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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump's tariffs are weakening the economy: CBO

President Trump's fondness for tariffs will take a small but very real bite out of the U.S. economy, the government's chief scorekeeper said Wednesday. Published August 21, 2019

In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, Vice President Mike Pence, center, listens as President Donald Trump argues with House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Trump-Pelosi budget deal sends deficit soaring

The budget deal President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi struck last month will cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion over the next decade, the government's chief scorekeeper said Wednesday, adding to a sea of red that threatens to swamp Washington. Published August 21, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump moves to cancel illegal immigrant family loophole

President Trump will move Wednesday to cancel the family "loophole" that's allowed illegal-immigrant parents and children to pour into the U.S., proposing new rules that would replace the 2015 Flores Settlement court order that created a de facto catch-and-release policy for the families. Published August 20, 2019

Former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., is shown in this file photo from a Sept. 4, 2018 news conference in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) **FILE**

Facebook bias review: Gaining conservatives' trust is 'elusive'

Facebook's special investigator tasked with reviewing conservative bias said Tuesday that the social media giant may never be able to do enough to assuage those on the right who feel the platform is stacked against them. Published August 20, 2019

In this April 3, 2018, file photo, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks during a lecture series at the University of Nevada, Reno. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

Harry Reid says 'Medicare for All' is loser for Dems

Former Sen. Harry Reid says Democratic presidential candidates' focus on a "Medicare for All" health policy is a loser for the 2020 election -- and so is the push to cancel criminal penalties for illegal immigrants who jump the border. Published August 20, 2019

Protesters hold up signs during a rally supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, outside of the White House in Washington, on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ** FILE **

DACA's dark side: Illegal immigrants use Obama reprieve for criminal activities

DACA's seventh anniversary has sparked a new round of introspection, with immigrant rights advocates saying the program has proved its worth by helping give opportunity to a generation of children who have become doctors, soldiers, lawyers and teachers. But the program does have a darker side. Published August 19, 2019

In this July 30, 2008, file photo, Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. Epstein has died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, says person briefed on the matter, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Post, Uma Sanghvi, File)

Americans see something fishy in Epstein death

Americans are deeply split on whether disgraced sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was murdered or committed suicide -- and even most those who say he hanged himself in his jail cell say it happened because authorities turned a blind eye. Published August 19, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders billed his criminal justice reform proposal as an appeal to black voters, who make up a massive chunk of the state's Democratic primary voters. (Associated Press/File)

Bernie Sanders targets 'institutional racism' in criminal justice overhaul

Declaring the criminal justice system ruined by pervasive racism and "corporate profiteering," Sen. Bernard Sanders proposed a massive overhaul Sunday that would free many drug convicts, abolish the death penalty and solitary confinement, and promote an unarmed "civilian corps" to replace the police for lower-level calls. Published August 18, 2019

FILE - In this April 28, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump, left, smiles after listening to Corey Lewandowski, right, former campaign manager for Trump's presidential campaign, make remarks at a rally at Total Sports Park in Washington, Mich. Trump is throwing his support behind his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who is considering a run for Senate in his home state of New Hampshire.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

House Dems subpoena Trump allies Lewandowski and Dearborn

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler issued subpoenas Thursday for Trump associates Rick Dearborn and Corey Leandowski -- just hours before President Trump is expected to see Mr. Lewandowski at a rally in New Hampshire. Published August 15, 2019