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Battle looms for Trump on budget, health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It’s all complicated by a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall. The symbolic 100-day ...

SUPPORTERS OF THEN-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hold signs during a campaign rally in October 2016 in Springfield, Ohio. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, file)

Trump secrecy threatens ‘drain the swamp’ pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of a bipartisan good-government group, Zach Wamp, headed to the White House last week to ask whether President Donald Trump’s “drain the swamp” slogan would ever be more than a throwaway campaign slogan. One of the president’s closest aides, Steve Bannon, ...

Without O’Reilly, Fox presses on

NEW YORK— Fox News Channel has thrived despite losing founding leader Roger Ailes and next generation star Megyn Kelly within the past nine months. Wednesday’s firing of defining personality Bill O’Reilly will be its toughest test yet. Fox moved quickly to install a new lineup after ...

Will Trump’s order help US tech workers or not?

Let’s describe the problem with an example. A few years ago, Southern California Edison employed 300 foreign tech workers through the H-1B visa program. They took the jobs of American IT specialists who suffered the added indignity of having to train their replacements. The foreign workers ...

Murder while you watch

WASHINGTON — The Facebook video of a homicide was surely inevitable. This isn’t the same as saying that video murders soon will become all the rage, but it was more likely to happen eventually than not. Forget the suspected killer Steve Stephens, who took his own life Tuesday after a ...

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A pedestrian walks past the News Corp. headquarters building in New York displaying posters featuring Fox News Channel personalities including Bill O'Reilly, right, on Wednesday. O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations. 21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that "after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.

O’Reilly is out at Fox but influence endures; career too?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite the inglorious end to Bill O’Reilly’s two-decade Fox News Channel career, observers say his deep imprint on Fox and other cable news outlets and his influence on barbed political discourse are intact for the foreseeable future. Fired on Wednesday amid a ...

Huge: Trump inaugural drew slew of top-dollar checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was huge. Big money from billionaires, corporations and a roster of NFL owners poured into Donald Trump’s inaugural committee in record-shattering amounts — to pull off an event that was considerably lower-key than previous inaugural celebrations. That leaves a ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP gives a thumbs-up Tuesday after signing an executive order to tighten the rules for technology companies seeking to bring highly skilled foreign workers to the U.S. while visiting Snap-On Tools in Kenosha, Wis. (AP photo/Kiichiro Sato)

AP Fact Check: Trump overstates accomplishments in first 100 days

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s claim Tuesday he’s accomplished more than anyone at this point of a presidency flies in the face of history. A look at a few of his statements at a Wisconsin tool company and an earlier interview with Fox: TRUMP: “No administration has ...

Reform the tax code now

Thanks to the beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar), we Americans had until midnight on April 18 to file our income taxes. It’s too bad filing taxes wasn’t an easier process. President Trump has pledged to reform our tax code, which, to most people, currently reads like ...

Local support available for those with Parkinson’s

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Our Parkinson’s support group, The Parkinson Society of the Dickinson County Area, which meets at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall at 395 Hamilton Ave. in Kingsford on a monthly basis, is putting an extra emphasis to focus on ...

Pentagon’s Mattis discussing objectives in Mideast this week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is looking to the Middle East and North Africa for broader contributions and new ideas to fight Islamic extremism as the Trump administration fleshes out its counterterrorism strategy. His trip to the region this week includes stops with ...

A case for preventing children’s scraped knees

WASHINGTON — When not furrowing their collective brows about creches and displays of the Ten Commandments here and there, courts often are pondering tangential contacts between the government and religious schools. Courts have held that public money can constitutionally fund the ...

Trump White House drops policy of identifying visitors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking with the practice of President Donald Trump’s predecessor, the White House is keeping secret the lists of visitors to the building. The Trump administration cited privacy and national security concerns on Friday, but the decision angered government watchdog ...

Cutting Trump slack: Voters forgive reversals — to a point

WASHINGTON (AP) — What’s wrong with being flexible? He’s only human. All presidents change their minds. President Donald Trump’s voters can be a forgiving lot — up to a point. “He thinks too fast and then makes decisions too fast,” says Miriam Naranjo in Miami Lakes, ...

WHITE HOUSE SENIOR Counselor for Economic Initiatives Dina Powell, followed by Ivanka Trump, leave a recent news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Powell a rising Trump national security figure

WASHINGTON (AP) — The photo from inside Donald Trump’s makeshift situation room at Mar-a-Lago affirmed what White House insiders have recognized for some time — that Dina Powell has quietly established herself as a White House power. Though sandwiched between other administration ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. This weekend, Trump is making his seventh visit to Mar-a-Lago since becoming president. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Fact Check: Do Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips cost $3M?

WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Donald Trump making his seventh presidential trip this weekend to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, government watchdogs and Democrats are once again seeing dollar signs: namely, $3 million. That’s a widely used estimate of what each journey costs ...

Government office to look at Trump’s transition

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government office is investigating whether President Donald Trump’s transition team followed ethical guidelines, including a review of communications with foreign leaders and use of public money. The Government Accountability Office agreed this month to probe the ...

A rich, full life

Your arms now hold the person who once held you. Your hands now lift the person who once helped to raise you up. Your legs now steady the person who taught you to walk. You now dry the tears and comfort the one whom once comforted you. You now feed the person who once fed you. You now ...

The siren call of trying to solve the Middle East

In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey,” ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in order not to ...

SENATE MINORITY LEADER Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., leaves the chamber Friday after the confirmation vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dems: Trump’s tax secrecy complicates legislative overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns is going to make this year’s promised overhaul of the tax code “much harder.” Sen. Chuck Schumer says Trump is opening himself to second guessing about his ...