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New visa rules set off ‘panic wave’ in immigrant communities

After nearly a dozen years moving through the U.S. visa system, Sai Kyaw’s brother and sister and their families were at the finish line: a final interview before they could …


Utilities say they’re against EPA rollback on mercury emissions

For more than three years, the Trump administration has prided itself on working with industry to unshackle companies from burdensome environmental regulations. But as the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to …


House passes Puerto Rico aid in face of Trump veto threat

The Democratic-controlled House on Friday passed a $20 billion-plus aid package for Puerto Rico, where a swarm of earthquakes last month set back the island territory’s slow, troubled recovery from …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

Secret Service has paid rates as high as $650 a night for rooms at Trump’s properties

President Donald Trump’s company charges the Secret Service for the rooms agents use while protecting him at his luxury properties - billing U.S. taxpayers at rates as high as $650 …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

U.S. hits Russian railroad with sanctions over Crimea

The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on a Moscow-based private railway company that recently opened passenger service between Russia and Crimea


Supreme Court allows enforcement of new green card rule

A divided Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to put in place new rules that could jeopardize permanent resident status for immigrants who use food stamps, Medicaid and housing …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Trump administration approves Keystone pipeline on U.S. land

The Trump administration on Wednesday will approve a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land, federal officials told the Associated Press, pushing the …


Cuba warns citizens to prepare for cooking-gas shortages

The Cuban government is warning citizens to prepare for shortages of cooking gas due to Trump administration sanctions on the island.


Trump goes out of his way to take a bow, again

After researchers reported the largest-ever one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate during 2017, President Donald Trump didn’t miss the chance to take a bow


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

U.S.: Ex-Trump aide Flynn deserves up to 6 months in prison

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn deserves up to six months behind bars, the Justice Department said Tuesday, reversing its earlier position that he was entitled to …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Trump administration tightens SNAP work requirements

The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for the federal food assistance program in a move that will slash benefits for hundreds of thousands of people.


US held nearly 70,000 migrant kids in custody in 2019

The U.S. government had nearly 70,000 migrant children in custody this year, a record number of infants, children and teens at risk for trauma that can cause ongoing physical and …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Spokane judge becomes second to block Trump administration’s ‘conscience rule’

A federal judge in Spokane became the second in two days to block the Trump administration’s new expanded “conscience rule” that would allow health care workers to refuse care for …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

White House launches website aimed at addiction treatment

The Trump administration has unveiled a website aimed at helping millions of Americans with substance abuse issues learn about and locate treatment options.


U.S. budget deficit hits $984 billion, highest in 7 years

The federal deficit for the 2019 budget year surged to $984.4 billion, its highest point in seven years, and is widely expected to top the $1 trillion mark in coming …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

House investigators subpoena 3 more administration officials

Impeachment investigators issued subpoenas Friday to three more Trump administration officials, demanding their testimony in the probe of President Donald Trump’s efforts to force Ukraine to feed him damaging information …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Tally of children split at border tops 5,400 in new count

The American Civil Liberties Union says US immigration authorities separated more than 1,500 children from their parents at the Mexico border early in the Trump administration, bringing the total number …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Spokane judge blocks Trump rule restricting immigration for people who need government help

The Trump administration proposed a tightening of the definition of a public charge that would allow denying the application for permanent residence to anyone who receives public benefits for more …


Judge blocks Trump rules for detained migrant kids

A U.S. judge blocked new Trump administration rules that would enable the government to keep immigrant children in detention facilities with their parents indefinitely


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

U.S. official: Trump’s special envoy to Ukraine has resigned

Kurt Volker, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO caught in the middle of a whistleblower complaint over President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, has resigned from his post as special …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Washington sues Trump over transfer of $89M from Puget Sound Navy base to border wall

Washington sues Trump administration over the transfer of money for Navy construction project.


Washington joins lawsuit against proposed changes to detaining immigrant children

Washington joined a group of other states challenging proposed new rules by the Trump administration that state Attorney General Bob Ferguson described Monday as part of “scorched earth immigration policies.”


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019

Plan allows drilling, grazing near national monument in Utah

A new U.S. government management plan unveiled Friday clears the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land that used to be off limits as part of …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Farmers harvesting Washington wheat at a loss

Massive combines have begun transforming much of the Palouse from waving fields of wheat into vast expanses of stubble. But the farmers cutting that crop are currently selling the grain …


Washington takes lead in 13-state legal challenge to immigration rule

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Richland on Wednesday, the states contend the Trump administration is attempting a “radical overhaul of federal immigration law” with the final …


Trump officials weigh delay of abortion curbs

Trump administration weighs delay in enforcing its ban on abortion referrals by family-planning clinics


Plan to slow Western wildfires would clear strips of land

The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large swaths of land along 11,000 miles of terrain in the West. The …


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019

GAO: EPA skirted procedures in overhaul of science boards

Government Accountability Office says Trump administration skirted some procedures and ethics rules in remaking the Environmental Protection Agency’s science advisory boards


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

Dems, Republicans air warring views on migrants’ conditions

Democrats who’ve visited the southern border are accusing President Donald Trump of cruelty, while Republicans say Democrats are doing little to help migrants whose numbers have overwhelmed US authorities detaining …


White House unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan

The White House has unveiled the economic portion of its much-anticipated “deal of the century” peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians