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US economy posts strong first quarter, but consumer spending slows

The US economy grew at a better-than-expected rate in the first quarter, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The top-line number is a pleasant surprise in a quarter marked by a government shutdown, severe weather, Boeing's troubles with the 737 Max, fears of an escalating trade war and the gradual fading of fiscal stimulus from tax cuts.

Abe set for White House visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington on Friday for his third trip to the White House, a two-day visit aimed at fostering bonds with President Donald Trump and coordinating on an array of global issues.

DHS request for more troops at the border is sent to the Pentagon

The new Department of Homeland Security Request for Assistance for additional US troops and other logistical support on the southern border has been sent to the Pentagon but has yet to be signed by acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan, according to two US defense officials.

Trump's acting defense secretary calls fighter jet program 'f----d up'

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan told investigators from the Pentagon's Office of the Inspector General that he called the F-35 fighter jet program "f----d up," but made clear that he wasn't referring to the aircraft itself, which he said was "awesome," according to a Department of Defense report released Thursday.

Trump admin may remove transgender health care protections

The Trump administration may soon introduce proposed regulations that could allow health care providers, hospitals and insurers to discriminate against transgender patients, according to equality advocates. They say officials at the Department of Health and Human Services are rewriting an Obamacare rule that exists to provide protection.

Admin sets up plan to identify thousands of separated families

The Trump administration and the plaintiffs in an ongoing family separation class action lawsuit appear to have agreed Thursday on how the government will identify potentially thousands of additional immigrant families US authorities separated at the southern border, setting up a new phase in the case.