Government budgets

May 24, 2018 - 3:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that President Donald Trump's budget plan won't curb the spiraling deficit as it claims. Trump's budget, released in February and mostly ignored since, promises spending cuts and economic growth that would cut the deficit...
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Premier-designate Giuseppe Conte addresses the media after a round of consultations to form the Cabinet ministers, in Rome, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Italy's premier-designate Giuseppe Conte spent his first day on the job Thursday finalizing his proposed cabinet list as European officials vowed to judge deeds, not words, from a decidedly euroskeptic and populist Italy in their ranks. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)
May 24, 2018 - 2:52 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy's premier-designate Giuseppe Conte spent his first day on the job Thursday finalizing his proposed Cabinet list as European officials vowed to judge deeds, not words, from a euroskeptic and populist Italy in their ranks. Conte, a law professor and political unknown, received a...
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FILE - In this June 3, 2011, file photo, the Pentagon is seen from air from Air Force One. The House has passed a $717 billion defense policy bill that would give the military a 2.6 percent pay hike, the largest in nine years. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
May 24, 2018 - 11:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Thursday passed a $717 billion defense policy bill that would give the military a 2.6 percent pay hike, the largest in nine years. The bipartisan 351-66 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where a key panel completed a companion measure in a closed-door session on...
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In this May 22, 2018 photo a thunderbolt goes down behind the banking district in Frankfurt, Germany. (Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa via AP)
May 23, 2018 - 11:36 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bulgaria has hit a setback to its hopes of soon becoming a member of the shared euro currency after the European Central Bank said the EU's poorest country needs "wide-ranging" reforms to get its economy in shape. That assessment came in the ECB's report card Wednesday on...
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May 23, 2018 - 10:59 am
MADRID (AP) — Spain's parliament is set to pass the national budget proposal for 2018 on Wednesday, giving the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy some breathing space as it battles Catalan separatism. Basque nationalist lawmakers have made a last-minute U-turn on their earlier promise not...
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FILE - In this April 18, 2018, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. On May 17, the Senate rejected an attempt by Paul to force a debate on sweeping budget cuts and federal deficits that are growing despite a strong economy. After last year’s tax cuts and a two-year agreement on agency budget levels, Republicans controlling Congress aren’t trying to pass a budget blueprint this year. There’s no appetite to cut popular programs in such a difficult political environment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
May 17, 2018 - 12:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has rejected an attempt by Sen. Rand Paul to force a debate on sweeping budget cuts and on federal deficits that are growing despite a strong economy. After last year's tax cuts and a two-year agreement on agency budget levels, Republicans controlling Congress aren't...
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May 17, 2018 - 12:16 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government plans to spend billions of dollars rebuilding rotting hospitals and improving other infrastructure as the economy continues to grow at a healthy clip. The liberal government on Thursday announced its first budget plan since winning national...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, state Sen. Bob Krist, of Omaha, speaks during debate in the Legislative Chamber in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is touting his conservative credentials on the national stage as he prepares for re-election. He faces fellow Republican Krystal Gabel in the Tuesday, May 15 primary. The Democratic primary field is composed of Krist, university instructor Tyler Davis and community activist Vanessa Ward, all of Omaha. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
May 15, 2018 - 10:54 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts cruised to victory Tuesday in the Republican primary for governor, setting himself up for a general election where he'll be a heavy favorite in the GOP-dominated state. Ricketts easily fended off medical marijuana activist Krystal Gabel in the...
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May 12, 2018 - 7:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is urging the Senate to get its work done on funding before the August break, "or NOT GO HOME." The president tweeted Saturday that "Wall and Border Security should be included." He also said that he is "waiting for approval of almost 300 nominations, worst...
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May 11, 2018 - 4:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are criticizing Republicans for rushing to vote on President Donald Trump's plan to roll back $15 billion in previously approved spending for children's health insurance and other programs. GOP leaders say lawmakers could vote as soon as next week on the plan to "...
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