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AP Analysis: Steel Tariffs Waived Even with Tough Trade Talk

AP Analysis: Steel Tariffs Waived Even with Tough Trade Talk

By Richard Lardner | Feb 17
Despite President Donald Trump's tough talk on trade, his administration has granted hundreds of companies permission to import millions of tons of steel made in China, Japan and other countries without paying the hefty tariff he put in place.

Youth Programs Left Wanting by California Marijuana Law

Youth Programs Left Wanting by California Marijuana Law

By Michael R. Blood | Feb 17
When California voters legalized marijuana, they were promised that part of the tax revenue from pot sales and cultivation would be devoted to programs to teach youth how to avoid substance abuse.

Average Tax Refunds Fall, Creating Political Flashpoint

Average Tax Refunds Fall, Creating Political Flashpoint

By Marcy Gordon | Feb 17
The average tax refund and the total amount of refunds issued declined for the second straight week, potentially intensifying a political flashpoint seized by Democrats as proof that the Republican-written tax law hurts the middle class.

Make El Chapo Pay for A Border Wall? Don't Count On It

Make El Chapo Pay for A Border Wall? Don't Count On It

By Tom Hays | Feb 16
Why not take some of the Mexican drug lord's billions in ill-gotten gains and make him pay for a border wall? That may be a tall order, especially since federal officials can't say for sure how much Joaquin Guzman may still have, or how to get hold of it.

Q&A: Should Anyone Worry About A $22 Trillion National Debt?

Q&A: Should Anyone Worry About A $22 Trillion National Debt?

By Martin Crutsinger | Feb 16
As a presidential candidate, Trump had assailed the $1 trillion annual deficits under President Barack Obama and had said that as president he could wipe out all the debt. Now, Trump is projecting that his own annual deficits will top $1 trillion.

Illinois Set to Hike Minimum Wage to $15, Highest in Midwest

Illinois Set to Hike Minimum Wage to $15, Highest in Midwest

By John O'Connor | Feb 16
Illinois legislators moved quickly Thursday to deliver one of new Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker's top campaign promises, a gradual hike in the statewide minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 an hour.

White House Scrambles to Find Pots of Money to Use for Wall

White House Scrambles to Find Pots of Money to Use for Wall

By Lolita Baldour | Feb 15
If President Donald Trump declares an emergency to build the wall with Mexico, he still needs money to pay for it. And shifting money from other accounts to deliver the $5.7 billion he wants is not without political problems.

Congress Urged to Fully Open Banks to Marijuana Industry

Congress Urged to Fully Open Banks to Marijuana Industry

By Michael R. Blood | Feb 15
Bank officials and others urged Congress on Wednesday to fully open the doors of the U.S. banking system to the legal marijuana industry, a change that supporters say would reduce crime risks and resolve a litany of challenges for cannabis companies.

Now's Your Chance to Change Your Medicare Advantage Plan

Now's Your Chance to Change Your Medicare Advantage Plan

By Tom Murphy | Feb 15
Medicare Advantage enrollees get a new, second chance to find the right health coverage this year.

Federal Workers Are Taking Up Side Hustles In Fear of New Shutdown, Study Finds

Federal Workers Are Taking Up Side Hustles In Fear of New Shutdown, Study Finds

Feb 14
Over one in ten government workers turned to a side hustle to get by during the shutdown, according to new research.

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