Manafort responds to claims he worked to aid Russia | Are you more optimistic today than Jan. 20? | US stocks experience steepest fall since Oct.
March 22, 2017
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Manafort responds to claims he worked to aid Russia
After a report from The Associated Press that he colluded with Russian officials to further Russia's political interests in the US presidential campaign, President Donald Trump's former campaign chief, Paul Manafort, stepped up to refute the allegations. Manafort claims that he represented Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska in business matters, but did not use that work to carry out Russia's political agenda.
CNN (3/22),  Bloomberg/The Associated Press (3/22),  Fox News/The Associated Press (3/22) 
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US stocks experience steepest fall since Oct.
US stocks experience steepest fall since Oct.
(Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images)
US stock markets Tuesday had their worst day of trading since Oct. 11, with all main indexes posting losses, including the Standard & Poor's 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average. Financials and industrials were hit hardest, dropping 3% and 2%, respectively.
MarketWatch (3/21),  United Press International (3/21) 
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Environmental spending cuts would hit many GOP areas
Environmental spending cuts would hit many GOP areas
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President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to environmental programs could eliminate billions of dollars from Republican districts, according to a Bloomberg analysis. The money provided through environmental spending helps fund projects contracted by companies such as Harris Corp. and United Technologies, and also helps reduce energy and maintenance costs to government buildings.
Bloomberg (3/21) 
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Daily Diversion
Trump toys with plan to send Congress to space
Trump toys with plan to send Congress to space
Trump with astronauts (Pool/Getty Images)
After signing a bill to add human exploration of Mars to NASA's mission, President Donald Trump considered possible candidates to send into orbit -- and Congress was one of those options. After Sen. Ted Cruz first offered up the suggestion, Trump responded, "What a great idea that could be."
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (3/21) 
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We will do what is necessary to confirm Judge Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, yes.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., quoted by Fox News
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