Keith Fitzgerald

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Trump: ‘We may terminate’ U.S.-South Korea trade agreement

President Trump threatened to terminate the U.S. trade agreement with South Korea in an interview Thursday night, declaring that the five-year-old accord with a key ally was “a horrible deal” that has left America “destroyed.”<p>During an Oval Office interview about trade policy in North America, …

World Leaders

House delays Obamacare vote, denying Trump 100-day win

GOP leaders are still struggling to round up enough moderates to get their repeal-and-replace bill through the chamber.<p>Updated 04/27/17 07:04 PM EDT<p>House Republican leaders on Thursday delayed a vote on their Obamacare repeal bill until next week at the earliest, denying President Donald Trump a …

U.S. Congress

GOP shuts out doctors, experts, Democrats — pretty much everybody — as they work on Obamacare repeal

President Trump and House Republicans, in their rush to resuscitate a bill rolling back the Affordable Care Act, are increasingly isolating themselves from outside input and rejecting entreaties to work collaboratively, according to multiple healthcare officials who have tried to engage GOP leaders.<p>…

ObamaCare

Tillerson: Kim Jong Un 'is not crazy'

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that while North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be a ruthless, murderous dictator, he is not mentally insane.<p>"All indications are that he is not crazy," Tillerson told Fox News. "He may be ruthless. He may be a murderer. He may be someone who in many …

North Korea

Mnuchin: 'We're tired of in this country having the highest business tax rates'

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday said the president's tax plan is about creating jobs and economic growth.<p>"We're tired of in this …

Taxes

Trump’s Tax Plan Is a Reckoning for Republican Deficit Hawks

WASHINGTON — As President Trump’s top economic advisers faced a barrage of questions on Wednesday about the tax plan they had just unfurled, there was one that they struggled most to answer: how to keep the “massive tax cuts” they proposed from ballooning the federal deficit.<p>The White House insists …

Economics

Heroin's grip: Epidemic scars generation of kids

<i>Editor's Note: Today, The Courier-Journal begins a three-part series on the growing scourge of heroin in our community, with a look at its</i> …

Addiction

Fox host Jesse Watters announces vacation following backlash over Ivanka Trump remark

Fox News host Jesse Watters announced he is taking an abrupt vacation from “The Five” following backlash over sexually charged remarks about Ivanka …

Donald Trump

House Dems to force vote on bill demanding Trump taxes, visitor logs: report

House Democrats are planning to force a vote Thursday on a bill that would require President Trump to release information about his taxes and visitor …

Donald Trump

The Latest: Democrats block spending bill as shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local):<p>7:15 p.m.<p>Senate Democrats have blocked a quick vote on a short-term spending bill less than 30 hours before the deadline to avoid a government …

U.S. Congress

Trump says 'the growth is gonna pay for' new tax cut plan

ABC News caught up with President Trump at the White House during Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Donald Trump
Health Care

FBI Investigates Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort's Ties To Russia

As the Trump administration settles in, questions continue to pop up about a figure from last year's campaign: Paul Manafort. Why do his business dealings continue to stir such interest? Who is he, really?

Donald Trump

Trump demands moderate Republicans walk the plank on his futile Trumpcare 3.0 effort

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, not necessarily known as a GOP whisperer, summed up nicely Republicans’ predicament on the Trumpcare 3.0 vote being …

U.S. Congress

Mexico Sees Trump Anew, as a ‘Bluffer’ at the Poker Table

MEXICO CITY — There was a time when Donald J. Trump — first as a candidate and then as president — could rile Mexico without really trying.<p>His threats to build a border wall and make Mexicans pay for it would ignite firestorms of patriotic fury and resentment. His promises to deport millions of …

Mexico

The newest 'Trumpcare' vote may already be in trouble — for the exact opposite reason as last time

After drawing conservative Republicans on board to the American Health Care Act, Republican leadership appears set to try to bring back the American Health Care Act to the House floor for a vote.<p>But the fate of the legislation appeared to be in doubt Thursday as leaders raced to get the support of …

U.S. Congress

Trump caves on the wall — and Democrats think he will again

The game of chicken between the White House and Democrats over government funding ended before it began.<p>President Donald Trump was supposedly girding for battle. Not even a week ago, ahead of a possible government shutdown, his aides said the president would insist on funding his border wall and …

Donald Trump

Want To Finish College? Go Full Time, At Least Part Of The Time

Two years ago, when Amanda Gomez could not get financial aid for community college, she decided to enroll part time at El Paso Community College in Texas. This gave her time to work to pay for her courses.<p>Being a part-time student has its pros — mainly a lighter course load. But Gomez feels like …

Students

Rahm likely will have to rescue CPS, no matter how judge rules

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will still need to ride to the rescue to prevent Chicago Public Schools from closing three weeks early, some observers say — even …

Chicago

Mom Declares Her Daughter Won’t Be Doing Homework Anymore, and Her Post Goes Viral

Her daughter is assigned hours of homework a night. Now this mother is saying "enough."<p>If you feel like your child is drowning in homework …

Parenting

The Untold History of Charter Schools

Despite the controversy over their very existence, there isn’t much disagreement over how charter schools came to be. For over 25 years, charter …

Education

Here's Why Purdue University Is Buying A Massive For-Profit College For $1

Indiana's most prestigious public university is acquiring a massive for-profit college, an entirely unprecedented deal that has the potential to alter the landscape of the American education industry — and is likely to spark intense scrutiny.<p>Purdue University said it planned to acquire Kaplan …

Higher Education

Purdue taking over for-profit Kaplan chain

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University is taking over the for-profit Kaplan University chain in order to expand its reach into online …

Education

Oklahoma struggles to pay for schools after slashing taxes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four years ago, Oklahoma's oil patch was booming, unemployment was falling and state lawmakers were debating what to do with $200 million in surplus revenue.<p>Republicans who control state government successfully pushed to reduce the state's top income tax rate, slash the oil and …

Education

Shortage of Auto Mechanics Has Dealerships Taking Action

If the sticker shock faced by car shoppers in the showroom isn’t enough to provoke a cardiac episode, a visit to the dealership’s service department might do the job. That’s where a tire-kicking customer is likely to spot the sign announcing labor charges upward of $125 an hour, a rate typical in …

Education

Study: DC voucher program shows poorer math results

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students attending private schools in the nation's capital through a federally funded voucher program are doing worse in math compared to their peers, according to a government study released Thursday.<p>The findings added fuel to one of the most heated debates in the education …

Education

Poll: Border wall funding isn't worth shutdown

Updated 04/26/17 10:07 AM EDT<p>President Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border isn’t worth shutting down the federal government, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.<p>Sixty-one percent of registered voters say funding a wall along the nation’s southern border …

Elections

Hogan orders study of racial disparities in medical marijuana industry

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday ordered a study of racial disparities in the state’s medical marijuana industry, the first step to justifying preferences for minority-owned businesses.<p>His move follows the collapse of legislative negotiations to diversify the industry after a furor over …

Marijuana
Equality

Four steps to winning peace in Afghanistan

<i>Stephen J. Hadley, chairman of the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace, was U.S. national security adviser from 2005 to 2008. Andrew Wilder is the institute’s vice president of Asia programs, and Scott Worden is director of Afghanistan and Central Asia programs.</i><p>The U.S. bombing of an Islamic State …

Geopolitics