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U.S. EPA director visits Arkansas as part of push to rescind environmental regulations

posted: 07/20/2017 11:23 a.m. Comment 1

Scott Pruitt, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, visited Arkansas on Thursday as part of the office’s nationwide push to loosen federal regulations.

GOP majority leader urges senators to resolve disputes over health care bill

posted: 07/20/2017 11:10 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spurred Republican senators Thursday to resolve internal disputes that have pushed their marquee health care bill to the brink of oblivion. Yet Sen. John McCain's jarring diagnosis of brain cancer complicates the effort.

Trump expresses regret on AG pick; he rips Sessions, probe ‘conflicts’

posted: 07/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 17

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision "very unfair to the president."

9 Arkansans arrested at U.S. Capitol; senators’ offices scene of protests over efforts to repeal health law

posted: 07/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Arkansans flooded into the offices of U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton on Wednesday, urging the Republican lawmakers to preserve the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Try again on repealing health law, Trump tells GOP

posted: 07/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

President Donald Trump summoned GOP senators to the White House on Wednesday and told them that they must not leave town for their August recess without sending him an Affordable Care Act repeal bill to sign. Senators responded by vowing to revive legislative efforts that were scuttled twice already this week.

Justices permit refugee controls

posted: 07/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump's administration can enforce tight restrictions on refugees but left in place a weakened travel ban that includes grandparents among relatives who can help visitors from six mostly Muslim countries enter the U.S.

Deleted war-making debate irks senator

updated: 07/20/2017 3:55 a.m. Discuss

A House Democrat on Wednesday accused Republican leaders of underhanded tactics after a GOP-controlled panel stripped from a military spending bill her amendment to force a debate to give the president new authority for military action against terrorist groups.

GOP budget proposal opens rifts on panel

updated: 07/20/2017 3:54 a.m. Discuss

A key House panel on Wednesday divided along party lines as it slogged through a daylong debate over a Republican budget that would slash safety-net programs while rewarding the military with a $70 billion boost.

Vote-fraud panel meets as Trump casts states as sly

updated: 07/20/2017 3:49 a.m. Comment 1

President Donald Trump on Wednesday questioned the motives of states that have refused to comply with his voter-fraud commission's request for extensive personal voter information, suggesting they have something to hide.

Russian willing to testify; 3 Trump allies lined up

updated: 07/20/2017 3:46 a.m. Discuss

The Russian lawyer who met with President Donald Trump's eldest son during the 2016 election campaign said she's ready to testify before the U.S. Senate and "clarify the situation behind this mass hysteria."

Trump ends Syria arms link

updated: 07/20/2017 3:44 a.m. Comments 2

President Donald Trump has decided to end the CIA's covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials.

Truckers fret over NAFTA redo plan

posted: 07/20/2017 2:12 a.m. Discuss

President Donald Trump's White House this week released a first glimpse at its plans to "renegotiate" the North American Free Trade Agreement, but it did virtually nothing to assuage stress in the logistics industry that wonders how supply chains will be altered.

U.S.: Iran still top sponsor of terrorism

posted: 07/20/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Iran continues to be the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, the Trump administration said Wednesday in a new report that also noted a decline in the number of terrorist attacks globally between 2015 and 2016.

Supreme Court allows strict enforcement of Trump refugee ban but says grandparents OK

updated: 07/19/2017 4:35 p.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says the Trump administration can strictly enforce its ban on refugees, but at the same time is leaving in place a weakened travel ban that includes grandparents among relatives who can help visitors from six mostly Muslim countries get into the U.S.

At voter fraud panel's first meeting, Trump questions motives of states withholding info

updated: 07/19/2017 1:01 p.m. Comments 7

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday questioned the motives of states that have refused to comply with his voter fraud commission's request for extensive personal voter information, suggesting they have something to hide.

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