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February 21, 2017 11:19 PM Judge blocks Texas from cutting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood

AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation's largest abortion provider. An injunction issued by U.S. District Sam Sparks of Austin comes after he delayed 29

February 21, 2017 4:07 PM Trump administration seeks to prevent ‘panic’ over new immigration enforcement policies

The Trump administration sought to allay fears in immigrant communities Tuesday as it publicly released wide-ranging new guidelines that allow federal authorities to take stronger enforcement actions against illegal immigrants, saying the directives are not intended to produce mass deportations. Federal officials cautioned that many of the changes detailed 20

February 21, 2017 1:29 PM Trump Has the Opportunity for a Reset. But Can He Seize It?

After a chaotic and controversial first month in office, President Trump's week has the potential for a bit of a reset — a new national security adviser, a revised travel ban, even a stop this morning at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. But here's the $64,000 question: Can Trump enjoy a no-drama week? The stakes are important 13

February 20, 2017 7:51 PM Amid protests, UK lawmakers debate downgrading Trump visit

LONDON — Thousands of protesters against U.S. President Donald Trump rallied outside Britain’s Parliament on Monday, while lawmakers inside urged the government to rescind its offer to the president of a state visit stamped with pomp, pageantry and royal approval. In a passionate debate that’s unlikely to change the British government’s position, Trump 25

February 20, 2017 5:20 PM British parliament debates Trump visit

LONDON — British lawmakers on Monday kicked off a debate on whether to withdraw an invitation to President Trump for a state visit — ­an offer that had been extended by the British prime minister with un­precedented speed. The debate, held in Parliament’s Westminster Hall, was triggered after a petition calling on the British government to cancel the state 15

February 20, 2017 3:25 PM Five big Trump narratives to watch

The news cycle in Trump’s White House seems to move at light speed, and the incredible interest in his presidency from around the globe has rocked politics, the media and the entertainment industry. The sheer volume of events and surprises makes it difficult to narrow down a list of story lines, but here are five of the biggest. Trump’s executive order 11

February 20, 2017 7:35 AM White House denies that campaign colluded with Russia

Defense Secretary Mattis arrives in Iraq and makes clear the U.S. is not there to take oil Defense Secretary James N. Mattis made an unannounced visit to Iraq’s capital on Monday to reassure allies of the U.S. military’s commitment to support the sprawling operation to recapture the city of Mosul from entrenched Islamic State militants. Ahead of the trip, however 16

February 20, 2017 7:28 AM Jim Mattis to Baghdad: ‘We’re Not in Iraq to Seize Anybody’s Oil’

BAGHDAD — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Baghdad on Monday, promising that, despite what President Trump said last month, the administration would not try to seize Iraq’s oil. Nor, he said, would the administration repay Iraqis who have worked and fought side by side with American troops by excluding them from the United States — as Mr. Trump 14

February 20, 2017 5:15 AM Revised travel ban targets same seven countries, exempts green card holders

President Trump’s revised travel ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven’t used it yet. A senior White House official said the order will target only those same seven Muslim-majority nations, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan

February 19, 2017 8:58 PM Reality collides with Trump's promises

The president proclaims a successful first month despite falling short on major pledges. President Donald Trump touts “incredible progress” in his first month in office. But the frenetic period that opened with an inaugural address about “American carnage” and ended with a raucous campaign rally has brought a spotty record that falls short of his promises 15