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Trump scores a victory in bicoastal battle over tax returns

Posted yesterday in National

President Donald Trump's efforts to keep his tax returns private played out on both coasts Thursday, with a California judge handing him an initial victory and his lawyers in New York City arguing that federal prosecutors there are trying "to harass" him by seeking the documents.

 

 

Trump says gun bill negotiations going 'very slowly'

Posted yesterday in National

President Donald Trump on Thursday poured cold water on prospects for a bipartisan compromise on gun legislation, even as Attorney General William Barr circulated a draft plan on Capitol Hill to expand background checks for gun sales.

 

 

Military to present several options to Trump on Iran

Posted yesterday in National

The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to President Donald Trump on Friday as he considers how to respond to what administration officials say was an unprecedented Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia's oil industry.

 

 

Key Senate panel approves $250M for election security

Posted yesterday in National

A key Senate panel on Thursday approved $250 million to help states beef up their election systems, freeing up the money after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came under criticism from Democrats for impeding separate election security legislation.

 

 

Imelda leaves 2 dead in Texas, others stranded and trapped

Posted yesterday in National

The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda that flooded parts of Texas left at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes during a relentless downpour that drew comparisons to Hurricane Harvey two years ago.

 

 

House OKs measure to prevent possible end-of-month shutdown

Posted yesterday in National

The House passed a short-term bill Thursday to prevent a federal shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30, and give lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to negotiate and approve $1.4 trillion for federal agencies.

 

 

US vaping illnesses top 500, Missouri man is 8th death

Posted yesterday in National

More than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, but the cause remains unknown, U.S. health officials said Thursday. An eighth death was also reported.

 

 

Melania Trump cuts ribbon on reopened Washington Monument

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First lady Melania Trump cut the ribbon Thursday as the Washington Monument reopened to the public for the first time in three years.

 

 

Oil price drops for second day despite heightened Gulf tensions

Posted 9/19/2019 in National

Oil prices retreated for a second day Wednesday even as the Saudi military blamed Iran for recent attacks to critical oil infrastructure and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the strike an "act of war."

 

 

Trump calls new border wall a 'world-class security system'

Posted 9/19/2019 in National

President Donald Trump signed his name on a newly constructed section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, calling it a "world-class security system" that will be virtually impenetrable.

 

 

'Deeply sorry' Trudeau begs forgiveness for brownface photo

Posted 9/19/2019 in National

Canadian leader Justin Trudeau's campaign moved to contain a growing scandal Thursday, following the publication of a yearbook photo showing him in brownface makeup at a 2001 costume party.

 

 

Striking workers question whether UAW leaders can be trusted

Posted 9/19/2019 in National

The strike against General Motors by the United Auto Workers is playing out amid a corruption scandal inside the UAW that has caused distrust of the union leadership among many rank-and-file members.

 

 

Imelda's deluge won't let up over Texas and Louisiana

Posted 9/19/2019 in National

Rain from Tropical Depression Imelda was still deluging parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday.

 

 

W.Va. sues over pelvic mesh implant after sales halted in US

Posted 9/19/2019 in National

West Virginia on Wednesday sued Johnson & Johnson over its marketing of a surgical mesh used to treat pelvic conditions in women after regulators halted sales of the device in the U.S.

 

 

Trump bars California from setting stricter fuel standards

Posted 9/19/2019 in National

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less fuel-efficient cars that create more planet-warming pollution.

 

 

Trump names hostage envoy O'Brien national security adviser

Posted 9/19/2019 in National

President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser.

 

 

Pompeo says US backs Saudi Arabia's 'right to defend itself'

Posted 9/19/2019 in National

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that America backs Saudi Arabia's "right to defend itself" after a weekend attack targeted the heart of its oil industry, comments coming after he described the assault as an "act of war."

 

 

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973

Posted 9/18/2019 in National

The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday.

 

 

US economy could shrug off oil prices if disruption is brief

Posted 9/18/2019 in National

The price of gasoline crept higher after a weekend attack devastated Saudi Arabian oil output, but if the disruption to global supplies is short-lived, the impact on the U.S. economy will probably be modest.

 

 

'Blood money'? Purdue settlement would rely on opioid sales

Posted 9/18/2019 in National

The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma would raise money to help clean up the opioid mess by ... selling more OxyContin.

 

 

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