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House Republicans working to plan to avert another shutdown
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House Republicans working to plan to avert another shutdown

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is about to make a comeback — and a brewing budget deal could mean their return comes just next year. In the meantime, House GOP leaders are grappling with the need to pass legislation to avert another government shutdown at midnight on...

Bipartisan immigration bill surfaces, Trump knocks it down
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Bipartisan immigration bill surfaces, Trump knocks it down

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan immigration proposal surfaced Monday in the Senate, only to be quickly knocked down by President Donald Trump via Twitter. Firing back, one senator pushing the narrowly focused compromise said Trump’s “unconstructive engagement” has hurt congressional efforts to strike a broader deal. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and...

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Eufaula unveils fish monument

EUFAULA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is known for its unusual memorials and statues, and the city of Eufaula is adding to the list with a monument to a fish. Officials in the lakeside town on the Georgia border have unveiled a 12-foot-tall replica of a largemouth bass to celebrate its claim as the “Big Bass...

House Republicans release partisan memo on Russia probe
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House Republicans release partisan memo on Russia probe

By ZEKE MILLER, MARY CLARE JALONICK and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Friday released a partisan and bitterly disputed memo that they say shows surveillance abuses in the early stages of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia. The memo, prepared by Republicans on the House intelligence committee, says...

Trump: FBI, DOJ have ‘politicized’ probe in favor of Dems
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Trump: FBI, DOJ have ‘politicized’ probe in favor of Dems

By ZEKE MILLER, MARY CLARE JALONICK and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, dogged by an unrelenting investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, lashed out Friday at the FBI and Justice Department as politically biased as he prepared to clear the release of a classified memo written by Republican lawmakers who...

Alabama releases school report cards
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Alabama releases school report cards

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Education on Thursday released the first school report cards assigning letter grades to both schools and school systems for their performance. The cards are the resulted of a 2012 state law, patterned after Florida’s school report cards, that requires A-F grades for schools and school systems. Federal...

Trump will clear way for publication of classified memo
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Trump will clear way for publication of classified memo

By ZEKE MILLER, MARY CLARE JALONICK and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the strong objections of his own Justice Department, President Donald Trump will clear the way for the publication of a classified memo on the Russia investigation that Republicans say shows improper use of surveillance by the FBI, White House officials said...

Reaction to Trump’s immigration offer casts doubt on a deal
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Reaction to Trump’s immigration offer casts doubt on a deal

By ALAN FRAM and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s State of the Union offer of a “down-the-middle compromise” on immigration did nothing to move Republicans and Democrats closer to a deal, as Democrats accused the president of lacing his speech with racially charged remarks and Republicans dug in on their demands....

Trump promoting recent tax cuts during session with workers
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Trump promoting recent tax cuts during session with workers

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing the Republican tax package through Congress was only half the battle for President Donald Trump. Now that it’s the law, convincing Americans that it was a good idea is not just a political imperative but an economic one, too. To boost GOP prospects in the midterm elections,...

GOP Rep. Gowdy, former chair of Benghazi panel, to retire
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GOP Rep. Gowdy, former chair of Benghazi panel, to retire

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy added his name Wednesday to the growing list of committee chairmen announcing they will not seek re-election, saying this is the right time for him to leave politics and return to the justice system. Gowdy is chairman of the House Oversight and...