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Trump Signs Bill Imposing Sanctions On Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House officials say President Donald Trump has signed a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia. Two White House officials said that the president signed the bill Wednesday morning. The package of stiff financial sanctions against…

15 States Appeal EPA Delay Of Stricter Air-Quality Standards

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia are suing over the Trump administration's delay of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants. The states filed Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals of…

Trump Drug Commission Calls For Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's drug commission is calling on him to declare a national emergency to deal with the country's opioid epidemic. The commission sent an initial report to the Republican president on Monday saying the approximately 142…

Scaramucci Out To Give New Chief Of Staff 'Clean Slate'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says Anthony Scaramucci is leaving his job as communications director to give President Donald Trump's new chief of staff a "clean slate." That's according to a statement by the press secretary. Scaramucci "felt it…

US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta To Speak In South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is traveling to South Dakota this week to speak about workforce development. Acosta plans to attend Gov. Dennis Daugaard's Workforce Development Initiative workshop in Sioux Falls on Thursday. Daugaard says…

Senators Seek Tougher Law For Lobbyists For Foreign Govts

WASHINGTON (AP) - A group of Democratic senators is introducing legislation to crack down on lobbyists who fail to disclose their work on behalf of foreign governments. The legislation being introduced Monday would ensure the Justice Department has the authority…

Trump Swears In New Chief Of Staff Kelly

WASHINGTON (AP) -  President Donald Trump is swearing in Marine retired Gen. John Kelly as his new White House chief of staff. In an Oval Office ceremony, Trump predicts Kelly will do a "spectacular job." The president denies there is…

US: NKorea Launch Was An Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

WASHINGTON (AP) - The missile launched Friday by North Korea was an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, the Pentagon said, marking the second time this month Kim Jong Un has demonstrated a theoretical capability of striking a portion of U.S.…

House Passes $788B Bill For Military, Border Wall

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon. The 235-192 vote both…

New Deal Reached To Fix VA Budget Crisis After Vets Protest

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to fill a shortfall in the Department of Veterans Affairs' program of private-sector care. The plan also would boost core VA health programs,…

Senate Rejects Proposal For 'Obamacare' Repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-run Senate has rejected a GOP proposal to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law and give Congress two years to devise a replacement. Seven Republicans joined all Democrats Wednesday in a 45-55 vote defeating the…

Senators Criticize FBI, Justice In Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top Justice Department official is explaining why criminal prosecutions are rare for people who fail to register as foreign agents. Adam Hickey is a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's national security division. He…

Pence Breaks Tie, Senate Takes Up Health Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has voted to move ahead on health care legislation aimed at dismantling the Obama health law. The vote was 51-50 on Tuesday, a victory for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump. Last week,…

IRS See Big Drop In Identity Theft, Stolen Tax Refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS says it is seeing a big drop in the number of tax refunds being stolen by identity thieves after the agency teamed up with tax preparers to fight the problem. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said…

Senate GOP Showing Some Optimism On Health Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are showing signs of optimism that they'll be able to take up the health care bill. Senators and aides said talks were continuing that might win over enough Republicans to start debate Tuesday. The discussions involved…

Spicer Resigns As White House Press Secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House press secretary Sean Spicer is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision. One of those people said Spicer is quitting because of objections over the appointment of a new White…

State Trade Group Can Weigh In On Dakota Access Pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A judge deciding whether to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline while more environmental review is completed says he'll allow North Dakota's main energy trade group to weigh in. Judge James Boasberg might also allow some…

Trump Administration Pulls Health Law Help In 18 Cities

CHICAGO (AP) - President Donald Trump's administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage. Community…

Sen. McCain Diagnosed With Brain Tumor After Clot Removed

WASHINGTON (AP) - Arizona Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain tumor. The 80-year-old Arizona lawmaker has glioblastoma, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. That's where McCain had a blood clot removed…

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