Bahrain defends decision to host White House Mideast meeting

World 05/21/19, 10:42

Bahrain on Tuesday defended its decision to host a White House-engineered conference to address the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, saying its only objective is to support the "brotherly Palestinian people." The Palestinian Authority has rejected the economic conference planned for next month, which is part of the rollout of the White House's long-awaited ...

Pompeo warns Russia: no more meddling with US elections

Politics 05/14/19, 15:29

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said while in Russia he warned his Russian counterpart against “unacceptable” Russian meddling in U.S. elections. Pompeo’s first trip to Russia began on May 14. At a news conference following three hours of meetings, he said he told Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that any ...

Judge rules asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for immigration hearings

U.S. 05/08/19, 10:23

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on May 7 ruled that the Trump administration can make asylum-seekers wait temporarily in Mexico for immigration court hearings. The court reversed a decision by a San Francisco judge that would have prevented asylum-seekers from being returned to Mexico during the legal challenge phase ...

Heightened emergency at the border intensifies

U.S. 05/03/19, 09:52

The White House is seeking $4.5 billion in emergency border funding as the crisis at the border has reached a critical stage. Most of the money would go to aid Central American migrant families seeking asylum from poverty and violence in their home countries. These emergency funds would not go towards ...

New California rail plan pegs Central Valley line at $18.3B

California 05/01/19, 19:32

California's reworked plan for a high-speed train estimates an $18.3 billion price tag to complete 171 miles (275 kilometers) of track in the Central Valley by 2028, nearly a decade later than the initial estimate for a much longer Los Angeles-to-San Francisco line. State rail officials issued an update to the ...

Venezuela awaits more protests after a day of turmoil

America 04/30/19, 23:34

He called it the moment for Venezuelans to reclaim their democracy once and for all. But as the hours dragged on, opposition leader Juan Guaidó stood alone on a highway overpass with the same small cadre of soldiers with whom he launched a bold effort to spark a military uprising ...

White House Spring Garden Tour—in pictures

Culture 04/16/19, 09:49

The White House hosted the 2019 Spring Garden Tours on April 13 and 14, 2019. The Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, and the White House Kitchen Garden were accessible to guests for several hours each day. The National Park Service was in charge of distributing tickets. The event was free ...

Update: Court allows return of asylum seekers to Mexico

U.S. 04/12/19, 18:52

The Latest on a court ruling that would have prevented the Trump administration from returning asylum seekers to Mexico to await court hearings (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked a judge's order that would have stopped the Trump administration from returning asylum seekers to Mexico. A woman ...

Groups worried as Utah rolls out partial Medicaid expansion

Health 04/01/19, 20:24

As Utah rolled out its partial Medicaid expansion Monday, health care advocates said they're worried the scaled-back version of a voter-approved law will leave thousands of people behind. While they're glad more people will get coverage, they're worried about people such as Leonard Bagalwa, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of ...

Texas gun stores not worried as bump stock ban takes effect

Texas 03/30/19, 09:24

Some Texas weapons retailers say they don't expect much impact on their bottom line from the new ban on bump stock sales. A bump stock is an attachment that allows a semi-automatic weapon to fire nonstop, and one was used in the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting. The ban on the ...

Trump administration wants all of ‘Obamacare’ struck down

Politics 03/26/19, 10:50

The Trump administration has told a federal appeals court it wants the entire Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare," struck down. In a filing Monday with the New Orleans court, the administration said the entire law should be struck as unconstitutional. It's rare for the Justice Department to decline to defend ...

Survey: Business economists see slowdown in growth this year

Business 03/25/19, 08:26

The nation's business economists foresee a sharp slowdown in U.S. economic growth over the next two years, in sharp contrast to the Trump administration's predictions that growth will accelerate this year and next. That finding comes from the latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics being released Monday. Its ...

Official reports show improvements in the US economy

U.S. 03/19/19, 17:58

The Economic Report of the President was released together with the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers on Tuesday, Mar. 19. It includes in-depth information on U.S. economic developments and trends for last year, this year, and the years ahead. The report highlights a sharp rise in investment, manufacturing, ...

New rules for handling child bride petitions

Politics 02/15/19, 10:02

The Trump administration has announced new rules for scrutinizing requests to bring minor spouses to the United States. That word comes from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — the agency that considers whether to approve such requests. The Associated Press reported last month that thousands of requests by men to bring ...

Separated migrant families demand millions from US agencies

U.S. 02/11/19, 17:18

Lawyers for eight immigrant families separated under Trump administration policy filed claims Monday against the U.S. government demanding $6 million each in damages for what they describe as lasting trauma. The parents accused immigration officers of taking their children away without giving them information and sometimes mocking them or denying them ...

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