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WASHINGTON (AP) — Preliminary budget documents obtained by The Washington Post show the Trump administration is considering more than $6 billion in cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Post reports that the preliminary budget would slash nearly $2 billion from funds dedicated to public housing. It would eliminate the Community Development Block Grant Program, which funds local improvement efforts and anti-poverty programs. A HUD spokesman says the budget is "a work in progress."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some major industry and consumer groups are lining up against the Republican health care reform bill. The opponents include the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and AARP, the nation's largest advocacy group for older people. GOP leaders are attempting to tamp down a rebellion in their party led by conservatives allied with powerful outside groups. Efforts by Democrats to amend the proposed legislation have been rebuffed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he wants to see if there is a paper trail for a surveillance warrant that would be needed to authorize the wiretaps President Donald Trump has tweeted about. Trump, without citing evidence, accused former President Barack Obama of tapping the phones at Trump Tower. Through a spokesman, Obama said neither he nor any White House official had ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama has posted photos on Snapchat about a Wednesday visit to a Washington school in honor of International Women's Day. The former first lady said she was surprising a group of girls to talk about "the importance of education in their lives and mine." Obama also tweeted after visiting the combined middle and high school that she was "so impressed by the extraordinary girls" who "represent the beauty and diversity of this country." There were rallies across the country and overseas on Wednesday.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado authorities want probation revoked for Sacramento Kings point guard Ty Lawson after they say he tested positive for alcohol three times in the last six months and failed to complete required public service in a 2015 drunken driving case. Over prosecutors' objections, the former Denver Nugget was sentenced to probation rather than jail last year and ordered to remain sober. A judge will decide then whether Lawson's probation should be revoked and whether he should be sentenced to jail instead.
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