Government and politics - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Government and politics Joe Biden to give Class Day address at Harvard CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is slated to deliver the Class Day address at Harvard University. Graduating seniors are expected to hear from Biden at a ceremony starting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The Democrat served six terms as a U.S. senator for Delaware before becoming vice president under Barack Obama in 2009... Wed, 24 May 2017 04:31:00 GMT 2017-05-24T04:31:00Z Hannity backs off story about murdered DNC staffer NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity said Tuesday he's backing off his speculation about the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich after talking with Rich's family, which had appealed to the media to stop. The decision took Hannity off a potential collision course with his network, which earlier Tuesday had removed a w... Wed, 24 May 2017 03:26:00 GMT 2017-05-24T03:26:00Z The Latest: Some of Trump's GOP allies slam budget plan WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 (all times local): 10:40 p.m. President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget plan is drawing rebukes, even from some Republican allies, for its politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net and a broad swath of other domestic programs. ... Wed, 24 May 2017 03:10:00 GMT 2017-05-24T03:10:00Z The Latest: Hannity backs off story about slain DNC staffer NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Fox News and its story about a slain DNC employee (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Fox's Sean Hannity says he will no longer talk about a speculative story about the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich after talking to Rich's family. On his show Tuesday, Hannity f... Wed, 24 May 2017 02:41:00 GMT 2017-05-24T02:41:00Z Texas moves to soften voter ID law after judge finds bias AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A weakened Texas voter ID law moved closer to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's desk on Tuesday with the state House approving legislation that waters down an original version that a judge compared to a "poll tax" and ruled had intentionally discriminated against minorities. Republicans are pushing changes with urgency: the Texas Legislat... Wed, 24 May 2017 02:28:00 GMT 2017-05-24T02:28:00Z Seoul says NKorean object that drew fire was likely balloon SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's military said an unidentified object that flew across the border from rival North Korea and prompted the South to respond with warning shots on Tuesday was probably a balloon carrying Pyongyang's propaganda leaflets. An official from the Defense Ministry said Wednesday that the military concluded that the object was... Wed, 24 May 2017 02:28:00 GMT 2017-05-24T02:28:00Z Hands off US election, ex-CIA director says he warned Russia WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential election and was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in Donald Trump's campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on them. Meanwhile, a Senate committee... Wed, 24 May 2017 02:16:00 GMT 2017-05-24T02:16:00Z Hundreds honor Montana sheriff deputy killed in line of duty BELGRADE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty last week was remembered as a family man, a man of faith and a dedicated public servant who could be tough when he needed to be but still played dolls with his daughter. Hundreds of law enforcement officers, family and friends gathered Tuesday to honor Broadwater County S... Wed, 24 May 2017 02:08:00 GMT 2017-05-24T02:08:00Z 5 killed, 286 held in Bahrain raid on Shiite cleric's town DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain police raided a town Tuesday that is home to a prominent Shiite cleric facing possible deportation, arresting 286 people in an assault in which officers fired tear gas and shotguns at protesters. At least five demonstrators were killed and others wounded. The Interior Ministry said the operation targeting Diraz, ... Wed, 24 May 2017 02:05:00 GMT 2017-05-24T02:05:00Z Clinton: Trump budget shows 'unimaginable' cruelty NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton proclaimed Tuesday that President Donald Trump's budget shows an "unimaginable level of cruelty" for millions of Americans and children. The former Democratic presidential nominee, who recently declared herself part of the Trump resistance, lashed out at the Republican president's spending plan in aggressive terms after being honored in New Yo... Wed, 24 May 2017 02:01:00 GMT 2017-05-24T02:01:00Z Judge will reconsider ruling blocking sanctuary cities order SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday agreed to reconsider his ruling blocking President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. U.S. District Judge William Orrick accepted the administration's request to reconsider his April ruling. He gave the two California counties that... Wed, 24 May 2017 01:35:00 GMT 2017-05-24T01:35:00Z Agency-by-agency look at Trump's budget How President Donald Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion federal spending plan would affect individual government agencies. AGRICULTURE Up or down? Down 5 percent Highlight: The proposed budget would limit subsidies to farmers, including a cut in government help for purchasing crop insurance. Crop insu... Wed, 24 May 2017 01:03:00 GMT 2017-05-24T01:03:00Z Trump's food stamp cuts face hard sell in Congress WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposal to slash food stamps by a third will be a hard sell in Congress, even as Republicans have tried repeatedly to scale back the program's $70 billion annual cost. Democrats will oppose any changes to the program, which is designed as a temporary safety net for Americans who find themselves unable to adequat... Wed, 24 May 2017 00:50:00 GMT 2017-05-24T00:50:00Z Health care is key issue as Montana fills US House seat WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, Mont. (AP) — Meagher County, Montana, may not be much different than the rest of the rural enclaves across America that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump last fall. The median annual household income is $38,000 — about 25 percent below the national average. Nearly 20 percent of its 1,800 residents live in poverty. And more than one in four people d... Wed, 24 May 2017 00:23:00 GMT 2017-05-24T00:23:00Z Obama-era rule on financial advisers to go forward, for now WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is allowing to go forward an Obama-era rule that puts stricter requirements on professionals who advise retirement savers on their investments. But it's leaving open the possibility that deep changes to the rule will still be made. Wall Street and Republican lawmakers have been pushing against the so-called "fidu... Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT 2017-05-24T00:00:00Z UN: chemical experts found sarin exposure in Syria attack UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A team from the international chemical weapons watchdog found exposure "to sarin or a sarin-like substance" in samples from an April 4 attack in northern Syria that killed over 90 people and now wants to visit the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, a senior U.N. official said Tuesday. U.N. disarmament chief Izumi Nakamitsu told ... Tue, 23 May 2017 23:14:00 GMT 2017-05-23T23:14:00Z Losing their kicks? Funds for Route 66 towns may be at risk ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Route 66, the historic American roadway that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program, which would end years of efforts aimed at reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns. A federal law authorizing the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is set to expire in two... Tue, 23 May 2017 23:10:00 GMT 2017-05-23T23:10:00Z Timeline of events: Disruptive passenger's travel to Hawaii HONOLULU (AP) — Fighter jets were scrambled to escort an American Airlines flight to Honolulu after a disruptive passenger's laptop caused fear among flight attendants that it may contain explosives. Here's a timeline of events involving Anil Uskanli's travel to Hawaii. 12:03 a.m., Friday, May 19: Anil Uskanli uses a credit card to purchase a ticket to Ho... Tue, 23 May 2017 22:01:00 GMT 2017-05-23T22:01:00Z House OKs revamp of VA appeals in bid to cut claims backlog WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved legislation Tuesday to cut the time it takes for the Department of Veterans Affairs to handle appeals from veterans unhappy with their disability payouts, an effort to reduce a rapidly growing claims backlog without adding billions in government costs. Currently, veterans could wait five years or more to resolve... Tue, 23 May 2017 21:57:00 GMT 2017-05-23T21:57:00Z Lawmakers probe US contractor in Iraq sex trafficking case WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional investigative panel is demanding documents and testimony from an embattled U.S. defense contractor accused of failing to promptly disclose human trafficking on a base in Iraq. An investigation by The Associated Press this month found that Sallyport Global fired two of its investigators after they uncovered evidence of the... Tue, 23 May 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-05-23T21:54:00Z Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump fulfilled a major campaign promise Tuesday, proposing a $4.1 trillion budget plan that would upend Washington in a big way. But he drew rebukes, even from some Republican allies, for the plan's jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net for the poor and a broad swath of other domestic programs. ... Tue, 23 May 2017 21:13:00 GMT 2017-05-23T21:13:00Z Advocates slam Trump plan to reduce aid for college students WASHINGTON (AP) — Education advocates say President Donald Trump's budget contradicts his campaign pledge to make college more affordable with its proposed elimination of subsidized student loans and cuts in other programs that help students pay tuition. The 2018 budget, unveiled Tuesday, slashes discretionary funding for the Education Department by 13.5 ... Tue, 23 May 2017 21:13:00 GMT 2017-05-23T21:13:00Z CFO of Soup Nazi-inspired company indicted on tax charges NEW YORK (AP) — The chief financial officer for a company licensing recipes from the real-life chef who inspired the "Soup Nazi" character on "Seinfeld" was arrested Tuesday on tax charges alleging he cheated the government out of a half-million dollars. Robert N. Bertrand, 62, of Norwalk, Connecticut, pleaded not guilty before he was released on $50,000 ... Tue, 23 May 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-05-23T21:08:00Z 6 years later, memorial for Giffords mass shooting struggles PHOENIX (AP) — Survivors of the mass shooting that left former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords severely wounded are pleading with the public to help pay for a long-planned memorial after state funding fell through during this year's session of the Arizona Legislature. The Jan. 8, 2011, shooting at a Giffords meet-and-greet event outside a grocery store in Tucson... Tue, 23 May 2017 21:01:00 GMT 2017-05-23T21:01:00Z New policy center at University of Wisconsin raises alarms MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Wisconsin Republicans on Tuesday announced the formation of a new public policy center at the state's flagship university, which liberals said would be nothing more than a taxpayer-funded conservative think tank. The announcement about the new Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership comes as one of t... Tue, 23 May 2017 20:59:00 GMT 2017-05-23T20:59:00Z Brazil president on defense as aide falls, cash recovered RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Embattled President Michel Temer's attempt to win back confidence and stay in power was undermined Tuesday as one aide was arrested in a fraud scheme, another aide turned over to police a bag full of cash and shouts of "down with Temer" led a Senate commission to suspend work on a package of the president's labor reforms. Tadeu Filip... Tue, 23 May 2017 20:34:00 GMT 2017-05-23T20:34:00Z Police Seek Answers in Wake of Manchester Terror Investigators hunted for possible accomplices of the suicide bomber who attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people and sparking... Tue, 23 May 2017 20:32:00 GMT 2017-05-23T20:32:00Z Lawsuit: Mississippi fails to educate black children equally JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is denying good schools to African American students in violation of the federal law that enabled the state to rejoin the union after the Civil War, a legal group alleged Tuesday. The Southern Poverty Law Center wants a federal judge to force state leaders to comply with the 1870 law, which says Mississippi must never dep... Tue, 23 May 2017 19:59:00 GMT 2017-05-23T19:59:00Z Trump touts ultimate peace, but same obstacles remain JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump showered his Middle Eastern hosts with praise and declared a breakthrough regional peace within reach. No one contradicted him, but behind the pageantry and politesse a wall of skepticism remains solidly intact. It's often said that the contours of Israeli-Palestinian peace are well-known. And as Trump professed, mu... Tue, 23 May 2017 19:58:00 GMT 2017-05-23T19:58:00Z McConnell: Trump Budget is 'Recommendation' Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is giving lukewarm support to President Donald Trump's FY2018 budget proposal, telling reporters that lawmakers... Tue, 23 May 2017 19:54:00 GMT 2017-05-23T19:54:00Z