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Politics Barack Obama

  • NEW YORK— Shares of the three major U.S. defense contractors are hitting all-time highs in the first day of trading after President Donald Trump bestowed Saudi Arabia with a $110 billion arms deal. The agreement, which could expand up to $350 billion over 10 years, sent shares of Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp. and Raytheon Co. to unprecedented...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The man who led President Donald Trump's transition team for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Myron Ebell, told a conservative conference last month that the new administration is moving too slowly to unravel climate change regulations. In closed-door remarks to members of the conservative Jefferson Institute in Virginia on...

  • President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the White House May 18, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    Trump's administration will offer an exclusive contract that will give one company the right to service billions of dollars of outstanding federal student loans now handled by four companies.

  • MANILA, Philippines— Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte left Monday for a four-day official visit to Russia, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and witness the signing of several agreements, including on defense cooperation and trade. In his departure speech, Duterte said the visit underscores his independent foreign policy and...

  • President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One for his first international trip as president, including stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, Brussels and at the G7 summit in Sicily, from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. May 19, 2017.

    President Donald Trump's two-day visit to Israel, which begins Monday morning, should have been the easiest stop in his first overseas trip.

  • AUSTIN, Texas— A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas— though it may only apply to public schools. "it's absolutely about child safety," said Paddie, from the East Texas town of Marshall. Texas' legislative session ends May 29, but that's plenty of time to...

  • HANOI, Vietnam— Pacific Rim trade ministers meeting in Vietnam committed Sunday to move ahead with the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact after the United States pulled out. Since the U.S withdrawal, Japan and New Zealand have been spearheading efforts to revive the deal. The ministers have tasked their trade officials to present the assessment to their...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on Congress' efforts to press ahead with efforts to work out a replacement for' Obamacare. This comes as Washington is fixated on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI chief James Comey and burgeoning investigations into possible connections between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia. Just as happened in the House, Republicans...

  • They would substitute their own tax credits, ease coverage requirements and cut the federal-state Medicaid program for the poor and disabled that Obama enlarged. The House passed its version this month, but not without difficulty, and now Republicans who run the Senate are finding hurdles, too. GOP senators say they're discussing a possible short-term bill if...

  • Men use their smartphones to follow election news as posters of Iran's President Hassan Rouhani are seen in Tehran, Iran May 17, 2017.

    Iranians seeking more freedom at home and less isolation abroad have emphatically re-elected President Rouhani over his hard-line opponent.

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump's attorneys initially wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics. Attorney Sheri Dillon said she saw no need for Trump to sign his 2016 personal financial disclosure because he is filing voluntarily...

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- President Donald Trump's administration will soon offer an exclusive contract that will give one company the right to service billions of dollars of outstanding federal student loans now handled by four companies, officials said on Friday. The U.S. Education Department, led by Trump pick Betsy DeVos, said the streamlining will save money...

  • WASHINGTON— The Education Department has announced it will move servicing of $1.3 trillion in federal student loans to a single provider. In an op-ed published Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calls the previous system, put in place under President Barack Obama, "chaotic." Rohit Chopra, Senior Fellow at the Consumer Federation of America, raises concerns...

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- The U.S. House of Representatives will send its healthcare overhaul plan passed this month to the Senate after it receives a final analysis by congressional reviewers, probably in a couple of weeks, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Friday. "Were moving it over to the Senate probably in a couple of weeks." The measure still faces a potentially steep...

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- The U.S. Education Department said on Friday it was changing its approach to student-loan servicing, awarding a contract to handle outstanding debts to one company. Under former President Barack Obama, much of the $1.3 trillion business of student lending was moved from banks and other companies to the federal government.

  • Donald Trump's attorney requested that the president be excused from certifying his personal financial disclosure form

    Donald Trump's attorney's didn't initially want the president to sign his own financial disclosure forms for 2016, according to correspondence obtained by the Associated Press.

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- The U.S. Education Department said on Friday it was changing its approach to student-loan servicing, awarding a contract to handle outstanding debts to one company. Under former President Barack Obama, much of the $1.3 trillion business of student lending was moved from banks and other companies to the federal government.

  • Trump's sets new record for negativity when it comes to media coverage, a new study says

    A Harvard study found that 80 percent of President Donald Trump's media coverage during his early days in the Oval office was overwhelmingly negative.

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- The U.S. House of Representatives will send its healthcare overhaul plan passed earlier this month to the Senate in a couple of weeks after it receives a final analysis by congressional reviewers, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Friday. "Were moving it over to the Senate probably in a couple of weeks." It still faces a potentially steep climb in the...

  • The ruling was a victory for hobbyists and a setback for the FAA, which cited safety concerns as it tried to tighten regulation of the fast-growing army of drone operators. The FAA estimates that hobbyists will buy 2.3 million drones this year and 13 million by the end of 2020. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed with Taylor, saying...