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VOL. 41 | NO. 12 | Friday, March 24, 2017

Can free school lunches survive conservative shift?

Program has grown to serve those not threatened by hunger

Every day in Nashville, Metro public schools serve 92,000 meals – from in-classroom breakfasts to pizzas at lunch – all meeting strict nutritional requirements, prepared with efficiency in mind and designed to appeal to that toughest of audiences, kids.

Surprising number of children go hungry in Midstate

In Middle Tennessee, where restaurants seem to pop up overnight and grocery stores offer sushi and $100 bottles of wine, it’s hard to imagine that one in seven people are at risk for hunger, according to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Corker, Cooper, DesJarlais weigh in on school meals

Debate has just begun this year about the federal budget and what role the federal government will play in social welfare programs, including nutrition measures like the National School Lunch Program.

iFundWomen event spotlights female entrepreneurs

Karen Cahn, former Google and YouTube executive, thought her timing was going to be perfect.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. Tin Pan South, the world’s largest songwriter festival, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. More than 300 songwriters and acts will perform more than 90 shows in 10 Music City venues over five days. Through Saturday. Information, including performers and venues: http://tinpansouth.com

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Trump: Next Old Hickory or carnival barker

For those who ignore the news – fake or otherwise – Donald Trump won the presidency last November. While he didn’t capture a majority of the vote, he did win the electoral vote, causing many detractors to call for the elimination of this outdated voting method.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Does a Bare inspire in the woods? This one did

If it wasn’t for my old friend and hero, Bobby Bare, I’d not have a column this week.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Your listing stinks! No, really, that’s why there are no offers

Spring break is over, and here come the listings. At least that’s the hope as depleted inventories have left buyers disappointed for the past three years.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for February 2017

Top commercial real estate sales, February 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

The winner isn’t always a winner in UT QB battles

The time has come to write a new chapter of Tennessee Vols football.

NEWSMAKERS

Guard promotes attorney to brigadier general

Kurt Winstead, a founding member of the Nashville law firm Rudy Winstead Turner, PLLC, has been promoted to brigadier general in the Tennessee National Guard.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Porsche Macan: An SUV that drives like a sports car

The Macan, Porsche’s smallest SUV, is more affordable and more fuel efficient for 2017 and is stocked with more standard equipment, including a rearview camera.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Writer makes it up as she goes on Obama’s team

Your boss is a VIP: a Very Important Person. Nothing gets done without approval from the Executive Suite and nothing is unnoticed.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Survival lessons from company that once had it all

When Palm Computing was in its heyday, many analysts thought they couldn’t be beaten. They had technology coveted by the market and an internal culture – dubbed Zen of Palm – which employees described as the best they’d ever experienced.

CAREER CORNER

Prioritizing time to find next job

When you’re truly unhappy in your current job, a new one can’t get here fast enough. Having to drag yourself to the office each day can be the worst.

FAMILY TRAVEL

The art of Italy might require advance reservations

“The Last Supper” is billed as one of Leonardo da Vinci’s great masterpieces, and it’s housed in Milan’s Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. I didn’t know this until recently thumbing through the Milan entry in a guidebook to Italy. But when I mentioned it to my wife, she demanded it make our itinerary when we are in Milan for about 24 hours this summer.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee House panel kills 2 permitless gun bills

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee House panel has voted down two bills that would've let people carry handguns without a permit.

STATEWIDE

University of Tennessee tuition hikes at 3 percent or less

KNOXVILLE (AP) — University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro says tuition increases will be at 3 percent or less for the third year in a row due to self-imposed budget restraints.

COURTS

Knoxville judge wins lawsuit brought by secretary

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled against a woman who sued a Knox County judge, saying the judge was within his rights to fire her because of a state law that gives employers wide latitude to dismiss people.

HEALTH CARE

Tennessee voters who didn't like health plan still support Trump

SHELBYVILLE (AP) — In Rep. Scott DesJarlais' district, some residents are cheering the demise of the revised national health care law bitterly opposed by the House Freedom Caucus, of which DesJarlais is a member.

