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Trump rolls out $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan

President Donald Trump launched what he calls a "big week" for his infrastructure plan, which envisions $1.5 trillion in spending over a decade to rebuild roads and highways. The plan would fulfill a key campaign goal but rely heavily on state and local government budgets to become a reality. Show More Summary

Making Guantánamo Great Again: The prison’s media makeover

Inside a vacant former maximum-security prison, the Pentagon has nearly finished building a new health clinic with nearby surgical and radiological suites. Soon, contractors will add furniture, equipment and put … Click to Continue ...

Modesto’s first Winter Olympics contender ready for tough sledding

Kendall Wesenberg often hears about how she’s the epitome of California cool in a sport that would make most Golden State residents break into a cold sweat if they tried … Click to Continue »

How Rand Paul Exposed a Republican Reversal

It wasn’t long ago that fiscal responsibility was a mainstream Republican rallying cry. This was not lost on Senator Rand Paul who briefly shut the government down Friday morning over spending increases. … Click to Continue »

Jewish Republicans reach uneasy truce with Trump

Donald Trump has equivocated in condemning violent neo-Nazis, he was slow to disavow the Ku Klux Klan and a host of white supremacists say they have been encouraged by his … Click to Continue »

John Kelly: From Order to Disorder?

John F. Kelly was brought in to restore order to a chaotic West Wing. But recently, the White House chief of staff has been finding himself at the center of the controversy. … Click to Continue »

Cruz lays off the corn, turns on the gas

Ted Cruz is holding up the confirmation of a key agriculture nominee to help oil refiners in his home state of Texas – infuriating some of the Iowans who fueled … Click to Continue »

Is Trump’s EPA chief bluffing? Or will he gut California’s tough emissions standards?

California officials and clean air advocates are increasingly concerned the Trump administration may attempt to unravel a key program to drive down greenhouse gas emissions from automobile fleets while also … Click to Continue »

Mulvaney emerges as a leading candidate to replace White House chief of staff

Mick Mulvaney, a former South Carolina congressman who now serves as President Donald Trump's budget director, is a leading contender to replace White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, according … Click to Continue »

When will it stop? Conservatives who vowed to cut spending keep spending

Tea party Republicans arrived in Washington seven years ago with a clear, loud message from angry voters: Slash spending. But once again, spending is going way up. “Part of our … Click to Continue »

Latest in cybercrime: Your infected computer enslaved to earn digital currency

When unauthorized software found its way onto the network of a small Tennessee hospital, the culprits didn’t ask for ransom. They didn’t steal records. What they did was silently harness … Click to Continue »

Intern confidentiality rule — what happens in Topeka stays there — now under review

A growing chorus of Kansas Statehouse leaders is calling for revisions in a sweeping confidentiality agreement that legislative interns must sign. A Star investigation last month found that interns are … Click to Continue »

The battleground keeps shifting under NC candidates. Here’s how that plays out.

Voters in some of the state’s biggest counties, including Wake and Mecklenburg, will see some unfamiliar names on their ballots come November. A U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday reset district … Click to Continue »

Assemblywoman leading #MeToo movement in California is accused of sexual misconduct

An outspoken California lawmaker who has been at the forefront of the Capitol’s anti-sexual harassment movement is herself under investigation for allegedly groping a former legislative staff member. Daniel Fierro, … Click to Contin...

Bobsledder Briauna Jones: Happy to be at the Olympics — but also sad

Briauna Jones fought back tears as she sat in the audience as members of the women’s U.S. Olympic bobsled team spoke from a stage about her unglamorous job at the … Click to Continue »

House passes budget, ending government shutdown

The House narrowly passed a sweeping bipartisan budget accord, ending an hours-long government shutdown and clearing a path for huge spending increases for both the Pentagon and domestic programs. The 240-186 vote sent the 400 billion US dollar spending plan to President Donald Trump, who has promised to sign it. … Click to Continue »

Briauna Jones on coach Olesen: 'He took a chance on me'

Briauna Jones, an alternate on the women's bobsled squad for Team USA, credits former UNCC track coach Bob Olesen for taking a chance on her and convincing her to take up the sport. … Click to Continue »

They have been smeared, glorified, made political pawns. But who are the ‘Dreamers’ really?

They touched off a political debate that has roiled American politics for years and even briefly shut down the entire federal government last month. But for all their political impact, … Click to Continue »

Trump words hurt fight against human trafficking

The U.S. government’s efforts to fight human trafficking are stronger than ever, according to the Justice Department. But those working with victims on the ground say there’s a new problem: … Click to Continue »

Here’s what’s blocking senators from reaching a DACA deal

Nearly two-dozen senators from both parties want to offer legislation next week that would protect almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation, but they're stuck on whether their measure should protect … Click to Continu...

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