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How Trump's budget would really hammer N.J

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And it omits any proposal for negotiating prescription drug prices, a frequent Trump talking point. Representative Mark Meadows, who heads the House of Representatives' hard-right Freedom Caucus , called it "a great step forward" for conservatives, adding: "It's all about economic growth". Read More »

Brazil's Temer loses another aide as pressure mounts

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He has denied the allegations. Temer says his administration will petition the Supreme Federal Tribunal to suspend the investigation against him until the audio is verified. Macroeconomic and financial conditions - the exchange rate, equity prices, inflation and inflation expectations - have significantly improved since Mr. Read More »

DeVos: No 'school-choice' mandate from Washington

Efforts to increase oversight and accountability of Detroit's charter schools have foundered, with DeVos and her family leading the opposition. "It should not depend on how much their parents make, what language they speak at home, and certainly, not what neighborhood they live in". Read More »

Why Melania Trump covers her head one day and not the next

Mr Trump was accompanied for the audience by his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka , both dressed all in black, in keeping with traditional protocol that is no longer always observed by all female dignitaries visiting the Vatican. Last year, Spicer told members of the media that he was giving up alcohol for Lent. This, of course, is the danger in taking a snapshot - literally - as representative of all that much. Read More »

Trump's budget director defends plans to cut social programs

That is, it claims that the same $2.06 trillion can be used to both reduce the budget deficit and simultaneously pay for Trump's proposed tax cuts, according to a report by Axios . Clark replied, "I am shocked". She said that's "cruel", "heartless" and "inhumane". In total, that meant roughly $3.6 trillion in cuts over the next 10 years to domestic agencies, food stamps, Medicaid, highway funding, crop insurance and medical research, among others. Read More »

Trump pushes for peace in ME

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Education Minister Naftali Bennett called the speech "nearly unprecedented", noting its friendly tone and vows to keep Iran from getting a nuclear bomb. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. On Monday, in his joint remarks with Netanyahu, Trump said, "I've heard it's one of the toughest deals of all, but I have a feeling that we're going to get there eventually, I hope" (" Trump admits peace is tough", the following pool report read). Read More »

Trump, Francis: After clashing, a search for common ground

Refusing to be corralled into criticizing the President, Pope Francis said it would be imprudent of him to judge someone he hasn't yet met and spoke instead of his desire to hear what the President had to say. "Yes there are challenges, there are problems that need to be addressed but there is a way to do them and there is a way not to do them and the way he (Trump) has been doing it is the way not to do it", he said. Read More »

Trump taking unique Saudi-to-Israel flight

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At an airport greeting ceremony, Israeli Cabinet Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the religious nationalist Jewish Home Party, asked Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem . Still, White House officials have downplayed expectations for a significant breakthrough on this trip. President Donald Trump is closing the first leg of his maiden overseas trip. Read More »

British police name Manchester attacker as Salman Abedi

On Tuesday morning, British authorities identified the suicide bomber as Salman Abedi . Islamic State Group, also known as ISIS, took credit for the deadly attack. One donor Shorna Gumbley said: "I speak for the world when I simply thank you for your bravery". We're wishing her the best during this hard time. Read More »

Seniors Have A Lot To Lose If Trump's Medicaid Budget Passes

The proposed elimination of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program means more than 1.1 million school children would lose critical summer and after school learning opportunities. Chris Hastedt, the public policy director for Maine Equal Justice Partners, says the cuts to social welfare programs are unprecedented and cruel. The CDC's chronic disease prevention programs, such as those for diabetes, heart disease, stroke and obesity, would be cut by $222 million. Read More »

Delay in court case deepens health insurance uncertainty

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On Thursday, more than a dozen Democratic state attorneys general sought to intervene in the case due to concerns that the administration is seeking to sabotage the Affordable Care Act . This brings me back to the Democrats. Slavitt was echoed Monday by Leslie Dach, another Obama administration veteran who heads the Protect Our Care Campaign, an Obamacare advocacy group. Read More »

Trump sends Congress $4.1T spending plan

Said Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.: "I don't think the president's budget is going anywhere". -The Poor: Trump's budget would slash Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program by $616 billion over the next decade. In states that reinstated the limit, such as Kansas and ME, many of those who had their benefits stopped were still not working a year later. However, there does not appear to be a significant increase in job-training funding in the budget proposal . Read More »

Britain raises terror threat level, deploys army

The 23-year-old has flown back to home city of Florida. While Spears confirmed none of the touring crew were injured in the blast, he said the "painful memory" has affected them deeply. The U.S. State Department issued a statement of condolence to victims and their families. Abedi had a sister named Jomana Abedi, the United States security officials said. Read More »

Israelis and Palestinians are ready 'to reach for peace'

I doubt he could pass a high-school level test on those subjects. At talks with Mahmoud Abbas , he spoke of being gratified that the Palestinian leader had committed to taking necessary steps to "fight terrorism". Although White House spokesmen answered no when reporters asked whether the president had made a decision to terminate Comey before receiving a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Read More »

