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Politics Barack Obama

  • TULA, Russia— Claims of hacking by the Russian state may be feeding international tensions, but they've given Californian musician David Brown a great icebreaker when selling his line of Russian-made microphones. Brown, who's often toured Russia with his band Brazzaville, teamed up with fan Pavel Bazdyrev in 2013 to start making top-end musical equipment in...

  • WASHINGTON— When a summer thunderstorm knocked out power to Scott Pruitt's home three years ago, the then-attorney general of Oklahoma reached out to a lobbyist for American Electric Power. The 2013 email exchange is one of dozens reviewed by The Associated Press that underscore the cozy ties between the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency and...

  • The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point. Lisa Murkowski is sponsoring legislation to open the refuge that takes up Alaska's northeast corner and is larger than West Virginia and Connecticut combined. The coastal plain is not the apex of Alaska scenery, but it's a nursery for polar bears, muskoxen and the vast Porcupine...

  • The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards says, as Tehran concludes war games. Mexico reacts with anger to what one official calls "hostile" new U.S. immigration guidelines as senior Trump administration envoys begin arriving in Mexico City for...

  • The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards says, as Tehran concludes war games. The White House has pushed back the release of a new executive order to replace the directive suspending travel to the United States by citizens of seven mostly Muslim...

  • unisex sign and the 'We Are Not This' slogan are outside a bathroom in Durham, North Carolina.

    President Donald Trump's administration revoked landmark guidance issued to public schools in defense of transgender student rights.

  • Dec. 2014— Dallas- based Energy Transfer Partners applies to the federal government to build the 1,200- mile Dakota Access pipeline to carry North Dakota oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to an existing pipeline in Illinois. The proposed route skirts the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's reservation and crosses under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in North...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The governor has asked Republican President Donald Trump to undo Democratic former President Barack Obama's designation of a national monument and give back the land that was donated for it. Burt's Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby's foundation last August donated 87,000 acres to the federal government for the Katahdin Woods and Waters...

  • Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

    House Republicans do not expect the president to announce his own tax plan; instead, they anticipate he will simply align himself with theirs.

  • HAVANA— Cuban President Raul Castro appears eager to maintain better relations with the United States and gave a group of U.S. Congress members signed copies of a recent speech expressing his willingness to negotiate with President Donald Trump, Sen. Leahy and four other members of Congress spoke to reporters Wednesday at the end of a three-day trip to Cuba...

  • Scott Pruitt testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Capitol Hill, January 18, 2017 in Washington.

    New reports show Scott Pruitt, now the EPA administrator, had close ties with oil and gas producers to reduce environmental regulations. NYT reports.

  • WASHINGTON— Capitol Hill Republicans said Wednesday that the White House is planning to submit President Donald Trump's budget plan to Congress in mid-March. The GOP aides spoke on condition of anonymity because the White House hasn't made the date public. At the White House, meanwhile, the president met with his senior staff Wednesday to discuss the budget,...

  • GENEVA, Feb 22- A global agreement to boost trade by cutting red tape and streamlining border checks came into force on Wednesday, promising a 0.5 percent lift to the world economy by 2030 even as it faces renewed protectionism from the United States. World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevedo hailed the start of the pact, which he said was the "...

  • Stephen Summers of Virginia Beach reacts in disagreement at U.S. Representative Scott Taylor (R-VA) (not shown) during a town hall meeting at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, February 20, 2017.

    A morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

  • Former investment banker for Goldman Sachs Steven Mnuchin (R) participates in a swearing-in ceremony, as President Donald Trump (L) looks on in the Oval Office of the White House February 13, 2017.

    Goldman veterans may enjoy top billing in Trump's administration, but executives from one little-known bank may soon wield enormous influence.

  • U.S. Border Patrol agents detain undocumented immigrants after they crossed the border from Mexico into the United States on August 7, 2015 in McAllen, Texas.

    Trump is quickly changing the deportation system, but still needs help from Congress, USA Today reports.

  • President Donald Trump

    President Trump took to Twitter to give his take on the unrest seen at town hall events across the U.S., citing "so-called angry crowds."

  • The EPA had until April 2018 to decide whether the 2025 standards were feasible but in November moved up its decision to Jan. 13, just before Obama left office. Separately, the Association of Global Automakers, a trade group representing Honda Motor Co, Nissan Motor Co Ltd, Hyundai Motor Co and others, said late Tuesday it had formally petitioned the EPA to withdraw...

  • SAN DIEGO, Feb 21- A U.S. biofuels lobbying group on Tuesday said it is seeking to work with longtime rival the oil industry to fight the threat to both from subsidies for electric vehicles. The two industries have been at loggerheads for years as they seek sway with Washington over how much biofuel should be included in gasoline and diesel. The two groups are more...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 21- A trade association representing General Motors Co, Toyota Motor Corp, Volkswagen AG and nine other automakers on Tuesday asked new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to withdraw an Obama administration decision to lock in vehicle emission rules through 2025.. The EPA had until April 2018 to decide whether the 2025...