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  Trump flip-flops on tax cuts, saying US has ‘strong economy’

Trump's consideration of cutting payroll taxes appeared short-lived. He also knocked down the idea of indexing the capital gains tax, which applies when investors sell assets, to inflation.

  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he’s ending presidential bid

Report shows US deficit to exceed $1 trillion next year

  Trump: Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal

  Greenland fallout: Trump scolds Denmark over rejection

  Trump says he’s again open to strengthening gun background checks

  Trump administration moves to end limits on detention of migrant children

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Trump cancels Denmark meeting because Greenland isn’t for sale

Customs and Border Protection will not vaccinate migrants against the flu

  New York, 2 other states sue over Trump immigration rule

  Danish PM: Trump’s idea of buying Greenland is ‘absurd’

US prisons chief removed after Epstein’s death

  Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strong

  Doctors say new rule will mean sicker immigrants

Doctors and public health experts warn of poor health and rising costs they say will come from sweeping Trump administration changes that would deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, as well as food stamps and other forms of public assistance.

  Suburban voters are pressuring Republicans to act on guns

GOP candidates looking ahead at tough races increasingly are eyeing new ways to address anxieties about gun violence, and to do that without crossing the party's base, which sees gun restrictions as an infringement on the constitutional right to bear arms.

Kim expresses ‘great satisfaction’ over NKorea weapons tests

The launches were North Korea's sixth round of tests since late July that revealed developments of a new rocket artillery system and two separate short-range mobile ballistic missile systems. Experts say it would expand the ability to strike targets in South Korea, including U.S. bases there.

Claims: Migrant children molested in US-funded foster care

The foster care programs are aimed at providing migrant children with care while authorities work to connect them with parents, relatives or other sponsors. But instead the boy told a counselor he was repeatedly sexually molested by other boys in the foster home.

Customs and Border Protection outage snarls major airports

  Greenland to Trump: Thanks, but we’re not for sale

AP sources: Trump has talked about buying Greenland for US

House subpoenas Lewandowski, ex-Trump aide in Trump probe

John Hickenlooper ends 2020 presidential bid

  Israel bans entry to outspoken US congresswomen

Judge: Georgia must scrap outdated voting machines after 2019

A federal lawsuit filed by election integrity advocates and individual Georgia voters argues that the paperless touchscreen voting machines Georgia has used since 2002 are unsecure, vulnerable to hacking and can't be audited. They have been seeking statewide use of hand-marked paper ballots.

  Rep. Steve King says rapes, incest helped populate the world

"What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?" King asked, according to video of the event.

  Epstein accuser sues as questions swirl about his death

Surveillance video reviewed after the 66-year-old financier's suspected suicide over the weekend shows guards never made some of the checks noted in the log, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

FCC chairman endorses T-Mobile-Sprint merger

The $26-billion deal is expected to easily pass the Republican majority in the FCC, but it may take time.

US rapper A$AP Rocky found guilty of assault in Sweden, won’t face prison

The artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, earlier pleaded self-defense and said he had tried to avoid a confrontation with two men who he said were persistently following his entourage.

  Trump official: Statue of Liberty poem is about Europeans

The comments on Tuesday from Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, came a day after the Trump administration announced it would seek to deny green cards to migrants who seek Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance.

US homeland security chief: Racism is fueling some terrorism

Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan said the recent mass shooting that killed 22 people in El Paso was inspired by "violent white supremacist ideology" that "offends us all."

  Russian military orders village evacuation, then cancels it after rocket explosion

The Interfax news agency reported Tuesday that a notice from the military recommended an evacuation due to unspecified activities at the test range before canceling it.

CNN backs Chris Cuomo after caught-on-video confrontation

It doesn't show the "Fredo" reference but depicts Cuomo's profanity-laced reaction as he characterizes the comment as an anti-Italian slur. The man says he thought "Fredo" was Cuomo's name.

US delays tariffs on some Chinese goods, drops others

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said it would delay the tariffs to Dec. 15 on some goods, including cellphones, laptop computers, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, shoes and clothing.

Analysis shows 2020 votes still vulnerable to hacking

Using voter registration and turnout data, it's estimated as many as 16 million people will vote on paperless equipment in November 2020. Security experts have said that paper-based systems provide better security because they create a record that voters can review before casting their ballots.

