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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2019, photo a sign is displayed outside a house for sale in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood. On Thursday, May 16, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
May 16, 2019 - 11:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell slightly this week, marking a third straight week of declines as a continued inducement to purchasers in the spring homebuying season. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage eased to 4.07%...
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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testifies about the budget during a Financial Services and General Government subcommittee hearing, Wednesday May 15, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 15, 2019 - 10:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that it's up to the courts to referee his dispute with House Democrats demanding access to President Donald Trump's tax returns. Mnuchin told a Senate panel that the fight between the administration and the House Ways and Means...
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FILE - In this May 3, 2017, file photo Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a school choice event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Education advocates say a Trump administration plan to use federal Pell Grant money to fund space exploration would jeopardize aid for future college students and could trigger a budgeting crisis within a few years. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
May 14, 2019 - 5:42 pm
Education advocates say a Trump administration plan to use federal Pell Grant money to fund space exploration would jeopardize aid for future college students and could trigger a budgeting crisis within just a few years. The plan aims to redirect $1.9 billion from a Pell Grant surplus to jumpstart...
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In a May 10, 2018 photo, Sergeant at Arms Leta Edwards stands in the foreground as Democratic senators talk among themselves on the Senate floor on after the Senate failed to reach a quorum for the fourth straight day because of a Republican boycott in Salem, Ore. Republican senators began their walkout on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, to protest an education-funding bill that imposes a tax on some businesses. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
May 13, 2019 - 7:51 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The sergeant-at-arms of the Oregon Senate had a new regular duty in recent days: Searching the state Capitol for Republican senators who had been staying away and brought the legislative body's business to a halt. The tactic by the minority Republicans is rare in Oregon, but has...
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President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
May 11, 2019 - 2:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is scoffing at Democrats' attempts to pry loose his tax returns, saying his refusal to release the records as a candidate didn't hurt him in 2016 and voters "didn't care" about the issue. A leading House Democrat has issued subpoenas for six years of Trump's...
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FILE- In a June 23, 2015, file photo, traffic heads north along the Lodge freeway in Detroit. Michigan, the state with the highest car insurance premiums in the country, is on the verge of a political showdown over long-running efforts to cut rates by reining in generous medical benefits. The Republican-led Legislature is pushing to save people money by making mandatory unlimited medical coverage optional, but Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer opposes dueling bills that have cleared the House and Seante. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
May 11, 2019 - 9:16 am
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state with the highest car insurance premiums in the country is on the verge of a political showdown over long-running efforts to cut rates by reining in generous medical benefits. Auto-friendly Michigan, which is among a dozen "no-fault" states where drivers must buy...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a event on medical billing, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 09, 2019 - 11:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's effort to limit "surprise medical bills" (all times local): 1 p.m. President Donald Trump is ratcheting up pressure on the pharmaceutical industry to lower prices and announcing a new effort to end "surprise medical bills" for patients with...
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FILE - This Jan. 14, 2019, photo, shows a sign outside a home that has been sold, in Mount Lebanon, Pa. On Thursday, May 9, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 09, 2019 - 11:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates declined this week for a second straight week, reversing the upward trend in April as a lure to potential home buyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.10% from 4.14% last week. By...
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FILE- This Dec. 3, 2018, file photo shows homes leveled by the Camp Fire line the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community in Paradise, Calif. Insurance claims for California's deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $12 billion. That makes them the most expensive series of fires in state history. The number released Wednesday May 8, 2019 by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara covers the fire that destroyed the Northern California town of Paradise and two Southern California fires. Most of the damages relate to the Paradise fire, which killed 85 people and destroyed nearly 19,000 buildings. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
May 08, 2019 - 6:35 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims have topped $12 billion for the November wildfires in California, making them the most expensive in state history. The figure released Wednesday by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara covers the fire that largely destroyed the town of Paradise and two...
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FILE- In this Jan. 15, 2019, file photo, New York State Sen. Brad Hoylman, addresses members of the Senate at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. The Manhattan Democrat is one of the main sponsors of a bill that would allow congressional investigators to get access to President Donald Trump's state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration's refusal to disclose the president's federal returns. The state senate approved the legislation Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
May 08, 2019 - 12:36 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democrat-controlled Senate approved a bill easily Wednesday that would allow three congressional committees to get access to President Donald Trump's state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration's refusal to disclose the president'...
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