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US steps up anti-Iran campaign ahead of UN General Assembly

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is stepping up its campaign to get other nations to boost pressure on Iran as world leaders prepare to meet at the United Nations this month. Even as President Donald Trump dismissed his hawkish national security adviser John Bolton, the administration pressed ahead with accusations of Iranian untrustworthiness and deceit.

McConnell, Democrats trade barbs on gun control

Senate Republicans huddled with the White House to discuss specifics of gun control legislation, even as Democrats increased calls for reforms such as universal background checks on gun sales.

NOAA chief thanks Alabama employees for Dorian forecast

Neil Jacobs said there was no pressure from the Trump administration or NOAA to change the way branch offices communicate forecasts to the public.

Federal officials spar with senators over plan for mortgage giants

Trump administration officials on Tuesday defended their plan to Congress for ending government control of mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, clashing with Democratic senators on whether the change would raise home borrowing costs and neglect lower-income homeowners.

NC special election tests Trump, GOP prospects

Republicans are hoping an eleventh-hour pep talk from President Donald Trump will propel them to a special election victory Tuesday in a GOP-friendly House district in North Carolina, a race that could illuminate their chances of retaking the House majority and Trump’s own reelection prospects in 2020.

Trump’s halt to US-Taliban talks pushes Afghans toward fragile vote

The Taliban have told Afghans to boycott the vote and warned that rallies and polling stations would be targets. The insurgent group is more distrustful than ever and has vowed to keep fighting.

Schumer will try again to block Trump’s border wall maneuver

The Senate’s top Democrat intends to force a vote to block President Donald Trump from using special emergency powers to transfer money from military base construction projects to pay for new fences along the U.S.-Mexico border.