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Apparent Trump plan to cut foreign aid draws bipartisan fire

Aug. 9, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democrats in Congress teamed up Friday to oppose what appears to be a Trump administration plan to cut the foreign aid budget. The administration hasn't announced whether it plans to seek the cut. But the Office of Management and Budget instructed the State Department and...

Conservative lawsuit challenges Wisconsin governor's vetoes

Jul. 31, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative law firm on Wednesday asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to dramatically scale back the ability of governors to change the intent of lawmakers through partial budget vetoes — a move that would reverse more than four decades of precedent. The lawsuit, filed on...

Wisconsin GOP: Rewrite constitution to limit governor's veto

Jul. 9, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans want to rewrite the state constitution to prohibit the governor from using his veto pen to increase spending without legislative approval, marking another skirmish in the GOP's battle to diminish Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' powers. The Wisconsin Constitution gives...

In Hong Kong, colonial flag still a symbol of prized values

Jul. 5, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — They smashed glass windows, sprayed rude graffiti and defaced Hong Kong's official emblem with black paint. But of all the dramatic photos showing hundreds of young protesters storming the city's legislative building this week, one image makes for particularly uncomfortable viewing in...

Appeals court: Trump can't use Pentagon cash for border wall

Jul. 4, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a freeze on Pentagon money to build a border wall with Mexico, casting doubt on President Donald Trump's ability to make good on a signature campaign promise before the 2020 election. A divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...