Government budgets

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats controlling the House wrote HHS Secretary Alex Azar earlier this month to request funds to help speed development of a coronavirus vaccine, expand laboratory capacity, and beef up screening efforts at U.S. entry points. Azar is slated to testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, and the U.S. response to the outbreak is sure to be a major topic. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 24, 2020 - 8:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Monday sent lawmakers an urgent $2.5 billion plan to address the deadly coronavirus outbreak, whose rapid spread and threat to the global economy rocked financial markets. The White House budget office said the funds are for vaccines, treatment and protective...
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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump wait for him to arrive to speak at a rally at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne, Ind. Vice President Mike Pence has a favorite line when he introduces President Donald Trump at rallies. He says "it's been three years of promises made and promises kept” under Trump. Is it true? The Associated Press reviewed what's happened with Trump's key campaign promises. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
February 23, 2020 - 6:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — “It's been three years of promises made and promises kept, but we’re just getting started, (insert state here)." That line from Vice President Mike Pence is a hallmark of how he introduces President Donald Trump to campaign rally audiences. Last week, he delivered versions at...
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A voter casts his ballot in the parliamentary elections in a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Iranians began voting for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and isolate the country diplomatically. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
February 21, 2020 - 12:42 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians voted for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and U.S. pressure isolates the country diplomatically. The disqualification of more than 7,000 potential candidates, most of them...
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French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. In a second day of meetings EU leaders will continue to discuss the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (Ludovic Marin, Pool Photo via AP)
February 21, 2020 - 12:42 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations broke up a marathon summit without a deal Friday and will have to reconvene for another budget meeting in the coming weeks. After 28 hours of talks the leaders could not find a compromise, with a half dozen wealthy member states insisting they would not stump...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2010, file photo, Patti Blagojevich, wife of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, listens to her husband as they arrive at the federal courthouse for his corruption trial in Chicago. Patti Blagojevich made repeated public pleas for her husband’s release from federal prison. Her campaign began in 2018 soon after her husband lost a string of legal appeals that seemed to doom him to remain behind bars until his projected 2024 release date. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
February 20, 2020 - 6:27 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Job wanted: Ex-governor and ex-con with strong speaking skills and good hair seeking employment. Fresh out of prison thanks to a commutation this week from President Donald Trump, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in the hunt for a post-prison career. "I need to start working...
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European Union leaders engage in discussion during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. After almost two years of sparring, the EU will be discussing the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
February 20, 2020 - 11:53 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — As European Union leaders deliberated over their 1 trillion-euro ($1.1 trillion) budget Thursday, lawmakers were deeply concerned about potential conflicts of interest that could see hundreds of millions of euros in funds granted to companies linked to some of the very people...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel walkes on the red carpet prior to a meeting with Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland, at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
February 20, 2020 - 4:55 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Everything is set for the EU's bruising trillion-euro summit. Leaders from the European Union's 27 countries are flying in to Brussels on Thursday to discuss the bloc's spending plan for the next seven years now that Britain has left. Diplomats and number crunchers have been working...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrives to brief members of the Senate on the details of the threat that prompted the U.S. to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq on Capitol Hill in Washington. When President Donald Trump laments the “craziness” of spending billions of dollars to modernize America's nuclear weapons, he is referring in part to plans for replacing the B-52 bombers and silo-based missiles that stand ready near Minot, N.D. Esper visited Minot on Wednesday, Feb. 19, for a firsthand look. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin, File)
February 19, 2020 - 11:05 pm
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper used his first-ever visit to a nuclear missile field in frigid North Dakota to tout the Trump administration's multibillion-dollar plan for a top-to-bottom modernization of the nuclear arsenal. The costly project is necessary, he said,...
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Eurogroup President and Portugal's Finance Minister Mario Centeno, second left, meets with European Council President Charles Michel, second right, at the Europa building in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)
February 19, 2020 - 9:54 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — After almost two years of sparring, the European Union was girding itself Wednesday for perhaps the final round of the bloc’s traditional budget slug-fest, a potentially long and fiery summit to thrash out Europe’s spending plans for the next seven years. Leaders from the 27 nations...
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President Donald Trump displays photos of the border wall under construction as he speaks to members of the National Border Patrol Council at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 15, 2020 - 7:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, President Donald Trump told a rally that people who are in the United States illegally are paying for his Mexico border wall. It was the latest iteration of his effort to convince the public that Mexico is covering the cost, just as he...
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