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May 23, 2017 2:00 PM The Daily 202: Comey was not the only official to resist Trump entreaties

THE BIG IDEA: James Comey was not alone. Even Donald Trump’s own pick for director of national intelligence, former Republican Sen. Dan Coats, refused to comply with a request by the president to push back against the FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government. Trump also reached out to Adm. Mike Rogers 69

May 23, 2017 9:12 AM Eurozone jobs growth running at 'near-decade highs'

A closely watched survey of business activity across the 19-country eurozone shows economic growth holding steady at a six-year high in May while job creation has picked up to one of the highest levels in nearly a decade. Financial information company IHS Markit says Tuesday that its purchasing managers' index — a broad gauge of economic activity — for the eurozone 11

May 23, 2017 1:18 AM Trump budget shows tiny surplus in 10 years, with rosy economic forecast and trillions in domestic cuts

President Trump in his first full budget says he will produce a surplus in a decade, though his fiscal pathway relies on projections of growth more optimistic than government and private-sector economists expect and deep cuts in anti-poverty programs such as Medicaid. The budget to be released Tuesday will show that the annual federal deficit, which 18

May 22, 2017 10:10 AM Trump’s first budget: Why attention must be paid to it

The Trump administration is delivering its first budget tomorrow. That raises at least two questions. First, we need to cut through the partisan noise and figure out what all these numbers are telling us about the administration’s priorities. Are the fiscal plans intended to make America great again or just to give rich Americans a big tax cut again 24

May 21, 2017 8:41 PM Trump to propose big cuts to safety-net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits

President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits, people familiar with the planning said, despite growing unease in Congress about cutting the safety net. For Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides 35

May 20, 2017 7:42 PM Trump, Shouting ‘Death Spiral,’ Has Nudged Affordable Care Act Downward

Opponents of President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement have made what may be a self-fulfilling prophecy: They repeatedly forecast the collapse of the health law, and then push it along. Frustrated state officials have ideas for stabilizing the individual insurance market, but they say they cannot figure out where to make their case because 33

May 18, 2017 11:12 PM Tornadoes touch down in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas

NORMAN, Okla. – The National Weather Service says three tornadoes have touched down briefly in mostly rural areas of Kansas as a severe storm system stretched from Oklahoma into south-central Kansas. Meteorologist Vanessa Pearce in Wichita says tornadoes were reported in Barton, Barber and Ford counties Thursday afternoon. Heavy rains and hail were reported 17

May 17, 2017 1:25 PM Netherlands makes first budget surplus in almost a decade

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The Dutch government says it had a budget surplus last year for the first time since the financial crisis in 2008, thanks to lower than expected spending and higher than forecast revenues. The government said Wednesday in its financial report for 2016 that, as well as a surplus of 2.9 billion euros ($3.2 billion), the national 12

May 16, 2017 11:51 AM 'Destroy Labour', Britain's Conservatives given election orders

LONDON No talk of opinion polls and definitely no boasting - Britain's governing Conservative Party is under strict orders before a June election which it hopes will "destroy" the opposition. The Conservatives, once criticized by Prime Minister Theresa May for being called the "nasty party", won seats from left-wing parties and from the right in local 9

May 16, 2017 12:37 AM Connecticut Gov. Malloy Seeks to Cut Aid to Cities, Towns

Revised budget would slash $700 million in funding to make up for income-tax revenue shortfall Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has a plan for how to make up for the state’s gaping budget deficit: cut funds from cities and towns. Mr. Malloy said Monday he wants to slash more than $700 million in town aid to help make up for an income-tax revenue shortfall 14