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Ex-CIA chief Brennan concerned over Trump campaign’s Russian contacts

WASHINGTON — Former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday he was concerned about the number of contacts between Americans “involved” with the Trump campaign and the Russians last year. During his first public remarks since he left his post in January, Brennan told lawmakers he was so concerned about Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election and recruit Americans ...

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Top official says U.S. hasn’t verified ISIS claim on Manchester attack

WASHINGTON — The United States’ top intelligence official says the U.S. government has not yet verified that the Islamic State group is responsible for the attack in Manchester, England, but called the deadly incident a stark reminder of how serious the terror threat remains. “So it once again reminds us that this threat is real, it is not going away, ...

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WATCH LIVE: Democrats respond to Trump’s budget proposal

President Donald Trump has sent Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan that proposes to eliminate the deficit in a decade while protecting Social Security and Medicare. Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, along with Bernie Sanders and John Yarmuth, ranking members of the House and Senate budget committees, will respond to Trump’s budget at 12:45 p.m. ET today. Watch ...

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Trump administration asks judge to reconsider sanctuary cities ruling

SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration filed court papers Monday aimed at getting a judge to reconsider his ruling blocking the president’s executive order to cut funding from sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. The U.S. Department of Justice asked U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick for permission to file documents asking the judge to reconsider or ...

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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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