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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 20, 2019 - 3:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged Wednesday and projected no rate hikes this year, reflecting a dimmer view of the economy as growth weakens in the United States and abroad. The Fed said it was keeping its benchmark rate — which can influence everything from...
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In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 photo a sign is posted near a newly constructed home in Natick, Mass. On Thursday, March 14, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in January. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
March 14, 2019 - 10:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes slumped 6.9 percent in January, a possible sign that buyers paused during the government shutdown. The Commerce Department said Thursday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 607,000 in January, down from 652,000 in December. The...
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March 14, 2019 - 9:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) is suggesting he will protect President Donald Trump's privacy if he receives a request from House Democrats for Trump's tax returns. At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing Thursday, Mnuchin was asked whether he would meet a...
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In this March 8, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump talks with reporters outside the White House in Washington. As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. In the White House, Trump went back on his promise not to cut Medicaid. Now he’s being criticized for steep Medicare payment cuts to hospitals in his new budget. The head of a major hospital association says in a blog that the impact on care for seniors would be “devastating.” The White House says it’s not cutting Medicare but making better use of taxpayers’ dollars. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
March 12, 2019 - 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are accusing President Donald Trump of going back on his campaign promise to protect Medicare after he introduced a 2020 budget that calls for steep cuts in Medicare payments to hospitals. The budget embodies long-standing Republican ambitions "to make Medicare wither on...
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Acting OMB Director Russ Vought speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
March 11, 2019 - 8:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's proposed 2020 budget (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Hospital groups are objecting strongly to hundreds of billions of dollars in proposed Medicare and Medicaid payment cuts in President Donald Trump's budget. Two major hospital trade groups did...
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House Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth, D-Ky., walks through the Capitol in Washington, Monday morning March 11, 2019, as President Donald Trump's 2020 budget is delivered to his committee. Trump's new budget calls for billions more for his border wall, with steep cuts in domestic programs but increases for military spending. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 11, 2019 - 3:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — "Medicare for All" has become catnip for Democratic presidential candidates and many lawmakers, yet Republicans prepping for next year's congressional races are also flocking to it — for entirely different reasons. GOP strategists say they'll use proposals to expand government-run...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, Ivanka Trump daughter of the US President, addresses at a meeting during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget proposal will include $100 million for a global women’s fund spearheaded by his daughter Ivanka Trump. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson, File)
March 08, 2019 - 7:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's 2020 budget proposal will include $100 million for a global women's fund spearheaded by his daughter Ivanka Trump. The White House said the budget, expected to be released Monday, will include the funding for the Women's Global Development and Prosperity...
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Sen. Doug Jones carries a plastic rose he picked up among the debris during a tour of tornado damage in Beauregard, Ala., on Thursday March 7, 2019. A fatal tornado struck Beauregard on Sunday afternoon. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
March 07, 2019 - 6:51 pm
BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Volunteers helped clear debris-clogged roads and donated money to help pay for the funerals of 23 people killed by a devastating tornado in Alabama, where grieving survivors hunted amid twisted wreckage for keepsakes to help them remember the dead. Bobby Kidd sifted through...
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House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters, D-Calif., leads a hearing to review the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's mission to focus priority on consumers with the CFPB Dir. Kathy Kraninger, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 7, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 07, 2019 - 1:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's consumer watchdog agency came under new scrutiny from the House Financial Services Committee, now controlled by Democrats who say the appointees chosen by President Donald Trump to lead the organization have undermined its mission to protect Americans. A fresh...
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A stray dog sits in central Syntagma as people walk past, with the parliament on the background, in Athens, on Monday, March 4, 2019. Greece said Monday it is planning to issue a 10-year bond, in its second test of financial market confidence in the country since it officially exited its international bailouts in August. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
March 05, 2019 - 1:29 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece successfully launched its first 10-year bond auction since 2010 on Tuesday, as it seeks to gradually regain the confidence of international investors and wean itself off bailout funds. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the issue attracted strong interest from investors...
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