Behind the smiles, tough reality for Trump and GOP Congress
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Behind the smiles, tough reality for Trump and GOP Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The budding new alliance between Donald Trump and congressional Republicans hides a tougher reality: Even with unified GOP control of Washington, the president-elect’s priorities may have trouble getting through Congress. And in some cases Republicans themselves might be the barrier. Building a border wall and restricting immigration from terror-stricken nations? Don’t count … Continue reading

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Obama urges black voters to rally for Hillary Clinton
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Obama urges black voters to rally for Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making it clear that if the African-American community fails to turn out for the presidential election and support Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, he’s taking it personally. Obama delivered his final keynote address to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Saturday night and said his name may not be … Continue reading

Biden, Supreme Court nominee on Hill to pressure GOP
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Biden, Supreme Court nominee on Hill to pressure GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Merrick Garland found himself back on Capitol Hill on Thursday in a familiar place — meeting with a Democratic senator who complained about Republicans’ inaction on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. Garland’s appearance was part of a campaign-season effort by Democrats to call voters’ attention to issues they want the … Continue reading

Government survey shows health insurance gains slowing
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Government survey shows health insurance gains slowing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s progress in getting more people covered by health insurance slowed significantly this year, the government confirmed Wednesday in a report that tempers a historic achievement of the Obama administration. About 1.3 million fewer people were uninsured the first three months of this year, driving the uninsured rate to a record … Continue reading

Senate likely to advance $1.1 billion in Zika funding
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Senate likely to advance $1.1 billion in Zika funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-month delay, the Senate is acting on President Barack Obama’s request for money to combat the Zika virus. The Senate is slated to vote Tuesday, February 16 on three competing plans to battle the virus, with a bipartisan plan that cuts Obama’s $1.9 billion request to $1.1 billion having the … Continue reading

Obama to visit Asia refugee center amid raging debate in US
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Obama to visit Asia refugee center amid raging debate in US

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning to visit a refugee center in Malaysia, casting a spotlight on the plight of those fleeing violence and persecution from Myanmar to Syria. Obama’s tour of the Dignity for Children Foundation on Saturday comes amid a raging debate back home over Obama’s plan to allow … Continue reading