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                                House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., center, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., leaves a news conference after a GOP caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington today.

Dispute over health payments defused, spending bill on track

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                                House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., center, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., leaves a news conference after a GOP caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington today.
The White House and congressional Democrats today defused a tense standoff over payments for the working poor under the health care law, keeping a massive government spending bill on track just days ahead of a shutdown deadline. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS / APRIL 14
                                Protesters hold up signs outside a courthouse where a federal judge heard arguments in the first lawsuit challenging President Trump’s executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities in San Francisco.

What could be next for Trump’s sanctuary cities order

ASSOCIATED PRESS / APRIL 14
                                Protesters hold up signs outside a courthouse where a federal judge heard arguments in the first lawsuit challenging President Trump’s executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities in San Francisco.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 4:38 pm
President Donald Trump is lashing out at a judge’s ruling blocking his attempt to strip funds from “sanctuary cities” that don’t cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities, calling it “ridiculous” and vowing to go to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                President Trump complained that the government over the years has forced states and schools to comply with “federal whims.” He said the order will help restore local control over education.

Order seeks to limit federal role in K-12 education

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                President Trump complained that the government over the years has forced states and schools to comply with “federal whims.” He said the order will help restore local control over education.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 4:37 pm
President Donald Trump signed an executive order today that aims to reduce the federal government’s role in K-12 education. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The VA said in a statement today that the hiring restrictions were needed to “streamline VA’s corporate structure and administrative positions.” While President Trump’s budget blueprint calls for a 6 percent increase in VA funding, the memo indicated that the government’s second-largest agency was no different from other departments that needed to improve.

VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The VA said in a statement today that the hiring restrictions were needed to “streamline VA’s corporate structure and administrative positions.” While President Trump’s budget blueprint calls for a 6 percent increase in VA funding, the memo indicated that the government’s second-largest agency was no different from other departments that needed to improve.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 4:36 pm
Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector. Read More
COURTESY CNN MONEY
                                President Trump can withdraw from NAFTA — but he has to give six months’ notice. And it is unclear what would happen next. The law Congress passed to enact the trade pact might remain in place, forcing Trump to wrangle with lawmakers and raising questions about the president’s authority to raise tariffs on Mexican and Canadian imports.

Trump considers action on NAFTA ahead of 100-day mark

COURTESY CNN MONEY
                                President Trump can withdraw from NAFTA — but he has to give six months’ notice. And it is unclear what would happen next. The law Congress passed to enact the trade pact might remain in place, forcing Trump to wrangle with lawmakers and raising questions about the president’s authority to raise tariffs on Mexican and Canadian imports.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 4:13 pm
The Trump administration is considering a draft executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. Read More
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                                President Donald Trump speaks at the Interior Department in Washington, today, before signing an Antiquities Executive Order. The president is asking for a review of the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as “national monuments.”

Trump: national monuments a ‘massive federal land grab’

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                                President Donald Trump speaks at the Interior Department in Washington, today, before signing an Antiquities Executive Order. The president is asking for a review of the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as “national monuments.”

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 3:14 pm
President Donald Trump signed an executive order today directing his interior secretary to review the designation of dozens of national monuments on federal lands. Read More
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                                Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., second from right, boarded a bus on Capitol Hill in Washington, today, headed to the White House with other Senators to get a briefing on North Korea.

White House briefs Senate amid scary moment with North Korea

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                                Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., second from right, boarded a bus on Capitol Hill in Washington, today, headed to the White House with other Senators to get a briefing on North Korea.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 11:55 am
The Trump administration hosted senators for an extraordinary White House briefing today at a perilous moment with North Korea, marked by the unpredictable nation’s nuclear threats and stern talk of military action, if necessary, from the United States. Read More
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                                Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin took a question in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, today, where he discussed President Donald Trump tax proposals.

Mnuchin: Trump has ‘no intention’ of releasing tax returns

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                                Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin took a question in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, today, where he discussed President Donald Trump tax proposals.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 10:52 am
President Donald Trump “has no intention” of releasing his taxes returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said today, asserting Americans have “plenty of information” about the president’s financial matters. Read More
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                                President Donald Trump spoke at the Interior Department in Washington today. The president proposed dramatically reducing the taxes paid by corporations big and small in an overhaul his administration said will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class.