Republican foes of health care bill win praise in districts

BUCKNER, Kentucky (AP) — One of the House Republican rebels, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie, wasn't just "no" on the GOP health care bill to replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Massie was "hell no."

AUTO INDUSTRY

Future of Asian luxury cars, electric vehicles at auto show

GOYANG, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's largest auto show provides a look at the future of Asian premium cars and electric vehicles, as well as efforts by Asian auto and tech companies to catch up in the field of autonomous driving.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Asia shares fall on China liquidity fear; Europe edges up

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets fell Thursday, led by a slide in Chinese shares on investor concerns about liquidity. European indexes edged higher as concerns waned over Britain's formal request to leave the European Union.

Applications for US unemployment aid fell to 258K last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the U.S. job market remains healthy.

History points to protracted and tough Brexit negotiations

LONDON (AP) — It took Britain more than a decade of trying to join the European club. It's now got just two to get out and strike a new relationship.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senate hearing to focus on Russian disinformation tactics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some tactics Russia used to meddle in last year's presidential election would give shivers to anyone who believes in American democracy, the Senate intelligence committee's top Democrat says.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
STATEWIDE

JLL gets contract to manage statewide campuses

The Tennessee Department of General Services is set to award a statewide contract for facility management services to Jones Lang LaSalle, a company that already handles 10 percent of state office space and estimates a 15.9 percent savings if all higher education institutes participate.

Audit questions over $12 million intended for food for kids

NASHVILLE (AP) — State auditors are questioning how tens of millions of dollars meant to provide meals and snacks to low-income children in Tennessee were spent.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Norris: Follow law in review of history teaching standards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris is urging a panel reviewing teaching standards for social studies to follow a state law requiring students to learn about the Tennessee Constitution and state and local governments.

Bid to declare God as source of liberty resurrected in House

NASHVILLE (AP) — A previously defeated proposal to amend the state constitution to say that God is the source of Tennesseans' liberties has been resurrected in the House.

NPR raises concerns about firing of Tennessee reporter

NASHVILLE (AP) — Top editors at National Public Radio challenged the firing of an affiliate reporter who covered meetings between high school students and legislators who said they were secretly recorded talking about LGBT issues.

NASHVILLE AREA

Judge Moreland faces federal corruption charges

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee judge who is being investigated after allegations that he helped a woman with her legal troubles in exchange for sex is facing federal charges of bribery, witness tampering and retaliating against a witness, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Romanian man pleads guilty to $873k online sales fraud

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Romanian man has pleaded guilty in an international scheme to list fake ads for vehicles on eBay and other websites, spurring would-be buyers to send his group $873,000.

TECHNOLOGY

Windows update will bring 3-D, game tools and less clutter

NEW YORK (AP) — A major update to Microsoft's Windows 10 system will start reaching consumers and businesses on April 11, offering 3-D drawing tools, game-broadcasting capabilities and better ways to manage your web browsing.

REAL ESTATE

Contracts to buy US homes hit highest level since April

WASHINGTON (AP) — More people signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as warm weather and rising confidence appeared to encourage consumers to look for houses.

HEALTH CARE

Poll: Americans dislike GOP's, Trump's plan on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don't like your approach to overhauling America's health care. If you're hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different.

Trump's top health official gets bipartisan grilling

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's top health official got strong pushback Wednesday from lawmakers of both parties about deep cuts the White House is pressing in medical research, public health and social service programs.

FDA approves 1st drug for aggressive multiple sclerosis

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug for an aggressive kind of multiple sclerosis that steadily reduces coordination and the ability to walk.

Senate, White House pass on House push to revive health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans and White House officials sounded ready to abandon efforts to repeal and replace the nation's health care law, at least for now, even as House Republicans — and the president himself — insisted Tuesday they were not ready to give up.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes close mostly higher; oil up

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Wednesday after a sharp increase in crude oil prices helped drive market-leading gains for energy companies.

Trump's budget priorities set small businesses strategizing

NEW YORK (AP) — The priorities laid out in President Donald Trump's budget message have some small business owners strategizing how they might benefit from a big boost in defense spending, and others thinking about how to make up for revenue they could lose to cuts in grant programs and subsidies.

