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Pence to open Asian trip amid increasing tensions with North Korea – Fox News

GOOGLE NEWS WASHINGTON –  Vice President Mike Pence is opening his trip to the Asia-Pacific region amid increasing tensions in North Korea over the regime’s nuclear and missile programs. Pence is set to arrive Sunday in South Korea as President Donald Trump vows that Kim Jong Un’s government is a “problem” that will be “taken care of.” The vice president’s 10-day trip comes as North Korea celebrates the 105th anniversary of the birth of national founder Kim Il Sung, which falls on Saturday and is North Korea’s most important holiday. A large-scale military parade is expected. Tensions have been...

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Report: Trump administration officials clashed with G7 ministers over climate policy

FOX NEWS Trump administration officials reportedly clashed with G-7 energy ministers after pushing their pro-nuclear power and pro-fossil fuels agenda during meetings this week. G-7 officials, led by European energy ministers, refused to agree to stronger language pushing for fossil fuels in their joint statement unless the U.S. assured them they would stay in the landmark Paris climate deal, officials briefed on the talks told Politico Tuesday. A tense meeting among the ministers in Rome Monday ended with the officials scrapping a joint statement altogether. The U.S.’ coal push became an issue for everyone involved, one G-7 negotiator told...

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Michigan lawmaker charged with paying ‘ghost’ employee

FOX NEWS A Michigan state lawmaker is accused of putting a “ghost” employee on his office payroll to repay her for $14,000 in personal loans. Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Highland Park, was indicted Tuesday on charges of conspiracy and theft, two weeks after FBI agents raided his home and Lansing office. Johnson allegedly listed the worker as a “community liaison,” but she was actually a “ghost” employee who had lend money to the lawmaker, the indictment said. The grand jury said the person was paid $23,000 for no work over nine months. Johnson’s lawyer denied there was a crime. “Based...

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Sessions: ‘The border is not open. Please don’t come’

FOX NEWS Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News’ “Hannity” Tuesday night that the Trump administration is trying to send a strong message to anyone thinking of trying to enter America illegally.  “The border is not open. Please don’t come.” Sessions said in an interview with host Sean Hannity. “You will be apprehended if you do come and you will be deported promptly. If you’re a criminal, you will be prosecuted, and if you assault our officers, we’re going to come at you [like] a ton of bricks.” Sessions said President Trump’s rhetoric was having an effect, citing a...

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Many government jobs to remain unfilled despite Trump’s lift on hiring freeze

FOX NEWS Many federal government jobs will remain unfilled despite President Trump’s plans to lift the hiring freeze Wednesday, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said. Mulvaney told reporters Tuesday that the move was part of the president’s campaign to “drain the swamp” in Washington and save taxpayers money. The White House hopes to overhaul the executive branch and reduce its work force. “It does not mean that the agencies will be free to hire willy-nilly,” Mulvaney said. “What we’re doing tomorrow is replacing the across-the-board hiring freeze that we put into place on Day One in office and replacing it...

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Tillerson issues ultimatum to Russia after meeting with top diplomats at G7 summit

FOX NEWS U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a stern ultimatum to Russia Tuesday: side with America and its allies on Syria, or stand alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad, Iran and the militant group Hezbollah. “We want to relieve the suffering of the Syrian people. Russia can be a part of that future and play an important role,” Tillerson added in remarks to reporters following urgent meetings in Italy with top diplomats. “Or Russia can maintain its alliance with this group, which we believe is not going to serve Russia’s interests longer term. “We cannot let this happen...

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New York’s free tuition program comes with a major catch

FOX NEWS Gov. Cuomo’s much-heralded new program for free tuition at state colleges comes with a huge catch. Under a provision that was added to the tuition bill at the last moment, students who get a free ride at CUNY and SUNY schools must live and work in New York State for up to four years after graduation, or be forced to pay the money back. The amendment — which was not part of Cuomo’s original offer of free college for middle-class students — was added at the insistence of Republicans in the state Senate. The GOP members worried...

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Florida county mulls special tax for Trump’s visits to Mar-a-Lago

FOX NEWS WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –  Commissioners in a Florida county are so tired of spending money on President Donald Trump’s frequent visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort that some are suggesting a special tax be levied against the property if the federal government doesn’t reimburse its costs. Palm Beach County spends more than $60,000 a day when the president visits, mostly for law enforcement overtime — almost $2 million since January. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says the county was expected to spend $250,000 during Trump’s recent meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the president’s sixth trip to his Winter...

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