House GOP plans stopgap spending bill with Pentagon funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders closed in on an agreement Tuesday to award whopping spending increases to both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs as well as long-sought disaster relief money and, perhaps, action to increase the government's borrowing cap.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

Rebel areas pounded by Syrian forces despite cease-fire call

BEIRUT (AP) — Russian and Syrian government forces launched a new wave of airstrikes and shelling on Tuesday, plunging the besieged area just outside of Syria's capital of Damascus into a spiral of violence and despair.

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  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB and PHILIP ISSA , Associated Press

US trade gap hits $566 billion in 2017, highest since 2008


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit hit the highest level in nine years in 2017, defying President Donald Trump's efforts to bring more balance to America's trade relationships.

  • Written by By PAUL WISEMAN , AP Economics Writer

Democratic memo on Russia probe under White House review

WASHINGTON (AP) — A memo written by Democrats on the House intelligence committee as part of its investigation of Russian election interference was under review Tuesday at the White House, where President Donald Trump will decide whether to allow the public to read it.

  • Written by By MARY CLARE JALONICK and CHAD DAY , Associated Press