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U.S.-Mexico crisis deepens as Trump aide floats border tax idea

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House on Thursday floated the idea of imposing a 20 percent tax on goods from Mexico to pay for a wall at the southern U.S. border, sending the peso plummeting and deepening a crisis between the two neighbors.

Federal judge rejects Ohio’s new lethal injection process

CLEVELAND — A federal judge dismissed Ohio’s new lethal injection process Thursday, declaring it problematic, and extended a delay in three upcoming executions, saying the courts needed more time to decide whether it is constitutional.

Several senior U.S. State Department officials leave posts

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration has accepted the resignations of two top State Department officials effective on Friday, a step entirely within the new president’s rights but an abrupt departure for the diplomats, officials said on Thursday.

Trump orders building of border wall, targets U.S.‘sanctuary’ cities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump signed directives on Wednesday to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and strip funding from cities that shield illegal immigrants as he charged ahead with sweeping and divisive plans to transform how the United States deals with immigration and national security.

Mary Tyler Moore, Emmy-winning sitcom star, dead at 80

Emmy-winning actress Mary Tyler Moore, who brightened American television screens as the perky suburban housewife on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and then as a fledgling feminist on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," died on Wednesday at the age of 80, a representative said.

Health nominee says he does not back Medicare privatization

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told a congressional panel on Tuesday that he does not support the privatization of Medicare and defended his ethics record.

Trump clears way for controversial oil pipelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump signed orders on Tuesday smoothing the path for the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines in a move to expand energy infrastructure and roll back key Obama administration environmental actions.

White House vows to fight media ‘tooth and nail’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House vowed on Sunday to fight the news media “tooth and nail” over what it sees as unfair attacks, with a top adviser saying the Trump administration had presented “alternative facts” to counter low inauguration crowd estimates.

Trump pulls U.S. out of Pacific trade deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, distancing America from its Asian allies, as China’s influence in the region rises.

Deadly storm batters Eastern U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A powerful storm system plowed up the U.S. Eastern seaboard with torrential showers and high winds on Monday, hindering airline and rail travel, after killing at least 21 people in the South, many in mobile homes demolished by tornadoes.

Trump rejects new lawsuit over foreign payments to his firms

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed allegations in a new lawsuit by prominent constitutional and ethics lawyers that he is violating the U.S. Constitution by letting his hotels and other businesses accept payments from foreign governments.

In challenge to Trump, women protesters swarm streets across U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Women took to the streets in unexpectedly large numbers in major U.S. cities on Saturday in mass protests against U.S. President Donald Trump, in an early indication of the strong opposition the newly inaugurated Republican may face in office.

Trump plans to meet with U.S. allies next week

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. President Donald Trump is arranging to meet very soon with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, two long-standing U.S. allies concerned about how his presidency will affect their relationships with Washington.

Trump goes to CIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. —After months of mocking the CIA and questioning its conclusions on Russian interference in the election, President Donald Trump went to the agency headquarters in Langley, Va., on Saturday ostensibly to reach out but instead delivered an animated, rambling address in front of its memorial to fallen officers.

How did Trump’s education pick Betsy DeVos do in confirmation hearing?

On Monday, Education Lab looked at what might happen in Washington state with Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education. On Tuesday, she had her confirmation hearing (first), where she didn’t have answers for even the most basic questions about her qualifications to lead the $68 billion federal education agency.

Obama commutes prison sentences for 330

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 330 federal inmates, particularly drug offenders, on Thursday, making his quest to reduce what he viewed as overly harsh punishments one of his final acts in office.

U.S. economy shows strength on eve of Trump presidency

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. homebuilding rebounded sharply in December as a firming economy boosts demand for rental housing, while an unexpected drop in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week pointed to a further tightening in the labor market.

North Korea may be readying missile test

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States has seen indications that North Korea may be preparing for a new missile test-launch in the coming days or weeks, U.S. officials said on Thursday, in what could be an early test of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.