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Mnuchin says goal is to pass tax reform by August

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the administration is committed to getting major tax reform legislation through Congress by August. He predicted that President Donald Trump’s economic proposals will be able to boost growth significantly to annual rates above 3 percent. Mnuchin said that tax reform is the administration’s top economic priority and the goal is to have ...

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Lawmakers renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in America’s largest wildlife refuge. The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point. The field of white, he said, was all you could see each winter on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife ...

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As Trump eyes infrastructure, local leaders say save ‘muni bonds’

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Structures built with municipal bonds stand out in this city. There is the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, and new parking garages for a revitalized restaurant and apartment district. Sleek, futuristic water towers loom on the edge of town and new modern pumps hum at the water plant where the oldest structures date to 1906. Nationwide, the “muni ...

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U.S., Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors. There is no shortage of tension points as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly meet Thursday ...

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‘Post-election stress disorder’ sweeps the nation

Wally Pfingsten has always been a news junkie. But since President Donald Trump was elected, he’s been so anxious about the political tumult that even just having the TV news on in the background at home is unbearable. “It’s been crippling,” said the 35-year-old San Mateo, Calif., resident and political moderate who has supported both Democratic and Republican candidates in ...

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Conservatives learn dealing with Trump can be complicated

WASHINGTON — For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House. They finally have one, but they are not sure he’s really conservative. With Donald Trump’s presidential victory, the future of the conservative movement has become entwined with an unconventional New York businessman better ...

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Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that required schools to allow them to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, stepping into an emotional national issue. The administration came down on the side of states’ rights, lifting federal guidelines that had been issued by the Obama administration. Without the Obama directive, ...

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New EPA chief Pruitt cozy with fossil fuel industry, emails reveal

WASHINGTON — While serving as Oklahoma’s attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions, newly released emails show. More than 7,500 pages were released under court order Tuesday evening after an Oklahoma judge ruled that Pruitt had been illegally withholding ...

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Texas, Trump administration seek to delay voter ID hearing

AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Justice Department joined Texas’ attorney general Wednesday in asking a federal court to delay a hearing on the state’s voter ID law, the latest signal that the federal government might drop its opposition to the law now that Donald Trump is president. In the joint filing, the Justice Department and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ...

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Dakota Access pipeline protesters arrested as deadline to evacuate camp passes

Authorities have begun arresting opponents against the Dakota Access pipeline who failed to leave a protest camp by a government-set deadline this afternoon. More than an hour after the deadline, police started arrested people who didn’t comply with the order. It’s not immediately clear how many protesters have been arrested. RELATED LINKS Army Corps grants final permit to finish construction ...

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