WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has told the nation's governors at the White House that he will rebuild what he calls the "depleted military." He's promising that he will provide more details on his rebuilding of the military tomorrow night. The White House says Trump's upcoming budget will propose a $54 billion increase in defense spending. There would be corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't put a dent in budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will have a "big statement" on his plans to rebuild the nation's roads and bridges in his address to Congress tomorrow night. Trump told the nation's governors in a meeting that he intends to boost spending on infrastructure. He notes that the U.S. spends billions of dollars in the Middle East but has potholes all over the country. The president is also reiterating his plans to repeal the health care law. He says he wants to overhaul the nation's tax system but it's a "tiny little ant" compared to what he has to do with Obamacare.
WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois community that solidly backed President Donald Trump is rallying behind a Mexican restaurant manager who doesn't have legal permission to live in the U.S. and has been detained. Juan Carlos Hernandez Pacheco has been the manager of La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in West Frankfort for a decade. He's in custody at an immigration facility outside St. Louis after his Feb. 9 arrest. Hernandez came to the U.S. in the 1990s but didn't obtain legal status. Immigration officials note past drunken-driving convictions. Town residents, including the mayor and police chief, are writing letters of support. They deem Hernandez a role model, citing his civic involvement.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears likely to strike down a North Carolina law that prohibits sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites. At least five justices suggested during arguments today they would rule for North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr. He was convicted of violating a 2008 law aimed at keeping sex offenders off internet sites that children might use. Packingham used Facebook to boast about beating a traffic ticket. Justice Elena Kagan pointed out that the law is so broad it also prevents people from reading the Twitter accounts of President Donald Trump, all 50 governors and members of Congress.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If Warren Beatty needs someone to talk to following last night's epic award mix-up at the Oscars, Steve Harvey is open ears. While hosting the Miss Universe pageant in 2015, Harvey accidently named the wrong woman as the winner during the live broadcast. Last night, an apparent envelope mix-up led Beatty and co-presenter Faye Dunaway to hand out the best picture award to "La La Land" instead of the real winner, "Moonlight." On Twitter today, Harvey joked that he went to sleep early, and asked if he missed anything. He later urged Beatty to call him, adding, "I can help you get through this!"