McCain issues veiled criticism of Trump’s Vietnam deferment

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain has issued a veiled criticism of President Donald Trump’s medical deferments that kept him from serving in the Vietnam War. In an interview with C-SPAN last week, McCain lamented that the military “drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that […]
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What can be done about the abandoned embassy next door?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The large building at the corner of 22nd and R streets in downtown Washington, D.C., sticks out like a wart in the otherwise upscale neighborhood. Plywood covers the windows, sleeping bags and empty bottles litter the shuttered doorways and head-high weeds sprout through the asphalt of the empty fenced-off parking lot. For […]
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Donald Trump Not Planning To Visit Korean DMZ

President Donald Trump will reportedly not visit the Korean demilitarized zone during his upcoming trip to Asia. Most U.S. presidents visit the DMZ to send a message to North Korea that the U.S. will stand by its allies and against the regime’s aggression. Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama visited the DMZ, but Trump will instead travel to Camp Humphreys, a military base just south of Seoul, the Associated Press introduced, citing White House officials.
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Tillerson makes unannounced side trip to Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan. The State Department says Tillerson visited Kabul for talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other senior officials to outline for them the Trump administration’s new South Asia policy. He also underscored the ongoing U.S. commitment to stabilizing […]
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Trump voting commission criticized for lack of transparency

President Donald Trump’s advisory commission on election integrity has integrity questions of its own — with some of its own members raising concerns about its openness. This past week, two members fired off letters to commission staff complaining about a lack of information about the panel’s agenda and demanding answers about its activities. That comes […]
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Falling pine tree in Rome crushes taxi, injuring driver

ROME (AP) — A pine tree has crushed a taxi in Rome, injuring the driver but leaving two passengers uninjured. The taxi was going through a piazza near the Tiber river on Monday when the tree fell on the vehicle. Branches struck two other cars but without causing injuries. Toppling street trees are a known […]
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SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Justices’ security focus of lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last month, Justice Stephen Breyer was confronted at a Washington-area airport by a reporter for a celebrity website who asked him about his favorite books and movies. In video of the interaction , Breyer looks mildly amused. The two men with him don’t. Those somber folks, his security detail, are the subject […]
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New York real estate developer buys Trump drawing at auction

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York real estate developer and former business partner of President Donald Trump has bought a sketch of the Empire State Building drawn by Trump for $16,000 at an auction. Elie Hirschfeld, president of Hirschfeld Properties, purchased the 12-by-9-inch black marker depiction of the iconic New York City skyscraper at […]
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Sen. Sherrod Brown: Steve Bannon 'Is A White Supremacist'

was right to call former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon a white supremacist, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) contended on Sunday.
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A Contest For Poetry Inspired By The (Not Particularly Poetic) Man In The White House

Nick Kristof runs a contest, and here's part of one response: "I’ve told myself my voice alone Won’t make a difference, but that I Should not interpret that: Don’t try."
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Senate presses ahead on $36.5B disaster relief package

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is pushing ahead on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would give Puerto Rico a much-needed infusion of cash. The measure also would replenish rapidly dwindling emergency disaster accounts and provide $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program to pay an influx of Harvey-related claims. […]
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Trump to press China on North Korea, trade on Beijing visit

By Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea and take other steps to pressure Pyongyang when he travels to China next month, a senior White House official said on Monday. Isolating North Korea further is a key goal for Trump on what will be his longest foreign trip to date.
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Mitch McConnell: Steve Bannon Backs Losers And Is Hurting The GOP

blasted Steve Bannon in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” saying the former White House chief strategist backs losing Republican candidates who are dividing and hurting the party.
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Congresswoman Wilson wants Kelly apology as spat with Trump endures

WASHINGTON  — A Florida congresswoman on Sunday asked White House chief of staff John Kelly to apologize for making false claims about her while defending President Donald Trump’s handling of condolences to a military family. Her comments and the president’s insulting tweets escalated a political fight surrounding the deaths of four service members in the African nation of Niger. This photo provided by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command shows Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an a...
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Stephen Curry, Jordan Spieth, others join Barack Obama for round of golf

Former president Barack Obama hit the links with Stephen Curry, Jordan Spieth and others over the weekend in Texas.            [Author: USA TODAY Sports]
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Former FBI director in Iowa: It’s for family, not politics

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey paid a weekend visit to Iowa, site of the first presidential caucuses. Cue the speculation. One of President Donald Trump’s best-known adversaries dined at a must-stop steakhouse for politicos and posed for a photo along a rural road with a neatly groomed field as a […]
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Hurricanes, tax reform could delay 2019 tax season

