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Under fire, Trump defends call to soldier's grieving family

Myeshia Johnson grieves over her husband U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson's casket at Miami International Airport. Johnson died during a mission fighting alongside Green Berets. Islamic militants ambushed them Oct. 4.

President Donald Trump emphatically rejected claims Wednesday that he was disrespectful to the grieving family of a slain soldier, as the firestorm he ignited over his assertions of empathy for American service members spread into a third contentious day. "I have proof," he insisted.

GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance

President Donald Trump speaks at the Heritage Foundation's annual President's Club meeting in Washington, Oct. 17, 2017.

The authors of a bipartisan plan to calm health insurance markets said Wednesday they'll push the proposal forward, even as President Donald Trump's stance ricocheted from supportive to disdainful to arm's-length and the plan's fate teetered.

Wisconsin prison head says more space needed

The head of Wisconsin's prison system is telling lawmakers that additional capacity is needed to deal with an aging and growing inmate population.

Senate panel votes for nominee opposed by black lawmakers

The Senate Judiciary Committee has narrowly voted for the nomination of a North Carolina attorney to fill the nation's longest judicial vacancy.

Walker to launch re-election campaign Nov. 5 in Waukesha

Gov. Scott Walker plans to launch his campaign for a third term on Nov. 5 at a manufacturing facility in Waukesha.

Wisconsin prison chief says troubled youth prisons are safe

The head of Wisconsin's prison system says a troubled prison for juveniles is safe, a week after a staff member was punched by an inmate sending her to the hospital.

Mississippi to house 1,200 prisoners from Puerto Rico

Roughly 1,200 federal prisoners from Puerto Rico are being moved to Mississippi amid Hurricane Maria recovery.


Lawmaker dismayed at decision to shut down 35W this weekend
The Drive

Minnesota House Transportation Finance Chairman Paul Torkelson said he is disappointed the department is carrying on with the closure when as many as 200,000 people could be making their way into downtown Minneapolis.

Rep. Paulsen to friend, housemate Scalise: "Welcome back roomie"
Hot Dish Politics

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen welcomes his friend and housemate back, three months after Rep. Steve Scalise was gunned down at a congressional baseball practice.


Committee approves Wisconsin burial sites bill

A Wisconsin legislative committee has approved a bill that would require the state historical director to consider evidence for adding land to the state's burial sites catalog.


Tillerson off to Mideast, South Asia with eye on Iran, Iraq

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe this week on a diplomatic mission focused on conflicts in Iraq and Syria and blunting Iranian influence in the region, the State Department said Thursday.


Court to review ruling allowing abortion for immigrant teen

An appeals court on Thursday temporarily stayed a judge's ruling that would have allowed a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children to obtain an abortion.


US unemployment claims fall to 222,000, lowest in 44 years

The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since Richard Nixon was president.


Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major "Obamacare" health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and making upper-tier plans more affordable.


Uneven record of consolation by Trump for families of fallen

Some got sympathy and solace. Some got silence. One got a promise of cash.


Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator

President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic negotiating partner as he punts policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants.


Excerpts from letters written by a young Barack Obama

The letters from Barack Obama reveal a young man grappling with his place in the world, Emory University said.


Senators criticize White House as cyber adviser is no-show

Senators are criticizing the Trump White House for not allowing its senior cybersecurity adviser to testify before the Armed Services Committee.


US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats

Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before.