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  • Residents trained to aid Detroit's fight on blight

    DETROIT (AP) — One of the latest weapons helping Detroit in its long battle with blight and vacant houses isn't a super-powered bulldozer or millions of dollars in funding for demolitions. It's a simple mobile app called "blexting" — short for blight texting — that can be downloaded free for...

  • First signs of a Detroit recovery?

    On Monday, Detroit is expected to release the results of a vote by the state's retirees on an accepting a "grand bargain" bailout package from Michigan.

  • Josh Earnest tries to explain why the White House doesn't blame Democrats for congressional inaction

    The White House on Tuesday insisted that it was appropriate to place the blame solely on Republicans for Washington gridlock, even as the GOP moves ahead on a highway-funding bill backed by President Obama.

  • Detroit bankruptcy judge opens court to critics

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy gave the microphone Tuesday to residents and retirees who oppose the city's proposal to cut pensions and other benefits as part of a plan to get solvent again. Hundreds of people have filed objections to Detroit's bankruptcy exit strategy....

  • Congressional Budget Office downgrades fiscal outlook, but not because of debt

    The outlook for the federal debt is still grim, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday, and largely unchanged despite the roll-out of Obamacare and a budget deal since its last projection were issued.

  • Obama to press for action on transportation funds

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to make a long-term commitment to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states, but lawmakers appear headed for a short-term patch to sustain projects through next May. Obama has proposed a $302 billion, four-year transportation...

  • 'Complicated' Detroit bankruptcy vote out July 21

    DETROIT (AP) — The counting of votes cast by creditors in Detroit's bankruptcy case is a "little complicated," but the city is on track to report results next week, an attorney said Monday. More than 30,000 retirees and current and former workers were eligible to vote on pension changes through...

  • White House backs GOP highway bill, putting it at odds with Democrats

    The White House signaled support late Monday for a short-term Republican fix to the Highway Trust Fund, backing a GOP bill slammed by Democratic leadership.

  • U.S. jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums

    The numbers, posted daily on the Cook County sheriff's website, would be alarming at an urgent care clinic, let alone a jail: On a Wednesday, 36 percent of all new arrivals report having a mental illness. On a Friday, it's 54 percent.

  • Tom Corbett veto exposes GOP divisions in Harrisburg

    The relationship between Gov. Tom Corbett and his fellow Republicans in the Legislature took a turn toward the dysfunctional this week as they traded insults about leadership following his decision to veto millions from the General Assembly's budget.

  • Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley looking at all possibilities on revenue

    Gov. Robert Bentley's opposition to new state taxes during his first term could change in a second term.

  • Obama wants to make this week all about infrastructure

    For the White House, it's infrastructure week. Even as House Republicans debate a lawsuit against President Obama for overstepping his executive authority and critics focus on the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, Obama will instead put the spotlight on America's roads, bridges and railways....

  • HUD program, meant to help, actually hurts, IG reports

    A $353 million effort to help federal officials better manage public housing assistance instead "created further opportunity for fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer dollars," according to a government watchdog. Created in 2007, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Public Housing...

  • New York disburses $185M in security funding

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Cities and towns across New York state are set to receive $185 million for anti-terrorism initiatives, bomb squads, 911 upgrades and other homeland security-related programs. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the grants from the state and federal governments this week. More than...

  • House chairman: $3.7B border request 'too much'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money. The...



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