Government and politics

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a doctor and former congressman, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, before a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing to outline the Trump Administration's proposals to trim the HHS budget. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 29, 2017 - 1:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is getting strong pushback from lawmakers of both parties over the White House's proposed cuts in medical research, public health and social service programs. Price also dodged repeated attempts Wednesday by Democrats to flush out the...
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos talks with Russ Whitehurst, senior fellow in the Center on Children and Families in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Washington. DeVos said her predecessor wasted billions of dollars trying to fix traditional public schools. (AP Photo/Maria Danilova)
March 29, 2017 - 1:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday accused her predecessor of wasting billions of dollars trying to fix traditional public schools and said that school choice was the way to reform the system. Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DeVos said that Arne...
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March 29, 2017 - 1:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court engaged in unusually detailed questioning Wednesday of the facts surrounding the brutal beating death of a woman about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the U.S. Capitol in 1984. The court is considering overturning the convictions of seven men who were convicted of...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2013, file photo, smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in Colstrip, Mont. President Trump's latest move to support coal mining is unlikely to turn around the industry's prospects immediately. Experts say the biggest problem faced by the mining industry today isn't a coal shortage of coal or even the prospect of climate change regulations, but an abundance of cheap natural gas. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
March 29, 2017 - 1:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order seeking to undo his predecessor's efforts to curb climate change, his administration has asked a federal appeals court to postpone ruling on lawsuits over Obama-era restrictions on carbon emissions. The regulations —...
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends the summit of the Arab League at the Dead Sea, Jordan, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Arab leaders are gathering for an annual summit where the long-stalled quest for Palestinian statehood is to take center stage. The summit is expected to endorse key Palestinian positions, signaling to President Donald Trump ahead of White House meetings with leaders of Egypt and Jordan that a deal on Palestinian statehood must precede any Israeli-Arab normalization. (AP Photo/ Raad Adayleh)
March 29, 2017 - 1:11 pm
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Arab leaders on Wednesday endorsed key Palestinian positions in the conflict with Israel — a signal to President Donald Trump that a deal on Palestinian statehood must precede any Israeli-Arab normalization. In a one-day summit, they relaunched a peace plan that offers...
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March 29, 2017 - 1:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate science and politics too often reverts into name calling and bullying, which can get in the way of real work. That was the only thing House Science Committee members, three scientists who often clash with mainstream science and a prominent climate scientist could agree to...
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This photo taken on Thursday, March 23, 2017, shows Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., as she speaks during her interview with the Associated Press at her congressional office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Waters has served in Congress for a quarter-century. Now she’s turned into the passionate voice of resistance against the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
March 29, 2017 - 1:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Maxine Waters doesn't expect to pose for a photo with President Donald Trump anytime soon. In fact, the California congresswoman plans to boycott any meeting, event, ceremony or public event with the president, at the White House or even in her home district of Los Angeles. "...
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FILE - In this July 27, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., takes the stage to speak during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Activist Brittany Packnett encouraged people to tweet under #BlackWomenAtWork Tuesday, March 28, 2017. It’s a response to O’Reilly’s comment Tuesday that Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters’ hair was a "James Brown wig." He later apologized. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
March 29, 2017 - 12:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't expect to see Rep. Maxine Waters anywhere near President Donald Trump anytime soon. The veteran California congresswoman has emerged as the passionate voice of resistance against the Trump administration, laying all politeness aside when it comes to Trump. She's called Trump...
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos talks to students at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, during an event to celebrate Women's History Month. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
March 29, 2017 - 12:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says her predecessor wasted billions of dollars trying to fix traditional public schools. DeVos says former Education Secretary Arne Duncan's signature $7 billion project targeting failing schools did not produce significant results. Therefore, she...
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March 29, 2017 - 11:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is helping present courage awards to 13 women from around the world. The first lady and top State Department official Thomas Shannon are presenting the awards in Washington. Mrs. Trump says the women are "true heroes" and "extraordinary examples" of finding the...
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