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A plan to save Social Security

It is no secret that what the major media seem to care most about is radically different from what concerns average Americans. While the inside the Beltway crowd continues to focus on alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia, real concerns like the future of Social Security are ...

Trump’s speech to Scouts draws criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s fiery speech at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia has infuriated parents and former scouts. Standing before thousands of school-aged Scouts, Trump began with a bit of profanity Monday night and then went on to rage for more than half ...

Trump message manager ready to stop leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new communications director says he’s prepared to clean house in order to stop information leaks which have plagued the administration. Anthony Scaramucci, the Wall Street financier tapped for the role last week, said Tuesday he was prepared to ...

Trump eyes firing Sessions, calls his position ‘weak’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, officials say, and launched a fresh Twitter tirade today against the man who was the first U.S. senator to endorse his candidacy. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a ...

Michigan State Police mark 100 years of service

The Michigan State Police was established 100 years ago, and while many things have changed over the last century, some others have not. Troopers don’t ride around on horses much anymore, having swapped out the four-legged animal as the primary option long ago for much faster and more ...

Trump’s new message guru wants ‘a more positive mojo’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new communications adviser says it’s time to hit the “reset button.” Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci pledged to begin “an era of a new good feeling” and said he hopes to “create a more positive ...

Wisconsin will lead a property rights revolution

The Murr family owns two adjacent lots along the Lower St. Croix River. The lots originally were purchased as two separate and distinct lots (Lot F and Lot E) in 1960 and 1963, respectively. In the mid-’90s, both lots were transferred to common family ownership. Unfortunately, for the Murrs, ...

Poll: More see role for government in health care coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans were never too thrilled with “Obamacare” and they definitely disapprove of Republican alternatives in Congress, so what does the public want to do on health care? A new poll suggests the country may be shifting left on this core issue, with 62 percent saying ...

McCain

Cancer not silencing McCain in latest chapter of career

WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain couldn’t bring himself to vote for Donald Trump — so he talked about writing in his best friend’s name for president. After the election, he’s been the leading Senate Republican critic of Trump’s posture toward Russia. And from his Arizona home, where ...

Poll: Negotiate on health care plan, don’t just kill it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans overwhelmingly want lawmakers of both parties to work out health care changes, with only 13 percent supporting Republican moves to repeal “Obamacare” absent a replacement, according to a new poll. Although a deep partisan divide endures over the 2010 ...

GOP left frustrated after health care failure

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans are expressing embarrassment, fear and frustration as party leaders concede that their years-long promise to erase much of Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act is all but dead. Conservative activists blamed establishment Republicans who control Congress. ...

What’s next? Senate GOP scrambles after health care flop

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now what? Senate Republicans were scrambling to pick up the pieces Tuesday after their attempt to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law collapsed a second time. After working for months on a new health package, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ...

Trump’s unique gift to US: Unifying a divided nation

BANNER ELK, N.C. — Even the least popular presidents sometimes do great things. What might Donald Trump’s great thing be? He has unified a divided nation. He has brought Republicans and Democrats together as only just wars can. He’s brought women, scientists, minorities, teachers, ...

Cameras turned off again for White House press briefing

NEW YORK (AP) — Cameras remained off Monday at the White House press briefing on orders of the Trump administration, sidelining one of daytime television’s most popular features on the same day that ABC announced new digital programming tied to it. The last on-camera White House briefing ...

US Congress won’t act on its war responsibilities

WASHINGTON — Predictably and sensibly, a three-judge panel of the nation’s second-most important court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, recently dismissed, unanimously, a lawsuit brought by a Yemeni man, two of whose relatives were collateral fatalities in a 2012 U.S. drone ...

Looking to 2018, Democrats divided on their core message

NEW YORK (AP) — House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley hesitated when asked about his party’s core message to voters. “That message is being worked on,” the New York congressman said. “We’re doing everything we can to simplify it, but at the same time provide the meat behind ...

Analysis: Trump will claim health win — or shift blame

WASHINGTON (AP) — If congressional Republicans succeed in repealing and replacing “Obamacare,” expect a big Rose Garden celebration with President Donald Trump taking credit. If they fail? Trump has already indicated he will hold Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responsible, ...

Health care bill has money for Alaska, home of a GOP holdout

WASHINGTON (AP) — A provision in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s rewritten health care bill appears to benefit only one state. That’s Alaska, home of one Republican holdout McConnell badly needs to keep the legislation alive, and her state might gain nearly $2 billion in federal ...

Army safety briefing for soldiers reassuring

The heavy dew glistened across the division parade as the sun began to rise towards midday. A gentle, cool breeze swept across our cheeks toward the back of the field beyond the displayed helicopters, Humvees and tanks. Under the 101st Screaming Eagle Banner stood soldiers, accompanied by ...

Washington braces for long, hot summer slog of politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s capital is bracing for a long, hot summer, and that’s not even counting the weather. The White House is immersed in allegations of scandal. Congressional Republicans are ensnared in their own divisions. Instead of movement on health care, taxes and more, ...