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Budget Director Mick Mulvaney listens to a question while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, before the House Budget Committee hearing on President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Mick Mulvaney: 3 percent growth a ‘conservatively defensible number’

- The Washington Times

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney on Thursday said number crunchers recently came up with even rosier forecasts for economic growth in the coming years than they’re projecting, but ultimately settled on the “conservatively defensible” number of 3 percent used in the president’s 2018 budget blueprint.

"Public broadcasting is a relic that has to be abolished," said Beatrix von Storch, who serves as deputy chairwoman of the far-right Alternative for Germany party. (Associated Press)

Right-wing German politician gains widespread support in fight against TV, radio tax

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party might best be known for its vocal opposition to the refugees that have flooded into the country and their disdain for the euro. But the party’s deputy chairwoman, Beatrix von Storch, also rails against the country’s decades-old mandatory public broadcasting tax that German households and businesses must pay even if they don’t own a radio or TV.

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In this May 9, 2017, photo a poster of self-portraits hand painted by students is displayed in a hallway at Hoover Elementary School in Yakima, Wash. (Shawn Gust/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP)

Washington school program fostering unity gains attention

- Associated Press

Hundreds of hand-painted faces line the hallways of Hoover Elementary School, each realistically depicting the countenance of its creator. Some have glasses. Some have long hair, curly hair, blond hair or no hair. They have brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes.

Kuwaiti company agrees to pay $95 million in fraud case

Associated Press

A Kuwaiti logistics company has agreed to pay $95 million to resolve allegations that it inflated prices and defrauded the U.S. government for contracts to feed American troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan.

US plans test of defense system to shoot down an ICBM

- Associated Press

Preparing for North Korea's growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said Friday

FILE - In this July 9, 2014 file photo, former National Security Adviser Zbigniew K. Brzezinski testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to examine Russia and developments in Ukraine. Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, has died at age 89. His death was announced on social media Friday night, May 26, 2017, by his daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Carter national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies

- Associated Press

Jimmy Carter had been impressed with the views of foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski well before he won the presidency in 1977. That he immediately liked the Polish-born academic advising his campaign was a plus.

People seek doomsday shelters in South Dakota city

- Associated Press

They came from Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Indiana and New York, all for the chance to put $5,000 down on one of the hundreds of concrete bunkers in a cow pasture on the remote southern edge of the Black Hills.

Nebraska oasis offers visitors a quiet retreat

- Associated Press

There is a place in Nebraska that you reach by bumping west down a dusty one-lane road, inching to your destination as the sun sets so brilliantly purple-red over the green bluffs and sand-brown peaks and valleys that you want to bring every person who ever said the state is flat and boring to this exact spot and yell, "Look!"