National budgets

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies before the House Education and Labor Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. A political battle is reheating over a federal program that was designed to cancel student loans for certain public workers but has largely failed to deliver that promise. The program, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, promises to erase federal student loans for public workers who make 10 years of payments while working for approved employers. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
April 29, 2019 - 4:57 am
In 2007, the U.S. government made a promise to public service workers: Make 10 years of payments on their federal student loans and any remaining debt would be erased. But officials have largely failed to deliver. And that's left lawmakers questioning whether to end the program or try to fix it...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2018, file photo Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., attend a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony honoring the Office of Strategic Services in Emancipation Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pelosi and McConnell are coming together to see if a deal can be made to stop billions of dollars in government spending cuts. Failure to reach an agreement would usher in cuts to the Pentagon and domestic programs of $125 billion next year _ a 10 percent drop from current levels.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 28, 2019 - 12:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, Washington's odd couple, have a limited set of mutual legislative interests in a capital beset by dysfunction and awash in presidential politics. But automatic spending cuts, the legacy of a budget breakdown...
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, second left, shakes hands with Governor General Peter Cosgrove as he leaves Government House in Canberra, Thursday, April 11, 2019, after a meeting to dissolve parliament and head for a Federal Election. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
April 10, 2019 - 7:31 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a May 18 election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management. "We live in the best country in the world," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters after advising the...
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Attorney General William Barr appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee to make his Justice Department budget request, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 10, 2019 - 10:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Attorney General William Barr's testimony to Congress and the Russia probe (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Attorney General William Barr says a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report is coming "hopefully next week." The timeline...
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April 09, 2019 - 12:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Democrats are opposing a budget measure backed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House party-leaders, saying not enough money is included for liberal priorities. The proposal would increase spending for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies. Progressives such as Rep...
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President Donald Trump talks with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 28, 2019, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Trump is traveling to Michigan to speak at a rally before spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 29, 2019 - 5:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he is backing off his budget request to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics, reversing course on a proposal that was unlikely to be approved by Congress after days of bipartisan criticism. Speaking to reporters Thursday as he left the White House...
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President Trump talks to reporters before leaving on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 28, 2019, for the short trip to Andrews Air Fore Base in Maryland. Trump is traveling to Michigan to speak at a rally before spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 28, 2019 - 3:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a proposal to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics (all times local): 4:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he is backing off a budget request to cut funding for the Special Olympics, after days of criticism. Trump told reporters at the White House Thursday, "I...
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FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2019, file photo the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is visible in reflection in Washington. On Friday, March 22, the Treasury Department releases federal budget data for February. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
March 22, 2019 - 1:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Senate Republican Friday unveiled a five-year budget plan that would modestly curb budget deficits that would otherwise soon breach $1 trillion, while rejecting President Donald Trump's gimmick of using war funding to sustain big increases for the Pentagon. Budget...
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FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2019, file photo the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is visible in reflection in Washington. On Friday, March 22, the Treasury Department releases federal budget data for February. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
March 22, 2019 - 1:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government posted a record budget deficit in February, pushing the overall deficit for the first five months of the budget year up 39 percent from a year ago. The Treasury Department says in its monthly report that the deficit hit an all-time high for February of $234...
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March 21, 2019 - 4:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Marine commandant is warning that some unexpected costs, including from major hurricane damage and unplanned deployments to the U.S.-Mexico border, are forcing him to cancel training exercises and will degrade combat readiness. Gen. Robert Neller says in a memo that the...
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