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Donald Trump seeks to slash $5 trillion of spending in austere budget

The first look at the plan came in a " skinny budget " released in March - a document that received a tepid response from Congress . -Farmers: The budget plan would cut farm subsidies by $38 billion over the next decade. SNAP is the current version of what was once called the "food stamps" program. The formal budget is at best a blueprint that guides negotiations even when a popular president's own party controls Congress.

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Trump Budget Promises Balance in Decade, Relies on Deep Cuts

But their policy agenda has stalled as the White House grapples with the political fallout from allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election. But even taking all benefits from the poor and the working class wouldn't make a budget balance, particularly if Social Security and Medicare aren't chopped.

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Flood fears spread to Carolinas as rain pounds the South

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued. Heavy rain will be possible at times across the watch area. A wave of low pressure centered near the MS coast will move along the boundary and keep the rain going at least through the early part of the afternoon before it tapers off.

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Trump to Russians: Firing Comey Took 'Great Pressure' Off

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to lead the FBI's probe into the Russian Federation investigation earlier this week, two days after The Times reported that Trump had pressured former FBI Director James Comey to drop the bureau's probe into Flynn.

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Russia interfered in 2016 US elections: Former CIA director

The Kremlin has categorically denied the allegation. Comey was heading an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russian election interference and possible collusion with Trump's campaign, leading to accusations by Trump critics that the Republican president has sought to curtail the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry.

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Ex-CIA chief concerned over Trump campaign Kremlin contacts

Coats went on to say that he had "no awareness" of whether there was any process that occurred within the intelligence community to clear the sharing with Russian Federation, and he said the intelligence community has not assessed the impact of the release.

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Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney holds briefing

Trump's budget also faces a countervailing shift in public opinion. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney explained this problem away (with Trump in Israel) by asserting in a Monday night briefing that proposals in the plan to cut Social Security disability benefits don't count because they're not retirement payments.

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Intelligence Officials Refuse Trump's Request to Deny Russia Collusion

But the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who Trump fired two weeks ago, wrote detailed memos on his discussions with the president that were cited in the media reports . Trump has denied any wrongdoing, and ranted against the investigations into his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation repeatedly through a series of email rants, calling the probe a "witch hunt ".

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Finance committee won't take up UW budget

Before the freeze, implemented in Walker's second budget, tuition had gone up 5.5 percent annually since the 2007-08 academic year. They want to maintain a tuition freeze. At the conclusion of the session Darling told reporters that she expects the committee to take up the UW budget on Thursday. Be Civil - It's OK to have a difference in opinion but there's no need to be a jerk.

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Trump looks to move quickly on appointing new Federal Bureau of Investigation chief

Trump's administration - embroiled in a deepening crisis over the sacking and its shifting explanation of events - is interviewing the first candidates for the post on Saturday, US media reported. Trump spoke with reporters traveling with him on his way to give a commencement address at a Virginia college. But very well known, highly respected, really talented people.

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Trump's $4.1T Budget Relies on Deep Domestic Cuts

West Virginia, he said , would take an especially hard hit since so many Mountain State residents depend on federal programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ( SNAP ), Women-Infants-Children (WIC), Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and student loans .

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Manchester Arena bombing: Twisted terrorist hung Islamic State flag from roof

After meeting with her top security officials, prime minister Theresa May announced intelligence analysts had raised the United Kingdom terrorism threat level from "severe" to "critical"-the highest level- for the first time in a decade".

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Trump asked 2 U.S. intel chiefs to deny Russian Federation collusion

Multiple officials told The Washington Post that Coats and Rogers thought Trump's request was inappropriate. The anonymous officials said a senior NSA staffer documented Rogers' conversation with the president. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election. Mueller should get to the very bottom of allegations swirling around the current occupant of the White House, of course.

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Bill could turn back page, return power to Texas board of ed

But shifting demographics have given hopes to Democrats that they can one day turn the state to their column, which would alter the US political landscape. There was no debate on the House floor Tuesday night, as lawmakers passed it. Harold Dutton , D-Houston, said, shortly before asking his colleagues to open the House chamber doors so senators could hear their protest.

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Iran accuses USA of arming 'dangerous terrorists', spreading 'Iranophobia'

The Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the Syrian crisis should be resolved through peaceful means. Asked about Trump's summit with Arab leaders on Sunday, Rouhani said it was "just a show with no practical or political value of any kind". "You can't solve terrorism just by giving your people's money to a superpower", Rouhani said.

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Trump speaks to Moslem leaders

Drive them out of your holy land. US President Donald Trump held talks on Sunday with leaders of the oil-rich Gulf monarchies, a day after Washington told their arch rival Iran to dismantle its "network of terrorism". The secretary of commerce expressed surprise - and approval - at the lack of visible protests during President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia , despite the ruling monarchy's repression of demonstrations.

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3 of the most painful cuts in Donald Trump's new budget

Because, he insists, it will create economic growth. The Pentagon on Tuesday released details on the Trump administration's proposed $54 billion hike in defense spending, including proposals that boost programs in the Pikes Peak region.

