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Trump budget plan draws strong opposition from Republicans

America spends almost $600 billion a year on defense, more than the next seven nations combined. It's a stance that could put Trump at odds with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as well as Defense Secretary James Mattis, who once told lawmakers: "If you don't fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition".

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Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke rides horse to first day of work

During his hearing, Zinke rejected Trump's claim that climate change is a hoax, saying it is indisputable that environmental changes are affecting the world's temperature and human activity is a major reason. Secretary Zinke also issued an open letter to staff at the department outlining his priorities. Cantwell also said Zinke appears willing to support the transfer of some federal lands to states, citing his vote for the GOP-sponsored rules package.

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Rand Paul Blocked From Reading Obamacare Repeal Bill

But it is what has been going on privately that has Republican lawmakers upset. In a March 1 blog, the committee said it would move forward with legislation to replace Obamacare with a plan outlined by President Trump in his Joint Sessions speech Tuesday night.

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Novak Djokovic knocked out of Acapulco by Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios will move on to face Sam Querrey in the semifinals on Friday, while Rafael Nadal will face Marin Cilic in the other. The tournament's top seed, Novak Djokovic, wasn't as fortunate. Djokovic fell in the Aussie Open to Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, then didn't play again until this week. Djokovic followed that up by saying: "He has a big serve, he deserved to win".

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Federal Bureau of Investigation rejected White House request to refute Trump-Russia stories

The target of the president's attack appears to be misdirected as the AP reported that a "White House official" leaked Priebus' request for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to squash the reports. A 2009 memo from then-attorney-general Eric Holder said the Justice Department was to advise the White House on pending criminal or civil investigations "only when it is important for the performance of the President's duties and appropriate from a law enforcement perspective".

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Federal Court: Pennsylvania School Can't Block Transgender Student Bathroom Access

Local students won't be affected by the Trump administration's reversal Wednesday of federal transgender student rights guidance. Juliet Evancho, a transgender teenager whose sister sang the national anthem at President Donald Trump's inauguration, won her case in federal court Monday when a judge ruled that her school must allow students to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.