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Trump Picks Conway's Husband for Key Post

George Conway was chosen to lead the office that has responsibility for defending the administration's proposed travel ban and defending lawsuits filed against the administration, the newspaper said. She also explained her "Bowling Green massacre" gaffe, a reference to a supposed terrorist attack on the Kentucky city that never actually happened, as a simple slip of the tongue.

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Tillerson Says State Department Spending 'Unsustainable'

Multiple reporters from numerous global, national and regional news organizations have traveled with the secretary of state for almost 50 years under administrations of both political parties, which believed their presence contributed to informing American taxpayers and foreign governments and publics about USA foreign policy .

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The Trump Administration's Four Most Heartless Statements About the Budget

This week, President Donald Trump released his new federal " skinny budget " proposal. During his campaign, Trump often brought up the care of veterans as a central priority. Among those opposed to the proposed cuts are Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Cuts include so-called "extramural activities", such as awarding STAR grants, which in the past have been awarded to universities for research involving sustainability, health, air ...

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Tillerson tells State Department employees that budget cut reflects new priorities

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is traveling around East Asia with only one reporter in tow, and the major media outlets are freaking out. Reuters also notes that McPike does not appear to be filing the pool reports that reporters traveling with the secretary typically file to inform colleagues about his activities.

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JC Penney releases list of 138 stores targeted for closure

The actual shutdown list released Friday included 138 stores . J.C. Penney is closing stores and distribution centers across the country, but it's retaining its lone Cayuga County location. "We are even more delighted for the store, its managers and associates - they are the folks who make a difference each and every day". J.C. Penney said the store closures represent about 13-14 percent of its store portfolio, or less than 5 percent of total annual sales.

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Obamacare Repeal To Cut Deficit, But Greatly Expand Ranks of Uninsured

And earlier this week the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office issued a report projecting that the AHCA would reduce the number of insured Americans by 14 million within two years and 24 million by 2026. "If we're going to repeal Obamacare , we're going to have to move to the floor", he said . Because of the Medicaid cuts and the erosion of Medicare that includes, we could end up in an even worse crisis than we were in before Obamacare passed.

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Trump budget would slash $300000 from Meals on Wheels of Syracuse

The NBC correspondent's slant emerged when he added, "It turns out, what they have to lose is at least $6 billion that goes to many programs that benefit those communities". White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney on Thursday defended the Trump administration's proposed deep cuts to social welfare programs." Meals on Wheels sounds great ", Mulvaney said during the White House news briefing, adding that "we're not going to spend [money] on programs that can not show that they actually ...

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White House fence jumper on grounds for 16 minutes before being caught

The events renewed scrutiny of the presidential security agency battered and castigated after a 2014 incident in which intruder Omar Gonzalez made his way deep into the executive mansion before being tackled by an off-duty agent in the East Room.

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Explosion flattens home in Washington, DC, suburb

Friday, sending debris everywhere, damaging surrounding houses and rousing frightened neighbors from their slumber. " There is collateral damage to several nearby homes ", he said. The debris field is so vast that a auto across the street was covered in pieces of insulation, and pieces of debris could be seen in nearby trees. Investigators discovered on Friday, after the explosion that there had been "unauthorized gas use" inside the structure since December 2016.

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United Kingdom raps White House over 'ridiculous' Trump spy claims

Sign up to our daily newsletter for your chance to win. "[Mr Obama] didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the Central Intelligence Agency, he didn't use the Federal Bureau of Investigation and he didn't use the Department of Justice, he used GCHQ ".

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Would ACA repeal mean no more reporting requirements? Don't count on it

The American Health Care Act would reverse progress and make many millions of children worse off by depriving them of the comprehensive and affordable child-appropriate coverage they are guaranteed today, jeopardizing their futures and also the nation's future economic and national security.

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USA apologizes to United Kingdom for Spicer's wiretap accusations

You should be talking to Fox . The President also stands isolated in Washington as leaders of the top Capitol Hill intelligence committees reject his unproven claims that former President Barack Obama ordered wiretaps on Trump Tower previous year.