Trump proposes massive cuts in corporate, personal taxes

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                                President Donald Trump spoke at the Interior Department in Washington today. The president proposed dramatically reducing the taxes paid by corporations big and small in an overhaul his administration said will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 11:50 am
President Donald Trump proposed dramatic cuts in corporate and personal taxes today in an overhaul his administration asserts will spur national economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America’s middle class. Read More
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                                Softwood lumber is unloaded at Murray Brothers Lumber Company woodlot in Madawaska, Ontario on Tuesday.

Canadian leader responds to lumber tariffs imposed by the U.S.

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                                Softwood lumber is unloaded at Murray Brothers Lumber Company woodlot in Madawaska, Ontario on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned today that Canada and the U.S. could suffer a “thickening” border as the Trump administration imposes new tariffs on softwood lumber and trade tensions between the two countries escalate. Read More
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                                President Donald Trump speaks at Snap-On Tools in Kenosha, Wis. on April 18. Trump garnered the attention of the masses, in part, because he sounded different than what the public had come to expect from politicians.

Trump’s speaking style still flummoxes linguists

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                                President Donald Trump speaks at Snap-On Tools in Kenosha, Wis. on April 18. Trump garnered the attention of the masses, in part, because he sounded different than what the public had come to expect from politicians.
Campaign promises may have been reshaped and some self-imposed deadlines reset. But among the things kept intact in the opening months of the new administration is the unmistakably distinct style of President Donald Trump’s speech. Read More
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                                An executive order to review national monuments is one of a handful President Trump is set to sign this week as he tries to rack up accomplishments ahead of his 100th day in office.

Trump to order review of national monuments

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                                An executive order to review national monuments is one of a handful President Trump is set to sign this week as he tries to rack up accomplishments ahead of his 100th day in office.
President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as “national monuments,” an action that could upend protections put in place in Utah and other states as Trump tries to rack up accomplishments in his first 100 days. Read More
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                                House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 30.

Stalled health bill wins new support from conservative holdouts

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                                House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 30.
Several conservative Congressional holdouts on the stalled GOP health-care bill said they’re ready to sign on after revisions to the measure, potentially giving it a new lease on life, but a number of moderate Republicans said they’re still opposed. Read More
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                                Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin points to a member of the media as he answers questions during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Monday.

Trump to propose massive tax cuts for businesses

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                                Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin points to a member of the media as he answers questions during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Monday.
President Donald Trump plans to propose massive tax cuts for businesses big and small as part of an overhaul that he says will provide the biggest tax cuts in U.S. history. Read More
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                                A youth looks in March at a new, taller fence being built along U.S.-Mexico border, replacing the shorter, gray metal fence in front of it, in the Anapra neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the border from Sunland Park, New Mexico.

Top Mexican official calls US border wall a ‘hostile’ act

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                                A youth looks in March at a new, taller fence being built along U.S.-Mexico border, replacing the shorter, gray metal fence in front of it, in the Anapra neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the border from Sunland Park, New Mexico.
Mexico’s foreign relations secretary called U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to build a border wall an “unfriendly, hostile” act, adding today that it is a “bad idea” that will not accomplish anything. Read More
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                                Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y., accompanied by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., pointed to a reporter during a media availability after a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington today.

GOP drops U.S.-Mexico wall demands as spending talks advance

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                                Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y., accompanied by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., pointed to a reporter during a media availability after a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington today.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 4:04 pm
Congressional negotiators today inched toward a potential agreement on a catchall spending bill that would deny President Donald Trump’s request for immediate funding to construct a wall along the Mexico border. Read More
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                                Then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn spoke during a daily news briefing, Feb. 1, at the White House, in Washington. The White House refused to provide lawmakers with information and documents related to President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser’s security clearance and payments from organizations tied to the Russian and Turkish governments.

Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke law

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                                Then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn spoke during a daily news briefing, Feb. 1, at the White House, in Washington. The White House refused to provide lawmakers with information and documents related to President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser’s security clearance and payments from organizations tied to the Russian and Turkish governments.
President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee said today. Read More

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