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DC Roundup: Trump in Rome, ‘Ready’ for Peace, Budget Plans, Brennan Testifies

Developments Tuesday concerning President Donald Trump include his discussions with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying both are “ready to reach for peace”; the release of his federal budget, his current Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifying before Congress, and his comments on the terror attack in Manchester: WATCH: US President Trump visits Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem Trump: Israeli, Palestinian Leaders ‘Ready to Reach for Peace’ — U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared that both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders…

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US Sues Fiat Chrysler Over Emissions Cheating Accusations

The U.S. government has filed a civil lawsuit against automaker Fiat Chrysler, saying the company has used illegal software to fake emission results on its diesel vehicles. The civil complaint filed Tuesday follows initial accusations from the Environmental Protection Agency released in January. The software reportedly hid emissions of nitrogen oxide, allowing the vehicles to appear to comply with regulations set forth in the Clean Air Act, while still emitting more of the gas than is allowed. At issue are the 2014 to 2016 models of Grand Cherokees and Dodge…

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Proposed Trump Budget Spares Old Age Programs, Slashes Many Others

President Donald Trump is proposing to balance the federal budget within 10 years by slashing many social programs, including those that help the poor pay for food and medical care, called food stamps and Medicaid. Officials outlined some details of the president’s first proposed spending plan ahead of its official release Tuesday.  A president’s budget has to be approved by Congress, so the final form is often quite different from what the chief executive submits.  Democrats oppose many of Trump’s plans, and the president’s Republican allies in Congress are divided…

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DC Roundup: Trump in Israel, Trip to Vatican, Flynn Won’t Cooperate

Developments over the weekend concerning President Donald Trump include his visit to Israel and the Western Wall in Jerusalem; his upcoming trip to the Vatican; planned program cuts to balance the federal budget; the approval of his ambassador to China, also, fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is refusing to hand over documents pertaining to a Senate investigation of Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election: Trump Assails Iranian Aggression on Visit to Israel — U.S. President Donald Trump assailed Iranian aggression and military ambitions Monday on his first visit to…

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Proposed Trump Budget Spares Old-age Programs, Slashes Other Items

President Donald Trump is proposing to balance the federal budget within 10 years by slashing many social programs, including some that help the poor pay for food and medical care, called food stamps and Medicaid. Officials have outlined some new details of the president’s first spending plan. A president’s budget has to be approved by Congress, so the final form is often quite different from what the chief executive proposes. Democrats oppose many of Trump’s plans, and the president’s Republican allies in Congress are divided on some budget issues.  …

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Supreme Court: 2 Voting Districts in North Carolina Unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that North Carolina placed too much of an emphasis on race when two congressional districts were created in 2011. The move upholds a lower court decision from February. In its decision, the high court said too many African-Americans were placed in those two Democratic districts in an improper effort to dilute their political strength elsewhere in the state and protect Republican congressional seats. “The North Carolina Republican legislature tried to rig congressional elections by drawing unconstitutional districts that discriminated against African-Americans and that’s wrong,”…

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US Gives Haitian Immigrants 6-month TPS Extension

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced it has extended by six months, Haitian immigrants’ access to a program of humanitarian protection. At least 50,000 Haitian immigrants are registered for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which permits them to live and work in the United States. TPS, offered in the wake of a deadly 2010 earthquake in Haiti, was set to expire July 23. It now has been extended through January 22. “Haiti has made progress across several fronts since the devastating earthquake,” DHS Secretary John Kelly said in…

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Iran’s Rouhani Criticizes Trump, Recent Saudi Summit

Iran’s newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that Iran’s relationship with the U.S. is a “curvy road,” and called President Donald Trump’s summit in Saudi Arabia this past weekend “just a show.” Rouhani also said that stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without his country’s help. “The Americans do not know our religion, that’s what the catch is,” Rouhani said in response to a question from AP. Rouhani said he hopes the Trump administration will “settle down” enough for his nation to better understand it. Rouhani…

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Reports: Flynn to Invoke 5th Amendment, Declines Senate Subpoena

U.S. media reports say former national security advisor Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and decline to cooperate with a Senate subpoena to hand over documents related to the probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. election. The Senate Intelligence Committee is seeking the documents as part of its investigation. Flynn had previously sought immunity. The Senate committee probe is one of several ongoing inquiries into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign with Moscow interests to help him win the election. Trump fired Flynn…

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Turkey Summons US Envoy Over Violence During Erdogan Visit

Turkey has summoned the U.S. ambassador to Ankara to protest what it called the “aggressive” treatment of Turkish security personnel during last week’s visit to the Washington by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The move appears to be in response to strong U.S. criticism of the Turkish security personnel who apparently attacked demonstrators last week. The U.S. had summoned the Turkish ambassador to the U.S. following the violence. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Fox News Sunday that Turkey’s ambassador has been told that last Tuesday’s violence was “simply unacceptable.” “There…

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