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  • Trump administration lifts transgender student bathroom protections, citing legal confusion
    Wednesday - 02/22/2017 - 08:36 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration lifts transgender student bathroom protections, citing legal confusion.

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  • Conservatives welcome Trump with delight — and wariness
    Wednesday - 02/22/2017 - 06:54 PM

    With Donald Trump's presidential victory, the future of the conservative movement has become entwined with an unconventional New York businessman better known for his deal-making than any ideological principles.

    Some conservatives worry whether they can trust their new president to follow decades of orthodoxy on issues like international affairs, small government, abortion and opposition to expanded legal protections for LGBT Americans — and what it means for their movement if he doesn't.

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  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Mitch McConnell defends obstructionism
    Wednesday - 02/22/2017 - 05:00 PM

    Addressing a chamber of commerce meeting in his home state of Kentucky, the Republican said Wednesday that obstruction can be OK — as long as it has a purpose.

    The futile gestures that are going on in the Senate right now are our Democratic friends using every tool available to slow the process down for Cabinet confirmations, but they have no chance for success.

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  • House speaker getting firsthand look at US-Mexico border
    Wednesday - 02/22/2017 - 02:48 PM

    MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is visiting the Rio Grande valley for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall.

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  • Trump pick as security adviser is independent-minded
    Wednesday - 02/22/2017 - 03:58 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice of an outspoken but non-political Army general as national security adviser is a nod to pragmatism, but Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will serve a commander in chief with unorthodox ideas about foreign policy and an inner circle of advisers determined to implement them.

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  • AP FACT CHECK: Were hands of Obama-era border agents tied?
    Tuesday - 02/21/2017 - 07:03 PM

    President Donald Trump's press secretary made a claim about two agencies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection:

    Republican lawmakers and some ICE officials did complain that they were directed to ignore some immigrants found living in the country illegally if they didn't have serious criminal histories or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

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  • Trump administration working on trans bathroom guidelines
    Tuesday - 02/21/2017 - 05:10 PM

    The announcement alarmed LGBT groups and parents across the country who have urged President Donald Trump to safeguard Obama-era guidelines allowing students to use school restrooms that match their gender identity, not their assigned gender at birth.

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  • Deal reached over unfinished development tied to Trump aide
    Tuesday - 02/21/2017 - 03:45 PM

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — The remaining condo owner in a failed New Jersey waterfront development has reached an undisclosed settlement with a New York-based real estate company tied to Republican President Donald Trump's son-in-law.

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  • 1,000 protesters greet Mitch McConnell at Kentucky speech
    Tuesday - 02/21/2017 - 12:53 PM

    (AP) — Nearly a thousand people have crowded behind a chain link fence to try to catch Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's attention as he made his first stop on a tour of Kentucky during the congressional recess.

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  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump's view at odds with events of the week
    Tuesday - 02/21/2017 - 03:46 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the Washington week that wasn't, President Donald Trump's new administration whirred like a "fine-tuned machine," piling on big-league accomplishments at a pace never before seen.

    Immigration agents newly empowered by Trump's call to secure borders sent hordes of bad foreigners back home, validating a president who won the most lopsided Electoral College victory since Ronald Reagan.

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  • Revised Trump immigration order delayed until next week
    Wednesday - 02/22/2017 - 06:54 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is pushing back the release of President Donald Trump's revamped refugee and immigration executive order until next week.

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  • Ivanka Trump visits center for minority-owned businesses
    Wednesday - 02/22/2017 - 06:54 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump has expanded her research on economic policy with a visit to a Baltimore center for minority-owned small businesses.

    [...] attending were Linda McMahon, who heads the Small Business Administration, and Dina Powell, an assistant to the president and senior counselor for economic initiatives

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  • DNC race remains tight as energized Democrats combat Trump
    Wednesday - 02/22/2017 - 02:48 PM

    ATLANTA (AP) — Just days before Democratic activists pick a new party chair, the contest to head the Democratic National Committee remains fluid, as national leaders grapple with how to turn an outpouring of liberal protest against President Donald Trump into political gains.

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  • Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them
    Wednesday - 02/22/2017 - 02:48 PM

    From Maine to Montana, Democrats and their allies are spending this short congressional recess protesting elected Republican politicians who for the most part are trying to avoid the events that often turn into shouting matches.

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  • Evidence of rising anti-Semitism, but data mostly elusive
    Tuesday - 02/21/2017 - 07:03 PM

    [...] data is elusive, and the president's supporters note his family connection — a Jewish daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren — and his comments this week condemning hate and prejudice.

    Human rights activists and organizations are convinced that Trump's popularity and electoral victory created an acceptance into the mainstream of the "alt-right," an offshoot of conservatism mixing racism, white nationalism and populism, and along with it, anti-Semitism.

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  • State lawmakers fear backlash from giving themselves a raise
    Tuesday - 02/21/2017 - 05:10 PM

    Missouri legislators rejected an increase in January after sometimes heated debate, extending their streak without a pay raise to more than a decade.

    Norton described struggling with her children's college costs and having to put down extra money on a mortgage because her employment was only guaranteed for two years.

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  • Chafee blasts media over Trump 'onslaught,' metric coverage
    Tuesday - 02/21/2017 - 03:45 PM

    EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee defended Republican President Donald Trump on Tuesday against a tiresome "full onslaught" by the "mainstream media" — and says he can relate to the commander-in-chief's struggles.

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  • Trump pick as security adviser is nod toward pragmatism
    Tuesday - 02/21/2017 - 03:45 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice of an outspoken but non-political Army general as national security adviser is a nod to pragmatism, but Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will serve a commander in chief with unorthodox ideas about foreign policy and an inner circle of advisers determined to implement them.

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  • The Latest: CIA analyst says he can't serve under Trump
    Tuesday - 02/21/2017 - 06:42 AM

    Edward Price writes in an opinion piece for the Washington Post published online Monday that Trump's campaign rhetoric combined with some of his initial moves in the White House led to his decision.

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  • Trump Month Two: Talks on health care and on tax overhaul
    Tuesday - 02/21/2017 - 03:46 AM

    White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told The Associated Press that he expects a health care plan to emerge in "the first few days of March."

    On Sunday, White House advisers held a three-hour meeting on health care at Trump's South Florida club, their third lengthy discussion on the topic in four days.

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