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Saudi Arabia, US funding 'terrorism' in middle East: Rouhani

Paris, which is at odds with Iran over the crisis in Syria , took one of the hardest lines against Tehran during negotiations between Iran and major powers in 2015, but has been quick to restore trade ties. The president added that "the issue of terrorism can not be solved through giving money to superpowers". And for those in the west looking for an Iranian version of Mikhail Gorbachev, it makes a nice talking point. Read More »

Trump accuses Iran of fuelling 'fires of sectarian conflict'

As president, he signed two executive orders meant to temporarily curb the United States' intake of refugees and nationals from select Muslim-majority countries, saying national security was at stake. In a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir, Tillerson urged newly re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to dismantle his country's "network of terrorism" and end "ballistic missile testing". Read More »

What Trump's budget would cut and boost

They say the Trump plan is unrealistic, because it calls for cuts in job training and other programs that would assist people in getting jobs. What Trump's critics ignore is that the federal budget as it stands is out of control, with chronic long-term deficits and an unsustainable level of debt - which has been the repeated warning from the Congressional Budget Office . Read More »

Trump sought to discount FBI probe

According the Post's sources, who were granted anonymity, the president asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and Adm. Michael S. Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, to publicly deny any evidence existed that the campaign colluded with Russian Federation. Read More »

Icy reception to Trump budget from fellow Republicans

The White House budget documents showed total defence spending for the 2018 fiscal year at $603 billion, about 3 per cent higher than President Barack Obama's proposed 2018 fiscal year defence budget. The food stamp program serves about 42 million people. If you're on disability insurance and you're not supposed to be - if you're not truly disabled, we need you to go back to work. Read More »

Former CIA chief John Brennan says he warned Moscow over election hacking

Former CIA Director John Brennan testified Tuesday in a U.S. House hearing that Russian Federation "brazenly interfered" in the 2016 presidential election and publicly acknowledged for the first time concern about the influence. MARGARET WARNER: On the broader issue of Russia's foreign election activity, DNI Coats said he's seen evidence of Moscow meddling in campaigns this year in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation director replacement process to 'go quickly,' Trump pledges


President Trump counts on the existence of powerful conservative news outlets that have the capacity and the will to counteract damaging news stories about what he has done. May 16, 2017: A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Comey wrote a memo after the February 14 meeting with the president that said Trump had asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into Flynn. Read More »

Trump's budget would drastically slash foreign aid

For instance, the Trump budget plan continues to project revenues collected from the estate tax , a tax on estate transfers of over $5.5 million that Trump wants to eliminate entirely. The budget also includes $2.6 billion to build a border wall. Instead, the US taxpayer will foot the bill. The announcement surprised oil markets, and briefly pulled down US crude prices. Read More »

Chaffetz will resign, raising doubts about Trump probe


Chaffetz acknowledged the speculation but insisted to reporters that "the overwhelming driving force" of his resignation was a desire to spend more time with family as he realized he was in a mid-life crisis. The Republican says he hasn't yet spoken to fired FBI Director James Comey about his invitation for Comey to testify next week at an oversight committee hearing. Read More »

Russians "brazenly interfered" in elections — Former CIA Director

You said that those contacts might have been benign, might not have been, but they rose to the level of indicating that they need to be reviewed for their nature and looking into an investigation. Later on in his testimony , Brennan provided a longer explanation on how someone could be working with Russian Federation without knowing it, saying he had seen it "manifest in many different of our counterintelligence cases". Read More »

Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military

That is only 3 percent more than former President Barack Obama had sought in his long-term budget plan . Chuck Schumer of NY, asserted that the Trump budget was a betrayal of the president's voters. In keeping with his campaign promise, Mr. Trump would leave core Social Security benefits and Medicare untouched. Without the juiced-up growth projections, Trump's plan would be nearly $500 billion in the red instead of sporting a small surplus in 2027, the target year. Read More »

