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  • Trump proposing 'biggest tax cut' in US history

    3 days, 20 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is proposing "the biggest tax cut" ever, even as the government struggles with mounting debt, in an effort to fulfill his promises to stimulate job creation and middle class prosperity. White House officials on Wednesday ...

  • US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

    3 days, 20 hours ago

    (AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official said on Wednesday, the latest tense naval encounter between the ...

  • Pentagon chief visits African nation home to key US base

    6 days, 22 hours ago

    (AP) DJIBOUTI — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday visited Djibouti to bolster ties with the tiny and impoverished African country that is home to an important base for U.S. counterterrorism forces, including drones. Mattis, the first Trump administration official ...

  • Nurse replaces surgeon general after Obama appointee resigns

    7 days, 22 hours ago

    (AP) America’s doctor was fired on Friday and replaced by a nurse. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, an Obama administration holdover, was asked to resign by the Trump administration. He was replaced by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, one of ...

  • Nevada voter fraud probe finds 3 voted illegally in November

    9 days, 16 hours ago

    (AP) CARSON CITY — Nevada's Republican secretary of state says three people who had not obtained citizenship by the 2016 election participated unlawfully in November. They are at the center of Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske's ongoing probe into voter fraud. ...

  • After Syria strike, Trump's emerging doctrine is flexibility

    20 days, 21 hours ago

    (AP) PALM BEACH, Fla. — In the aftermath of President Donald Trump's surprise strikes on Syria, his allies and adversaries have searched for some broader meaning in his decision. Is Trump now a humanitarian interventionist, willing to wield American military power ...

  • Trump and taxes: Back to drawing board, seeks GOP consensus

    20 days, 21 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has scrapped the tax plan he campaigned on and is going back to the drawing board in a search for Republican consensus behind legislation to overhaul the U.S. tax system. The administration's first attempt to ...

  • Joining high court, the real Neil Gorsuch set to stand up

    21 days, 21 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Somewhere between the Republican caricature of the next justice of the Supreme Court as a folksy family guy and the Democrats' demonization of him as a cold-hearted automaton, stands Neil Gorsuch. Largely unknown six months ago, Gorsuch has ...

  • US threatens more pressure on Syria after missile strikes

    21 days, 21 hours ago

    (AP) PALM BEACH, Fla. — The United States is vowing to keep up the pressure on Syria after the intense nighttime wave of missile strikes from U.S. ships, despite the prospect of escalating Russian ill will that could further inflame one ...

  • After chemical attack, Trump turns from resigned to resolved

    21 days, 21 hours ago

    (AP) PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump first saw the photos Tuesday morning. The images were ghastly. Men and women gasping for breath. Small children foaming at the mouth and in agony. The lifeless bodies of babies sprawled on the ...

  • Citizenship a question for pig-mask suspect in heist at Bellagio

    1 month, 1 day ago

    (AP) [{"text":"Police: Man in pig mask said he was forced into heist at Bellagio","url":"https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/mar/28/police-man-in-pig-mask-said-he-was-forced-into-hei/?utm_source=mostpopular&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=mostRead"},{"text":" Suspects flee after jewelry store robbery at Bellagio","url":"https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/mar/25/gunshots-fired-in-burglary-of-store-at-bellagio-in/"}] A man accused of wearing a pig mask during last Sunday’s robbery at the Bellagio was born in California, ...

  • Man who drove suspicious car near White House is detained

    1 month, 11 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A man who drove to a security checkpoint near the White House in a car that was deemed suspicious has been detained by the U.S. Secret Service. The car was stopped Saturday night about a quarter-mile from the ...

  • Tillerson lauds China-US contacts in meeting with leader Xi

    1 month, 11 days ago

    (AP) BEIJING — The United States is looking forward to the first meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday, on the final day of a swing through Asia dominated by ...

  • SNL skewers first daughter Ivanka Trump

    1 month, 18 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The biting humor of "Saturday Night Live" took aim at another Trump this week — first daughter Ivanka. The long-standing comedy show skewered President Donald Trump's elder daughter with a faux perfume ad, starring actress Scarlett Johansson. The ...

  • Who and why, twin mysteries behind leak of CIA's cybertools

    1 month, 18 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — It's not just who did it, but why. WikiLeaks' release of nearly 8,000 documents that purportedly reveal secrets about the CIA's tools for breaking into targeted computers, cellphones and even smart TVs has given rise to multiple theories ...

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a rising star in Trump's orbit

    1 month, 18 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with aggressive on-air questioning about the president's wiretapping claims, Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't flinch, she went folksy. Speaking to George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America," she pulled out a version of an old line from President ...

  • In first budget, Trump to push conservative view of government

    1 month, 18 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump sends Congress a proposed budget this week that will sharply test Republicans' ability to keep long-standing promises to bolster the military, making politically painful cuts to a lengthy list of popular domestic programs. The Republican ...

  • Melania Trump begins to embrace new role as first lady

    1 month, 19 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Melania Trump's invitation for high-powered women to join her at the White House was about more than the lunch they would eat, or the stated purpose of honoring International Women's Day. It marked a "coming out," almost two ...

  • Trump's choice for FDA has ties to Wall Street, drug makers

    1 month, 19 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A conservative doctor-turned-pundit with deep ties to Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry is President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Scott Gottlieb would be tasked with Trump's goal of cutting red tape ...

  • Trump lawyers knew Flynn might register as foreign agent

    1 month, 19 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — An attorney for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn told President Donald Trump's transition team before the inauguration that Flynn might register with the government as a foreign agent, White House officials acknowledged. According to a person with ...

  • Congress returns, with health care, Supreme Court on agenda

    2 months, 2 days ago

    (AP) Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump's presidency. First, the president will have his say, in his maiden speech to a ...

  • GOP congressman: Special prosecutor needed for Russia probe

    2 months, 2 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman has called for a special prosecutor to investigate whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and was in touch with President Donald Trump's team during the campaign. Rep. Darrell Issa of California says it ...

  • Comey in middle of political fray over Trump and Russians

    2 months, 3 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days — the middle of political tumult. As a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, he clashed with the White House over a ...

  • Approach to the law makes Gorsuch good fit for Supreme Court

    2 months, 8 days ago

    (AP) [{"text":"Editorials - the Sun's viewpoint","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/opinion/editorials/"},{"text":"Columnists - local and syndicated writers","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/opinion/columnists/"},{"text":"Letters to the editor - readers' views","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/opinion/letters/"},{"text":"Write a letter to the editor","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/contact/letters/"}] Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, will be a worthy heir to the ...

  • Say no to Gorsuch, whose manifesto bodes ill for climate change fight

    2 months, 8 days ago

    (AP) [{"text":"Editorials - the Sun's viewpoint","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/opinion/editorials/"},{"text":"Columnists - local and syndicated writers","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/opinion/columnists/"},{"text":"Letters to the editor - readers' views","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/opinion/letters/"},{"text":"Write a letter to the editor","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/contact/letters/"}] Judge Neil Gorsuch was not on President Donald Trump’s first list of potential Supreme Court nominees. Gorsuch did, however, ...

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