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Trump flip-flops on tax cuts, citing ‘strong economy’

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after considering cutting taxes to promote economic growth, President Donald Trump on Wednesday changed course and said he would abandon the idea because the nation already had “a strong economy.” Trump’s flip-flop came after recent market volatility and ...

Report shows US deficit to exceed $1 trillion next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported ...

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Transfer named WVU QB starter MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Oklahoma graduate transfer Austin Kendall has been named West Virginia’s starting quarterback for the Aug. 31 season opener against FCS James Madison. West Virginia coach Neal Brown on Tuesday announced the choice of Kendall, who ...

Dupree looks for break out season

PITTSBURGH — Bud Dupree seemingly has the total package. A chiseled 6-foot-4 and 269-pounds, long and athletic with raw speed and explosiveness rarely amassed for an NFL edge rusher. Dupree’s skillset has tantalized the Pittsburgh Steelers for years, even if his pass-rushing production ...

Tribe hands it to Mets

NEW YORK — J.D. Davis lined an RBI single with two outs that capped a two-run rally in the 10th inning and the New York Mets, helped moments earlier by a huge Cleveland mental lapse, beat the Indians 4-3 Wednesday night. All-Star reliever Brad Hand’s failure to cover first base on a ...

Tribe has a rough night in Queens

NEW YORK — Michael Conforto hit a tiebreaking homer moments after an embarrassing error by Cleveland Indians left fielder Oscar Mercado, and the resurgent New York Mets rolled from there to a 9-2 victory Tuesday night. J.D. Davis also went deep and Steven Matz (8-7) permitted only one ...

Trump, not China, has upper hand in Hong Kong

WASHINGTON — President Trump has warned China that it must respond "humanely" to the protests in Hong Kong if it wants a trade deal, for the first time suggesting that the United States would impose costs on Beijing if it launched a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown on the city. It's about ...

Biden’s gaffes make Trump look like Churchill

Former Vice President Joe Biden, in December 2018, said, “I am a gaffe machine.” File that under the category of truer words have seldom been spoken. President Donald Trump benefited in the 2016 presidential contest because the unfavorable numbers of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, ...

Steelers rookie dedicates season to coach

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson is dedicating his rookie season to Darryl Drake. Drake died a week ago and Johnson honored the Steelers’ former wide receivers coach with his first NFL touchdown reception in Pittsburgh’s second preseason game, a home ...

Epstein and the reality of 21st century politics

The death of Jeffrey Epstein highlights an important reality underlying 21st-century American politics. Just 36% of American adults believe the official story that Epstein committed suicide. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 30% think he was murdered, while 34% are not sure. As ...