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Trump missed mark in painting 'both sides' at rally as aggressors, some in Arkansas say

updated: 08/17/2017 10:22 a.m. Comments 10

After President Donald Trump painted "both sides" as violent aggressors in a deadly white-nationalist attack in Virginia, several Arkansas Republicans said Wednesday that they expected better from the nation's chief executive.

Trump's business councils disband

posted: 08/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon no longer has to weigh the pros and cons of remaining a member of President Donald Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum.

GOP leaders blast racial hate; few call out Trump over his remarks

posted: 08/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 16

NEW YORK -- The Senate's top Republican on Wednesday condemned the "messages of hate and bigotry" carried by the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists. But like other top GOP officials, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not criticize President Donald Trump, who said a day earlier that white supremacists don't bear all the blame for last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Va.

N. Korean's hesitance 'wise,' Trump tweets

posted: 08/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a "very wise" decision by opting to hold off on a missile strike near Guam, a U.S. territory that is home to a military base.

Insurers to receive subsidies; Trump cut threat is off for August

posted: 08/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The government will make this month's payments to insurers under the 2010 health care law that President Donald Trump still wants to repeal and replace, a White House official said Wednesday.

Suit says Nebraska prisons ‘inhumane’

posted: 08/17/2017 3:05 a.m. Discuss

OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union followed through on its promise to sue the state prisons system, accusing it of not taking significant steps to remedy what the group calls inhumane conditions.

Order to end alien 'parole' policy

updated: 08/17/2017 3:04 a.m. Discuss

The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday ended a program begun in 2014 that gave some Central American children and young adults who had failed to qualify for refugee status permission to enter the United States to live and work on a temporary basis, known as parole.

Two House districts illegally skew vote, Texas told by court

updated: 08/17/2017 3:04 a.m. Discuss

A federal court invalidated two of Texas' congressional districts on Tuesday, concluding that they violated the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act by diluting the voting power of minorities.

Birth-control access expanded in Oregon

updated: 08/17/2017 3:03 a.m. Discuss

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, on Tuesday signed into law what advocates called the nation's most progressive reproductive health policy, expanding access to abortion and birth control at a time when President Donald Trump's administration and other states are trying to restrict them.

Baltimore removes Rebel statues

updated: 08/17/2017 3:02 a.m. Discuss

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore's mayor said Wednesday that she was acting in the "best interest of my city" when she ordered the removal overnight of statues dedicated to Confederate heroes, days after violence broke out during a rally against the removal of a similar monument in neighboring Virginia.

The nation in brief

updated: 08/17/2017 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Army copter falls into sea; crew missing

Trump points to 'both sides' in deadly rally

posted: 08/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 38

President Donald Trump reverted Tuesday to blaming both sides for deadly violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va., and at one point questioned whether the movement to pull down Confederate statues would lead to the desecration of memorials to George Washington.

Insurer subsidy cut seen as costly

posted: 08/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade if President Donald Trump carries out his threat to end certain subsidies paid to insurance companies for the benefit of low-income people, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

Appeals panel voids Exxon pipe-risk order

posted: 08/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A federal appeals court panel has handed Exxon Mobil a victory in the oil giant's clash with the government over a regulatory order resulting from the Pegasus pipeline oil spill in Mayflower more than four years ago.

In apparent slip-up, Trump retweets post calling him 'fascist'

posted: 08/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

President Donald Trump appeared Tuesday to have mistakenly retweeted a message from one of his critics saying "he's a fascist," deleting his retweet after about five minutes -- but not before the message was sent to his 35 million followers.

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