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    McCain blocks Defense nominees to get Afghanistan war info

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the influential Senate Armed Services Committee said Tuesday he’ll hold up President Donald Trump’s nominees for key Defense Department posts until the administration delivers details about its new strategy for the war in Afghanistan. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said his committee needs the particulars in order to properly outfit […]
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    18 states sue DeVos to get for-profit college rule restored

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of 18 states is suing the U.S. Department of Education over its decision to block an Obama-era rule designed to protect students from being defrauded by for-profit colleges. The gainful employment rule was supposed to take effect this year, but Education Secretary Betsy DeVos froze it until a new rule […]
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    Mississippi Sen. Cochran returns to Washington after illness

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Thad Cochran has returned to Washington after weeks in Mississippi, where he was being treated for urological problems. In a statement Tuesday, Cochran says he is pleased to be back in Washington, where he will continue to work on spending bills and vote on the budget later this week. The 79-year-old […]
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    Menendez defense testimony continues as Pence weighs in

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Testimony from defense witnesses in the bribery trial of Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez on Tuesday included a curious story involving the former governor of Florida and a zinger by a prosecutor that left jurors chuckling but earned an admonition from the judge. Earlier in the day, Vice President Mike Pence […]
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    VA seeks ‘narrow’ exemption to for-profit college ethics law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it would proceed with a narrow waiver to a federal ethics law banning employees from receiving benefits from for-profit colleges after dropping plans for a broader exemption. Under the new approach, VA employees who take classes or receive payments for teaching at for-profit colleges will […]
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    Grassley threatens Trump EPA nominees over biofuels mandate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator said Tuesday he may seek to block President Donald Trump’s nominees for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency unless the administration backs off a proposed reduction in the volume of biofuels blended into gasoline and diesel. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said he plans to speak with EPA […]
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    The Latest: Trump supports health insurers’ payment deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and health care legislation (all times local): 2:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is expressing support for an agreement struck by two leading lawmakers to extend federal payments to health insurers. Trump spoke at a news conference in the Rose Garden Tuesday with the Greek Prime Minister. He commented […]
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    Trump indicates Fed search down to 5 finalists

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is likely to make his selection for the next Federal Reserve chairman from five candidates, a group that includes current Chair Janet Yellen. “I would say within those five, you’ll probably get the answer,” he said when asked by a reporter if he is considering […]
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    Lawmaker: Higher-up told me sexual favors would help bill

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island lawmaker says a higher-ranking legislator told her sexual favors would allow her bills to go further. Democratic Rep. Teresa Tanzi told the Providence Journal that she’s among the many women who have experienced sexual assault or harassment. She declined to identify the person involved. Tanzi, who was elected […]
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    After IS collapse in Raqqa, US faces other extremism threats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The imminent fall of the Islamic State’s de facto capital leaves America a multitude of tasks to restore stability in the Middle East, starting with pockets of remaining IS resistance in Syria and Iraq. Then there are the more deeply rooted problems, not fixable by guns or bombs, that allowed extremism to […]