First Line News Articles for Tuesday, February 28 2017
The U.S. Justice Department said Monday it is abandoning its longstanding opposition to a key aspect of Texas’ toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law, costing voting rights groups their most important ally and possibly encouraging other conservative states to toughen their own election rules with President Donald Trump in charge.
President Trump plans to seek what he’s calling a “historic” $54 billion increase in defense spending, while pursuing cuts elsewhere in the federal government, as part of his upcoming budget plan.
The Iraqi army says it has recaptured a bridge across the River Tigris in west Mosul, where fierce battles are ongoing to oust ISIS of its last bastion in Iraq.
House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Monday he’s not see any evidence so far that Trump campaign officials had any contacts with Russian officials, contradicting public reports.
Officials have confirmed there are no survivors in a plane crash involving an LDS Church bishop from Sandy and his two young children.
Parents of a 6-year-old girl murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School relived their story of grief and forgiveness at Astoria’s Mormon Church on Saturday, offering a personal example of striving to make sense of tragedy through the teachings of their faith.
Asenaca Delalbarki Ramasima yesterday wished her father was alive to see her graduate from Brigham Young University, Laie, Hawaii.
Armed with a smile and the words “Jesus Christ” stamped boldly on their name tags, Kali Cook and Bo Unga walk around campus every day to share their beliefs with the OU community.
President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will go “Face to Face” with youth around the world during a special broadcast on March 4.
Pentagon delivers plan to speed up fight against Islamic State that may boost US troop presence in Syria
Following up on President Donald Trump’s request, Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday delivered a preliminary plan on how step up the fight against Islamic State — a plan likely to include more U.S. troops as well as further steps to tighten the screws on the terror group’s funding.
President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress gives him a welcome opportunity to refocus his young administration on the core economic issues that helped him get elected – and, his allies hope, to move beyond the distractions and self-inflicted wounds that have roiled his White House.
Having now lost two of his three picks to become the military’s next service secretaries, it appears increasingly likely that President Donald Trump won’t have his top team in place at the Pentagon before summer. As a result, several related nominations could be caught in limbo, unable to move ahead until these more visible vacancies are filled.
Two people were extricated after a plane crashed into a reservoir in Larimer County on Monday morning, the Berthoud Fire Department said.
Trump administration officials believe that a Department of Homeland Security report that undercut the president’s position on his travel ban was drafted with the express intent of leaking it to the press, a source close to the department says.
Bipartisan worries about China’s sudden investment surge in the United States has prompted new legislation that would strengthen an obscure and secretive agency that has the power to block foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies.
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump are holding rallies in towns and cities across the country on Monday, partly as a rebuttal to waves of anti-Trump protests that have taken place since the Republican’s election last November.
The Anti-Defamation League on Monday said there were reports of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers and schools in several U.S. states.
Former President George W. Bush offered what appeared to be a thinly veiled critique of his Republican successor on Monday, as he defended the importance of the media and immigration policies that are “welcoming.”
President Trump on Monday said Republicans are working out a “very good” plan to repeal and replace Obamacare before the party tackles tax reform, though he appeared to be caught off-guard by the magnitude of the fight.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who has attacked China on issues from trade to the South China Sea, held his first face-to-face talks with a member of the Chinese leadership on Monday, and the White House said it was a chance to discuss shared security interests and a possible meeting with President Xi Jinping.
Israeli aircraft carried out a series of strikes in Gaza on Monday, wounding two people, health officials and witnesses said, after a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory struck southern Israel.
More than 800 people have been arrested in a crackdown on unlicensed banking operations as Beijing tries to stem outflows of money from the country, the police ministry says.
Like a headmaster addressing rowdy pupils, the United Nations envoy for Syria began peace talks in Geneva last week by telling the warring parties to behave and show respect.
South Korea called on Monday for major powers to criminally pursue North Korea’s leadership before its “ever-worsening” human rights record including mass executions and forced labor threatened world peace.
A German man has been beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines after a deadline to pay his ransom passed.
The Federal Communications Commission’s new chairman, Ajit Pai, said he doesn’t expect the agency to have a role in reviewing AT&T Inc.’s $85 billion takeover of Time Warner Inc.
For a lot of cash-strapped shoppers, prices at Walmart (WMT) can’t be beat…except the retail giant thinks they can.
People have triggered five out of six wildfires in the U.S. over the last two decades, tripling the length of the wildfire season and making it start earlier in the East and last longer in the West, a new study finds.
Not since 1972 and the Apollo 17 mission has an astronaut been anywhere close to the moon. But that may be set to change next year.