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House Republicans balk at proposal to ease ban on budget earmarks

WASHINGTON - The House Republican Caucus sidestepped a proposal Wednesday that would have lifted a five-year-old ban on congressional earmarks, the special local "pork barrel" projects that can be slipped into budget bills with little public notice.

McCain warns against Russian overtures, a day after Trump, Putin talk

WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, issued a stern warning Tuesday against smoothing relations with Russia, one day after President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed that the two countries need to do just that.