Richard Lardner

  • Betsy DeVos Oct 1, 2018

    For Critics of DeVos, Sale of DeVry Chain Raises Red Flags

    A little-known venture capitalist is on the verge of acquiring one of the biggest for-profit colleges in the country, a transaction that would put him in control of a troubled national chain that’s more than 60 times the size of the tiny California school he currently owns. The business friendly Trump administration has given a tentative green light to the...

  • Donald Trump Jul 30, 2018

    US Firms Seeking Trump’s Steel Tariff Waiver Face a Backlash

    U.S. companies seeking to be exempted from President Donald Trump’s tariff on imported steel are accusing American steel manufacturers of spreading inaccurate and misleading information, and they fear it may torpedo their requests. Robert Miller, president and CEO of NLMK USA, said objections raised by U.S. Steel and Nucor to his bid for a waiver are “literal untruths.” He said...

  • Donald Trump Mar 23, 2018

    Lobbying Pays Off for Small Drugmaker in Budget Bill

    Tucked in the massive congressional budget bill is a provision that props up the price Medicare pays for a handful of medications, costing taxpayers millions at a time when the Trump administration is vowing to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. Lawmakers acted after a lobbying campaign by a small Washington state pharmaceutical company called Omeros.

  • Donald Trump Dec 13, 2017

    Biden Consoles Daughter of Ailing Arizona Sen. John McCain

    Former Vice President Joe Biden sought to console the daughter of ailing Sen. John McCain after she began crying while discussing her father’s battle with brain cancer on ABC’s “The View.” Meghan McCain, a panelist on the program, told Biden on Wednesday she hadn’t been able to get through his new memoir, “Promise Me, Dad,” which centers on the 2015...

  • Donald Trump Nov 8, 2017

    House, Senate Negotiators Agree on $700 Billion for Pentagon

    House and Senate negotiators have agreed on an annual defense policy bill that authorizes $700 billion for the Pentagon in the 2018 fiscal year, a dramatic increase over the amount President Donald Trump sought as lawmakers aim to restock what they say is a depleted U.S. military. The bill allots just over $634 billion for core Pentagon operations and nearly...

  • Congress Jul 29, 2017

    North Korean ICBM Launches Dim South’s Hopes for Talks

    North Korea’s rapidly accelerating nuclear weapons program is beginning to pose a grave challenge for liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in, whose dovish proposals for engagement have been met by silence and two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in less than a month. Throughout the election campaign and his presidency that began in May, Moon has persistently expressed a desire to...

  • Congress Jul 28, 2017

    North Korea Says 2nd ICBM Test Puts ‘Entire’ US in Range

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the U.S. mainland, hours after the launch left analysts concluding that a wide swath of the United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of North Korean weapons. The Korean Central News Agency said that...

  • Congress Jul 25, 2017

    North Korea’s Missile Program Farther Along Than Believed: Report

    Intelligence officials believe North Korea will have a reliable, intercontinental missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon as early as next year, according to a report published Tuesday amid a warning from a top Republican lawmaker who says he has grown increasingly alarmed about Pyongyang’s weapons program. The Washington Post reported that a new confidential assessment by the Defense Intelligence...

  • United States Jun 14, 2017

    Senate Approves New Russia Sanctions for Election Meddling

    The Senate overwhelmingly approved a new package of sanctions to punish Moscow for meddling in the 2016 presidential election, passing the measure 97-2 on Wednesday. Also Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared before the Foreign Affairs Committee, having warned lawmakers the U.S. relationship with Russia is at an all-time low and deteriorating further. He’s also cautioned against taking steps...

  • Donald Trump May 5, 2017

    Trump’s Pick for Army Post Drops Out Amid Growing Criticism

    President Donald Trump’s choice for Army secretary withdrew his nomination on Friday in the face of growing criticism over his remarks about Muslims, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Mark Green, a Republican state senator from Tennessee, said in a statement that “false and misleading attacks” against him had turned his nomination into a distraction.

  • Donald Trump Nov 14, 2016

    US Senator Ben Sasse Moonlights as Uber Driver, With Proceeds Going to Charity

    A Republican senator helped his constituents get around this weekend by moonlighting as a driver for the ride-sharing service Uber. In a series of tweets, Ben Sasse of Nebraska explained his decision to get behind the wheel by saying he works “alongside and for” the people of the Cornhusker state. He said the money he earned is going to charity....

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