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Pentagon presents plan to 'rapidly defeat' the Islamic State, spokesman says

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is presenting the White House with a plan to "rapidly defeat" the Islamic State group, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. The strategy includes significant elements of the approach President Donald Trump inherited, while potentially deepening U.S. military involvement in Syria. Continue reading...

Trump meets with governors, say he will restore states' authority

President Donald Trump says in a meeting with governors that his administration will do all that it can to restore the authority of the states. Continue reading...

White House waiting on Russia-probe move

Subscriber onlyA White House spokesman said Sunday that it's premature to say that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself and appoint a special prosecutor to look into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election aimed at helping elect Donald Trump. Continue reading...

Trump's budget said to increase defense funding

Other agencies would see cuts

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will instruct federal agencies today to assemble a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes sharp increases in Defense Department spending and enough cuts to domestic agencies that he can keep his promise to leave Social Security and Medicare alone, according to four senior administration officials. Continue reading...

Perez urges unity for Democrats

New chairman pledges to reach out to progressives, others

Subscriber onlyFormer U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez, newly elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Sunday that a united party will be President Donald Trump's worst nightmare. Continue reading...

Contacts risk panel inquiry, senator says

Warner: Republican’s hand in Russia rebuttal a concern

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee's top Democrat has expressed his "grave concerns" to committee chairman Richard Burr over reports that Burr worked with the White House to try to quash negative stories about Russian interference in last year's U.S. elections. Continue reading...

Ivanka Trump on tightrope

Limelight opens her every move to praise, jabs targeting dad

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Tuesday morning, Ivanka Trump put on a navy turtleneck and heels that appeared to be from her own besieged fashion-line collection, and accompanied her father to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Continue reading...

Retailers work on alternate tax plan

CEOs aim to kill border-levy idea

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- U.S. retailers are working with lawmakers in the House and Senate to craft alternatives to a proposed tax on imported goods that they say will raise prices for consumers. Continue reading...

Bill proposes 'noncitizen' Georgia licenses

Stamp for drivers a safety matter, sponsor says; opponent calls it ‘scarlet letter’

Subscriber onlyATLANTA -- Georgia driver's licenses for resident aliens in the U.S. would be stamped with the word "noncitizen" under legislation introduced this year that's being watched closely by immigration advocates. Continue reading...

Democrats pick ex-labor secretary for national post

Subscriber onlyATLANTA -- Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman Saturday over a Minnesota congressman, capping a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party's electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump. Continue reading...

Suspense precedes Trump speech to Congress

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The White House has promised that President Donald Trump's first address to Congress will be forward-looking and about the "renewal of the American spirit." Continue reading...

Trump to skip media dinner

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, who lately has sharpened his criticism of the news media, said Saturday that he won't be attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Continue reading...

Governors at odds as Republicans set on Medicaid redo

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Tensions emerged Saturday between Democratic and Republican governors over a GOP-led proposal for an overhaul of Medicaid, with Democrats saying the changes would take away people's health coverage to finance tax cuts for the wealthy. Continue reading...

Transgender kids' kin ask Trump for meeting

Subscriber onlyThe parents of eight transgender children from across the country have requested a meeting with President Donald Trump and key administration officials to discuss the effects of the decision to withdraw federal guidance explaining what the nation's public schools must do to protect transgender students. Continue reading...

Washington news in brief

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