It's not EU, it's me: UK files for EU divorce after 44 years

LONDON (AP) — Britain filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, with fond words and promises of friendship that could not disguise the historic nature of the schism — or the years of argument and hard-nosed bargaining ahead as the U.K. leaves the embrace of the bloc for an uncertain future as "global Britain."

EU blocks merger of Deutsche Boerse, London Stock Exchange

BERLIN (AP) — European regulators blocked the proposed merger of Germany's Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday, saying it would effectively have created a European monopoly in clearing bonds.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Head of Trump-Russia probe under fire, won't step down

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House intelligence committee is refusing to step away from its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as fresh political allegations bring new cries of protest from Democrats.

Environmental groups file lawsuit over Trump climate actions

CHICAGO (AP) — Environmental groups that vowed to fight President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back his predecessor's plans to curb global warming made good on their promises Wednesday, teaming up with an American Indian tribe to ask a federal court to block an order that lifts restrictions on coal sales from federal lands.

China affirms climate pledge after Trump rolls back rules

BEIJING (AP) — China promised Wednesday to stick to its climate commitments after President Donald Trump eased U.S. curbs on coal and oil use, opening the way for Beijing to assert itself as a leader in environmental policy.

Kushner, taking new White House role, faces rare scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jared Kushner has been a power player able to avoid much of the harsh scrutiny that comes with working in the White House. But this week he's found that even the president's son-in-law takes his turn in the spotlight.


TUESDAY, MARCH 28
COURTS

Judge Moreland faces federal public corruption charges

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville judge faces federal corruption charges of bribery, witness tampering and retaliating against a witness.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Haslam's road funding proposal moving ahead with 'broad support'

With hardly a peep of discontent from lawmakers, the governor’s IMPROVE Act containing fuel-tax increases and a host of tax cuts moved out of the House Local Government Committee today.

Bill opposing Nashville, Memphis marijuana laws passes

State senators are intent on striking down Memphis and Nashville marijuana laws giving police discretion to hand out citations for possessing small amounts of pot.

Limits on Tennessee campaign investments headed to governor

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill to prevent campaign funds from being invested in private companies is headed for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

Tennessee Senate passes resolution to move Polk's body

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Senate passed a resolution Monday that would allow the body of former President James K. Polk to be exhumed and moved to a fourth resting place.

REAL ESTATE

US home prices rose in January by most in 2½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices jumped in January from a year earlier at the fastest pace in nearly 2 ½ years, as a tight supply of houses for sale spurred bidding wars in many cities.

TECHNOLOGY

What makes a cyberattack? Experts lobby to restrict the term

LONDON (AP) — When U.S. senator John McCain told Ukrainian television that the allegedly Russian-backed breach of the Democratic National Committee's server was "an act of war," Michael Schmitt cringed.

Got camera? Facebook adds more Snapchat-like features

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is adding more Snapchat-like features to its app. The company says it wants to let people's cameras "do the talking" as more people are posting photos and videos instead of blocks of text.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes close higher as consumer confidence gains

Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stock indexes sharply higher Tuesday, snapping an eight-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average.

Yellen: Banks must help poor communities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says U.S. banks must do all they can to promote economic development in low-income areas where high unemployment has persisted despite the overall job market's significant gains.

US consumer confidence hits 16-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence climbed to its highest level in more than 16 years, a strong gain for one of President Donald Trump's preferred economic indicators.

NATIONAL POLITICS

White House calls for domestic cuts to finance border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down payment on the border wall.

Democratic senator asks drugmakers about opioid sales plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator is seeking marketing information, sales records and studies from manufacturers of the top-selling opioid products in the United States to determine whether drugmakers have contributed to an overuse of the pain killers.

Trump tosses Obama's 'clean' energy plan, embraces coal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring "the start of a new era" in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.

White House eyeing $18 billion list of social program cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is following up its longshot roster of budget cuts with a wish list of $18 billion worth of immediate reductions, including cuts to medical research, infrastructure, and community development grants.

