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House struggles to unite behind bills to stem border crisis

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan is pushing ahead with votes on rival House GOP immigration bills, but neither appears to have enough support for passage, prompting President Donald Trump to take executive action Wednesday to stem the crisis of family separations at the border. Trump has said...


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GOP senator defends EPA chief, calls ethics allegations lies

EPA Pruitt

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator who had expressed concerns about Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt mounted an outspoken defense of him Wednesday after a face-to-face meeting, calling ethics allegations against Pruitt “outrageous lies.” Sen. Jim Inhofe, from Pruitt’s home...


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Trump meets with lawmakers about ZTE deal opposed in Senate

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met Wednesday with Republican lawmakers after the Senate moved to block a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. to buy component parts from the U.S. ZTE is accused of violating trade laws by selling sensitive technologies to North Korea...


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Senate blocks Trump plan to cut $15B in unused spending

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rebuke to President Donald Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday blocked a White House plan to cut almost $15 billion in unused government money slated for children’s health insurance and other programs. Two Republicans — Susan Collins of Maine and Richard Burr...


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1 In 5 Immigrant Children Detained During ‘Zero Tolerance’ Border Policy Are Under 13

The Trump administration has detained 2,322 children 12 years old or younger amid its border crackdown, a Department of Health and Human Services official told Kaiser Health News on Wednesday. They represent almost 20 percent of the immigrant children currently held by the U.S. government in the...


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The Latest: Texas governor seeks bipartisan border solutions

Trump Immigration Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on immigration legislation (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is asking Texas’ congressional delegation to find bipartisan solutions to immigrant children being separated from their parents after illegally crossing the U.S. border, saying,...


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Trump postpones Thursday's annual congressional picnic

Trump Congressional Picnic

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump postponed Thursday’s annual White House picnic for members of Congress, saying the “timing doesn’t feel right” given the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, where the government has been separating migrant children from families entering the country...


Business

Fed chair signals gradual rate hikes in tame inflation era

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Federal Reserve will likely keep raising short-term interest rates at only a gradual pace, Fed chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday, partly because there are few signs, so far, that the ultra-low U.S. unemployment rate is pushing up inflation. In a speech in Portugal,...


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Ivanka Trump stayed silent for days as border crisis mounted

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump, the presidential adviser who has billed herself as a “force for good” in the administration, remained silent for days as the firestorm over forced separations of migrant families consumed the White House. In a closed-door meeting with Republicans late Tuesday,...


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Clarification: Commerce Secretary-Russian Company story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In stories June 19 and 20, The Associated Press described the Russian company Sibur as a gas producer. The stories should have made clear that Sibur’s gas production is only one of its activities. It is a petrochemicals company that produces liquefied petroleum gas as well as...


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