Erdogan Bodyguards Fight Protesters Outside Embassy


Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a statement to reporters alongside U.S President Donald Trump after their meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. Senior lawmaker Edward Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee , wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - who himself ignored a question about the brawl at a media photo opportunity. Read More »

Illinois Senate Approves Tax Hike, $37B Budget Plan


The state's backlog of unpaid bills hit almost $14.4 billion on Tuesday, according to the state comptroller's office. He explains that there are two buckets of decisions to be made: the mix of revenues and spending cuts, and policy reforms, which include "a property tax freeze, workman's compensation... Read More »

Health care, A human right or a market function?

This would occur while awarding a massive tax cut to the wealthiest of Americans. The plan being pushed by lawmakers such as Mike Lee (R., Utah) is likely to face resistance from centrist GOP senators who are already concerned a health-overhaul bill passed by House Republicans would leave too many people uninsured. Read More »

Trump budget promises balance in decade, relies on deep cuts


Food Stamps: Trump wants to cut $192 billion from the federal food stamp program over the coming decade, the Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that has been critically important to low-income and working-poor families, especially during tough recessionary times. Read More »

Israeli MP stokes jokes and anger with Trump selfie


President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned a deadly attack at a pop concert in Manchester, England as the act of "evil losers" and called on nations to band together to fight terrorism. Jalameh checkpoint in the north of the West Bank. Trump said that after their 2015 deal, Iranians thought they could do what they want, but he specifically told Netanyahu that it won't happen. Read More »

Virginia Spoils UNC's National Championship Dreams in NCAA Men's Tennis Final


Shankle, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Most Improved Senior national award recipient, brings a nine-match winning streak into NCAA Championship play. We have so much respect for them. Altamirano won his match over Soendergaard 6-3, 6-1 on court 4 to give Virginia a 3-1 lead. The Cavaliers would then do just that, as J.C. Read More »

Voting Districts in North Carolina Unconstitutional


The lawmakers said they had tried to comply with the Voting Rights Act, which in some settings requires that black voters be concentrated in numbers sufficient to provide them an opportunity to elect their preferred candidates. The Supreme Court affirmed that ruling. "Although States enjoy leeway to take race-based actions reasonably judged necessary under a proper interpretation of the Voting Rights Act, that latitude can not rescue District 1", Kagan said in the opinion of the court. Read More »

Mueller cleared by US ethics experts to head Russia probe


In the newest report suggesting the White House sought to tamp down the Russian Federation probe, the Post said Trump urged National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to publicly deny any evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation during last year's presidential election. Read More »

French elections: Big capital tops Le Pen as many opt out


The poor result triggered a fierce debate within the party on the opportunity of sticking to the left platform defended by Mr Hamon, or to switch back to the more centrist views of Mr Valls and his allies. That would force Macron, who will be inaugurated on Sunday, to share power with them in what is known as a "cohabitation" in France . Macron, a former economy minister, has proposed an ambitious domestic reform agenda. Read More »

Trump budget proposal would dramatically cut foreign aid

Over 10 years, Trump's new budget would cut $193 billion out of food stamps - a 25 percent reduction in a program that helps 43 million people afford to eat. The budget relies on faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs for the poor in a bid to balance the government's books over the next decade. Read More »

Texas House passes 'bathroom bill' for public schools, charters

If a transgender student didn't want to use the room, the school would be required to offer a single-occupancy facility the student could use provided no one else was in the facility. Greg Abbott to call a special session. Texas state politicians claimed that the bill, which resembles the contentious but (partially) repealed North Carolina bathroom bill , is not meant to be discriminatory. Read More »

'Evil losers' carried out deadly Manchester attack


President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned the " evil losers " responsible for a suicide attack on concert-goers in England and called on Middle Eastern leaders in particular to help root out violence. We can not stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people. Trump called on all countries to unite in the fight against terrorism and proclaimed: "This wicked ideology must be obliterated". Read More »