Glance: Agencies Trump has proposed eliminating

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here are the 17 independent agencies based in the Washington area that President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating:


MONDAY, MARCH 27
STATE LEGISLATURE

Senate panel moves to prohibit state park outsourcing

A Senate panel approved legislation Monday prohibiting the outsourcing of jobs at state parks less than a week after the State Building Commission renewed plans for rebuilding and privatizing the inn at Fall Creek Falls.

AG: 'In God We Trust' plates constitutionally suspect

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state attorney general's office says a bill that would require all Tennessee license plates to bear the words "In God We Trust" is constitutionally suspect.

Haslam criticized for renewing Fall Creek Falls outsourcing plan

State Sen. Lee Harris is criticizing Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision to renew an outsourcing plan for development and operations at Fall Creek Falls State Park, calling it a move to bolster profits for a private company.

State Senate could vote on resolution to move Polk's body

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee state Senate could decide as early as Monday on whether to approve a resolution that would allow the body of former President James K. Polk to be exhumed and moved to a fourth resting place.

Haslam to speak to trucking group as lawmakers mull gas tax

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is speaking to the annual convention of a national trucking group as state lawmakers debate his proposal to boost transportation funding through a hike in Tennessee's gas and diesel taxes.

STATEWIDE

Census estimate puts Tennessee's population at 6.65 million

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — New yearly census estimates pegged Tennessee's 2016 population at 6.65 million, which was nearly 1 percent more than the prior year.

HEALTH CARE

Sen. Warren: I'd work with GOP to improve Obama health law

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's open to working with Republicans to improve former President Barack Obama's health care law after a GOP replacement bill failed to gather enough support.

COURTS

Supreme Court won't restore $7.25B swipe fees settlement

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will not restore a $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over credit card transaction fees.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Uber resumes self-driving car program after brief suspension

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber says it is resuming its self-driving car program in Arizona and Pittsburgh after it was suspended following a crash over the weekend.

Nissan recalls more than 56,000 cars, cites power steering

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nissan is recalling more than 56,000 cars because of power steering hoses that may leak fluid and potentially lead to fires.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks sink early on Washington worries before paring losses

NEW YORK (AP) — Worries that Washington may not be able to help businesses as much as once thought knocked stock indexes down hard early Monday, but they clawed back most of their losses and ended the day mixed.

US economy to grow slower than Trump pledges, survey finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. economic growth is expected to accelerate this year and next, yet remain modest, even if President Trump's promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending are implemented, a survey found.

United Airlines: Customers 'welcome' to wear leggings

DENVER (AP) — United Airlines says regular-paying flyers are welcome to wear leggings aboard its flights, even though two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday because of their attire.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump signs legislation rolling back Obama-era regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is signing a handful of measures aimed at rolling back Obama-era regulations.

Bitter GOP finger-pointing clouds path for Trump agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hoping to drive his priorities forward following the crumbling of the Republican health care bill but GOP finger-pointing is rampant, underscoring how tough it will be to produce the unity the party will need.

Kushner agrees to speak to Senate panel about Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law has volunteered to answer questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials, the White House confirmed Monday.

Trump plans office to bring business ideas to government

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is establishing a new White House office run by his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector.

Schumer seizes on Trump team's offer to work with Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's aides opened the door to working with moderate Democrats on health care and other issues while Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer quickly offered to find common ground with Trump for repairing former President Barack Obama's health care law.


FRIDAY, MARCH 24
STATE LEGISLATURE

Lawmaker Holt takes heat over bill that would hide his tickets

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker is taking heat after being accused of sponsoring a bill that would hide his own unpaid speeding tickets from the public.

Bill that helps non-violent offenders passes in Legislature

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill that helps non-violent offenders find employment has passed in the Legislature with bipartisan support.

House passes bill that blocks marijuana decriminalization

NASHVILLE (AP) — The House has voted on a bill that would block any efforts by Tennessee cities to decriminalize the use of marijuana. The bill would nullify laws that Memphis and Nashville have passed that have reduced the penalty for weed in some cases.

