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The Galveston County Daily News: Politics

January 18, 2017

Politics

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With job announcements, firms appear to seek Trump approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — From Wal-Mart to General Motors to Amazon, a growing number of the world's largest companies appear to be trying to get in step with President-elect Donald Trump's demand that employers hire and keep jobs at home.

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Tuesday 01/17/2017
DeVos pledges not to undo public education, pushes choice
Posted: January 17, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school choice.

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Highlights from around the Texas Capitol
Posted: January 17, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge deciding whether Texas can block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid dollars scolded attorneys Tuesday for rehashing the debate over secretly recorded videos that Republicans across the U.S. — Texas included — have used to try defunding the nation's largest abortion provider.

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Poll: Young Americans fear they will be worse off post-Trump
Posted: January 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — As Donald Trump approaches his inauguration, young Americans have a deeply pessimistic view about his incoming administration, with young blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans particularly concerned about what's to come in the next four years.

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Trump tries to calm tensions after Lewis squabble
Posted: January 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump spoke of national unity to a son of Martin Luther King Jr., seeking to ease friction over the president-elect's squabble with Rep. John Lewis, a protege of the slain civil rights leader.

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Trump's America: Rural-urban divide in Georgia
Posted: January 17, 2017

LULA, Ga. (AP) — Patti Thomas owns a flower shop in the north Georgia town of Lula. Xavier Bryant runs an independent pharmacy just outside Atlanta. Looking toward the inauguration of an entrepreneur as president, the two share this expectation: Donald Trump will be good for business.

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Trump's America: Switching sides in struggling Pa. county
Posted: January 17, 2017

PLYMOUTH, Pa. (AP) — Towns along the Susquehanna River are filled with people whose grandparents worked in coal mines, garment factories and small manufacturing companies. But those jobs are long gone in Luzerne County, and Wilkes-Barre, the county seat, has seen its population drop by more than half. Dozens of public officials have fallen to scandal.

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Trump's America: Families differ as Reagan country changes
Posted: January 17, 2017

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — The week after Donald Trump was elected president, Dr. Mai-Phuong Nguyen and two dozen other Vietnamese-Americans active in liberal causes gathered in a circle of folding chairs, consoling one another about an America almost beyond comprehension.

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DeVos likely to advance school choice as education secretary
Posted: January 17, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charter schools and school choice are expected to be a major focus of education policy under the new Trump administration.

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Monday 01/16/2017
DeVos to face questions over schools, conservative activism
Posted: January 16, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charter school advocate Betsy DeVos is widely expected to push for expanding school choice programs if confirmed as education secretary, prompting pushback from teachers unions. But Democrats and activists also are raising concerns about how her conservative Christian beliefs and advocacy for family values might impact minority and LGBT students.

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