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1. Trump Signs $1.3 Trillion Budget After Threatening Veto
- Monday, March 26, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday, averting a midnight government shutdown just hours after declaring he was considering a veto.
Trump said he was "very disappointed" in the package, in part because it did not fully fund his plans for a border wall with Mexico and did not address some 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants who are now protected from deportation under a program that he has moved to eliminate.
2. Trump Rolling Out Big Trade Tariffs, Sparing Mexico, Canada
- Friday, March 9, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – After a week of hints and uncertainty, President Donald Trump said Thursday he would announce tariffs on imported steel and aluminum but with temporary exemptions for Canada and Mexico as he seeks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement. He suggested Australia and "other countries" might also be spared, a shift that could soften the international blow amid threats of retaliation by trading partners.
3. Trump Leaves Lawmakers Hanging on Gun Priorities
- Monday, March 5, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his quest to tackle gun violence, President Donald Trump has ricocheted between calling for tougher laws and declaring his fealty to the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, leaving a trail of befuddled lawmakers and advocates in his wake.
4. Trump Celebrates After Congress Wraps Up Massive Tax Package
- Thursday, December 21, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump cheered a massive overhaul of U.S. tax laws Wednesday, saying "we broke every record."
Flanked by Republican lawmakers, the president took a bow outside the White House shortly after the House finished its last-minute re-vote to pass the $1.5 trillion bill that provides generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans while providing smaller cuts for middle- and low-income families.
5. Trump Lashes 'Liddle Bob Corker' as Senators Call for Calm
- Wednesday, October 11, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Bob Corker as "Liddle' Bob Corker" on Tuesday, continuing a feud with the Tennessee Republican who's dubbed the White House an "adult day care center" and charged that Trump could be setting the nation on the path toward World War III.
6. Wounded Scalise Returns to Capitol to Bipartisan Cheers
- Friday, September 29, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – To bipartisan hugs, tears and a roaring standing ovation, a hobbling Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the House on Thursday, more than three months after a gunman sprayed fire at a baseball practice and left the lawmaker clinging to life.
7. Kelly Wins Praise Across The Aisle, But Bigger Task is Ahead
- Wednesday, August 2, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Raised voices could be heard through the thick door to the Oval Office as John Kelly – then secretary of Homeland Security – offered some tough talk to President Donald Trump.
8. Angry Dems Turn Against Leaders After House Election Losses
- Thursday, June 22, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Party divisions were on glaring display Wednesday as a special election loss in a wildly expensive Georgia House race left bitter lawmakers turning their anger on their own leaders.
9. Trump Announces Challenge to Obama-Era Fuel Standards
- Thursday, March 16, 2017
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) – President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration will re-examine federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks, moving forcefully against Obama-era environmental regulations that Trump says are stifling economic growth.
10. Killing Keystone XL, Obama Says Pipeline Not in US Interests
- Monday, November 9, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama killed a Canadian energy giant's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring the proposed project wouldn't serve U.S. national interests and would have undercut America's global leadership on climate change. The decision capped a seven-year saga that spiraled into one of the biggest environmental flashpoints of Obama's presidency.
11. GAO: Veterans' Health Care Costs a 'High Risk' for Taxpayers
- Thursday, February 12, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Veterans' health care is a "high risk" budget issue that threatens to cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars unless longstanding problems are addressed, government auditors warned Wednesday.
12. VA Chief Vows Renewed Focus on Customer Service
- Tuesday, November 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its maze-like websites.
13. Watchdog: VA Managers Lied About Delays
- Wednesday, September 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department's inspector general said Tuesday.
14. New VA Chief: Veterans Agency Too Complicated
- Tuesday, September 9, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Veterans Affairs Department with its 14 different password-protected websites is too complicated for most veterans to navigate, new Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Monday, promising to make it easier for them to get disability benefits, health care, job training and other benefits.
15. Congress, FBI Moving on Veterans Affairs Health Care
- Thursday, June 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – As Congress moves to help thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care, the FBI said it has opened a criminal investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs.
16. GOP Blocks Democrats' Minimum Wage Try in Senate
- Thursday, May 1, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic drive Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage, blocking a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's economic plans and ensuring the issue will be a major feature of this fall's congressional elections.
17. State of the Union: Of Pledges, Pleas and Setbacks
- Thursday, January 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Here's a little secret about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama will deliver next week: He'll give Congress a long list of requests but few likely will be approved. That's just the reality of a politically divided government.
18. Obama to Feds: Boost Renewable Power 20 Percent
- Friday, December 6, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.
19. As Shutdown Drags On, Time to Call in Mediator?
- Friday, October 11, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Maybe it's time to call in a mediator – if there's one not on furlough.
President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are in stalemate over a partial government shutdown now in its second week. And a looming crisis over the federal debt limit is rapidly approaching, with economists saying that could have a devastating effect on the U.S. economy.
20. Feds to Let States Pay to Open Parks
- Friday, October 11, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration said Thursday it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown.
21. Senate Confirms Physicist Moniz as Energy Chief
- Friday, May 17, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Physicist Ernest Moniz won unanimous Senate confirmation Thursday to be the nation's new energy secretary.
Moniz, 68, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, replaces Steven Chu, who served as Energy secretary in President Barack Obama's first term. Moniz served as an energy undersecretary in the Clinton administration.
22. Interior Chief Salazar Stepping Down in March
- Thursday, January 17, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill and promoted alternative energy sources throughout the nation, will step down in March.
23. As Election Nears, New Rules are Facing Delays
- Tuesday, July 31, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – When the Obama administration agreed to set the first-ever federal limits on runoff in Florida, environmental groups were pleased. They thought the state's waters would finally get a break from a nutrient overdose that spawns algae, suffocates rivers, lakes and streams and forms byproducts in drinking water that could make people sick.
24. APNewsBreak: Dems Hit Lax Fed Drilling Oversight
- Thursday, February 9, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal policing of oil and natural gas on public lands is lax and inconsistent, with only 6 percent of violations resulting in monetary fines over 13 years, House Democrats said in a report Wednesday.
25. Treasury Officials: Never Saw a Loan Like Solyndra
- Monday, October 17, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Two senior Treasury officials said Friday that they had never seen a loan restructuring similar to the Energy Department loan to a failed solar panel maker.
The half-billion dollar loan to Solyndra Inc. was restructured so that private investors moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment on part of the loan in case of a default.
26. Obama Defends Solyndra Loan, Says Solar Viable
- Friday, October 7, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama said Thursday the U.S. must not surrender development of clean energy to China and other countries, despite the spectacular failure of a solar-panel manufacturer that filed for bankruptcy after taking a half-billion dollar government loan.
27. Oil Industry: Boost in Energy Could Create 1M Jobs
- Thursday, September 8, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Government policies to increase domestic energy production could create up to a million jobs over the next seven years, the oil industry said in a report issued a day before President Barack Obama delivers a major speech on jobs.
28. Senators Willing to Scale Back Energy Bill
- Wednesday, June 30, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – The authors of sweeping energy legislation stalled in the Senate said Tuesday they were prepared to scale back their bill to get Republican support.
Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman made the comments after meeting at the White House with fellow senators and President Barack Obama, who is pushing for action in the wake of the Gulf oil spill.