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Budget outline passes in Senate; GOP aims to set up tax cuts

posted: 10/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Republicans controlling the Senate muscled their $4 trillion budget plan through the Senate, turning back successive attempts by Democrats to derail GOP plans for a tax cut later this year.

Alien's abortion blocked by court for now

updated: 10/20/2017 3:41 a.m. Discuss

A federal appeals court temporarily blocked a teenage illegal alien being held in U.S. custody from obtaining an abortion today or Saturday, but said the teen must receive court-ordered counseling from a doctor Thursday.

White nationalist draws boos

updated: 10/20/2017 3:39 a.m. Discuss

Students and other audience members booed self-professed white nationalist Richard Spencer as he gave a speech Thursday at the University of Florida, where the atmosphere was tense but mostly peaceful as police in riot gear kept watch.

Haley blasts Russia for 2016 meddling

updated: 10/20/2017 3:38 a.m. Comment 1

Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump's chief envoy to the United Nations, cast Russian interference in the 2016 election as "warfare" on Thursday, breaking from a president who has consistently downplayed Russian influence in American politics.

Health bill gets bipartisan rollout

updated: 10/20/2017 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Backers of a bipartisan bill that would preserve subsidies for low-income Americans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act introduced it Thursday with two-dozen co-sponsors, while President Donald Trump continued to equivocate on whether he backed the measure.

U.S. abortion rate down 25% since '08

posted: 10/20/2017 3:34 a.m. Discuss

While the U.S. abortion rate has fallen by about 25 percent since 2008, the procedure continues to be common with about 1 in 4 women having an abortion by age 45, according to a report published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health.

Son lost to war, Kelly defends call to widow

updated: 10/20/2017 3:32 a.m. Comments 38

John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, delivered an emotional defense of President Donald Trump's call this week to the widow of a slain soldier, describing the trauma of learning about his own son's death in Afghanistan and calling the criticism of Trump's call unfair.

2nd President Bush condemns nation's political tone

updated: 10/20/2017 3:28 a.m. Discuss

Former President George W. Bush on Thursday delivered a sustained rebuke of current national politics and political discourse, decrying nationalism, protectionism and the coarsening of public debate while calling for a robust response to Russian interference in American democracy.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/20/2017 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Up to 22,000 young aliens miss deadline

Names and faces

updated: 10/20/2017 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Actress Mayim Bialik says she's "truly sorry for causing so much pain" with her New York Times opinion piece that critics suggested put blame on women who've accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Bialik, 41, wrote in a piece published last week that she makes choices to be "self-protecting and wise," like dressing modestly and not acting flirtatiously.

In the news

updated: 10/20/2017 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Curtis Combs, 36, of Somerset, Ky., told police he expected to be arrested but went ahead and jumped a barrier on the outer perimeter of the White House dressed as the Pokemon character Pikachu in hopes of becoming famous in a YouTube video.

Trump pulls back support on health deal

posted: 10/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

President Donald Trump on Wednesday qualified his endorsement of a bipartisan Senate proposal to stabilize health insurance markets, even as the chief architect of the deal predicted that it would become law before the end of the year.

For 1st time, Dow index ends session over 23,000

posted: 10/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A day of modest gains on Wall Street resulted in more milestones for U.S. stocks Wednesday as the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 23,000 points for the first time.

At hearing, Sessions backs Comey firing

posted: 10/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey but declined to discuss private conversations with the president about the dismissal, frustrating Democratic lawmakers who asked pointed questions meant to link Comey's firing to a broader inquiry into Russian election meddling.

2nd judge blocks parts of U.S.' new travel ban

updated: 10/19/2017 3:59 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban, asserting that the president's comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban.






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