Senate passes bill to punish protesters who block streets

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that would punish protesters who block traffic and obstruct emergency vehicles from responding to an emergency.

NASHVILLE AREA

'I Believe in Nashville' mural restored after vandalism

NASHVILLE (AP) — A landlord and a Nashville street artist have finished restoring the popular "I Believe in Nashville" mural a week after it was vandalized with tar.

TBI: Hendersonville doctor traded prescriptions for sex acts

HENDERSONVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a Hendersonville doctor traded prescriptions for narcotics in exchange for money and sexual acts.

Former Tennessee trade secretary chosen ambassador to Japan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has selected a former Tennessee secretary for trade and commerce as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Rome is new Fisk president

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Central Missouri's Lincoln University is searching for a new president after the campus' top administrator resigned for a similar position at another historically black college.

COURTS

Judge bars Tennessee county from putting juveniles in solitary

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction barring a Tennessee County from putting juvenile offenders in solitary confinement.

HEALTH CARE

Trump, GOP leaders pull health care bill in humiliating loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their "Obamacare" repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail badly.

Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, he suffered a brutal defeat, cancelling a vote and admitting "we're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future."

Some parts of Obamacare working well, problems with others

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once again, "Obamacare" has survived a near-death experience. It won't be the end of the political debate, but House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledges, "We're going to be living with 'Obamacare' for the foreseeable future."

Winners and losers in House Republican health plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The old and the poor made out great when House Republicans failed Friday to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The rich and the almost rich didn't do so well.

WH no longer expresses confidence in health vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is no longer expressing confidence that the upcoming House vote on health care will be successful.

Analysis: Trump the dealmaker struggles to seal the deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, the author of the best-selling book, "The Art of the Deal," is about to see his deal-making abilities ratified in a legislative showdown on the House floor — or dramatically rebuffed.

Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — After seven years of fervent promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders buckled at a moment of truth Thursday, putting off a planned showdown vote in a stinging setback for the young administration.

Next steps on health care: To be decided

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican House leaders delayed a planned vote Thursday on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," because they lacked the votes. The delay was a stinging setback for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. After meeting behind closed doors with Trump administration officials Thursday night, House Republicans agreed to vote on the bill Friday.

Republican health bill would widen America's big wealth gap

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans' health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America's big income gap between the rich and everyone else.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan declines talks with union after Mississippi rally

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is declining to talk to union supporters about conditions at its Mississippi assembly plant.

REAL ESTATE

US new home sales rise despite higher mortgage rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans responded to higher mortgage rates by snapping up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.23 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates slid this week from their highest levels of 2017.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks wobble, finish mixed as GOP pulls plug on health bill

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks flirted with sharp losses but managed a mixed finish after Republicans canceled a vote on their health care bill because it became clear the bill would fail. Investors didn't trade much as they waited for answers about the state of President Donald Trump's business-friendly agenda.

Survey: Eurozone's economic growth near 6-year high

LONDON (AP) — Businesses across the 19-country eurozone, and particularly in France, are increasingly upbeat and hiring more people despite big uncertainties — including France's high-stakes presidential election.

Yellen says problems of childhood poverty linger

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Federal Reserve survey has found that children who grew up in poverty were twice as likely to struggle with financial challenges later in life, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump campaign chair offers to talk to House panel on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, a key figure in investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, has volunteered to be questioned by lawmakers as part of a House probe of the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

Mnuchin says administration tax plan coming soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that after the initial congressional battle over health care, the administration plans to turn quickly to tax reform with the goal of getting a program approved by Congress by August.

Trump approves Keystone XL, calling it 'great day' for jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared it a "great day for American jobs" on Friday as he formally green-lighted the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed.

GOP intel chairman apologizes to Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of wiretapping (all times local):

AP Exclusive: US probe of ex-Trump aide extends to Cyprus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government investigation of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, crossed the Atlantic earlier this year to the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, once known as a haven for money laundering by Russian billionaires.

Top Senate Dem opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat said Thursday he will oppose President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and lead a filibuster of the choice, setting up a politically charged showdown with Republicans with far-reaching implications for future judicial nominees.

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