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Start the clock for Trump, GOP in last push on taxes, budget
Start the clock for Trump, GOP in last push on taxes, budget

The president and the Republican-led Congress are racing to pass landmark tax legislation and work out a sweeping budget deal before Christmas.

After allegations, Moore avoids spotlight, questions
After allegations, Moore avoids spotlight, questions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has been a rare sight on the traditional campaign trail in the days ahead of a critical U.S. Senate race. He's appeared at only a handful of rallies in front of friendly audiences and steadfastly has shunned reporters from the mainstream

Alabama
Alabama's GOP Senator Says Republicans 'Can Do Better' Than Roy Moore

Much of the Republican Party establishment is walking back its once-strong opposition to Roy Moore, the Alabama GOP Senate candidate who faces multiple accusations of preying upon teenage girls decades ago.

Most Alabama Republicans say they are voting for Roy Moore
Most Alabama Republicans say they are voting for Roy Moore

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Most Republicans leaders in Alabama say they plan to vote for Roy Moore on Tuesday, despite sexual misconduct allegations against the former judge that have prompted others around the country to say he should never be allowed to join the U.S. Senate.

Trump Blasts Washington Post Writer for
Trump Blasts Washington Post Writer for 'Fake News' Tweet, Calls for His Firing

The tweet, which presumably was referencing Trump's Pensacola, Florida rally, didn't sit well with the commander-in-chief, who included pictures of the rally to prove it was indeed packed to the rafters. Oh, and he included the patented "fake news" label, of course. "[Dave Weigel] put out a phony photo

US wants world to isolate North Korea, so what
US wants world to isolate North Korea, so what's that mean?

WASHINGTON (AP) - When President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador recently urged the world to sever diplomatic ties with North Korea, she was sketchy on the details: Should all embassies close? How about those providing the U.S. intelligence from the largely inscrutable country? And what of Sweden,

Trump tells Alabama the
Trump tells Alabama the 'future of the country' depends on electing Roy Moore

Just four days to go before a closely watched special election to fill Alabama's open U.S. Senate seat, President Donald Trump urged voters to turn out for Republican Roy Moore and took his support a step further, pointedly mocking one of the women who has accused Moore of sexual misconduct. Speaking

Amid new details, Rep. Franks resigns immediately
Amid new details, Rep. Franks resigns immediately

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother.

The Latest: Ex-aide: Franks offered $5m to carry his child
The Latest: Ex-aide: Franks offered $5m to carry his child

A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks says the eight-term congressman pressed her to carry his child.

Franken and Franks resign as misconduct charges batter Congress
Franken and Franks resign as misconduct charges batter Congress

By Makini Brice and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Al Franken announced his resignation on Thursday after facing a series of sexual misconduct allegations, and Republican Representative Trent Franks also said he was stepping down as he too was hit with ethics charges. Franken

Rep. John Lewis: Trump is an
Rep. John Lewis: Trump is an 'insult' to civil rights event

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - U.S. Rep John Lewis announced Thursday that he won't speak at the opening of Mississippi civil rights and history museums, saying it's an "insult" that President Donald Trump will attend.

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel
Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital -- a historic decision that overturns decades of US policy and risks triggering a fresh spasm of violence in the Middle East. "I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem

House weighs Republican bill easing gun restrictions
House weighs Republican bill easing gun restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led House is weighing a bill to make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first gun legislation in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people.

Bannon savages GOP leaders in fight for Alabama Senate seat
Bannon savages GOP leaders in fight for Alabama Senate seat

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) - Populist firebrand Steve Bannon savaged national Republican leaders Tuesday night in a fiery call to rally voters behind embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore as the battle for the GOP's soul spilled into a dirt-floor barn deep in rural Alabama.

The RNC Will Support Roy Moore After Pulling Funding Over Misconduct Allegations
The RNC Will Support Roy Moore After Pulling Funding Over Misconduct Allegations

The Republican National Committee will reinstate its financial support of Senate nominee Roy Moore just weeks after it cut off funding following multiple allegations of sexual impropriety made against the former Alabama judge, several media outlets said Monday.

Trump backs Alabama Republican Senate candidate Moore
Trump backs Alabama Republican Senate candidate Moore

President Donald Trump endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Monday, throwing his weight behind the embattled Alabama Republican ahead of next week's special election in the state that has been rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct. In a post on Twitter, Trump said Republicans needed

Senate Democrats stand united against GOP tax bill
Senate Democrats stand united against GOP tax bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rarely unified, Senate Democrats stood together in opposing the GOP revamp of the tax code despite the traditional popularity of tax cuts and warnings from President Donald Trump and Republicans about the political cost in next year's midterm elections.

What does the Senate tax plan mean for you?
What does the Senate tax plan mean for you?

By and large, the most costly provision continues to be reducing the corporate tax rate to 20 percent. The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) gives that a $1.4 trillion price tag. When it comes to individual income taxes, the Senate measure also makes broad cuts across income levels.

