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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. arrives for the Republican Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Ryan defends spending deal as pro-GOP 'game-changer'

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan delivered a fierce defense of Republicans' spending bill Tuesday, saying that it marks a major increase in defense spending, calling it "a game-changer," and saying that outweighs the other fights the GOP retreated on. Published May 2, 2017

A provision in the spending bill would let the Trump administration raise the cap from 66,000 foreign workers to more than 135,000. (Associated Press/File)

Cheap foreign labor to flood workforce after spending bill doubles number of visas

Congress tucked a sweetheart deal for America's vacation resorts and other seasonal employers into the massive spending bill announced Monday, paving the way for the administration to more than double the number of temporary visas to foreign workers this year and "flooding the labor force" with cheap competition for jobs. Published May 1, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Democrats win spending-bill showdown with Trump

Democrats won the latest shutdown showdown fight, triumphing over President Trump on nearly every major issue in the $1 trillion spending bill negotiators announced early Monday. Published May 1, 2017

President Trump said he expects the near-universal opposition to his agenda from congressional Democrats to wane. (Associated Press/File)

EXCLUSIVE: Trump to stick with conservative list for next Supreme Court pick

President Trump will stick with the same list of potential nominees for the next Supreme Court vacancy, he told The Washington Times in an exclusive interview in which he also waved aside the lack of a honeymoon from Capitol Hill, saying Republicans are "going to get there" and Democrats are still smarting over losing an election they thought they couldn't lose. Published April 30, 2017

President Trump and former President Barack Obama last spoke on Inauguration Day. (Associated Press)

EXCLUSIVE: Trump and Obama haven't spoken since Inauguration Day

Former President Barack Obama and President Trump have not spoken once since the inauguration in January, Mr. Trump confirmed to The Washington Times, adding it's "too bad" they haven't been in communication, but he is not surprised given their history. Published April 30, 2017

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in New York's City Hall. The mayor released his $84.86 billion fiscal 2018 executive budget on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NYC to pay for lawyers for illegal immigrants

New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio has earmarked more than $16 million in city taxpayer funds to pay for lawyers to help illegal immigrants fight deportation as part of his 2018 budget. Published April 27, 2017

President Trump has arguably done more than his predecessors to get the border wall along the U.S. frontier with Mexico finally realized. Despite congressional promises, little construction progress has yet been made. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Mother of slain boy: I'd build Trump border wall myself

Agnes Gibboney, whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant, said Thursday she is thrilled with the changes President Trump has already made in immigration enforcement, and said she hopes he's able to build his border wall. Published April 27, 2017

Brune: No estimates on how bad Social Security fraud is

Social Security can't even give a ballpark estimate for how much fraud there is in the program, a top official admitted to Congress on Wednesday — though he insisted they care about the matter and are working to weed out bogus payments, particularly in disability payments. Published April 26, 2017

President Trump blasts federal court for blocking his executive order

President Trump and his top aides have lashed out at the federal court that blocked his anti-sanctuary city executive order, with the president calling the ruling "ridiculous" and his press secretary saying sanctuaries like San Francisco have "the blood of dead Americans on their hands." Published April 26, 2017