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Trump says he’ll sign first-step China trade deal on Jan. 15
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Trump says he’ll sign first-step China trade deal on Jan. 15

The first phase of a U.S.-China trade agreement will be inked at the White House in mid-January, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday, adding that he will visit Beijing at a later date to open another round of talks aimed at resolving other sticking points in the relationship.

Trump’s Supreme Court search begins, with youth a key factor
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Trump’s Supreme Court search begins, with youth a key factor

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has already said he plans to pick a young Supreme Court justice who could serve for decades. But other factors will also be in play as the candidates are vetted: their ideological bent, their ability to win confirmation and even whether, according to a key...

Trump: ‘Stay tuned’ for news on Americans detained in NKorea
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Trump: ‘Stay tuned’ for news on Americans detained in NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hinting there soon may be an update on the three Americans being held captive in North Korea. Trump tweeted Wednesday: “As everybody is aware, the past Administration has long been asking for three hostages to be released from a North Korean Labor camp, but to no avail. Stay...

Report: Mueller gives list of questions to Trump’s lawyers
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Report: Mueller gives list of questions to Trump’s lawyers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller has given a list of almost four dozen questions to lawyers for President Donald Trump as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether Trump obstructed justice, according to a report published in The New York Times. The Times obtained a list of...

Roby, Sessions discuss blacklisting of border wall contractors
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Roby, Sessions discuss blacklisting of border wall contractors

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News Some American cities are an using an aggressive tactic to stop or slow construction of President Trump’s promised border wall: boycotting or blacklisting the construction companies who help build it. Already the cities of Austin, Texas and Berkeley, California have passed resolutions making it clear that any contractor who...

The Latest: VA pick denies claims he crashed car while drunk
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The Latest: VA pick denies claims he crashed car while drunk

By HOPE YEN, ZEKE MILLER and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Ronny Jackson had a pattern of recklessly prescribing drugs and drunken behavior, including crashing a government vehicle while intoxicated and doling out a large supply of a prescription opioid to a White House military staff member, according to a summary of accusations...

Mixed signals from Trump on VA nominee as allegations build
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Mixed signals from Trump on VA nominee as allegations build

By HOPE YEN, ZEKE MILLER and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — His nomination in peril, Veterans Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson fought to convince lawmakers of his leadership abilities as more details of accusations against him emerged, ranging from repeated drunkenness to a toxic work environment as he served as a top White House doctor....

In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as ‘very honorable’
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In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as ‘very honorable’

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Kim Jong Un wants a historic, high-stakes meeting as soon as possible and suggested the North Korean dictator has been “very open” and “very honorable,” a sharply different assessment of a leader he once denounced as “Little Rocket Man.”...

Senators considering a delay for VA confirmation hearing
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Senators considering a delay for VA confirmation hearing

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are discussing plans to delay the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s pick to be Veteran Affairs secretary over growing questions about the nominee’s ability to manage the government’s second-largest department. The hearing for Ronny Jackson, Trump’s White House doctor, is scheduled for Wednesday. Democratic Sen. Richard...

Pompeo nomination narrowly clears panel, goes to full Senate
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Pompeo nomination narrowly clears panel, goes to full Senate

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, avoided a rare rebuke Monday as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly recommended him, but the vote served as a warning shot to the White House as nominees to lead the CIA and Veterans Affairs are hitting...

Daily News Digest – April 23, 2018
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Daily News Digest – April 23, 2018

Good morning! Here’s your Daily News for Monday, April 23. 1. Surprise selection: Mackey will become State Superintendent.   Dr. Eric Mackey was selected to become Alabama’s next State Superintendent of Education. The State Board of Education voted 5-4 for Mackey over perceived favorite Jefferson County Superintendent and former Dept. of Education No 2 Craig Pouncey. This was a surprise...

North Korea to “denuclearize?” Not exactly.
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North Korea to “denuclearize?” Not exactly.

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed North Korea has agreed to “denuclearization” before his potential meeting with Kim Jong Un. But that’s not the case. North Korea said Friday it would suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of summits with the U.S....