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Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan meets with South Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, Friday, March 16, 2018, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) **FILE**

Acting State Department chief tries to rally the troops

- The Washington Times

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, charged with holding a troubled State Department together until CIA Director Mike Pompeo can take over, offered a sober plea to diplomats Thursday to stay “inspired” at a moment of transition and uncertainty in the Trump administration.

President Donald Trump signs a Presidential Memorandum imposing tariffs and investment restrictions on China, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump hits China with $60 billion in tariffs

- The Washington Times

President Trump signed an order Thursday that cracked down on China’s unfair trade practices and theft of U.S. intellectual property with $60 billion in tariffs on high-tech imports.

President Trump reviews prototypes for his proposed border wall constructed outside San Diego, California, shown here earlier this month with Rodney Scott, the Border Patrol's San Diego sector chief. (Associated Press)

Trump’s reasonably attractive border wall

- The Washington Times

Yes, the 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion “omnibus” spending bill is as big as a bus. It is not the first jumbo-sized bill to roll through Capitol Hill and it won’t be the last. Meanwhile, the jury is still out on whether President Trump got his wish for a “big, beautiful wall” on the southwestern U.S. border, the details of which begin on page 673 of the legislation.

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House approves money for school security measures

- Associated Press

Schools could soon be able to tap a state technology fund for security measures such as paying for school resource officers or surveillance cameras.

Swiss stage raids in probe of defense deals with Putin links

Associated Press

Swiss federal authorities searched house and seized documents Thursday following claims by state-owned defense contractor Ruag of possible criminal wrongdoing, reportedly in connection with allegations about shady business practices and bribery linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin's entourage.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., meets with reporters following a closed-door Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Ryan says he's hoping bargainers can resolve the final disputes in a government-wide spending bill in time for Congress to begin voting Thursday on the measure.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House OKs compromise $1.3 trillion budget bill, Senate next

- Associated Press

The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation's opioid abuse crisis, but left Congress in stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation and curbing surging health insurance premiums.

FILE- In this Aug. 6, 2015, file photo Facebook Elections signs stand in the media area in Cleveland before the first Republican presidential debate. The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica was suspended on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate elections. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

At a Glance: Calls in US, UK to probe Facebook, data firm

- Associated Press

Authorities in the U.S. and the U.K. are bearing down on Facebook and political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users and used it to manipulate elections.

Citigroup puts restrictions on gun sales

- Associated Press

Citigroup put new restrictions on firearm sales by its business customers, the company said Thursday, making it the first bank to announce changes to its policies in the wake of the school shooting in Florida.

The doors to a secure are where the House Intelligence Committee meets are shut as the GOP majority prepares to end its participation in the Russia probe, officially shutting down the panel's investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House intel ends probe, OKs report on Russian meddling

- Associated Press

The House Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to approve its final report into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, ending the panel's probe and giving a final endorsement to their conclusion that there was no coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

In this June 6, 2017, file photo, a reporter holds up an example of the amount of fentanyl that can be deadly, after a news conference about deaths from fentanyl exposure, at DEA Headquarters in Arlington, Va. The chief justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court told prosecutors she fears that allowing fentanyl and carfentanil into courtrooms as evidence puts people at risk even when the drugs are properly packaged. Some medical experts said a proposal to ban them from courtrooms appears to be driven by a misguided understanding of the real dangers of the substances. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

GOP lawmakers heed Trump's call to crack down on opioid dealers

- The Washington Times

Heeding President Trump's call to "get tough," Capitol Hill Republicans filed legislation Thursday that sets lengthy prison terms for fentanyl dealers, saying criminals must think twice before they peddle synthetic powders that can fit into a salt shaker, yet kill tens of thousands.

Wisconsin Assembly Republicans pass school safety plans

- Associated Press

Assembly Republicans passed two school safety packages Thursday despite complaints from Democrats that neither goes far enough and GOP leaders are just trying to give their members campaign talking points.

Bill would exempt private devices from open records law

- Associated Press

Government officials in Kentucky could discuss public business on their personal devices without having to disclose it, according to a surprise amendment moving quickly through the state legislature.