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DeVos pushes for ‘most ambitious expansion’ of school choice, but offers few details

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is proposing “the most ambitious expansion” of school choice in American history, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Monday while giving few details on how the program would work. “We must offer the widest number of quality options to every family and every child,” DeVos said in a speech in Indianapolis. “We stand on the verge ...

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U.S. to extend protections for Haitians for 6 months, but future remains uncertain

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Monday it will extend until January a humanitarian program that has allowed roughly 58,000 Haitians to live in the United States, but it is hinting that further extensions are unlikely. Temporary Protected Status was given to Haitians living in the United States after a 2010 earthquake devastated parts of that country. Haitians granted ...

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In Riyadh, Trump took a selective stand on extremism, sent a clear message to Iran

The Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not known for modest gestures. President Trump’s official visit this weekend included sword dancing, fighter jets trailed by red, white and blue contrails and three major summits set behind a gilded palatial backdrop. And on Sunday, all eyes were on Trump’s speech on Islam where he addressed leaders and high ranking officials from ...

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Senate confirms Iowa governor as ambassador to China

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick to be U.S. ambassador to China, sending Terry Branstad from the governor’s office in Iowa to the American Embassy in Beijing. Senators voted 82-13 Monday to approve the nomination of Branstad, who is in his sixth non consecutive term as Iowa’s governor. Among his most immediate and sensitive assignments ...

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Police: 19 dead, 50 injured at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK after explosion

0SHARESShare Police in Manchester, UK say 19 people are dead and about 50 injured after a reported explosion Monday night at the city’s arena, where pop star Ariana Grande was performing. The explosion led to mass panic among concertgoers and is being treated as a terrorist attack “until police know otherwise,” the Manchester Police reported on Twitter. Latest statement on ...

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Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget eyes deep domestic cuts

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation’s economic growth to balance the budget within 10 years. RELATED CONTENT Cuts to Medicaid, social safety net expected in Trump budget Trump budget prizes military buildup and sweeping cuts Trump budget ...

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Column: Veterans may be overlooking job opportunities in IT sector

Military veterans have a higher unemployment rate than nonveterans, according to federal statistics. One reason may be that when veterans seek civilian jobs, they often face stereotypes from hiring managers . But another set of stereotypes may come into play as well: Veterans fall prey to their own preconceptions about certain types of jobs, and miss out on promising opportunities. ...

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How Michael Flynn is using the 5th amendment

RELATED CONTENT Top Democrat says Flynn misled federal investigators about source of payments Senate panel subpoenas Michael Flynn for documents in Russia probe Former DOJ official explains why the Michael Flynn controversy is ‘incredibly unusual’ WATCH: Spicer says Obama made clear to Trump he ‘wasn’t exactly a fan’ of Michael Flynn WASHINGTON — The Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination being ...

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Cicadas strike back four years early. But why?

0SHARESShare If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, you’ve no doubt heard the buzz over cicadas this week — or perhaps the buzz of cicadas themselves. That’s because the region’s bugs are out and about in the region a full four years early. Cicadas emerge in what scientists call “broods.” The biggest brood, known as Brood X, wasn’t due ...

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As Trump delays health care decision, insurers seek stability

WASHINGTON (AP) — Uncertainty over the future of health care for millions grew deeper Monday as insurers released a blueprint for stabilizing wobbly markets and the Trump administration left in limbo the fate of billions of dollars in federal payments. At the federal courthouse, the administration and House Republicans asked appeals judges for a 90-day extension in a case that ...

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