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The cost of cheap speech

WASHINGTON — At this shank end of a summer that a calmer America someday will remember with embarrassment, you must remember this: In the population of 325 million, a small sliver crouches on the wilder shores of politics, another sliver lives in the dark forest of mental disorder, and there ...

Study: GOP health bill would cost most states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most states would take a stiff budgetary hit if the latest Senate GOP health care bill becomes law, according to an analysis released Wednesday. The study by the consulting firm Avalere Health found the Graham-Cassidy bill would lead to an overall $215 billion cut to ...

Rise of an ignorant nation

At a National Archives ceremony last Friday in Washington, D.C., 30 immigrants became naturalized U.S. citizens. In a video, President Trump encouraged them to embrace the “full rights, and the sacred duties, that come with American citizenship.” It was a noble sentiment that once ...

GOP governors launch ‘news’ site critics call propaganda

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican governors are getting into the “news” business. The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP ...

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SEN. BILL CASSIDY, R-La., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, talk while walking to a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington in July. Senate Republicans are planning a final, uphill push to erase President Barack Obama's health care law. Graham and Cassidy are leading the new GOP charge and they'd transform much of Obama's law into block grants and let states decide how to spend the money.

GOP expresses hope for Obamacare repeal bill

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republicans say their last-ditch push to uproot former President Barack Obama’s health care law is gaining momentum. But they have less than two weeks to succeed and face a tough fight to win enough GOP support to reverse the ...

Governments turn tables by suing records requesters

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Oregon parent wanted details about school employees getting paid to stay home. A retired educator sought data about student performance in Louisiana. And college journalists in Kentucky requested documents about the investigations of employees accused of sexual ...

As Mueller probe intensifies, so do Trump attacks on Comey

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican attacks that accompanied the firing of FBI Director James Comey have sharply intensified in the last two weeks, with broadsides delivered on Twitter, public statements and even from the White House podium. Comey, who in June said President Donald Trump and ...

Hilarious and elementary lesson on the burdens of progressivism

WASHINGTON — Life is exhausting — and daily choices are unbearably burdensome — for some Americans who are so comfortably situated that they have the time and means to make themselves morally uncomfortable. They think constantly about what they believe are the global ripples, and hence ...

HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL Ryan, R-Wis., during an interview at the Associated Press bureau in Washington on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

AP: Ryan won’t say tax plan won’t raise deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan backed off months of promises that the Republicans’ tax plan won’t add to the nation’s ballooning deficit, declaring in an AP Newsmaker interview that the most important goal of an overhaul is economic growth. Asked twice whether he would ...

Unhappy moderate House GOP muddy 2018 prospects

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran Republicans are bailing on Congress in growing numbers, as GOP control of Washington fails to produce the unity or legislative successes party leaders wish for. With President Donald Trump willing, if not eager, to buck fellow Republicans and even directly attack ...

The Mafia and the migrants

ROME — I spotted them on my way to dinner with a friend near Castel Gandolfo. They are migrants from Africa, sitting by the side of the road outside a “temporary” residence that, for many, appears to have become permanent. They all have cellphones. They all seem oblivious to us as we pass ...

Catholic leaders decry Democrats’ questions on judicial pick’s faith

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders are objecting to Democratic senators’ line of questioning for one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, arguing the focus on her faith is misplaced and runs counter to the Constitution’s prohibition on religious tests for political ...

Will Congress be stirred from its long slumber?

“Congress has been dropping in relative power along a descending curve of 60 years’ duration, with the rate of fall markedly increased since 1933. ... The fall of the American Congress seems to be correlated with a more general historical transformation toward political and social forms ...

Trump, first lady mark first Sept. 11 observance in office

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump led a national moment of silence on the anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, his first commemoration of the solemn anniversary in office. Trump and first lady Melania Trump observed a moment of silence at the White House today in ...

Relationship grows more strained for Trump, Ryan

WASHINGTON (AP) — It started out cold as ice, and then turned warm and friendly. Now the tortured relationship between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan has gone cool again, with the Republican president making clear he has no qualms about bucking the GOP leader to cut ...

Hungary sets good example on immigration and taxes

BUDAPEST — Congress has returned to Washington after another unearned vacation and faces at least two immediate challenges, in addition to the familiar ritual of raising the debt ceiling. President Trump has called the indecipherable U.S. tax code “self-destructive.” He has also decided ...

Ryan aims for mid- to low-20 percent corporate tax rate

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday the Republican tax plan will aim to reduce the corporate tax rate to mid- to low-20 percent — a smaller cut than what President Donald Trump wants. Ryan is providing some specifics as the GOP starts to write legislation overhauling ...

Trump’s catchphrase for any circumstance: ‘We’ll see’

WASHINGTON (AP) — When in doubt, President Donald Trump has a ready-made response to any questions: “We’ll see.” On Wednesday, Trump delivered his go-to line repeatedly. Asked if he would tie debt ceiling legislation to Harvey relief: “We’ll see.” On his plans for an ...

Fact check: Trump on taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump headed to North Dakota to discuss his tax overhaul plans Wednesday, but not all of his speech lined up with the facts about the tax code and the state of the U.S. economy. Trump says he intends to cut taxes by the most since 1981, but the White House ...

The price will rise on Houston’s ‘cheap’ housing

As the floodwaters recede, much of Houston’s famously “affordable” housing may seem less of a bargain. We’re not just talking about rising rents, inevitable with so many units destroyed. We are talking about the emotional cost of having to move in with friends, rebuild and buy new ...