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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump calls Whitaker ‘very highly respected man’

WASHINGTON— The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and changes at the Department of Justice (all times local): 9:50 a.m. President Donald Trump is calling acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker “a very highly respected man” as he faces criticism about his appointment to replace Jeff Sessions. Trump said Friday “I don’t know Matt … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump calls Whitaker ‘very highly respected man’

WASHINGTON | Help Wanted: Overseers for Social Security and Medicare

WASHINGTON— Key posts overseeing the financial health of Social Security and Medicare have been vacant for more than three years, leaving the programs without independent accountability in the face of dire predictions about approaching insolvency. With Washington corroded by partisanship and consumed by political crises, gridlock has become the norm and hundreds of senior government … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Help Wanted: Overseers for Social Security and Medicare

WASHINGTON | Fed officials: Trump complaints won’t affect rate decisions

WASHINGTON— Two top Federal Reserve officials said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s complaints that the Fed’s interest rate increases risk hurting the U.S. economy won’t affect their decisions on whether to raise rates. Esther George, president of the Fed’s Kansas City regional bank, said she thinks two more rate increases this year “could be appropriate” … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Fed officials: Trump complaints won’t affect rate decisions

WASHINGTON  | Congress considers changing supervision of nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON — The agency that supervises the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile would essentially lose direct Cabinet oversight under legislation that Congress is negotiating. The little-noticed provision in a defense policy bill is opposed by the Trump administration and senior lawmakers from both parties, but efforts to scrap it have not overcome resistance from staffers on … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Congress considers changing supervision of nuclear weapons