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Congress Passes Budget That Funds Government Through May 5

Congress Passes Budget That Funds Government Through May 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump’s 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next week without completing two other measures he’s coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a […]

In the New Word Order, the Border Wall Becomes a Figure of Speech

In the New Word Order, the Border Wall Becomes a Figure of Speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump’s border wall: It’s not really a wall at all. Instead, the wall is “a bit of a metaphor as to border security,” in the words of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida. Or, a “quote, wall,” as Sen. John McCain of Arizona […]

Trump’s First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled. People Fight Back.

Trump’s First 100 Days: Workers Get Pummeled. People Fight Back.

As the contours of Donald Trump’s presidency over its first 100 days – and the priorities of the Republican-majority Congress – take shape, the economic impact on working families of this agenda is becoming clearer. Trump ran for election on a hard nationalist, economically populist platform, wooing voters in depressed regions of the country, and […]

U.S. Judge to Trump: You Can’t Stop Money to ‘Sanctuary Cities’

U.S. Judge to Trump: You Can’t Stop Money to ‘Sanctuary Cities’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump’s attempt to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials, saying the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending. U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the preliminary injunction in two lawsuits — one […]

Democrats: Dropping Border Wall Demand Will Lead to Budget Deal

Democrats: Dropping Border Wall Demand Will Lead to Budget Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could avert the risk of a government shutdown this weekend by stepping back from his demand that lawmakers fund his promised border wall with Mexico in a must-pass spending bill, Congress’ two top Democrats said Monday. “If the president stepped out of it, we could get a budget done […]

Making It in Trump’s America: People, Policy & Poverty

Making It in Trump’s America: People, Policy & Poverty

Every other Thursday, Equal Voice News will track the latest from the Trump administration and whether its policies are creating poverty or prosperity, with reports from families and grassroots organizations working on those issues around the country. Here’s our latest:   Law and Order? Sure Isn’t Criminal Justice Reform Rumblings out of the White House […]

Uproar Is Likely After DHS Chief Tells Critics to ‘Shut Up’ on Immigration

Uproar Is Likely After DHS Chief Tells Critics to ‘Shut Up’ on Immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Tuesday bluntly challenged members of Congress critical of the Trump administration’s aggressive approach to immigration enforcement to either change the laws or “shut up.” In a wide-ranging speech, Kelly also promised a border crackdown on marijuana, which is illegal under federal law but legal under state […]

Concerns Grow That Justice Dept. Under Jeff Sessions Is a Step Back

Concerns Grow That Justice Dept. Under Jeff Sessions Is a Step Back

WASHINGTON (AP) — For three decades, America got tough on crime. Police used aggressive tactics and arrest rates soared. Small-time drug cases clogged the courts. Vigorous gun prosecutions sent young men away from their communities and to faraway prisons for long terms. But as crime rates dropped since 2000, enforcement policies changed. Even conservative lawmakers […]

Making It in Trump’s America: People, Policy & Poverty

Making It in Trump’s America: People, Policy & Poverty

Every other Thursday, Equal Voice News will track the latest from the Trump administration and whether its policies are creating poverty or prosperity, with reports from families and grassroots organizations working on those issues around the country. Here’s our latest:   Real Architects of Immigration Reform? It’s Not Who You Think President Trump prides himself […]

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