  Nuclear-powered rocket engine explodes, killing 5 Russian engineers

The explosion occurred while the engineers were testing a "nuclear isotope power source" for a rocket engine.

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the United States, or what's called a "public charge," but the new rules, made public on Monday, detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

US government weakens application of Endangered Species Act

The Trump administration says the changes will reduce regulatory burdens while preserving protections for wildlife.

Epstein’s guards worked extreme OT shifts morning of death

Epstein's abrupt death cuts short a criminal prosecution that could have pulled back the curtain on the inner workings of a high-flying financier with connections to celebrities and presidents.

What’s on school menus this fall? More than $1 billion worth of ‘free’ food because of trade disputes

This fall, U.S. school cafeterias are expecting shipments of free food courtesy of President Donald Trump's trade disputes.

US attorney: Epstein abuse probe steadfast despite his death

The FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general's office will investigate how Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide Saturday, while the probe into sexual abuse allegations against the well-connected financier remains ongoing, officials said.

  Democratic candidates blame Trump, NRA for inaction on guns

Democratic presidential candidates on Saturday placed responsibility for inaction on gun violence in the hands of President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association, in the face of broad national support for some gun control measures.

NKorea fires 2 missiles into sea in likely protest of drills

North Korea on Saturday extended a recent streak of weapons display by firing what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea, according to South Korea's military.

Interactive border wall mural tells stories of deported

Visitors who hold up their phones to the painted faces are taken to a website that voices first-person narratives.

Trump administration enforce abortion restrictions on clinics receiving federal funding

The administration's move came as Planned Parenthood is threatening to leave the Title X family planning program over the restrictions, and a federal court in San Francisco plans to hear arguments in a lawsuit to block the regulation.

  Immigration raids to have long-term effects on poultry towns

More than 100 civil rights activists, union organizers and clergy members in Mississippi denounced the raid, but the state's Republican Gov. Phil Bryant commended federal immigration authorities for the arrests.

McConnell wants to consider gun background checks in fall

The Republican leader won't be calling senators back to work early, as some are demanding. But he told a Kentucky radio station that President Donald Trump called him Thursday morning and they talked about several ideas. The president, he said, is "anxious to get an outcome, and so am I."

Trump picks new acting national intelligence director

President Donald Trump on Thursday named Joseph Maguire, the nation's top counterterrorism official, as acting national intelligence director, part of a leadership shake-up at the agency that oversees 17 U.S. spy agencies.

  McConnell wants to consider gun background checks in fall

Earlier, more than 200 mayors, including those in Dayton and El Paso, urged the Senate to return to the Capitol.

Ex-FBI No. 2 official Andrew McCabe sues over his firing

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump's ire, has sued the FBI and the Justice Department over his firing.

  Children cry out for their parents as US immigration officials make hundreds of arrests

Officials say they are enforcing the law, but many in the community say it's not right to take parents away from children.

Nearly 300 detained in ICE raids released, officials confirm

300 of 680 detained in ICE raids on Tuesday have been released, agents said.

  Number of migrants waiting at US border surges to 40,000

English-speaking Cameroonians fleeing atrocities of their French-speaking government helped push Tijuana’s asylum wait list to 10,000 on Sunday, up from 4,800 just three months earlier.

Latinos across US fearful after El Paso mass killings

Saturday’s attack targeting migrants reverberated across minority communities, including the city of Brentwood, N.Y., not far from where there were attacks targeting Hispanics a decade ago.

  Protesters chant as Trump visits Dayton, El Paso

Aiming to play the traditional role of healer during national tragedy, President Donald Trump paid visits Wednesday to two cities reeling from mass shootings that left 31 dead and dozens more wounded.

House Judiciary sues to force McGahn to testify

The House Judiciary Committee took another step toward possible impeachment proceedings, filing a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday aimed at forcing former White House counsel Donald McGahn to testify about his interactions with President Donald Trump.

  McConnell, GOP Senate unlikely to act swiftly on guns

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is resisting pressure to bring senators back from recess to address gun violence.

Puerto Ricans get their 3rd governor in 6 days

Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez became Puerto Rico's new governor Wednesday, just the second woman to hold the office, after weeks of political turmoil and hours after the island's Supreme Court declared Pedro Pierluisi's swearing-in a week ago unconstitutional.