Where the heck has 2017 gone? The countdown clock over in the ol' blog's right column is steadily ticking away the time left until Dec. 31, the deadline for most moves that could affect this year's taxes. The Internal Revenue Service, however, has its eyes on November, which is just little more than a week away. The start of that 11th month effectively is the cutoff date for the federal tax agency to get ready for the next year's filing season. If the IRS can't get some certainty as to how to u...
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Lady Gaga Made A Surprise Appearance At One America Appeal, Helped Raise $31M For Hurricane Relief

Lady Gaga came alongside the five living, former U.S. presidents for an important cause last night: hurricane relief. As a surprise performer and speaker at the One America Appeal relief concert held at Texas A&M University, Gaga shared a message of unity and resilience which she echoed in an Instagram post.She wrote in her one of many posts supporting the concert, "It was an honor to be invited by these five living Presidents to perform and speak at this historic event where we put our differe...
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The Internet Is Loving That George W. Bush Made Barack Obama Laugh During Bill Clinton's Speech

"Bush pulling a dad move, cracking a joke to Obama"
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Otter urges end to sexual harassment amid lawsuits

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and first lady Lori Otter say they are working to bring awareness to stop sexual assault and harassment and are encouraging Idahoans to also step up in their efforts. The governor’s statement included support of the popular “me too” social media campaign in which men and women […]
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Right-wing: Italian votes ‘a lesson in democracy for Europe’

MILAN (AP) — The head of Italy’s right-wing Northern League party says twin referendums seeking more autonomy for two wealthy northern regions were “a lesson in democracy for Europe.” Matteo Salvini says Monday that the 5.5 million citizens in Lombardy and Veneto who voted for greater autonomy in the Sunday referendums are triggering a reform […]
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APNewsBreak: Review to confirm Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are preparing a recommendation for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to declare that “ethnic cleansing” is occurring against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. That assessment would raise pressure on the Trump administration and U.S. lawmakers to consider new sanctions on a country that had been lauded for its democratic transition. Tillerson could […]
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Note To FBI Criminal Justice

Twice last week I got visits from FBI criminal justice to exactly the same page. You see that, don’t you?  They are interested in you and what you’re doing.  What they should have been interested in is this. My words for you, chattering class and politicians, is that you are all a bunch of bitchy, cowardly, whiny, scared little chicken shits who would sell their own mothers, wife and children into slavery if it meant being accepted by the elitists.  You disgust me, one and all.  Furthermore, yo...
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What brought down the coal industry and will its recent recovery last?

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Republican candidate Donald Trump ran for office on a platform that included supporting the coal industry. His open embrace of coal mining gave hope to an industry that has experienced a steady decline in production and jobs since the mid-2000s. In 2016, coal production reached its lowest point since 1978, when the US population was only 70% of what it is today. Many observers and analysts of the energy sector have their doubts about whether coal will recov...
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Trump urges House GOP to move quickly on budget, tax cuts

By JILL COLVIN and ALAN FRAM WASHINGTON, D.C.  — President Donald Trump warned House Republicans on Sunday that 2018 would be a political failure for the GOP and disappointment for the nation if they fail on tax overhaul. A GOP aide familiar with the conversation said Trump told the lawmakers again and again that the party would have a steep price to pay in next year’s midterm elections if they failed to pass his plan. It would slash the corporate tax rate to 20 percent and double the standard d...
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EPA keeps scientists from speaking about report on climate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has kept three scientists from appearing at an event in Rhode Island about a report that deals in part with climate change. The New York Times reports EPA spokesman John Konkus confirmed on Sunday that agency scientists would not be speaking at the event Monday in Providence. […]
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Portugal steps up wildfire response as warm weather persists

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is beefing up its wildfire response by hiring another 17 water-dropping aircraft after forest blazes killed more than 100 people this year. With warm, dry weather stretching into the fall, the government says it is doubling its air fleet to 35 planes and helicopters. Troops were being deployed Monday to […]
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Trump urges House GOP to move quickly on budget, tax cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — House Republicans, with the urging of President Donald Trump, will strive to pass a budget this week so they can turn their attention to tax reform. Trump warned that action on tax reform is crucial to avoiding political failure in 2018. Trump on Sunday personally implored House GOP members on a […]
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Trump lawyer Cohen coming before House Intel panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer is scheduled to speak Tuesday with investigators for the House probe into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Sources familiar with the House Intelligence Committee’s probe say Michael Cohen will talk with them in private. The sources requested anonymity to discuss private workings of the […]
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Barack Obama couldn't stop laughing after George W. Bush whispered in his ear

All five living former U.S. presidents gathered at a hurricane relief concert in Texas to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria on Saturday night -- and the Internet can't stop obsessing about one moment between George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
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