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Philippines: Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao amid clashes

Invoking Clint Eastwood, Gary Cooper, Billy the Kid and Jesse James, Duterte said he would be " happy to give up the presidency and spend the rest of [his] life in prison, so long as it was for the Filipino people ". It's highly unusual for a USA ally to purchase arms from Russian Federation, an adversary, though Duterte said in October he planned to "break up" with the United States and turn to Russian Federation and China. Read More »

Trump administration unveils first budget with USD3.6-T spending cut

Harold Rogers, R-Ky. White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's plans to slash social programs are created to increase economic growth to 3 percent and put "taxpayers first". We used to have a safety net in this country. "If you are on disability and you should not be, we need you to go back to work". Released yesterday, Trump's plan included cutting more than $800bn from Medicaid , a healthcare programme for the poor , and ... Read More »

Rohani Criticizes Trump's Saudi Summit, Says Vote Shows Iranians Want Engagement

The photo, posted to Twitter, shows Trump, Saudi Arabia's King Salman , and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi in a darkened room with hands on the sphere, which is in fact a lighted globe of the Earth. Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations' Greater Los Angeles office in Anaheim, said President Barack Obama made more effective speeches regarding the region than his successor. Read More »

Senate Subpoenas Records from Mike Flynn's Companies

The attempts to compel Flynn to produce documents were just another sign of the intense focus on Trump's former national security adviser, who was sacked in February after the White House said he misled administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence , about his contacts with Russian officials. Read More »

Donald Trump calls North Korea's Kim Jong-Un 'madman with nuclear weapons'

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in Moscow that martial law would be in effect on the entire island of Mindanao for 60 days. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who is in Moscow with Duterte, told a news conference that militants even set fire to some of those buildings - including the city's jail, a local Catholic church and Dansalan college. Read More »

Comey to testify before Senate committee

The Washington Post , citing sources familiar with the matter, said law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest. Read More »

Congress hearings show no Trump campaign-Russia collusion -W.House official

Coats and Rogers both deemed the requests to be inappropriate and did not comply, according to officials cited by The Washington Post , which first reported on the president's request. "Any political shaping of that intelligence would not be appropriate", he said. Both Trump and numerous Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin , have repeatedly denied claims of alleged Moscow's collusion with the United States president's campaign, as well as of the Kremlin's interference in ... Read More »

Tornado watch issued in Charlotte, surrounding region

Some rain will also prove beneficial in drought-stricken parts of Georgia and Florida. Damaging winds will be the main concern, along with the potential for an isolated tornado and localized flooding. If a tornado is spotted, a warning would be issued. Forecasters said Wednesday that a warm front will lift northward through the state, followed by the passage of a cold front from the west. Read More »

Iran's president criticizes U.S. after Trump's sharp words

Rouhani was responding to a question on Monday from The Associated Press at a news conference in Tehran. "We are waiting for the new government to find stability and continuity in its policies", said Rouhani. "Iran had a role in the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia in 1996, and the terrorist attack against Jewish targets in Argentina in the late 1990s". Read More »

Amid opposition, Trump makes low budget request for Mexico border wall

Presidential budget proposals tend to be viewed by committee chairs as more like guidelines than actual dictations for what the government should be spending. The most recent scores by the Congressional Budget Office predict the Social Security trust fund will be exhausted by 2030 and that by 2047, Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid would make up for half of all federal noninterest spending, compared with today's proportion of about two-fifths of all such spending. Read More »

Chances for showers and thunderstorms increase across the region

WEDNESDAY: Look for a partly sunny, warm afternoon with a high around 82. Clouds should break this afternoon, allowing temps to return to the low 70s. Friday night , showers gradually end and lows will fall into the low 50s. A storm will move up the coast and it will spread rain into the state during the morning commute. Read More »

Budget office to gauge health bill effect on coverage, cost

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Fewer than 3 percent of the state's residents lack health insurance , according to the Census Bureau. But proposed cuts in the AHCA could eliminate more than 81,000 jobs by 2022, based on projections released in March by the Economic Policy Institute and referenced in the Policy Matters' report . Read More »

