Inside the Beltway: Donald Trump and Mike Pence: Power of the pushback

(link to post) There is still media hubbub over the moment some 48 hours ago when Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence walked out of an Indiana Colts game when team players took a knee and refused to stand for the national anthem. Critics called the brisk departure “a political stunt” and…

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Stock market ignores Donald Trump distractions, rallies on strong economy

(link to post) The stock market has rallied and roared since Americans for the first time sent a billionaire businessman to the White House, with the Dow Jones industrial average setting 62 record-high closings since the Nov. 8 presidential election. Nothing has seriously discouraged investors — not the most deadly shooting rampage in modern U.S.…

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American Miners Pension Act sparks regional divide in Congress

(link to post) The latest attempt to secure benefits for tens of thousands of retired coal miners pits Appalachia against the West, with battle lines drawn by region and not by party as Congress seeks to solve a looming crisis by pumping federal loans into failing pension plans. Last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers…

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American Miners Pension Act sparks regional divide in Congress

(link to post) The latest attempt to secure benefits for tens of thousands of retired coal miners pits Appalachia against the West, with battle lines drawn by region and not by party as Congress seeks to solve a looming crisis by pumping federal loans into failing pension plans. Last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers…

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U2's Bono asks Argentine president about missing activist

(link to post)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – U2’s lead singer Bono asked Argentina’s president on Monday about an activist who went missing after police cleared protesters from a highway more than two months ago. Bono said he spoke to President Mauricio Macri about Santiago Maldonado during a meeting in Buenos Aires and that he was…

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The Latest: Man defends question about US senator's daughter

(link to post) EASTON, Pa. (AP) – The Latest on a prosecutor’s decision to forgo charges against a man who asked U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey whether his daughter had been kidnapped (all times local): 6:05 p.m. A man who asked Republican Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (TOO’-mee) whether his daughter had been kidnapped says he…

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Pentagon budget divides Republican defense, deficit hawks

(link to post) Republicans are going to have to decide just how badly they want more defense spending. With the House and Senate on track to finalize a budget later this month, they are facing another round in the long-running fight between defense hawks, who say the Pentagon needs more funding no matter the cost,…

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Federal court strikes down tax benefit for faith leaders

(link to post) Religious leaders said Monday they’ll appeal a new federal court ruling that ends a housing allowance tax break claimed by clergy, saying it’s an unconstitutional benefit that only helps ministers and has no secular purpose. The decision by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb, a Carter administration appointee in Wisconsin, would end…

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Marsha Blackburn's campaign announcement pulled from Twitter: Report

(link to post) Twitter on Monday blocked Senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn’s campaign announcement video over comments she made about the sale of fetal body parts, The Associated Press reported. The Tennessee congresswoman says in the video that she “stopped the sale of baby body parts,” which the social media site said would “evoke a strong…

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A look at the president's immigration demands

(link to post)WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has unveiled a long list of immigration priorities he says must be included as part of any legislative package extending protections for young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. What the president is demanding from Congress: BORDER SECURITY -Construct a wall along the southern border;…

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