Government and politics

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, right, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, prepare to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Defense Department's fiscal 2018 budget. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
March 22, 2017 - 11:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Congress should approve a formal authorization for U.S. military forces to fight the Islamic State in Syria. Mattis calls the Islamic State a "clear and present danger" and says he wonders why Congress hasn't acted already. He says an...
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Labor secretary-designate Alexander Acosta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 22, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
March 22, 2017 - 11:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Labor Department said Wednesday he won't allow potential political pressure from the administration to influence his hiring decisions and regrets he let that happen on his watch at the Justice Department. But Alexander Acosta,...
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March 22, 2017 - 11:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is wrestling with the topic of police shootings in a case where a California sheriff's deputies shot a couple during their search for a wanted man. The justices Wednesday heard arguments in a 2010 shooting involving Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies. The...
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Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma listen at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on women in healthcare, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
March 22, 2017 - 11:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican health care overhaul (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Republican Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas has opened a House committee hearing saying the health care overhaul that was signed into law seven years ago "has failed the American people." Sessions says...
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President Donald Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, to rally support for the Republican health care overhaul. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 22, 2017 - 9:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and House leaders revved up pressure Wednesday on balky conservatives and other Republican lawmakers as crunch time approaches on the party's health care overhaul bill, a drive GOP leaders concede they can't afford to lose. A day before the House planned...
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March 22, 2017 - 9:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will deliver the keynote address at Liberty University's commencement ceremony. Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. provided the details of the May 13 graduation ceremony in a statement Wednesday. Falwell was a close ally to Trump during his...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2008 file photo, R. Alexander Acosta talks to reporters during a news conference in Miami. Labor Secretary nominee Acosta is facing questions Wednesday, March 22, 2017, about how, exactly, he would back up American workers when his record, even at the agency, provides few clues. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
March 22, 2017 - 9:50 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's labor nominee is facing questions about how he would back up American workers when his record provides few clues. Alexander Acosta made a blanket pledge at his confirmation hearing Wednesday, but offered few details about whether he supports policies Trump...
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File- This Jan. 5, 2017, file photo shows Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La. speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Congressional Black Caucus plans to push President Donald Trump on the changing priorities of the Justice Department’s monitoring of police departments and cuts in education funding for college students in their Oval Office meeting, and say they won’t let their meeting turn into a publicity opportunity for a president deeply unpopular with their constituency. The Congressional Black Caucus’ leadership will meet with Trump on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the White House, and chairman Richmond said they plan to press Trump on several areas of interest to African-American voters. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson, File)
March 22, 2017 - 3:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Black Caucus plans to push President Donald Trump on the changing priorities of the Justice Department's monitoring of police departments and cuts in education funding for college students. The Congressional Black Caucus' leadership will meet with Trump on...
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File- This Jan. 5, 2017, file photo shows Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La. speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Congressional Black Caucus plans to push President Donald Trump on the changing priorities of the Justice Department’s monitoring of police departments and cuts in education funding for college students in their Oval Office meeting, and say they won’t let their meeting turn into a publicity opportunity for a president deeply unpopular with their constituency. The Congressional Black Caucus’ leadership will meet with Trump on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the White House, and chairman Richmond said they plan to press Trump on several areas of interest to African-American voters. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson, File)
March 22, 2017 - 3:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Black Caucus says it plans to push President Donald Trump on his budget priorities and other issues important to African-American voters in their meeting at the White House. They also say they don't plan to let this meeting Wednesday become a publicity event for...
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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner at the National Building Museum, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
March 22, 2017 - 3:50 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pitch on a polarizing Republican health care bill in the House amounts to a means to an end: a way to move on to what he calls "the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan." Backed by pro-business elements of his party, Trump has increasingly argued that the...
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