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States on hook for billions under Trump’s unemployment plan

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Whether President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to extend federal unemployment benefits by executive order remains unclear. Equally up in the air is whether states, which are necessary partners in Trump's plan to bypass Congress, will sign on.

Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular social media apps TikTok and WeChat on security grounds, a move China's government criticized as “political manipulation."

Trump to sign order on police changes as Democrats urge more

Following weeks of national protests since the death of George Floyd, President Donald Trump was ready to sign an executive order Tuesday aimed at encouraging better police practices and establishing a database to keep track of officers with a history of excessive use of force.

Commissioners vote to allow refugee settlement in Spokane County

Spokane County Commissioners found themselves in a position Tuesday none of their predecessors had faced before: deciding whether refugees should be allowed to settle in their community. They unanimously voted to consent to refugee resettlement in Spokane County.

North Dakota county may become first in U.S. to bar new refugees

If a local commission votes to bar refugees, as expected, North Dakota’s Burleigh County – home to about 95,000 people and the capital city of Bismarck – could become the first local government to do so since President Donald Trump issued an executive order making it possible.

Trump directs government to revamp care for kidney disease

President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the government to revamp the nation’s care for kidney disease so that more people whose kidneys fail have a chance at early transplants and home dialysis.

Trump signs order imposing sanctions on Iran supreme leader

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday targeting Iran’s supreme leader and his associates with financial sanctions, the latest action the U.S. has taken to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and supporting militant groups.

U.S. appeals court: Trump ‘sanctuary cities’ order is illegal

A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down a key part of President Donald Trump’s contentious effort to crack down on cities and states that limit cooperation with immigration officials, saying an executive order threatening to cut funding for “sanctuary cities” was unconstitutional.

In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation

Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.

Otter on CMS letter: ‘Not a rejection, an invitation’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has issued this statement on the Trump Administration’s letter yesterday notifying Idaho that its proposed “state-based” health insurance plans violate federal law and threatening enforcement action: “Contrary to news media interpretations, the letter from CMS Administrator Verma was not a rejection...