President Donald Trump

U.S. Budget Deficit Grows 27% Through July

The U.S. government’s budget deficit rose by $183 billion to $867 billion during the first 10 months of this budget year as spending grew more than twice as fast as tax collections. The Treasury Department say the deficit for the current fiscal year through July is up 27% from the same period a year earlier. Spending rose 8% to $3.73…

Federal Reserve Cuts Key Interest Rate by Quarter-Point

The Federal Reserve is cutting its key interest rate for the first time in a decade to try to counter threats ranging from uncertainties caused by President Donald Trump’s trade wars to chronically low inflation and a dim global outlook. The central bank cut its benchmark rate – which affects many loans for households and businesses – by a quarter-point…

President Trump says American Warship Destroyed Iranian Drone

President Donald Trump says a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between the two countries. Trump says it’s the latest “hostile” action by Iran. He’s calling on other countries to condemn what he says are Iran’s attempts to disrupt the freedom of navigation and global commerce in the strategic waterway in the…

Selma Aids Advocates Welcome President to HIV Fight

From the West Alabama Newsroom– President Donald Trump vowed to eliminate the HIV epidemic by 2030 during his State of the Union Address. It’s a pledge one HIV and AIDS advocate in Selma — hopes Trump can keep. Lydia Chatmon of Selma is an HIV Prevention Specialist at Selma AIR. The Selma-based non-profit has been on the front lines in…

Troy University Students, Faculty React to State of the Union Address

Many across the nation are reacting to the President’s State of the Union Address from Tuesday night. Some Troy University students and teachers were among the thousands who watched at homes and dorms. “I think President Trump did a wonderful job with talking about unity and unifying both the Democratic and Republican party to be affective instead of being an…

Trump Makes Case for Border Wall in Prime Time Oval Office Speech

President Donald Trump says in an Oval Office address that there is a “growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border, though crossings have fallen in recent years. The president said Tuesday night that all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal immigration. He says it strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. The president says among those…

Shutdown Due at Midnight after Lawmakers Fail to Reach Deal

The Senate has adjourned without a deal on spending, an hour after the House ended its session, guaranteeing a partial government shutdown will begin at midnight Friday. Senators expect to return at noon Saturday as talks continue. Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials were on Capitol Hill late Friday trying to broker a compromise as President Donald…

U.S. Senate Approves Stopgap Spending Bill To Avoid Gov’t Shutdown

The Senate has approved legislation to temporarily fund the government and avoid a federal shutdown over President Donald Trump’s border wall. Senators passed the measure on voice vote Wednesday without a roll call. It goes next to the House. Congress faces a Friday deadline when funding for part of the federal government expires. Trump has not yet said he will…

Sen. Doug Jones Says Farmers Scared by Trump’s Tariffs

Democratic Sen. Doug Jones says President Donald Trump’s talk of tariffs is sparking questions and anxiety back home in Alabama, including from soybean farmers who are “scared to death.” Jones said Wednesday in an Associated Press interview that even in deep-red Alabama people are starting to question whether Trump’s “nationalistic approach” on tariffs is a threat to their financial well-being….

Prosecutors Want Substantial Sentence for Ex-Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen

Prosecutors say Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, should serve a substantial prison term with a modest amount of credit for his cooperation. Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced next Wednesday in New York federal court. He pleaded guilty to federal charges and cooperated in multiple state and federal probes over several months, including having seven meetings with…