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Budget Deficit to Break $1 Trillion Despite Strong Economy

WASHINGTON — An annual congressional report says the U.S. budget deficit is likely to burst through the symbolic $1 trillion barrier this year despite a healthy economy. “As a result of those deficits, federal debt would rise each year, reaching a percentag...
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US Budget Deficit Running 11.8% Higher This Year

The U.S. budget deficit through the first three months of this budget year is up 11.8% from the same period a year ago, putting the country on track to record its first $1 trillion deficit in eight years. In i...
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Iraq President Rejects Iran-Backed Bloc’s Nominee as PM

BAGHDAD — Iraq's president refused Thursday to designate the Iran-backed parliamentary bloc's nominee for prime minister after he was rejected by anti-government protesters, saying he was prepared to submit his resignation to Parliament. Barham Saleh said i...
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McConnell Blasts House Impeachment, Pledges Senate Action

WASHINGTON — The top Senate Republican on Thursday denounced the "most unfair" House impeachment of President Donald Trump and reassured Trump and his supporters that "moments like this are why the United States Senate exists.” Signaling in the stronges...
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AP-NORC/USAFacts Poll: Social Media a Political News Paradox

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — It's one of America's leading sources for news about the government, yet also among the least trusted. Social media, a new poll finds, is America's political news paradox. Julie Ferguson, an occupational therapist in central Washi...