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Democrats: Border wall could block budget, force government shutdown

Joseph Guzman Monday, April 24, 2017 Democrats: Border wall could block budget, force government shutdown WASHINGTON – Democratic leaders said Monday that President Donald Trump’s insistence on the border wall in the budget has “thrown a monkey wrench” in negotiations to reach a deal by Friday that would head off a government shutdown. The current budget expires at midnight Friday and unless Congress acts to replace or extend the budget, nonessential government services would stop at 12:01 a.m. Saturday – Trump’s 100th day in office. Democrats said Monday that negotiations with their Republican counterparts were going well until Trump tweets this weekend accused Democrats of trying to block a wall that “will stop drugs and very bad … gang members” from coming into the country. “If the president stepped out of it we could get a budget done by Friday,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on a conference call with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the president’s budget priorities include money for the military, border security and the wall, and that talk of a government shutdown is premature. “We feel very confident the government is not going to shut down,” Spicer said Monday. “The work that (White House Budget Director Mick) Mulvaney and others have made is very positive and we’re very confident...

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Guess who’s coming to dinner? Trump hosts McCains, Graham

Arren Kimbel-Sannit Monday, April 24, 2017 Guess who’s coming to dinner? Trump hosts McCains, Graham WASHINGTON – Exchanges between President Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, have been largely limited to sniping at each other through the media and Twitter over the past year. But the two men were scheduled to meet face-to-face Monday at a private dinner at the White House with Cindy McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, an ally of McCain’s and another frequent Trump antagonist. The dinner could give the trio an opportunity to patch things up at a time with major congressional battles on the budget and uncertainty over U.S. handling of political and military conflicts worldwide looming. Neither the White House nor McCain’s office responded to requests for comment on the dinner, but at least one political analyst was not surprised. “I think they’re practical politicians. They’re going to work with whomever,” said Richard Herrera, a political science professor at Arizona State University. The dinner follows almost two years of animosity between the senators and the president dating back to 2015, when Trump and Graham were both candidates for the GOP nomination for president. The conflict between Trump and McCain was catapulted to the national stage when, at a 2015 campaign stop in Iowa, Trump denigrated McCain for being a prisoner of war in Vietnam. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump...

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April 24, 2017 Newscast

Monday, April 24, 2017 April 24, 2017 Newscast Capitol Hill budget showdown, Bernie Sanders in AZ and pharmacy fraud Cronkite News reports on congressional attempts to pass a new spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, a Mesa rally with Bernie Sanders and Tom Perez, and privacy concerns about a database meant to help combat prescription...

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Bernie Sanders, Tom Perez visit Mesa to rally Democrats, push for change

Alexis Berdine Monday, April 24, 2017 Bernie Sanders, Tom Perez visit Mesa to rally Democrats, push for change MESA – Arizona voters may have voted Republican in the 2016 presidential election, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez recently visited Mesa to share their confidence in the state’s ability to turn blue. Perez went so far as to bet that President Donald Trump may not make it past his first term as president. The pair spoke at the Come Together and Fight Back Tour at the Mesa Amphitheatre Friday night. Perez said Democrats already have chalked up early victories, including the Trump administration’s failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. “Health care for all is a right in this country, not a privilege,” Perez said. Perez told the crowd that replacement act stalled because of the support of “people like you rising up.” However, he did warn that Democrats need to continue to take action because the Republicans will continue to try to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Bernie Sanders estimated about 5,000 people joined the crowd at the Mesa Amphitheatre on Friday. (Photo by Josh Orcutt/Cronkite News) Long lines started early in the day, and Sanders said event had 5,000 people in attendance. The amphitheater can hold 4,950 , and the crowd packed the venue. The crowd cheered when Perez...

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Step up: Study says dancing may aid brain health in older adults

Saundra Wilson Monday, April 24, 2017 Step up: Study says dancing may aid brain health in older adults SUN CITY – The high-stepping, high-kicking Sun City Poms dance before raucous crowds, from high schoolers at assemblies to families lined up along streets during parades. The team of senior women, ranging from 55 to 84 years old, practice up to 10 hours every week. Greta Paulsen, the director of the Sun City Poms , said being on the team has helped keep her mind sharp. The retired electrical engineer, 69, had no dance experience before moving to Sun City and joining the Poms nearly five years ago. Ginger Price, in the foreground, waves her poms during a Sun City Poms dance rehearsal. At 84, Price stays active and belongs to three dance groups in Sun City. (Photo by Saundra Wison/Cronkite News) “My mind has a tendency to be lazy as it is and this forces me to focus,” Paulsen said. “The biggest challenge was coordinating the hands and feet.” Paulsen said the women have fun, but they’re also doing something healthy for their brains, according to new research. By dancing regularly they’re slowing the brain’s aging process. Older adults who danced regularly showed an improvement in the health of some of the white matter in their brains over six months compared to other forms of exercise, according to a new...

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