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

House to vote on $7.9B Harvey relief bill
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House to vote on $7.9B Harvey relief bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — With federal disaster reserves running out, the House is swiftly moving to pass President Donald Trump’s request for a $7.9 billion first installment of relief for victims of Harvey. GOP leaders also hope to use the urgent Harvey aid bill to solve a far more vexing issue: Increasing the U.S. debt limit … Continue reading

Trump criticizes London’s mayor, again
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Trump criticizes London’s mayor, again

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump for a second day lashed out at London’s mayor on Twitter in the wake of a deadly terror attack in the city. Trump tweeted Monday morning that London Mayor Sadiq Khan had offered a “pathetic excuse” and “had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement.” … Continue reading

Kushner ties to Russia questioned as Trump blasts media lies
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Kushner ties to Russia questioned as Trump blasts media lies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats on Sunday demanded to hear directly from top White House adviser Jared Kushner over allegations of proposed secret back-channel communications with Russia, saying the security clearance of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law may need to be revoked. Trump, having returned from a nine-day overseas trip, immediately railed against administration leaks, calling … Continue reading

Berlin Wall, 9/11 symbols offer message to Trump at NATO
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Berlin Wall, 9/11 symbols offer message to Trump at NATO

BRUSSELS (AP) — A U.S. president who wants to build walls is celebrating the collapse of one of the world’s most iconic barriers: the Berlin Wall. Donald Trump looked on Thursday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg unveiled two sections of the Berlin Wall that divided the German city until 1989, … Continue reading

AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates record while abroad
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AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates record while abroad

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s a new U.S. export: President Donald Trump’s exaggerations about his record. In his speech in Saudi Arabia on Sunday during his first foreign trip as president, Trump claimed to have accomplished record spending on the armed forces, even though Congress has yet to pass a budget that reflects his plans and … Continue reading

Trump avoids pointing to Saudis’ human rights failings
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Trump avoids pointing to Saudis’ human rights failings

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — As President Donald Trump opened his keynote address in Saudi Arabia, he lavished praise on the “magnificent” kingdom and “the grandeur of this remarkable place.” Then he made clear there would be no public lecture from America on Saudi Arabia’s abysmal human rights record. “We are not here to tell … Continue reading

The Latest: Comey to testify before Senate intel committee
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The Latest: Comey to testify before Senate intel committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign connections with the Russians (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day. The committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Sen. … Continue reading

Russians increasingly indifferent to Trump, US turmoil
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Russians increasingly indifferent to Trump, US turmoil

MOSCOW (AP) — While their country has become a daily source of headlines and political intrigue in the United States, most Russians are watching the drama over President Donald Trump’s relationship with Moscow with resignation, even indifference. Russian media, state-owned and private, chronicle Trump’s troubles matter-of-factly. Regular citizens generally care little about them. Many share … Continue reading