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Trump's $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation's economic growth to balance the budget within 10 years....

Trump embraces Israel, but Russian ties still trail him
JERUSALEM (AP) -- President Donald Trump enthusiastically embraced Israel's leader. He solemnly placed a note in the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday. He sent a signal of solidarity to an ally he's pushing to work harder toward peace with the Palestinians....

Analysis: In Mideast, Trump pushes shared worries over Iran
JERUSALEM (AP) -- As he hopscotches through the Middle East, President Donald Trump is urging Israel and its Arab neighbors to unite around a "common cause": their deep distrust of Iran....

A look at Fifth Amendment protections invoked by Flynn
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination being invoked by President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is a bedrock legal principle. It's enshrined in the Constitution's Bill of Rights and relied on by witnesses before Congress and the courts alike....

The Latest: Senate confirms Iowa governor as China envoy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Senate vote on China ambassador (all times local):...

Ethics office blasts Trump refusal to disclose lobby waivers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The message from a senator to the government ethics office: Use your authority to force the president to reveal how many waivers he's granted to ex-lobbyists in his new administration....

The Latest: Dems alarmed by report on Trump, intel bosses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on ongoing investigations into Russia's alleged interference with the U.S. election (all times local):...

Flynn rejects Trump-Russia probe subpoena; Dems say he lied
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in rebuffing a subpoena Monday in the investigation into Russia's election meddling. Then a top House Democrat cited new evidence he said appeared to show Flynn lied on a security clearance background check....

Insurers seek stability as Trump delays health care decision
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Uncertainty over the future of health care for millions grew deeper Monday as insurers released a blueprint for stabilizing wobbly markets and the Trump administration left in limbo billions of dollars in federal payments....

Budget seeks end to subsidized student loans, forgiveness
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is proposing to eliminate subsidized student loans and end student debt forgiveness for those who enter public service, according to a budget document released late Monday....

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