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AP FACT CHECK: Budget Chief Slams Obama Growth Forecast

AP FACT CHECK: Budget Chief Slams Obama Growth Forecast

By Josh Boak | May 25
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.

Trump's Food Stamp Cuts Face Hard Sell in Congress

Trump's Food Stamp Cuts Face Hard Sell in Congress

By Mary Clare Jalonick | May 25
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.

Pot Convictions Go Up in Smoke with California Legalization

Pot Convictions Go Up in Smoke with California Legalization

By Brian Melley | May 24
Jay Schlauch's conviction for peddling pot haunted him for nearly a quarter century. When an opportunity arose to reduce his record to a misdemeanor under the voter-approved law that legalized recreational marijuana last year, he jumped at the chance.

Puerto Rico Seeks Court's Help to Save Public Pension System

Puerto Rico Seeks Court's Help to Save Public Pension System

By Danica Coto | May 23
Puerto Rico is seeking help from federal court to restructure the debt of the U.S. territory's public pension system, which is projected to run out of money this year.

Food Stamps, Medicaid on Chopping Block in Trump's Budget

Food Stamps, Medicaid on Chopping Block in Trump's Budget

By Andrew Taylor | May 23
President Donald Trump will unveil a proposed budget this week that would drive millions of people off food stamps and cut Medicaid, targeting the social safety-net programs for the poor in a new wave of spending cuts.

Business, Leisure Travelers Ponder Flying Without Laptops

Business, Leisure Travelers Ponder Flying Without Laptops

By David Koenig and Joyce M. Rosenberg | May 21
Airline passengers have become hooked on their laptops and tablets to get work done or just kill time during long flights. But U.S. aviation-security officials appear determined to ban large electronic devices in the cabin of flights from Europe.

More Health Insurance Woes Looming: Blame Trump or Obama?

More Health Insurance Woes Looming: Blame Trump or Obama?

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | May 20
Another year of big premium increases and dwindling choice is looking like a distinct possibility for many consumers who buy their own health insurance - but why, and who's to blame?

Macron's Mission to Revitalize French Economy Won't Be Easy

Macron's Mission to Revitalize French Economy Won't Be Easy

By Pan Pylas | May 14
Emmanuel Macron's victory in Sunday's election puts him in place to pursue his economic agenda, from cutting taxes on companies and labor, to investing more in technology and promoting freer trade and integration in the European Union.

U.S., E.U. in Urgent Talks on Expanding Laptop Ban on Flights

U.S., E.U. in Urgent Talks on Expanding Laptop Ban on Flights

By Lorne Cook and John Leicester | May 14
European governments alarmed at a proposed expansion of the U.S. ban on in-flight laptops and tablets to planes from the EU are holding urgent talks Friday with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Forum on China's Economic Reach Helps Leader Extend His Own

Forum on China's Economic Reach Helps Leader Extend His Own

By Christopher Bodeen and Gillian Wong | May 14
China will seek to burnish President Xi Jinping's stature as a world-class statesman at an international gathering centered on his signature foreign policy effort that envisions a future world order in which all roads lead to Beijing.

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