Friday’s Headlines: U.S. prepared to take military action against N. Korea, if necessary, Tillerson says

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U.S. prepared to take military action against N. Korea, if necessary, Tillerson says
The Trump administration gave its clearest signal yet that it would consider military action against North Korea, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying that “all options are on the table.” North Korea has said that it is working on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the United States’ mainland, and has shown clear progress in its missile program in tests over the last year.
Congressional Republicans sharply criticize Trump budget
Defense hawks, rural conservatives and even some of Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters in Congress pushed back on the huge potential hike in defense spending as insufficient and decrying some other cuts to federal agencies and programs. Several of his closest allies have said the plan has virtually no chance in Congress.
 
White House endorses plan to remove 30,000 FAA workers from federal payroll
The move would address two themes at the core of White House strategy: contracting the size of the federal workforce and putting a costly federal program in private hands.
 
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There’s been plenty of peer-reviewed research showing that home-delivered meal programs help seniors stay at home and out of costly nursing facilities.
 
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In this week’s podcast episode, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and The Post’s Kelsey Snell weigh in on Trump’s budget, which proposes massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor.
 
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Sean Spicer’s angry, lonely defense of Trump’s wiretapping claim, annotated
As this transcript shows, things got contentious in the White House briefing room as the press secretary was confronted with doubts by leaders of both parties about President Trump’s claims that then-President Obama wiretapped him.
 
Trump and his advisers can’t keep quiet — and it’s causing them real trouble
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