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AP FACT CHECK: Budget chief slams Obama growth forecast

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney is accusing the former the Obama administration of going overboard in its forecasts for growth. But an AP Fact Check finds that Mulvaney's indictment glosses over significant differences in the economy now and then. Although the Obama administration forecast growth of more than 4 percent at the ...]

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House OKs revamp of VA appeals in bid to cut claims backlog

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved legislation Tuesday to cut the time it takes for the Department of Veterans Affairs to handle appeals from veterans unhappy with their disability payouts, an effort to reduce a rapidly growing claims backlog without adding billions in government costs. Currently, veterans could wait five years or more to ...]

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Mueller Cleared by DOJ Ethics Experts to Lead Russia Probe

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Justice Department ethics experts Tuesday cleared Robert Mueller to lead the Russia probe, The Washington Post reported.

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Trump’s food stamp cuts faces hard sell in Congress

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposal to slash food stamps by a third will be a hard sell in Congress, even as Republicans have tried repeatedly to scale back the program's $70 billion annual cost. Democrats will oppose any changes to the program, which is designed as a temporary safety net for Americans who ...]

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Ethics office blasts Trump refusal to disclose lobby waivers

Added: 23.05.2017 22:16 | 1 views | 0 comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The message from a senator to the government ethics office: Use your authority to force the president to reveal how many waivers he's granted to ex-lobbyists in his new administration. That was Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley's demand to the Office of Government Ethics in June 2009. He was seeking information about some ...]

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Trump 'asked intel chiefs to push back on FBI probe'

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May 24, 2017 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON • President Donald Trump asked two of the US' top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an investigation by the FBI into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.

From: www.straitstimes.com

Flynn misled Pentagon about Russia ties: Letter

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May 24, 2017 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON • Former national security adviser Michael Flynn misled Pentagon investigators about his income from firms in Russia and contacts with officials there when he applied for a renewal of his top-secret security clearance last year, showed a letter released by the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.

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Lawmakers probe US contractor in Iraq sex trafficking case

Added: 23.05.2017 21:55 | 3 views | 0 comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional panel is demanding documents and testimony from an embattled U.S. defense contractor accused of failing to promptly disclose human trafficking on a base in Iraq. The Associated Press reported this month that Sallyport Global had fired two company investigators after they uncovered evidence of the trafficking as well as alcohol ...]

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Trump’s food stamp proposal builds on previous GOP efforts

Added: 23.05.2017 21:48 | 2 views | 0 comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's budget builds on more than two decades of Republican efforts to cut food stamps. With Republican majorities in the House and Senate, conservatives who have pushed for the cuts are hoping they can rein in the program's $70 billion cost. But making changes has always proved a hard sell, ...]

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WashPo's Marty Baron on covering Trump administration

Added: 23.05.2017 21:36 | 6 views | 0 comments

The Washington Post has been behind several of the biggest stories in recent political news, including the leaked "Access Hollywood" video of Donald Trump and the Justice Department's concern about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. On Monday the newspaper reported that Mr. Trump asked top intelligence officials to deny the existence of evidence that his campaign colluded with Russia. Washington Post's executive editor Marty Baron joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss what questions still remain unanswered in relation to the Trump administration.

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