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Senate leaders’ budget deal faces opposition in both parties
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Senate leaders’ budget deal faces opposition in both parties

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders brokered a long-sought budget agreement Wednesday that would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years. But both Democratic liberals and GOP tea party forces swung against the plan, raising questions about its chances just a day before...

US adding air power, intelligence gathering in Afghanistan
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US adding air power, intelligence gathering in Afghanistan

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is shifting combat and intelligence-gathering aircraft to Afghanistan as part of an intensified focus on the Taliban, now that the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria is winding down, the commander of coalition air forces in Afghanistan said Wednesday. Air...

Senate leaders announce two-year budget pact
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Senate leaders announce two-year budget pact

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top leaders announced Wednesday they have sealed agreement on a two-year budget pact that would shower both the Pentagon and domestic programs with almost $300 billion above existing limits, giving wins to both GOP defense hawks and Democrats seeking billions for infrastructure projects and combatting opioid...

Daily News Digest – February 7, 2018
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Daily News Digest – February 7, 2018

Good morning! Man, was that rocket launch yesterday really cool, or what? This is your Daily News Digest for Wednesday, February 7.  1. Budget talks promising Congress appears close to passing another stop-gap spending measure to keep the government open. The House got the ball rolling last night by passing a Continuing Resolution that prioritizes increased funding for the military...

House and Senate pursue spending deals as shutdown looms
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House and Senate pursue spending deals as shutdown looms

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Buoyed by the sudden likelihood of a budget pact, lawmakers are on track to avoid a repeat of last month’s government shutdown — though President Donald Trump unexpectedly raised the possibility of closing things down again if he can’t have his way on immigration. “I’d love to see...

SpaceX’s big new rocket blasts off, puts sports car in space
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SpaceX’s big new rocket blasts off, puts sports car in space

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s big new rocket blasted off Tuesday on its first test flight, carrying a red electric sports car aiming for an endless road trip past Mars. The Falcon Heavy rose from the same launch pad used by NASA nearly 50 years ago to send men...

Houses passes ‘In God We Trust’ bill after lengthy debate
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Houses passes ‘In God We Trust’ bill after lengthy debate

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives voted to allow the phrase “In God We Trust” on public buildings, but only after debate went far off track. Black legislators on Tuesday accused a member of twisting history. In speaking for the bill, Rep. Arnold Mooney said the phrase is from the national anthem,...

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Alabama man accused of raping 5 year-old girl has been arrested

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an Alabama man who is accused of raping a 5-year-old girl has been arrested. An Etowah County Sheriff’s Office news release quotes investigator Brandi Fuller as saying 41-year-old Shelton Samuel Welch was arrested and charged with first-degree rape. News outlets report that jail records show he was taken into...

Ex-Miss America Mallory Hagan seeks Alabama seat in Congress
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Ex-Miss America Mallory Hagan seeks Alabama seat in Congress

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Former Miss America Mallory Hagan is running for Congress from eastern Alabama. The 29-year-old Opelika, Alabama, native announced her Democratic bid for Alabama’s District 3 seat during an event at her parents’ dance studio on Tuesday. Hagan was crowned Miss America in 2013 and until recently worked as a news anchor...

Alabama sued in transgender driver’s license case
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Alabama sued in transgender driver’s license case

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Three transgender individuals filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Alabama saying the state won’t allow them to change the gender listing of their driver’s licenses without proof that they’ve undergone surgery. The American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the plaintiffs, said the requirement to show proof of...

API: Using our tax breaks and bonuses for things that matter
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API: Using our tax breaks and bonuses for things that matter

By Parker Snider, Alabama Policy Institute “Crumbs”. That’s how House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi characterized the thousand-dollar bonuses and wage increases that companies are offering employees in the wake of federal tax reform. This description has, appropriately, come under attack. Walmart, Alabama’s largest employer, is spending around $400 million on employee bonuses. In fact, according...

Alabama AG files lawsuit against opioid manufacturer
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Alabama AG files lawsuit against opioid manufacturer

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of OxyContin and other opioids, becoming the latest state seeking to hold drug companies accountable for an addiction epidemic. Alabama Attorney General Alabama Steve Marshall filed the lawsuit in Montgomery federal court against Purdue Pharma, L.P. and its...

US trade gap hits $566 billion in 2017, highest since 2008
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US trade gap hits $566 billion in 2017, highest since 2008

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit hit the highest level in nine years in 2017, defying President Donald Trump’s efforts to bring more balance to America’s trade relationships. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade gap in goods and services rose to $566 billion last year, the highest...

Daily News Digest – February 6, 2018
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Daily News Digest – February 6, 2018

Good morning! Today is February 6, 2018 – 240 years to the day since France recognized the United States as an independent nation and became our first ally. Here is your Daily News.  1. Don’t freak out Rough couple of days on Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by more than 1,175 points yesterday – the largest...

US economy fundamentally strong despite stock market plunge
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US economy fundamentally strong despite stock market plunge

WASHINGTON (AP) — A wave of fear about inflation and higher interest rates has sent stock prices tumbling and raised concerns about corporate profits. On Monday, a plunge of over 1,100 points in the Dow Jones industrial average capped two days of losses that have erased the stock market’s gains for the year. Yet the...