Former Trump adviser Flynn to plead guilty to lying to FBI
Former Trump adviser Flynn to plead guilty to lying to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is to plead guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI, the fourth former Trump adviser charged so far in a wide-ranging investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

U.S. Senate tax bill stalls on deficit-focused
U.S. Senate tax bill stalls on deficit-focused 'trigger'

By Amanda Becker and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday delayed voting on a Republican tax overhaul as the bill was tripped up by problems with an amendment sought by fiscal hawks to address a large expansion of the federal budget deficit projected to result from the measure

Schumer, Pelosi Cancel Meeting With Trump After He Says He Doesn
Schumer, Pelosi Cancel Meeting With Trump After He Says He Doesn't 'See A Deal'

WASHINGTON ― Democratic leaders in Congress bailed on a meeting with President Donald Trump on Tuesday just hours before it was set to begin, saying it would only be a "show meeting that won't result in an agreement" and they would be better served negotiating with their Republican counterparts.

Families of Navajo Code Talkers decry Trump
Families of Navajo Code Talkers decry Trump's political jab

Families of Navajo war veterans who were honored Monday at the White House say they were dumbfounded that President Donald Trump used the event to take a political jab at a Massachusetts senator, demeaning ...

Alabama Senate candidate Moore calls allegations
Alabama Senate candidate Moore calls allegations 'dirty politics'

By John Whitesides HENAGAR, Ala. (Reuters) - Embattled Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore said on Monday the allegations of sexual misconduct against him were evidence of the moral failings of leaders in Washington and meant to distract attention from the real issues. Hitting the campaign trail

The stuffed elephant in the room: Trophies, hunters and Donald Trump
The stuffed elephant in the room: Trophies, hunters and Donald Trump

If you are shooting at an elephant, aim for his ear. Shouldering a double-barreled .475-caliber Jeffery rifle that delivered a recoil like a thrown brick, he would clear the bush of lions that had developed an unfortunate taste for farmers, or arrange lavish big-game safaris for European aristocrats and rich Americans to slaughter. "An elephant," he wrote, "is so huge that there are only a few places on him where even the heaviest rifle bullet will bring instant death.

Trump
Trump's Mar-a-Lago stay a welcome break from DC challenges

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump draws a wiggly line between work, play and business at the private club he calls his "winter White House."

Top CFPB Official Sues Trump Administration As Showdown Over Agency Heats Up
Top CFPB Official Sues Trump Administration As Showdown Over Agency Heats Up

The deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued the Trump administration on Sunday to block the president's appointment of Mick Mulvaney as interim director of the agency.

Bannon has House Republicans looking over shoulders for 2018
Bannon has House Republicans looking over shoulders for 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) - Steve Bannon is telling people he's not coming after mainstream Republicans in the House the way he's targeting senators with anti-establishment disrupters in primaries. Many in the House are looking over their shoulders all the same.

1 job, 2 people: Who
1 job, 2 people: Who'll be in charge at consumer agency?

Who's the boss? That's the awkward question after the departing head of a government agency charged with looking after consumer rights appointed a deputy to temporarily fill his spot. The White House then named its own interim leader.

Trump Takes Twitter Swing at CNN, Simultaneously Puts Foot in His Mouth
Trump Takes Twitter Swing at CNN, Simultaneously Puts Foot in His Mouth

"Dear Dodo-in-Chief: u realize that this tweet is going 2be an exhibit against u in the DOJ -TimeWarner antitrust case right? Dear Dodo-in-Chief: u realize that this tweet is going 2be an exhibit against u in the DOJ -TimeWarner antitrust case right?

U.S. warns of repercussions for Pakistan over freed militant
U.S. warns of repercussions for Pakistan over freed militant

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Saturday there would be repercussions for U.S.-Pakistan relations unless Islamabad took action to detain and charge a newly freed Islamist accused of masterminding a 2008 assault in Mumbai, India. A Pakistani court ordered the release on

Russian president signs bill targeting foreign media
Russian president signs bill targeting foreign media

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill allowing Russia to register international media outlets as foreign agents in a quid pro quo to the U.S. demand made to a Kremlin-funded TV channel.

Flynn
Flynn's lawyers split from Trump, signaling possible cooperation with Mueller: NY Times

Lawyers for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, have told Trump's legal team they can no longer discuss the probe by a special counsel, indicating Flynn may be cooperating with the investigation, the New York Times reported on Thursday. Flynn's lawyer and

Trump labels father of UCLA player an
Trump labels father of UCLA player an 'ungrateful fool'

In a series of tweets fired off before dawn on the first day of his Thanksgiving vacation, the president complained yet again that LaVar Ball, father of LiAngelo Hall, hasn't given him credit for the release of his son and two other UCLA basketball players from detention in China. ''Too

After US pushback, AT&T prepares to fight for Time Warner
After US pushback, AT&T prepares to fight for Time Warner

Seeing an attempt to block its buyout out of Time Warner as a "radical" departure by the U.S. government, AT&T is preparing for a fight to see the $85 billion deal through. One key asset owned ...

