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A portion of President Donald Trump's first proposed budget focusing on the Department of Energy was released by the Office of Management and Budget. (Associated Press/File)

Perry needs to focus the energies of his new department

The Department of Energy is trying to do too many things, and doing them poorly. Dabbling too much in energy technologies and markets more appropriately left to the private sector has distracted the Energy Department from its core, legitimate government responsibilities.

President Trump proposes to cut cherished Obama programs such as support for alternative energy and slashes the EPA budget by 31 percent. (Associated Press)

Trump’s ‘hard power’ budget boosts Pentagon spending, slashes foreign aid

- The Washington Times

President Trump’s first budget called Thursday for a dramatic shift from the “soft power” diplomacy of the Obama era to a “hard power” military buildup, cutting the State Department by 28 percent in a slashing of foreign aid, boosting Pentagon spending by 10 percent and budgeting more than $4 billion to start construction of a border wall with Mexico.

In this Jan. 18, 2017, file photo, then-President Barack Obama speaks during his final presidential news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Obama’s final year: U.S. spent $36 million in records lawsuits

- Associated Press

The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

CBO score roils Obamacare repeal debate

- The Washington Times

Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare would cut spending by more than $300 billion over the next decade but would result in 24 million fewer people holding health insurance, Congress’ official scorekeeper said Monday, creating another political hurdle for President Trump and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.

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In this Jan. 28, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump poses with a ring given to him by a group of veterans during a campaign event on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. For some Americans, the promise of political change and disruption has come too slowly, or failed altogether. On the eve of the first voting contest in the 2016 presidential election, these voters are pushing for bolder, more uncompromising action, with an intensity that has shaken both the Republican and Democratic establishment. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

HHS survey ousts LGBT questions

- Associated Press

LGBT advocates are questioning the Trump administration's quiet deletion of questions on sexuality from two federal surveys.

Protesters on Sunday lighted the flashes of their mobile phones in the colors of the European Union flag outside the Romanian government headquarters. (Associated Press photographs)

Romanian protesters dig in for long fight against government corruption

After weeks of protests -- the largest here since the fall of communism nearly three decades ago -- Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu was forced to scrap a decree that would have made it harder to prosecute some of this poor country's corrupt politicians. So why, then, haven't the protesters gone home?