First guilty plea, indictment of Trump aides in Russia probe
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First guilty plea, indictment of Trump aides in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a black Monday for Donald Trump’s White House, the special counsel investigating possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump presidential campaign announced the first charges, indicting Trump’s former campaign chairman and revealing how an adviser lied to the FBI about meetings with Russian intermediaries. The formal charges against a total … Continue reading

Trump declares US opioid emergency but pledges no new money
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Trump declares US opioid emergency but pledges no new money

WASHINGTON (AP) — In ringing and personal terms, President Donald Trump on Thursday pledged that “we will overcome addiction in America,” declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency and announcing new steps to combat what he described as the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. Trump’s declaration, which will be effective for 90 days … Continue reading

JFK files: Thousands released but Trump holds back others
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JFK files: Thousands released but Trump holds back others

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump blocked the release of hundreds of records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, bending to CIA and FBI appeals, while the National Archives came out Thursday night with a hefty cache of others. “I have no choice,” Trump said in a memo, citing “potentially irreversible harm” to … Continue reading

Trump portrays himself as aggrieved party in dossier matter
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Trump portrays himself as aggrieved party in dossier matter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for political research into Donald Trump that ultimately produced a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russia, The Associated Press has learned. Trump has called the material “phony stuff,” and on Wednesday he portrayed himself as the aggrieved party. The … Continue reading

How Trump tax plan would alter mortgage interest deduction
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How Trump tax plan would alter mortgage interest deduction

WASHINGTON (AP) — Each year, taxpayers subsidize America’s homeowners by roughly $70 billion, with the benefits flowing disproportionately to coastal areas with high incomes and pricey homes, from New York and Washington to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The subsidy for homeowners comes in the form of a deduction from their taxes for the interest … Continue reading

Illinois governor agrees to allow Medicaid for abortions
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Illinois governor agrees to allow Medicaid for abortions

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner ended months of speculation Thursday and signed legislation allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, a reversal of the first-term Republican’s stance on the proposal last spring. The Legislature, which is run by Democrats, approved the measure in May but delayed sending it to Rauner until … Continue reading

The Latest: Republicans unveil nearly $6 trillion tax cut
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The Latest: Republicans unveil nearly $6 trillion tax cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican plan to overhaul the tax code (all times local): 8:20 p.m. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have unveiled the first major revamp of the nation’s tax code in a generation. The sweeping, nearly $6 trillion tax cut would deeply reduce levies for corporations, simplify everyone’s brackets … Continue reading

“Don’t be afraid!” Pope starts campaign to promote migrants
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“Don’t be afraid!” Pope starts campaign to promote migrants

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday launched a two-year education campaign about the plight of migrants to counteract mounting anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S. and Europe, urging the world: “Don’t be afraid!” Francis posed for selfies, shook hands, kissed babies and hugged migrants at the end of his weekly general audience, teaching by … Continue reading

The Latest: Marc Anthony spits fire at Trump for Puerto Rico
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The Latest: Marc Anthony spits fire at Trump for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s criticism of protesting athletes (all times EDT): 10:50 p.m. Marc Anthony has some scathing words for Donald Trump, pleading with the president to forget about football and focus instead on hurricane-hammered Puerto Rico. Anthony tweeted on Monday night: “Mr. President shut the f— up about NFL. … Continue reading

White House, black college heads to meet amid strained ties
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White House, black college heads to meet amid strained ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday named a lawyer and former NFL player as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as the administration faces criticism from those institutions of promises unkept. Jonathan Holifield, who also writes and consults on the topics of innovation and inclusiveness, told … Continue reading