions of college-aged and young adults to his presidential campaign last year, is following through on a promise he made when he left the race: to promote younger leaders for the Democratic Party.

Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm
Bernie Sanders, who attracted millions of college-aged and young adults to his presidential campaign last year, is following through on a promise he made when he left the race: to promote younger leaders for the Democratic Party. Read More
FILE - In this March 16, 2017, file photo, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney speaks at the White House, in Washington. Mulvaney says that Democratic negotiators on a massive spending bill need to agree to funding top priorities of President Donald Trump, such as a down payment on a border wall and hiring of additional immigration agents. Mulvaney told The Associated Press on April 20, that “elections have consequences” and that “we want wall funding” as part of the catchall spending bill, which lawmakers hope to unveil next week. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file)

Trump budget chief: Spending bill must have money for wall

FILE - In this March 16, 2017, file photo, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney speaks at the White House, in Washington. Mulvaney says that Democratic negotiators on a massive spending bill need to agree to funding top priorities of President Donald Trump, such as a down payment on a border wall and hiring of additional immigration agents. Mulvaney told The Associated Press on April 20, that “elections have consequences” and that “we want wall funding” as part of the catchall spending bill, which lawmakers hope to unveil next week. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file)

Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 7:28 pm
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says that Democratic negotiators on a massive spending bill need to agree to funding top priorities of President Donald Trump such as a down payment on a border wall and hiring of additional immigration agents. Read More
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                                President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Kenosha, Wis. Trump, the “America First” president who vowed to extricate the U.S. from onerous overseas commitments, appears to be warming up to the view that when it comes to global agreements, a deal’s a deal.

Once critical of global deals, Trump slow to pull out of any

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                                President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Kenosha, Wis. Trump, the “America First” president who vowed to extricate the U.S. from onerous overseas commitments, appears to be warming up to the view that when it comes to global agreements, a deal’s a deal.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 7:23 am
The “America First” president who vowed to extricate America from onerous overseas commitments appears to be warming up to the view that when it comes to global agreements, a deal’s a deal. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2012
                                The sign for the Exxon Mobil Torrance Refinery shown in Torrance, Calif. Exxon Mobil is seeking permission from the U.S. government for approval to resume drilling around the Black Sea with a Russian partner, state-owned Rosneft.

Exxon seeks OK to resume Russian oil venture

ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2012
                                The sign for the Exxon Mobil Torrance Refinery shown in Torrance, Calif. Exxon Mobil is seeking permission from the U.S. government for approval to resume drilling around the Black Sea with a Russian partner, state-owned Rosneft.
Exxon Mobil is seeking permission from the U.S. government for approval to resume drilling around the Black Sea with a Russian partner, state-owned Rosneft, according to a person familiar with the matter. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS / JAN. 16
                                Contribution records from Trump’s inaugural committee show the president who railed as a candidate against the corrupting influence of big-money donors was only too willing to accept top-dollar checks for his swearing-in festivities.

Record: $107M in donations for Trump’s inaugural

ASSOCIATED PRESS / JAN. 16
                                Contribution records from Trump’s inaugural committee show the president who railed as a candidate against the corrupting influence of big-money donors was only too willing to accept top-dollar checks for his swearing-in festivities.

Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 4:59 pm
Big money from billionaires, corporations and a roster of NFL owners poured into Donald Trump’s inaugural committee in record-shattering amounts — to pull off an event that was considerably lower-key than previous inaugural celebrations. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS / APRIL 12
                                Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the media during a shared press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov following their talks in Moscow, Russia.

Tillerson declares the Iran nuclear deal a failure

ASSOCIATED PRESS / APRIL 12
                                Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the media during a shared press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov following their talks in Moscow, Russia.

Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared the Iran nuclear deal a failure today but left open the possibility the Trump administration will uphold it nonetheless. Read More
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                                Democratic candidate for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional seat Jon Ossoff talks with supporters at a campaign field office.

Runoff in Georgia House race could test Trump, opposition

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                                Democratic candidate for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional seat Jon Ossoff talks with supporters at a campaign field office.

Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 5:35 pm
A narrow miss by a Democratic newcomer in a conservative Georgia House district has triggered a high-stakes runoff that could test President Donald Trump’s influence and the limits of the backlash against him. Read More

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