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March 18, 2019 - 12:55 pm
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...
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FILE- In this March 12, 2019, file photo, trader Michael Milano works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, March 18. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
March 18, 2019 - 11:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes drifted sideways Monday, giving up gains from earlier in the morning, at the start of a busy week for markets. Energy companies and banks had strong gains, but losses for internet companies and high-dividend stocks weighed on the market. The S&P 500 was close...
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio listens as he speaks before a group of people at a restaurant in Concord, N.H., Sunday, March 17, 2019. Blasio on Sunday criticized former President Barack Obama during the small gathering as he mulls a run for president, saying that Obama's early days in office were "a lost window." (AP Photo/Hunter Woodall)
March 17, 2019 - 7:29 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday criticized former President Barack Obama during a small gathering as he mulls a run for president, saying that Obama's early days in office were "a lost window." Minutes later, in front of a larger audience, de Blasio praised the...
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FILE - In this Friday, April 6, 2018, file photo, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's pauses while delivering a speech during the final electoral rally of his Fidesz party in Szekesfehervar, Hungary. 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 EU funds. An opposition lawmaker in Hungary has gathered over 470,000 signatures to pressure Prime Minister Viktor Orban into joining the budding European Public Prosecutor’s Office as Orban’s Fidesz party may be suspended or expelled next week from the main center-right group in the European Parliament, it was announced Thursday, March 14, 2019(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
March 17, 2019 - 9:11 am
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...
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FILE- In this March 12, 2019, file photo Rhode Island Rep. Teresa Tanzi addresses legislators during a late afternoon session on gaming at the State House in Providence, R.I. As lawmakers nationwide decide whether to allow sports betting in their state, they’re debating whether bets, like almost everything else in our lives, can be managed online or whether wagers should be made only in person. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
March 17, 2019 - 8:16 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — For states looking to profit off the new world of legal sports betting, there's an app for that. The question for state lawmakers: Should they allow it? As state legislatures across the U.S. decide whether to authorize sports gambling, lawmakers are debating whether the bets...
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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2019, file photo, aActing White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with American manufacturers in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. As the White House grappled with growing Republican defection against President Donald Trump’s use of an emergency declaration to try to build his promised border wall, his acting White House chief of staff wasn’t on the Hill working former colleagues or at the White House making calls. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
March 16, 2019 - 1:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff wasn't on Capitol Hill cajoling former colleagues or in the West Wing making calls this past week as the White House neared a showdown Senate vote over Trump's declaration of an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. Instead, Mick...
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In this March 15, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks about border security in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Washington. Trump’s veto of a bipartisan congressional resolution rejecting his border emergency declaration is more than a milestone. It signals a new era of tenser relations between the two ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
March 16, 2019 - 10:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first congressional veto was more than a milestone: It signals a new era of ever more fraught relations between the two ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. Trump's legislative agenda was stymied even before his party lost unified control of Washington at the...
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In this March 4, 2019, photo, military delegates leave after a meeting one day before the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. To a remarkable degree, the Pentagon’s new budget proposal is shaped by national security threats that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has summarized in three words: “China, China, China.” (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
March 16, 2019 - 8:57 am
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...
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Surveillance cameras are mounted on a lamp post near the large portrait of Chinese leader Mao Zedong at the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing, Friday, March 15, 2019. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday denied Beijing tells its companies to spy abroad, refuting U.S. warnings that Chinese technology suppliers might be a security risk. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
March 16, 2019 - 3:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business groups said Friday they are encouraged by China's approval of a new law that loosens restrictions on foreign investment and said it could help smooth the way to a substantive trade agreement between the two countries. China's ceremonial legislature passed a measure...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
March 15, 2019 - 4:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was poised to issue the first veto of his presidency Friday afternoon, after a bipartisan rebuke of the national emergency he declared to circumvent Congress and fund his long-stalled southern border wall. A dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate...
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