With little movement, NAFTA talks said to run risk of stalemate
With little movement, NAFTA talks said to run risk of stalemate

Talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement appeared to be in danger of grinding to a stalemate amid complaints of U.S. negotiators' inflexibility, people familiar with the process said on Sunday. The United States, Canada and Mexico are holding the fifth of seven planned rounds of talks

Collins Says Needs Changes Before She Can Support GOP Tax Plan
Collins Says Needs Changes Before She Can Support GOP Tax Plan

The Republican lawmaker from Maine criticizes several key proposals and says the Senate version of the legislation "needs work" before she can support it.

Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson's decades in public eye shaped by many roles

CHICAGO (AP) - For more than 50 years, the Rev. Jesse Jackson has been in the public eye as an activist, a two-time presidential candidate and a guiding force in the modern civil rights movement.

GOP
GOP's Sasse likes tax bill, but won't call it key to 2018

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse says Republican leaders are overstating how much passing tax-cut legislation can protect their party in next year's elections. The Nebraska Republican, who addressed an evangelical ...

Ohio candidate doesn
Ohio candidate doesn't regret sexual conquest Facebook post

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio Supreme Court justice and Democratic gubernatorial candidate said on Facebook that people should "lighten up" after deleting a previous post outlining his sexual history with women that drew widespread criticism for trivializing sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Tax filers in most states claim deduction targeted by GOP
Tax filers in most states claim deduction targeted by GOP

ATLANTA (AP) - A popular deduction targeted in the GOP's overhaul of the tax code is used by more than a quarter of all filers in a majority of states, including many led by Republicans where some residents eventually could see their federal tax bills rise.

Winners and losers under the Senate tax overhaul proposal
Winners and losers under the Senate tax overhaul proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) - The ultra-wealthy, especially those with dynastic businesses - like President Donald Trump and his family - do very well under a major Republican tax bill moving in the Senate, as they do under legislation passed this week by the House.

Senate ethics, relatively silent, could face busy year
Senate ethics, relatively silent, could face busy year

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's been nearly six years since the Senate Ethics Committee conducted a major investigation of a sitting senator. Next year, the panel could be working nonstop, deciding the fate of up to three lawmakers, including two facing allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.

Wireless carriers on mute as Supreme Court hears big privacy case
Wireless carriers on mute as Supreme Court hears big privacy case

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider a major cellphone privacy case later this month, but leading players in the wireless industry that is at the center of the closely watched dispute are keeping their distance. The case, to be heard by the justices on Nov. 29, involves whether a warrant is required

Donald Trump Denounces Al Franken But Remains Silent On Roy Moore
Donald Trump Denounces Al Franken But Remains Silent On Roy Moore

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump responded to sexual misconduct allegations against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Thursday, referring to a photo that surfaced from 2006 in which Franken smiles for the camera as he appears to grope a sleeping news anchor's breasts.

Fox News
Fox News' Hannity decides not to pass judgment on Roy Moore

After giving Moore 24 hours to explain multiple allegations of sexual abuse, the Fox News host now says it's not his place to judge the Alabama Senate candidate.

N. Korea slams Trump for insulting leader
N. Korea slams Trump for insulting leader

North Korea's state media on Wednesday slammed Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-Un, saying the US president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border. An editorial in the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun focused its anger

Sessions angrily refutes Dems
Sessions angrily refutes Dems' perjury charges

WASHINGTON-Attorney General Jeff Sessions angrily rebutted House Democrats' suggestions that he had perjured himself in Congressional testimony and on an application form for security clearance on Tuesday. "I will not accept and reject accusations that I have ever lied under oath," Sessions said, visibly angry. Sessions testified under oath in October that he was not aware of any Trump campaign official having contact with Russian government officials.

Senate GOP insisting on Obamacare repeal for tax overhaul
Senate GOP insisting on Obamacare repeal for tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans said Tuesday they are intent on repealing the Obama health care law requirement that Americans get health insurance, targeting the provision as a way to pay for GOP legislation cutting corporate taxes and individual rates.

Women's anger transformed the 2017 elections. Get ready for 2018.
Women's anger transformed the 2017 elections. Get ready for 2018.

Voters weren't just voting against Donald Trump, they were taking action on years' worth of accumulated grievances that had no outlet in districts where the only candidates running were Republicans. Take the case of Virginia's 73rd House of Delegates district, outside of Richmond. In 2012, a proposed transvaginal ultrasound law in Virginia became a major issue in the presidential race and part of that year's War on Women narrative.

Rand Paul back in the Senate, walking gingerly after assault
Rand Paul back in the Senate, walking gingerly after assault

WASHINGTON (AP) - Walking gingerly, Sen. Rand Paul returned to the Senate on Monday following an attack in his yard that left him with six broken ribs.

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