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White House says Trump stands by claim Obama wiretapped him

He launched a kind of trial run for the White House in 2011 by embracing birtherism, laying the groundwork for his successful 2016 bid by aligning himself with the far right, talk radio wing of the GOP. There was an article, I think they used that exact term. Even now, as bipartisan agreement has emerged that no such thing happened, Trump has dug in, leaving Trump aides and allies fumbling for excuses and explanations - like that spying microwaves are apparently a thing, according to White ...

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Colorado Rockies represent in nail bitting WBC matchup with Puerto Rico

We won't be in midseason form in the middle of March. "This is a huge victory for our people, for our country", Puerto Rico designated hitter Carlos Beltran said. One of the biggest challenges World Baseball Classic managers face is trying to win while adhering to tournament rules like pitch limits and accommodating specific requests made by teams .

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Johnson among GOP lukewarm on health care overhaul

The federal government had pledged under President Barack Obama to pay the bulk of the associated costs, but Republicans said its long-term costs were unsustainable. Contrary to assertions by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, the report says there is no evidence that the newly insured in Kentucky are having trouble finding a doctor when they need one, nor have they had an increase in average out-of-pocket spending on health care since 2012.

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Perimeter defense key as Wisconsin Badgers look to upset No. 1 Villanova

Wisconsin's 13 three-pointers equaled a season high, and marked the fourth time in the past five games they've hit at least 10 three-pointers, all wins. For them to survive Seton Hall's challenge, this will only embolden the squad come NCAA Tournament time . And on a lighter note, Brown has gotten attention for his singing , notably performing the National Anthem solo before Badgers games and also with his family group, Shades of Brown .

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State teacher's union critical of Trump's budget

The children get a safe and enriching place to spend the afternoon and early evening, and their working parents get child care. The total education budget would be $59 billion. FSEOGs supply $100-$4,000 a year for students with financial need, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Neal Neal McCluskey, an education analyst at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, added that the proposed budget takes steps toward curtailing the role of federal funding in higher education.

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Winter weather advisory issued as snow, freezing rain and rain move in

We rise into the 60s later today with a mix of sun and clouds; a few widely scattered showers are possible near the Tennessee border, but most of the state will be dry. By Sunday , expect mostly sunny skies with highs in the upper 40s to near 50°. Mainly on grass and auto tops. Also: More rain for California . Small chance for a pocket of freezing rain.

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Audio of Paul Ryan Released by Breitbart

Ryan, who followed through on his promise not to campaign alongside Trump, went on to say he would not help his rival Clinton ascend to the White House. At the time Ryan made the comments, Trump was widely believed to have little to no chance of winning the presidency. As Marlow notes, Breitbart was indeed tough on Ryan well before the speaker turned out the first major piece of legislation of the Trump administration last week.

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Tillerson: Military action against North Korea 'an option'

US President Donald Trump's top diplomat said that any moves by North Korea that threaten troops in the South "will be met with the appropriate response". China's hardline conservatives "would love to have an excuse to go harder on the United States", he said. He calls for a "two-step" approach on North Korea, with talks leading to "economic unification" and ultimately "political and military unification".

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Don Berwick says passage of GOP health care bill would be 'disaster'

How could I defend the clinics? Forty-eight percent of the public say the plan would cut the number of people being covered, compared to one in five (18 percent) who say it would increase the number of people with insurance. The Congressional Budget Office notes that a 64-year-old man earning $26,500 would have his insurance costs go up more than eightfold, from $1,700 to $14,600 annually.

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A quick look at Texas Southern-UNC in the NCAA Tournament

When North Carolina played in Greensboro earlier this season - its only game in Greensboro this season, as it turns out - Williams referred to HB2 as "that stupid rule". UCLA? Assuming they beat Kent State, they have to take on Cincinnati. They are led by Zach Lofton , who averages 17.0 points per game. A matchup against No.

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Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: Jungle Gyms

Theaters are trying new and innovative ways to get people back into the seats, from full range dinner service, to more leg room and now: jungle gyms for kids ! Huh? Cinepolis hopes that "parents feel at ease and kids feel right in their element as they watch their new favorite film".

