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New life for Medicaid after GOP's health care debacle

Posted 8/15/2017 in National

It may not equal Social Security and Medicare as a "third rail" program that politicians touch at their own risk, yet Medicaid seems to have gotten stronger after the Republican failure to pass health care legislation.



Violence in Charlottesville exposes nation's divisions

Posted 8/14/2017 in National

The college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, is reeling after violent clashes erupted between a large gathering of white nationalists and hundreds of counter protesters.



Pressure, criticism mount for Trump after Charlottesville

Posted 8/14/2017 in National

As President Donald Trump remained out of sight and silent, pressure mounted from both sides of the aisle for him to explicitly condemn white supremacists and hate groups involved in deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.



Alabama's Senate race all about Trump love, swamp hate

Posted 8/14/2017 in National

On a humid afternoon, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, on his campaign bus named the Drain the Swamp Express, pulled into a central Alabama farmer's market and said he is the true conservative to help enact the agenda of President Donald Trump.



Trump to seek trade probe of China amid NKorea tensions

Posted 8/14/2017 in National

Even as he seeks Beijing's help on North Korea, President Donald Trump is poised to seek a trade investigation of China for the alleged theft of American technology and intellectual property.



US officials say confrontation with NKorea not imminent

Posted 8/14/2017 in National

Senior U.S. national security officials said Sunday that a military confrontation with North Korea's is not imminent, but they cautioned that the possibility of war is greater than it was a decade ago.



World's oldest man, a Holocaust survivor, dies at 113

Posted 8/14/2017 in National

Israel Kristal, the world's oldest man who lived through both World Wars and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp has passed away just a month short of his 114th birthday, his family said Saturday.



Average gas prices jump 8 cents due to crude costs

Posted 8/14/2017 in National

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 8 cents nationally over the past three weeks, to $2.40.



Officials: White nationalist rally linked to 3 deaths

Posted 8/12/2017 in National

A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, hurting at least two dozen more and ratcheting up tension in an increasingly violent confrontation.



Secessionists push for South to break away from US again

Posted 8/12/2017 in National

As 21st century activists seek to topple monuments to the 19th century Confederate rebellion, some white Southerners are again advocating for what the Confederates tried and failed to do: secede from the Union.



Trump: If North Korea attacks US, it 'will regret it fast'

Posted 8/12/2017 in National

President Donald Trump on Friday issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the U.S. military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against U.S. territories or allies.



Senate GOP rallies behind McConnell in feud with Trump

Posted 8/12/2017 in National

Senate Republicans on Friday rallied in support of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, pushing back against the onslaught of criticism from President Donald Trump.



Xi calls for calm after Trump says US is 'locked and loaded'

Posted 8/12/2017 in National

Chinese President Xi Jinping made a plea for cool-headedness over escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea in a phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday, urging both sides to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation.



Poll: Most say time to stop trying to repeal 'Obamacare'

Posted 8/12/2017 in National

Message to President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans: Stop trying to scuttle the Obama health care law, and start trying to make it more effective.



Advocates stage first big Texas protest against border wall

Posted 8/12/2017 in National

Hundreds of protesters wearing white and chanting in English and Spanish marched Saturday in Texas' first major protest against a border wall, crossing the earthen Rio Grande levee where President Donald Trump's administration wants to build part of the first phase.



Trump doubles down on 'fire and fury' vow as wargames near

Posted 8/11/2017 in National

Not backing down, President Donald Trump warned Kim Jong Un's government on Thursday to "get their act together" or face extraordinary trouble, and suggested he had been too mild when he vowed to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it continued to threaten the U.S.



Beware at the pump: Black market fuel is making millions

Posted 8/11/2017 in National

A black market for diesel and gasoline has rapidly spread around the nation, with organized crime gangs using fraudulent credit cards to siphon millions of dollars in fuel from gas stations into large tanks hidden inside pickup trucks and vans.



Postal Service may get more freedom to raise stamp prices

Posted 8/11/2017 in National

It may be time to stock up on Forever stamps.



Frustrated with Trump, McCain promotes his own Afghan plan

Posted 8/11/2017 in National

In a rebuke of President Donald Trump, Republican Sen. John McCain declared Thursday that "America is adrift in Afghanistan" as he promoted a war strategy that would expand the U.S. counterterrorism effort and provide greater support to Afghan security forces.



Hearing loss of US diplomats in Cuba blamed on covert device

Posted 8/11/2017 in National

The two-year-old U.S. diplomatic relationship with Cuba was roiled Wednesday by what U.S. officials say was a string of bizarre incidents that left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss attributed to a covert sonic device.



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