Dayton GOP congressman whose daughter was across street from mass shooting backs ban on ‘military-style’ guns, magazine limits

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner plans to discuss it with President Donald Trump when the president arrives in Dayton Wednesday

Peter Strzok sues FBI for firing him over anti-Trump texts

A veteran FBI agent who wrote derogatory text messages about Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday charging that the bureau caved to "unrelenting pressure" from the president when it fired him.

Court reinstates Sarah Palin suit against New York Times

Palin sued the Times for unspecified damages after the editorial about gun control was published following the June 2017 shooting of Louisiana U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, also a Republican, on a baseball diamond in Washington.

Trump, Republican party sue over California tax return law

The Trump campaign and Republican Party sued California on Tuesday over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to run in the state's primary, legislation that was aimed at prying loose President Donald Trump's returns.

Hundreds hold vigil at NRA headquarters for shooting victims

Gun control groups organized Monday's "Vigil for Remembrance and Change," which sought to honor the dead and call for stronger gun laws.

  Kim says North Korean launches were warning to US, South

North Korea's fourth round of weapons launches in less than two weeks came amid a standstill in nuclear negotiations and after President Donald Trump repeatedly dismissed the significance of the country's recent tests.

Dow plunges 700 points in worst loss of the year as trade war with China escalates

Investors fear that the escalating trade war between the two giant economic powers could do lasting damage to the world economy.

  Trump vows urgent action after shootings, offers few details

Trump said he wants legislation providing "strong background checks" for gun users, but he provided scant details and has reneged on previous promises after mass shootings.

Sen. Mitch McConnell fractures shoulder after falling at his Kentucky home

According to a statement released by his press secretary, McConnell was treated at a Louisville hospital and released. He has been working from homesince being discharged.

Trump administration pushes to speed up migrant family cases

The program is one way the Trump administration is seeking to curtail the arrival of tens of thousands of Central American families each month on the U.S.-Mexico border, many seeking asylum.

NY man claims he was attacked for wearing MAGA hat

Jahangir Turan said he bought the hat on Tuesday and was wearing it when he was beaten up after leaving the subway.

Puerto Rico governor resigns as promised; successor sworn in

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resigned Friday as promised, clearing the way for veteran politician Pedro Pierluisi to be sworn in as his replacement, a move that threw the U.S. territory into a period of political uncertainty.

Trump pick for national intelligence director is withdrawing

President Donald Trump says his pick for national intelligence director has decided to withdraw from the running, citing unfair media coverage.

  Trump threatens 10% tariffs on China; stocks plummet on news

Trump tweeted amid slow-moving talks with China that negotiations will continue. But he blamed China for not following through on stopping the sale of fentanyl to the United States or purchasing large quantities of farm goods such as soybeans.

Hard-won budget, debt deal clears Senate, advances to Trump

The legislation passed by a 67-28 vote as Trump and his GOP allies relied on lots of Democratic votes to propel it over the finish line.

Osama Bin Laden’s son killed within last two years, US official says

The United States government believes Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, is dead, according to a U.S. official.

  AP FACT CHECK: Dems gloss over econ, migrant complexities

A look at the veracity of their rhetoric as the contenders fought not only to stand out to primary voters but to stay in contention for the winnowed-down debates to come:

  Senate panel OKs defense pick despite sex assault allegation

Gen. John Hyten has flatly denied the allegations, and an Air Force investigation found no evidence to support the accusations.

  Democrats’ divisions test Biden’s front-runner strength

Wednesday’s debate comes 24 hours after another set of 10 Democrats debated over the direction of their party.

National Archives releases racist phone call between Nixon, Reagan

Reagan, then governor of California, spoke with President Nixon about Tanzanian diplomats dancing at the UN General Assembly after a vote a day earlier.

Republicans face tough vote on Trump-backed budget bill

The Trump-supported legislation backed by the Democratic speaker would stave off a government shutdown and protect budget gains for both the Pentagon and popular domestic programs.

Fed cuts key rate in its first reduction in more than decade

It's the first rate cut since December 2008 during the depths of the Great Recession, when the Fed slashed its rate to a record low near zero and kept it there until 2015.

US to set up plan allowing prescription drug imports from Canada

The administration's move comes as the industry is facing a crescendo of consumer complaints over prices, as well as legislation from both parties in Congress to rein in costs.

ACLU: 900 children separated from family at border since 2018 court order

The ACLU said the Trump administration is separating families over dubious allegations and minor transgressions, including traffic offenses.