Merkel delighted with pro-EU Macron in the Elysée

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The result "must be seen for what it is: the normalisation of supporting the far-right in French society", historian Nicolas Lebourg wrote in the Liberation daily. With almost 47 million registered voters, the turnout, excluding French overseas territories, was registered at 75.34 percent in the second round, lower compared to 78.69 per cent in the April 23 round and 80.35 per cent in the 2012 runoff. Read More »

President Trump arrives in Rome ahead of meeting with Pope Francis

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Trump and Pope Francis have long had a tense relationship. The first papal visit by a US president known for his wealth and his ostentatious taste brings Trump before a no-frills pontiff who urges humility and shuns material excess. When antimatter meets matter annihilation occurs, when the Antichrist Trump meets Pope Francis let's pray that the Pontiff survives the meeting, and that Trump will be so unnerved that he will go nuts and act insane, and be committed. Read More »

Trump condemns 'evil losers' behind Manchester attack

He did not specifically mention the two-state solution, long the focus of worldwide peace efforts and US Middle East diplomacy, reported AFP. Mr Abbas is an unpopular leader, according to polls, and the Palestinian political landscape is split between his Fatah party and Hamas, the Islamist movement that is in control in the Gaza Strip and opposes negotiations with Israel . Read More »

Iran: US relations a 'curvy road'

Talking to RFE/RL's Armenian service (Azatutyun.am), majority said they had voted for continued reforms. And Iranian decision-makers are well aware of this. Moreover, Rouhani will continue to face pressures from the Iranian hawks to adopt tougher stances on foreign policy issues, including the conflict in Syria . Read More »

UAE minister sees chance for Iran to reset "troubled" ties with neighbours

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to hold his first press conference in the presence of representatives of domestic and foreign media since his landslide election victory and winning a second term in office. They were said to be the outcome of Tehran's support to terrorist groups such as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or IRGC. Trump was greeted warmly during his Saudi visit, and US and Saudi officials signed at least $350 billion in business transactions on the first ... Read More »

Trump Budget Would Cut Medicaid, Rely on Rosy Growth Projection

Several GOP lawmakers also complained that the administration made little or no effort to consult with them before putting forward a roster of cuts that Congress would clearly find unacceptable. In fact, I've actually heard $106 referred to as a freeze because it simply stays in line with the Congressional Budget Office. The poor and working poor pay little or nothing in federal income taxes - and they would get little or nothing. Read More »

Trump meets Palestine President, urges resumption of peace talks

He wants peace. He loves people. He reiterated the Palestinians' demands, including establishing a capital in East Jerusalem, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognising the state of Palestine". Read More »

Trump Meeting With Arab Leaders Ahead of Major Speech

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross took time Monday morning to commend the lack of protests against President Donald Trump during his visit to Saudi Arabia . Trump visited Israel and the West Bank Monday and Tuesday. "But here in Israel, we're proud to have a growing and thriving Christian community, and we guarantee the rights of all". Read More »

Fan heckles Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James after poor Game 3

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James was ineffective, scoring just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting with six turnovers. The starting lineup of Isaiah, Avery Bradley , Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson , and Al Horford is good enough to win a ton of games in the regular season and take home a top 3 seed year in and year out, but it's not good enough to compete against LeBron and the Cavs in the east finals. Read More »

Trump in Bethlehem to meet Palestinian president

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Yesterday, Trump held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv. The White House has downplayed the prospects of a breakthrough on jumpstarting the Middle East peace process but Trump has been bullish on the potential for peace during his presidency. Read More »

Venezuela's 'Grandparents' March' Is Met With Riot Cops

The elderly , some accompanied by their grandchildren, ran into lines of riot police as they reached the capital's main road, the CNN news channel reported. At least 38 people have been killed and hundreds injured in protests that erupted after the Supreme Court issued a ruling on March 29 nullifying the opposition-controlled National Assembly - a decision the court later reversed amid a storm of worldwide criticism and outrage among Venezuelans. Read More »

Saudi king: Trump visit a 'turning point'

No one is immune to that groggy, uncomfortable feeling-not even the President of the United States, apparently. "Israel's hand is extended in peace to all our neighbors, including the Palestinians", Netanyahu continued. In effect, it would offer Israel recognition by the Arab world and the "normalisation" of relations in exchange for a full withdrawal from the territory Israel has occupied since the June 1967 Middle East war, including East Jerusalem. Read More »

L'Iran estime que les Américains pompent l'argent de l'Arabie saoudite

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Accusé pendant sa campagne électorale et depuis sa prise de fonction d'attiser la haine envers les musulmans, le président américain a dit vouloir transmettre "un message d'amitié, de paix et d'amour", en s'engageant "à ce que les Etats-Unis ne cherchent pas à imposer leur vision à d'autres, mais de tendre la main". Read More »

Trump, Abbas call for new start to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

And they suggest they are ready to live with Israel , but teach their children to throw the Jews into the sea. "I've heard it's one of the toughest deals of all". Mashni pointed out there will be significant opposition to any land swap from hardliners in Palestine and Israel , making any long term agreement unlikely. Read More »

Cops identify Ariana Grande concert bomber

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On Monday night, a 22-year-old suspected attacker named Salman Abedi is alleged by police to be responsible for the bombing at the Manchester Arena in Manchester , England , which occurred just as a concert held by singer Ariana Grande had begun to let out. Read More »