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AP Explains: Harvey shines light on flood insurance program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The massive flooding Harvey has caused in Texas and Louisiana comes as Congress weighs renewing a federal flood insurance program that continually pays out more than it takes in through premiums, potentially leaving taxpayers on the hook for $24.6 billion and counting. The ...

Yale’s actions provide tutorial in social descent

WASHINGTON — Summer brings no respite for academics committed to campus purifications, particularly at the institution that is the leader in the silliness sweepstakes, Yale. Its Committee on Art in Public Spaces has discovered that a stone carving that has adorned an entrance to Sterling ...

Disaster relief tops crowded congressional agenda ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disaster relief after Harvey-caused epic flooding in Texas tops an already crowded agenda when President Donald Trump meets next week with House and Senate leaders at the White House. Lawmakers return from the August break facing multiple legislative deadlines and a need ...

SEN. TED CRUZ, R-Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Tuesday. As historic floods wreaked havoc across the Southwest, Northeastern Republicans recalled with painful detail the days after Superstorm Sandy ravaged their region in 2012. At the time, the Texas congressional delegation, led by Cruz, overwhelmingly opposed a disaster relief package they said was packed with wasteful spending. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Some recall Sandy struggle as Congress ponders Harvey relief

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans from New York and New Jersey are pledging unconditional support for those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. But their resentment lingers. But as historic floods wreaked havoc across the Gulf Coast, Northeastern Republicans recalled with painful detail the days ...

Trump reassures those in Harvey’s path that help will be provided

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump answered Harvey’s wrath by offering in-person assurances to those in the storm zone that his administration will work tirelessly to help the region recover from the massive flooding and storm-inflicted destruction. “We are going to get ...

Trump, the novice protectionist on trade

WASHINGTON — Sooner or later, and the later the better, the president’s wandering attention will flit, however briefly, to the subject of trade. So, let us try to think about the problem as he seems to: Wily cosmopolitans beyond our borders are insinuating across our borders goods that ...

Mining could revitalize northern Wisconsin

Northern Wisconsin is home to some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, and forests in the Midwest, if not the world. It is also home to an aging population and unemployment rates that lag behind the rest of the state. Over the past 15 years, the older generation has been retiring and the ...

Tillerson: Trump ‘speaks for himself’ on Charlottesville violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated Sunday that President Donald Trump’s values should be considered separate from America’s values when it comes to race, appearing to repudiate the president’s response to violence at a white supremacist march in ...

Trump setting records for low presidential approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump started as the most unpopular new president in the history of modern polling. After seven months, things have only gotten worse. Plunging into undesirably uncharted territory, Trump is setting records with his dismally low approval ratings, including the ...

Democrats need immigration policy that’s more coherent

Let us avert our eyes from the president’s display of instability in Phoenix. We knew what to expect. When Donald Trump occasionally goes “presidential,” as he did the day before on Afghanistan, a tantrum is sure to follow. You could set your watch by it. Many Republicans are quietly ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson step off Air Force One after arriving Wednesday in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

HUD says Carson did nothing wrong by appearing with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legal experts said Wednesday that Housing Secretary Ben Carson likely did not violate federal law when he appeared with President Donald Trump at a campaign rally. After the appearance Tuesday night, questions were raised on Twitter about whether Carson had violated the ...

The ACA and laws that subvert the rules of law

WASHINGTON — When John Adams wrote into Massachusetts’ Constitution a commitment to a “government of laws and not of men,” he probably assumed that the rule of law meant the rule of laws, no matter how many laws there might be. He could not have imagined the modern proliferation and ...

Trump bashes NAFTA in midst of talks to revamp trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just a week into talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Donald Trump is already threatening to abandon the 23-year-old pact with Canada and Mexico. At a high-profile campaign-style rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night, Trump predicted the United ...

Historical hysteria

“The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” — Friedrich Hegel We will learn even less from history if we wipe it clean, as some are trying to do by removing statues of Confederate leaders whose beliefs about slavery and race most, including me, find ...

New Afghanistan plan could offer clues to ‘Trump Doctrine’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Never tip your hand to the enemy. No timelines for military operations. No free pass for a neighbor who tolerates extremists or enables U.S. foes. In President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy, elements of a broader approach to America’s most pressing national ...

Past health chiefs: Goal is insurance market stability

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t make things worse. That’s the advice of former U.S. health secretaries of both parties to President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress, now that “Obamacare” seems here for the foreseeable future. The 2018 sign-up season for subsidized private health plans ...

Trump’s Afghanistan strategy makes new demands on India

WASHINGTON (AP) — Laying out his new Afghanistan war strategy, President Donald Trump reissued old demands on neighboring Pakistan to eliminate militant sanctuaries. Less expected: an entirely new warning to close U.S. partner India to provide more economic aid. Much of Trump’s eagerly ...

Armageddon postponed

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un appears to have blinked and President Trump can claim a foreign policy victory and justification for his strategy. Reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” approach to deterring adversaries, President Trump stood up to the ...

GOP doubts, anxieties about Trump burst into the open

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally have thrust into the open some Republicans’ doubts about his competency and temperament, in an extraordinary public airing of worries and grievances about a sitting president by his own party. Behind the ...

Democrats risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump’s widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war. Democrats have denounced Trump for blaming ...