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Pence: He complied with state laws...Trump promotes school choice at private school...EPA cuts planned

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 3, 2017 at 1:46 p.m.

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says his use of a private email while governor of Indiana was in "full compliance" with state laws. Pence addressed his use of the private email following a speech in Janesville, Wisconsin. He was there with House Speaker Paul Ryan and briefly spoke to reporters while waiting for lunch with Ryan. Pence says his use of private email can't be compared to what he described as Hillary Clinton's "mishandling classified information" and "destroying emails when they were requested by the Congress and by officials."

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is praising a Florida Catholic school as the kind of school that disadvantaged children should be able to choose for their education. Trump visited St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando today and told its principal that "the love you have for what you do is really fantastic." The president was joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (dih-VAHS'). Trump repeated a line from his address to Congress on Tuesday, saying, "Education is the civil rights issue of our time."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is looking to slash programs aimed at slowing climate change and improving water safety and air quality. That's according to details of a draft Environmental Protection Agency budget proposal obtained by The Associated Press. Under the tentative plan from the Office of Management and Budget, the agency's funding would be cut by roughly 25 percent and about 3,000 jobs would be eliminated. That's about 19 percent of the agency's staff. President Donald Trump has said he plans to pay for increased military spending by cuts to domestic agencies and departments. Proposed cuts include the climate protection budget, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and environmental justice programs.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has agreed in principle to a White House proposal to slash foreign aid and diplomatic spending by 37 percent, but wants to spread it out over three years rather than in one dramatic cut. That's according to officials familiar with Tillerson's response to the proposal from the Office of Management and Budget. The officials say Tillerson suggested that the funding reductions to the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development begin with a 20 percent cut in the next budget year.

NEW YORK (AP) — Arnold Schwarzenegger says he's through with "The New Celebrity Apprentice," and he's blaming President Donald Trump for the show's recent poor performance. The former California governor says he wouldn't mind working with NBC and producer Mark Burnett again "on a show that doesn't have this baggage." Trump once hosted the show, and remains an executive producer. It finished this season with the poorest ratings of any of its celebrity incarnations -- averaging fewer than 5 million viewers an episode. Schwarzenegger said in an interview with the Empire web site that Trump's involvement left a "bad taste" that drove away sponsors and viewers.

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