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Palestinian agency urges donors: Match 2018 funds in 2019

Mar. 18, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency that helps 5.3 million Palestinian refugees on Monday urged donors who filled a $446 million hole in its budget last year after the Trump administration drastically cut the U.S. contribution to be equally generous this year. "Last year we had an...

US bristles at Germany's reduced defense budget plans

Mar. 18, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The United States is bristling at the suggestion Germany might miss its own defense spending target, which is already short of the NATO goal. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz's budget plan, which is to be presented to cabinet on Wednesday, foresees Germany's defense spending rising to 1.37...

Hungarian leader tussles with EU as corruption concerns rise

Mar. 17, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — As the Hungarian prime minister's conflicts with the European Union appear headed to a breaking point, calls are increasing for greater scrutiny of his government's spending of the bloc's funds. An opposition lawmaker in Hungary has gathered more than 470,000 signatures to pressure...

Where's Mick? Trump acting chief of staff has low-key style

Mar. 16, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump struggled with mounting Republican defections over his emergency declaration to pay for a border wall, his acting White House chief of staff wasn't on Capitol Hill cajoling former colleagues or in the West Wing making calls. Instead, Mick Mulvaney was in Las...

New US military budget focused on China despite border talk

Mar. 16, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese bombers. Chinese hypersonic missiles. Chinese cyberattacks. Chinese anti-satellite weapons. To a remarkable degree, the 2020 Pentagon budget proposal is shaped by national security threats that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has summarized in three words: "China, China,...

Senators' concerns target U of Maryland system for $1M cut

Mar. 15, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland Senate panel wants to cut $1 million from the state university system's top office in the contentious aftermath of a football player's death and a separate case in which the system's chancellor promoted a jewelry company's charm bracelets and then retaliated against his...

AP FACT CHECK: Immigrants won't get better tuition than vets

Mar. 14, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

Wisconsin Republicans are decrying a policy in Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' proposed budget that would grant in-state tuition at public colleges to non-U.S. citizens who graduated from a Wisconsin high school or have been a resident of the state for three years. Democrats enacted the benefit more than a decade ago...

Senators sharply question Pentagon on budget 'slush fund'

Mar. 14, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Shanahan, in his first congressional testimony since taking over as the interim Pentagon chief, fielded combative questions from senators Thursday about a Defense Department budget maneuver that Democrats said amounts to a political gimmick. The target of the their criticism was...

Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments trigger an outcry

Mar. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are accusing President Donald Trump of going back on his campaign promise to protect Medicare after he introduced a 2020 budget that calls for steep cuts in Medicare payments to hospitals. The budget embodies long-standing Republican ambitions "to make Medicare wither on the...

Trump budget chief defends plan, says deficits will improve

Mar. 12, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House's top budget official acknowledged Tuesday that the federal deficit is ballooning to $1.1 trillion alongside the Republican tax plan but vowed the fiscal picture would improve as a result of projected economic growth. Russ Vought, acting director of the Office of...