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White House hits back...Tillerson takes 1 reporter along...China trade olive branch

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 14, 2017 at 10:50 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is blaming what it calls a "desperate" attempt at ratings for the disclosure of President Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns. The records were obtained by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, who said he received them unsolicited in the mail. They were aired my MSNBC host Rachael Maddow. To pre-empt the broadcast, the White House disclosed shortly before the program that Trump made more than $150 million in income in 2005 and paid $38 million in income taxes that year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A reporter from the conservative-leaning website Independent Journal Review is the only media representative accompanying Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on his trip to Asia this week. Tillerson had said he was not taking journalists with him because he was traveling on a smaller plane. A number of Washington-based correspondents will meet up with Tillerson at his stops in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. The State Department Correspondents Association said in a statement that it was "disappointed" in the decision for Tillerson to bring only one reporter on the trip.

BEIJING (AP) — China's premier says Chinese leaders don't wish to see a trade war with Washington and he's expressed optimism that relations will improve. Li Keqiang (lee kuh-TYAHNG'), the country's No. 2 leader, said at a news conference Wednesday the two giant economies should "uphold strategic interests." President Donald Trump has promised to raise import taxes on Chinese goods to counter what he says are unfair practices by Beijing. That has prompted warnings that China might retaliate.

SEATTLE (AP) — Government lawyers have filed papers supporting their case for a revised travel ban. The documents were filed with the same court that blocked the original ban, which blocked travel from seven Muslim-majority nations. The latest filing contends that the revised ban, which no longer includes Iraq, removes provisions that "purportedly drew religious distinctions." Multiple states and civil rights groups say both versions are unconstitutional.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Metro-North commuter rail service and New York's subway system will provide full service Wednesday. Rail service, airlines, schools and utilities were all hit hard by the big nor'easter that spread rain, snow and icy mixtures from Virginia to Maine. Bitter cold will refreeze lots of slush on roadways and sidewalks.

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