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Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's plans to slash social programs are designed to increase economic growth to 3 percent and put "taxpayers first."...

House intel panel to issue subpoenas for Flynn material
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel will be issuing subpoenas to get former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russian activities during the 2016 election....

The Latest: Mulvaney defends plans to cut social programs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's budget (all times local):...

'We can use peace': Trump and Pope Francis meet
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe....

Trump's food stamp cuts face hard sell in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's proposal to slash food stamps by a third will be a hard sell in Congress, even as Republicans have tried repeatedly to scale back the program's $70 billion annual cost....

Analysis: Budget shows Trump's trouble figuring out Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's first budget proposal, snubbed by some Republican allies, is just the latest example of an administration that seems at times clueless or indifferent toward Congress....

AP FACT CHECK: Budget chief slams Obama growth forecast
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney, defending an administration that promises more economic growth than many think it can deliver, said Tuesday it's the Obama administration that went overboard in its forecasts for growth. His indictment glosses over significant differences in the economy now and then....

The Latest: President Trump arrives in Brussels
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local):...

Ryan rejects Trump's branding of Comey as 'nut job'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Breaking with President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday he rejects Trump's assessment that former FBI Director James Comey is a "nut job."...

Longtime Trump attorney set to aid president amid probe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has enlisted his longtime attorney Marc Kasowitz in a still-forming outside legal team that will represent him in the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election....

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