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President to unveil budget ... President promises appeal ... Irish PM at White House

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 16, 2017 at 3:40 a.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is unveiling a federal budget today that he says "puts America first." The $1.15 trillion spending plan proposes cuts to long-promised campaign targets like foreign aid and the Environmental Protection Agency. It also calls for a $54 billion boost for the Pentagon.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump says his administration will go to the Supreme Court to appeal a federal judge's decision blocking his revised travel ban affecting some predominantly Muslim countries. The judge in Hawaii says the state is likely to succeed in proving that the ban amounts to religious discrimination.

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of St. Patrick's Day, Ireland's prime minister will be making his traditional visit to the White House. Enda Kenny, the Taoiseach (TEE'-shuk) of Ireland, has signaled he will use today's meeting to talk about Brexit and President Donald Trump's immigration policies. During the campaign, Kenny called Trump's language "dangerous."

MADISON, N.J. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito (ahl-EE'-toh) says the U.S. is entering a period when its commitment to religious liberty is being tested. Alito spoke last night at an event sponsored by a Catholic lawyers' organization in New Jersey. Alito told the gathering, "A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs."

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A U.S. Navy PT boat that sank three vessels and saw action in Europe in World War II is back in New Orleans where it was built. The fully restored patrol torpedo boat — PT-305 — is set to begin paid tours April 1. A surviving crew member is expected to attend the boat's dedication on March 25.

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