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Trump Reportedly Pressured Intelligence Chiefs To Push Back Against Comey's Russian Investigation

According the Post's sources, who were granted anonymity, the president asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and Adm. Michael S. Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, to publicly deny any evidence existed that the campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

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Trump Administration Defends 'Taxpayer-First' Budget

Several GOP lawmakers also complained that the administration made little or no effort to consult with them before putting forward a roster of cuts that Congress would clearly find unacceptable. -New parents: The budget plan includes a new paid leave program for the parents of newborn children. The Trump budget leaves intact essential benefits to seniors-old age pensions and Medicare-but goes after programs like food stamps , Medicaid and Social Security disability programs.

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Former CIA chief says he warned Moscow over election hacking

Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress that USA intelligence found contact between Russian officials and people involved with the Trump campaign at a time in 2016 when the Russians were "brazenly" interfering in the presidential election.

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Key moments of Trump-Comey clash and what's come after

When pressed by Clapper about his remarks on internal attacks, Tapper asked, "Internally, from the president?" Minutes earlier, Trump issued his thinly veiled threat to Comey, an extraordinary development in the ongoing feud between the President and the agencies investigating alleged ties between his campaign and Russian Federation.

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Key benchmarks in President Donald Trump's budget

The proposed 2018 budget immediately came under attack by Democrats , and even some GOP allies deemed it a non-starter. Republicans are under pressure to deliver on promised tax cuts, the cornerstone of the Trump administration's pro-business economic agenda, which would cut the business tax rate to 15 percent from 35 percent, and reduce the number of personal tax brackets to three from seven.

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Chaffetz: 'I Hope' Trump Didn't Disparage Comey To Top Russian Diplomats

While he left open the possibility of running for governor of Utah in 2020, Chaffetz said he wants to spend more time with his family. Chaffetz was first elected to represent Utah's 3rd Congressional District in 2008 and quickly rose through the ranks to chair the powerful House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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Former head of Central Intelligence Agency says it knew of Trump team Moscow links

Brennan said that he first picked up on Russia's active meddling last summer and, in an August 4, 2016, phone call with Alexander Bortnikov , the head of Russia's FSB intelligence agency, warned him against further interference. The former Central Intelligence Agency chief said his meeting with Bortnikov was primarily focused on Syria, but that he also told the Russian official that Moscow's continued mistreatment of US diplomats there was "irresponsible, reckless, intolerable, and ...

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Poor and Disabled Big Losers in Trump Budget; Military Wins

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney defended the cuts in climate change funding, saying the administration wants to avoid the "crazy things" the Obama administration had done related to global warming. The media is relying upon Americans trusting them to report on the news. "That's the type of different perspective that we bring to the budget", he added.

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United States summons Turkey envoy for embassy brawl

They could see the protestors and their placards- and made a decision to "disperse them". Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham called the attack against protesters "brutal" and said that it's not something that will be tolerated in the nation's capital.

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Illinois Senate Dems approve plan for big tax increase

Senate Democrats added spending to a budget plan Tuesday to lure more Democratic support before voting to approve a $5.4 billion tax increase without a single Republican "aye". The Republicans made a "Facebook Live" statement Tuesday as Democrats in the Senate prepared to vote on a budget plan that could win approval without GOP votes.

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Senate Republicans consider steeper cuts to Medicaid

We must provide health care to the countless hardworking New Yorkers who can't afford coverage or costly procedures, and could be most significantly impacted by recent federal legislative efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Trump's first budget: Trillions in cuts

Trump is seeking sharp cuts in a variety of programs for the poor from Medicaid to food stamps and disability payments. The budget also relies heavily on assumptions that economic growth will soar under tax cuts and regulatory reductions that Trump has promised to deliver.

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College tennis: Virginia men's tennis wins third-consecutive NCAA championship

Aragone went up 40-30 with an ace before closing out Murray for the Cavaliers' fourth national championship in the last five years. A two-time SEC Player of the Week this season, Hudson turned in 16 overall singles victories this spring, including 11 at the No.

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High court ruling may give voter rights groups a strong tool

The Nation's Ari Berman noted yesterday, "T$3 hese GOP efforts are increasingly running afoul of the courts, who've now struck down GOP-drawn redistricting maps in Alabama , Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia - all states that previously had to approve their voting changes with the federal government under the Voting Rights Act".

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Richmond, VA, FBI head up for director's stop

President Trump made no mention of the controversy surrounding Comey's firing during a commencement address Saturday at Liberty University, a Christian school in Virginia. Trump's administration - embroiled in a deepening crisis over the sacking and its shifting explanation of events - is interviewing the first candidates for the post on Saturday, US media reported .

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Top official says US hasn't verified IS claim on Manchester

Coats' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee came one day after the Washington Post reported that Trump had appealed to Coats and National Security Agency (NSA) director Michael Rogers independently asking them to "publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election".

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Victorious Macron reminded of huge, immediate challenges

The incoming president appeared alongside Mr Hollande in commemoration of the end of the Second World War. France's election campaign commission said Saturday that "a significant amount of data" - and some information that was likely fake - was leaked on social networks following a hacking attack on centrist Emmanuel Macron's successful presidential campaign.

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Icy reception to Trump budget from fellow Republicans

Critics of Mr. Trump's budget, including a group called "Campaign to Fix the Debt", says these popular and expensive programs make up just more than half of government spending during the next 10 years. "We consider that to be a waste of your money", Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said of climate science funding during a March press briefing.


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