• State OKs $250 million for widening I-25 if federal grant comes through

    BY RACHEL RILEY rachel.riley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 13 hr ago

    The state will kick in about 70 percent of the $350 million needed to widen Interstate 25 from Monument to Castle Rock if the project succeeds in getting a highly competitive federal grant. The Colorado Transportation Commission on Thursday voted unanimously, with one member absent,...

  • Senate GOP backs budget, clears way for tax overhaul

    MARCY GORDON and ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans must now shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump's sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they've muscled through the Senate to lay the groundwork for the first tax overhaul in three decades. The GOP on...

  • John Kelly, himself a Gold Star father, defends Trump on condolence calls

    JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press
    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — He started by describing the reverent handling of America's war dead, bodies packed in ice and shipped home in the dark to an Air Force base in Delaware. From that opening, White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered a raw and searing monologue Thursday about...

  • John Kelly knows what happens when troops are killed. He experienced it firsthand.

    Mary Hui, The Washington Post
    Updated: 20 hr ago

    White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly defended President Donald Trump on Thursday, saying that Trump had "bravely" called families of four fallen American soldiers. Kelly's appearance was an attempt to manage a growing controversy over Trump's contacts with the families of slain...

  • A Colorado Cub Scout pressed a lawmaker about gun control. Then his den kicked him out, his mother said.

    Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post
    Updated: 21 hr ago

    When Ames Mayfield's Cub Scout den met with a Colorado state senator last week, the 11-year-old came prepared with a long list of typed-up questions. He excitedly raised his hand to ask his first one. Ames pressed the Republican state senator, Vicki Marble, on an issue he knew was...

  • George W. Bush condemns Trump-era America: 'Bigotry seems emboldened'

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Oct 19, 2017

    NEW YORK — Former President George W. Bush on Thursday denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics, warning that the rise of "nativism," isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation's true identity. The comments, delivered at a New York City conference hosted by...

  • Colorado's Bennet, Virginia's Kaine propose Medicare-X as healthcare remedy

    By Ernest Luning ColoradoPolitics.com -
    Updated: Wed, Oct 18, 2017

    U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Tim Kaine of Virginia, both Democrats, have introduced legislation to create a government-run health insurance plan that would eventually allow anyone to buy coverage under Medicare, the federal program that covers the elderly. "This bill...

  • Trump says Comey knew he was going to exonerate Clinton

    ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Oct 18, 2017

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to revive his long-standing complaint about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, alleging that then-Director James Comey had protected the Democratic presidential nominee by...

  • Stormwater fees, D-11 ballot issue debated in Colorado Springs forum

    By Conrad Swanson conrad.swanson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Oct 18, 2017

    In a panel peppered with audience interjections, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and a School District 11 representative squared off Tuesday against high-profile anti-tax advocates on a pair of ballot measures soon coming to a vote. At issue were a set of stormwater fees proposed...

  • Fallen soldier’s mother: ‘Trump did disrespect my son’

    Anne Gearan and Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post
    Updated: Wed, Oct 18, 2017

    President Trump in a tweet Wednesday denied that he had told the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Africa this month that her husband “must have known what he signed up for.” But the mother of the fallen soldier stood behind the account, saying that Trump "did...

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