Hannity Backs Off Story About Murdered DNC Staffer

A spokesperson for Fox News didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. FARENTHOLD: "Yet the DC police nor no federal investigator has ever had a look at the DNC computer". Hannity made a small concession to the wishes of Rich's parents and brother on his show Tuesday night, not spending time fomenting a conspiracy theory. Read More »

Ex-UN chief urges Trump to reach out to Iran

Despite reservations from Saudi Arabia and Israel , his administration went ahead with the Iran nuclear deal. Hassan Rouhani, who was returned as Iranian president in weekend elections, later said: "You can't solve terrorism just by giving your people's money to a superpower". Read More »

Vermont governor vetoes marijuana bill, wants changes made

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The governor had previously said he did not consider marijuana legalization a priority and had concerns about the lack of a roadside test to detect driver impairment. The legislation passed both the House and Senate earlier this month. The other states and D.C. legalized marijuana after public referendums. "However ... Read More »

W. Virginia rolls past Baylor 11-1 in Big 12 tourney

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Infielder Aaron Dodson was on the first team and led the Big 12 in slugging percentage (.580). TCU gets credit for a share of the Big 12 title since they ended the season tied with Texas Tech in the standings at 16-8, but they don't get the benefit of the No.1 seed since Tech won the regular season series between the two. Read More »

Trump administration hits reset in FBI director search

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One potential complication - the Washington Post reported Tuesday that Mr. Trump hired Marc Kasowitz as his private attorney to deal with the federal investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US election , and Lieberman has been working as a senior counsel at Kasowitz's law firm for several years. Read More »

Rubio 'not optimistic' on Middle East peace

I can tell you also that he is reaching for peace. Relying on one of his preferred insults, Trump said he would call the perpetrators "losers, because that's what they are". "You have a divided, weak Palestinian movement, which is not clearly in a position to make concessions that would move this process further any more than Israel is". Read More »

Twin Cities earn top park honors in the U.S.

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Arlington, which debuted on the list past year in fourth place, also dropped-to sixth place-on the Trust for Public Land's annual analysis known as the ParkScore . "It's not easy asking a city to spend more money on parks". Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $42 million Chicago Plays! initiative to install or renovate more than 300 playgrounds across the city wrapped up past year. Read More »

Miami 'Joker' Accused of Pointing Loaded Gun at Cars

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In his pocket: a loaded Smith & Wesson handgun with six live rounds. The tattoo is similar to the imagery in the The Dark Knight , where the late Heath Ledger portrayed the Joker. The word "Joker" is scrawled on the right side of Sullivan's forehead while the left side has a tattoo of The Batman logo with the words "F**K Batman" on the wings and dagger piercing the bat's heart. Read More »

Trump send $4.1 trillion budget to Congress

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New York's polarized congressional delegation generally finds little upon which to agree, but lawmakers stumbled on a rare sweet spot Tuesday in common criticism of President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget. That would total $1 trillion, the infrastructure spending figure Trump consistently called for during his presidential campaign. The budget does feature a handful of domestic initiatives, including a six-week paid parental leave program championed by Trump's daughter, Ivanka. Read More »

Marking difference with US, France urges dialogue with Iran

Congratulating the day of Khorramshahr's freedom, the President said: "Khordad 3rd is the day of victory against aggression and freedom of Khorramshahr with God's will by Islam warriors and I congratulate this day to the whole Iranian nation and Imam Khomeini's soul". Read More »

Pennsylvania's USA senators react to Trump's proposed budget

The budget plan for Fiscal Year 2018, entitled " A New Foundation for American Greatness " and which promises to eliminate the budget deficit - predicted to be 3.1 per cent of GDP at year-end - over a decade, nevertheless provides for increases in defense and border security spending. Read More »

Trump says Federal Bureau of Investigation director search 'moving rapidly'

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In a fresh tweet, Trump made it seem if James Comey leaks any kind of information with regard to their conversation, he would produce tapes refuting Comey's claims. Al Green, Hakeem Jeffries, and Jared Huffman have been among the handful of Democratic lawmakers who've openly discussed the prospect of initiating impeachment proceedings against Trump, should the president's decision to fire Comey turns out as an attempt at obstructing justice. Read More »