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    Ex-Cheney adviser poised to be US representative for Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is expected to name John Hannah, a onetime aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, as its next special representative for Syria, two people familiar with the decision said Wednesday. Hannah, who was Cheney’s national security adviser, also worked in the State Department during the Clinton and first Bush administrations. […]
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    DeVos donates salary to education, special needs charities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokeswoman says Education Secretary DeVos will donate her nearly $200,000 salary to four charities focusing on education and special needs. Department spokeswoman Liz Hill said in a statement Wednesday that DeVos’ one-year salary of $199,700 will be divided evenly among the four organizations. One of the groups, Dreams Soar, works to […]
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    Trump shows willingness to raise fuel taxes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signaled his openness to a 25-cent fuel tax increase to help pay for his infrastructure proposal. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware said Trump told lawmakers in a White House meeting that he would be willing to provide leadership on such an increase. “To my surprise, President Trump, […]
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    Clarification: Melania Trump story

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — In a story Feb. 15, The Associated Press reported that Melania Trump visited with children receiving medical treatment at a private facility on the campus of the National Institutes of Health. The children live at the private facility but undergo treatment elsewhere at NIH. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights […]
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    Romney’s Senate bid to mark latest campaign over 2 decades

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney’s expected run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah will be his latest bid for public office since he first jumped into politics more than 20 years ago. Romney had planned to announce his candidacy Thursday but said Wednesday night on Twitter that he would delay it because […]
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    EPA chief says he flies first class due to security concerns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has broken months of silence about his frequent premium-class flights at taxpayer expense, saying he needs to fly first class because of unpleasant interactions with other travelers. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spoke about his flight costs on Tuesday in a pair of interviews in New […]
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    Despite complaints, Interior boss pushing big reorganization

    DENVER (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is pressing ahead with a massive overhaul of his department, despite growing opposition to his proposal to move hundreds of public employees out of Washington and create a new organizational map that largely ignores state boundaries. Zinke wants to divide most of the department’s 70,000 employees and their […]
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    Warren: ‘Never used’ Native American claim to advance career

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Wednesday that President Donald Trump is disrespecting Native Americans by referring to her as “Pocahontas,” and that while she does not claim membership in any tribe, she has never used her ancestry “to get a break” or advance her career. In a surprise appearance before the National Congress […]
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    Democrats negotiating with FBI on classified info in memo

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that he is continuing to negotiate with the FBI over the release of a memo packed with classified information from secret surveillance applications, but remains unsure if the White House will attempt to block its release. Democrats argue their memo, with as […]
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    Trump has chosen nominee to lead NSA, US Cyber Command

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has picked Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone to be the next director of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. Trump’s cyber adviser, Rob Joyce, announced the president’s pick in a tweet late Tuesday, praising Nakasone for having a strong background in cyber issues. If confirmed by the Senate, […]
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    Wellstone Action pushes out senator’s sons; they push back

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A liberal campaign organization dedicated to the late Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone is pushing out the senator’s two sons for what leaders said were differences in organizational vision. But one son countered that the board moved against them after they raised questions about possible financial issues. Wellstone Action told The […]
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    Trump-sought military parade could cost $10M-$30M

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House budget director said Wednesday that a military parade envisioned by President Donald Trump could cost between $10 million and $30 million, although that money is not included in the administration’s new budget request. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that estimates are […]
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    ‘Corporate capitulation’: Mercedes chided for China apology

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers lashed out Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz for apologizing in China for quoting Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in a social media post. Sen. Marco Rubio complained that many major companies “are increasingly prepared to toe Beijing’s line.” Rep. Chris Smith called it “corporate capitulation.” Last week, Mercedes-Benz issued an […]
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    Romney postpones announcement on Senate race after shooting

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney is preparing to announce a bid for Utah’s Senate seat held by retiring Orrin Hatch, a position some hope the 2012 GOP presidential nominee will use to continue his biting criticism of President Donald Trump. Romney, who once called Trump “a phony” who was unfit for office, is […]
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    The Latest: Cramer says oil tycoon would be finance chair

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on Rep. Kevin Cramer reconsidering running for a North Dakota Senate seat (all times local): 2:30 Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer says billionaire oilman Harold Hamm has agreed to be his finance chairman if he runs against Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in November. Hamm is the chairman of Oklahoma City-based […]
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