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Report: US Unlikely to Meet Paris Climate Pledge

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The United States will fall well short of its 2025 greenhouse gas reduction target unless major additional steps are taken, according to a new report. While U.S. states, cities and companies have promised to step up their efforts to fight climate change as the Trump administration pulls back, the report finds their actions will not […]

US Median Household Income Reaches Record High

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The median U.S. household income reached $61,372 last year — its highest level ever, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday. The new median figure, meaning that half of U.S. families earned more money and half less, was a reflection of the robust U.S. economy, the world’s largest, that expanded 4.1 percent in the April-to-June period even […]

US Federal Deficit to Hit $1 Trillion by End of Fiscal Year

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The U.S. federal deficit will reach $1 trillion by the end of the fiscal year, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. The CBO said in previous estimates that it did not expect to hit the milestone until 2020. Spending rose by $222 billion, or 32 percent, in the first 11 months of fiscal 2018, […]

US to Release $1.2 Billion in Military Aid to Egypt

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has authorized the release of $1.2 billion in U.S. military assistance to Egypt despite human rights concerns that have held up previous funding. The State Department said Friday it is notifying Congress that Pompeo has signed national security waivers allowing the money known as foreign military financing, or FMF, to […]

A Look at Trump and the Hunt for Leaks

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President Donald Trump is vowing to root out the aides, officials or others who contributed to a pair of accounts that contend some on his team question his judgment, competence and even rationality. A book by journalist Bob Woodward and an anonymous New York Times opinion piece, Trump has said, are fiction and lies. But […]

US Military to Send 1,500 More Soldiers to Germany by Late 2020

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The U.S. military will station about 1,500 additional soldiers in Germany by September 2020, adding to more than 33,000 American troops already in the country in a move that could trigger fresh tensions with Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested last month that NATO forces in eastern Europe posed a threat to Russia, a charge […]

Refugee Advocates Lobby US Congress

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Within 25 days, President Donald Trump will make a decision that will affect tens of thousands of refugees. On Wednesday, advocates lobbying members of Congress on Capitol Hill pressed for that number to be 75,000. Last year, Trump wanted it to be no more than 45,000. The reality in the last 11 months is closer […]

Gordon Fizzles; Hurricane Florence Waits in the Wings

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Tropical Storm Gordon weakened Wednesday into a tropical depression, while forecasters kept their eyes on a strong storm churning in the Atlantic. Gordon never strengthened into a hurricane but still brought misery along the central U.S. Gulf Coast. The storm knocked out power, caused floods and spawned several tornadoes. It was responsible for at least […]

Gordon Fizzles; Hurricane Florence Waits in the Wings

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Tropical Storm Gordon weakened Wednesday into a tropical depression, while forecasters kept their eyes on a strong storm churning in the Atlantic. Gordon never strengthened into a hurricane but still brought misery along the central U.S. Gulf Coast. The storm knocked out power, caused floods and spawned several tornadoes. It was responsible for at least […]

Trump Team, Canada Officials Resume Talks to Revamp NAFTA

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Trump administration officials and Canadian negotiators are resuming talks to try to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc with the United States and Mexico. “We are looking forward to constructive conversations today,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters as she entered a meeting with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer. Last week, […]