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  • View in new window Trump tax plan could be good news for many, bad for d...
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dismissing concerns about ballooning federal deficits, President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed dramatic tax cuts for U.S. businesses and individuals - outlining an overhaul his administration promises will spur economic growth and simplify America's tangle of tax code rules.... Link
  • View in new window Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax re...
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters.... Link
  • View in new window Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on N...
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration told lawmakers Wednesday it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, as an extraordinary White House briefing served to tamp down talk of military action against an unpredictable and increasingly dangerous U.S. adversary.... Link
  • View in new window Americans offer hope, prayer in assessing Trump's 10...
    They are young and old: a high school student who can't yet vote, a Vietnam vet who did so proudly. They hail from all corners of the United States and very different walks of life: a "downhome boy" from Kentucky, a third-generation Mexican-American from Texas, a stay-at-home mom in Pennsylvania, an Iranian immigrant in Los Angeles.... Link
  • View in new window Trump tax cut: Huge, vague and likely mild boost for ...
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's team boasted Wednesday that its tax-cut plan would lighten Americans' financial burdens, ignite economic growth and vastly simplify tax filing.... Link
  • View in new window Here's what could be next for Trump's sanctuary citie...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- President Donald Trump is lashing out at a judge's ruling blocking his attempt to strip funds from "sanctuary cities" that don't cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities, calling it "ridiculous" and vowing to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.... Link
  • View in new window Family buy plane tickets for condemned inmate's daugh...
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Family members of a man whose death was caused by Arkansas condemned killer Kenneth Williams said they've forgiven him - and bought plane tickets so the condemned man's daughter and granddaughter could visit before his scheduled execution Thursday.... Link
  • View in new window Dispute over health payments defused, spending bill o...
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House and congressional Democrats on Wednesday defused a tense standoff over payments for the working poor under the health care law, keeping a massive government spending bill on track just days ahead of a shutdown deadline.... Link
  • View in new window Neanderthals in California? Maybe so, provocative stu...
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A startling new report asserts that the first known Americans arrived much, much earlier than scientists thought - more than 100,000 years ago -- and maybe they were Neanderthals.... Link
  • View in new window Reflections on a riot: LA recalls Rodney King 25 year...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dee Young remembers April 29, 1992, the way most Americans of a certain age recall Sept. 11 - it's indelibly etched in his memory as the day his world and that of thousands of others changed forever.... Link
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  • View in new window Trump's plan to slash business taxes seen as 'guidepo...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed slashing tax rates for businesses and on overseas corporate profits returned to the country in a plan that his fellow Republicans in Congress generally welcomed but viewed as an opening gambit. Link
  • View in new window White House readies order to quit NAFTA: administrati...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is considering a draft executive order to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, a senior Trump administration official said on Wednesday. Link
  • View in new window U.S. Congress may seek one-week funding extension to ...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress inched toward a deal to fund the government through September but was preparing to possibly extend a midnight Friday deadline in order to wrap up negotiations and avoid an imminent government shutdown. Link
  • View in new window Commander says U.S. may need stronger defense against...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. commander in the Pacific told Congress on Wednesday the United States may need to strengthen its missile defenses, particularly in Hawaii, given the advancing threat from North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs. Link
  • View in new window Conservatives back latest U.S. healthcare bill, obsta...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The conservative House Freedom Caucus came out in support of a reworked U.S. healthcare overhaul bill even though it would not fully repeal Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, the group said in a statement on Wednesday. Link
  • View in new window Trump seeks to shrink federal role in education with ...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to review the U.S. government's role in school policy, which supporters cheered as the first step in creating more local control in education and critics worried could lead to lower quality schools in poorer neighborhoods. Link
  • View in new window U.S. FCC chairman to propose reversing 'net neutralit...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed overturning the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others. Link
  • View in new window U.S. lawmakers look to Trump administration briefing ...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers want to emerge from briefings by the Trump administration on North Korea on Wednesday with something many think has been absent from the White House so far: a clear strategy for dealing with a major national security threat. Link
  • View in new window U.S. chief justice alarmed at Trump administration im...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts took issue on Wednesday with the Trump administration's stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for the government to strip people of citizenship for lying about minor infractions. Link
  • View in new window Venezuela death toll hits 29, protesters battle secur...
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan security forces fired scores of tear gas volleys and turned water cannons on rock-throwing protesters on a bridge in Caracas on Wednesday as the death toll from this month's anti-government unrest hit at least 29. Link
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