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US Policy With North Korea Ended - Rex Tillerson

In spite of his warning, US officials have stressed that while an ongoing review on North Korea policy includes military options, such contingency planning has been conducted for decades and that the preferred course is to press Pyongyang to abandon its weapons programs through increased sanctions and other diplomatic pressure, particularly on China.

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Two Montgomery County Students Charged with Rape of Classmate

Jose O. Montano, 17, whose address is unconfirmed, and Henry E. Sanchez, 18, of Bel Pre Road in Aspen Hill, were charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense, according to a news release issued Friday. Montano is being charged as an adult, but his photograph is not being released. They are being held without bond and will have bond review today at 1 p.m.in Rockville District Court.

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The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Prepare For A Massive Winter Storm

The heaviest snowfall rates were 7 inches of snow in one hour in Ilion, New York, 5 inches of snow in one hour in Burlington, Vermont and 4.5 inches in one hour in Highland Lakes, New Jersey. Despite the early warnings of the storm and sub-optimal flying conditions, hundreds were stranded and the ripple effect has caused approximate 1,600 flight delays across the country, according to CNBC.

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Republican healthcare bill would harm state finances: Moody's

Under the new bill, having health insurance may no longer be required. It also noted that two neighboring states that expanded Medicaid through an "alternative" approach, like Kentucky has proposed to do, have uninsured rates similar to the non-exemption states.

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Missing Oxford comma changes court ruling

The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of: (1) Agricultural produce; (2) Meat and fish products; and (3) Perishable foods. "There was no comma after the word shipment", said Young. The appeals court decision overturned an earlier district court decision. Augusta attorney David Webbert, representing the drivers, said in an interview Thursday that Judge Barron certainly "earned his paycheck" with this lengthy, erudite ...

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Police arrest suspect in shooting of 2 Detroit officers

Craig didn't give the officers' names, but said one had 20 years of experience and the other had four. Detroit Police Chief James Craig says there is a DNA match between a man in custody in the non-fatal shooting of two cops this week, and the shooting death of Wayne State University Police Sgt.

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House passes bill enabling gun sales to mentally ill veterans

The department reports the names of those veterans to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which adds them to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System - the national database that gun merchants are required to check before selling a firearm.

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Paul Ryan on Trump's claim: 'No such wiretap existed'

The latest to dismiss Trump's wiretap allegation was House Speaker Paul Ryan, who told reporters Thursday, "We've cleared that up, that we see no evidence of that". legal restrictions on monitoring USA citizens. Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Separately, newly released documents show Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, collected almost $68,000 in fees and expenses from Russia-related entities in ...

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Budget Director: Meals on Wheels 'Sounds Great,' But 'Not Showing Any Results'

He spoke out about his work with the Meals on Wheels program. The latest round of worldwide testing, conducted by the Programme for global Student Assessment (PISA) in 2015, ranked the USA 38 out of 71 participating countries in mathematics.

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Watch Fred Rogers fight for public broadcasting funding

Attacks on public media and the quality news programming it presents are to be expected from a president who believes the media is the "enemy of the American people ". This step is but the first in a long journey to decide funding levels for the federal government. Some conservatives have dreamed for years of the government getting out of the Big Bird business and forcing public broadcasting to find other sources of funding.

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Milpitas Man Who Jumped White House Fence Speaks To Reporter

Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran, 26, who had two cans of mace and said he had an appointment with his "friend" President Donald Trump, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for entering the grounds without permission. He was living in his vehicle, the sibling added, before calling Tran a "very good brother". CNN said a variety of detection systems surround the White House in overlapping zones, with most relying on infrared and microwave technology that is subject to occasional malfunction or ...

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Former Texas congressman Stockman charged with violating federal election law

He made an initial appearance Thursday before a federal magistrate judge in Houston. Stockman then allegedly funneled money back to himself through donations made by his employees, according to the affidavit. The donation was solicited for the objective of renovating a house in Washington, D.C., called the Freedom House. The affidavit also says a director for special projects and a special assistant in Stockman's congressional office were involved in violations of campaign finance rules.


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