RAND Corporation’s report reveals power interests internal to North Korean politics, economy; suggests aggressive diplomacy with clear military threats as strategy

Santa Monica, California, April 26 – RAND Corporation issued a report about North Korean politics and economics of which Americans interested in the state of the world should take heed. The gist of the report, entitled “Preparing North Korean Elites for Unification,” is that the reunification of the Korean Peninsula may occur fairly soon but […]

Massive Trump tax cuts face big hurdles as debt mounts

STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press JOSH BOAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing tax cuts for individuals and businesses even as Washington struggles with mounting debt and the populist president tries to make good on promises to bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class. Trump is scheduled Wednesday to unveil the […]

Conservative group’s health ads slam top GOP lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The conservative Club for Growth is targeting powerful committee chairmen and other top Republicans, part of an aggressive ad campaign to rally support for the GOP’s struggling health care overhaul effort. The television and digital ads, unveiled earlier this week, pressure Republicans to a back a revised version of the GOP health […]

Republicans hope Trump amenable to food stamp restrictions

MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s governor and fellow Republicans in two other states hope President Donald Trump will be more amenable to banning food stamps to buy soda and junk food than his predecessor. Former President Barack Obama’s administration shot down a soda ban proposal for food stamp recipients in 2011 […]

Creighton clarifies his precise goal for Jones Forest, provides update on 85th Texas Legislature

The Woodlands, April 3 – State Senator Brandon Creighton (R-The Woodlands) told The Golden Hammer Sunday afternoon, “My goal for the upcoming committee hearing on Senate Bill 1964 would be to restrict the entire forest to its current use, which is undeveloped, until the Texas A&M System talks about its preferences and has a conversation with […]

Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline 

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration issued a permit Friday to build the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing the Obama administration and clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed. The decision caps a years-long fight between environmental groups and energy industry advocates over the pipeline’s fate that […]

GOP lawmaker: Trump communications may have been ‘monitored’ 

JULIE PACE, Associated Press DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday that the communications of Trump transition officials — possibly including President Donald Trump himself — may have been “monitored” after the election as part of an “incidental collection.” Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Rep. […]

Long before new hacks, US worried by Russian spying efforts 

ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Years before Russian intelligence agencies stood accused of interfering in the U.S. presidential election and of orchestrating a massive Yahoo data breach, there was lingerie model Anna Chapman and her band of “Illegals” — Russian spies who assumed false identities and lived as deep-cover agents in middle-class America. […]

Justice Dept. asks for more time on wiretapping evidence 

JULIE PACE, Associated Press DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a Monday deadline, the Justice Department asked lawmakers for more time to provide evidence backing up President Donald Trump’s assertion that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper during the election. The request came as the White House appeared to soften Trump’s explosive […]

Republicans set low expectations for health bill cost study 

HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama’s health care law are bracing for a Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that fewer Americans will have health coverage under the proposal, despite President Donald Trump’s promise of “insurance for everybody.” House Speaker Paul Ryan said he […]