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As a Must-Pass Republican Tax Bill Headed for the Finish Line, Rubio Saw an Opening

On Thursday, Marco Rubio took a stand: He threatened to vote no unless House and Senate negotiators expanded the child tax credit.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Decking the Halls at Gracie Mansion

Friday: The holidays at “The People’s House,” weekend events, and ax throwing in Brooklyn.


Sea change: LNG tankers divert to China as winter gas shortage bites

* China's LNG demand soars as households switch to gas for heating

Ex-House speaker can't be alone with kids, judge rules

Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert is banned from having contact with anyone under 18 unless an adult is present who's aware that he pleaded guilty in a hush money case related to the sexual abuse of teen boys, according to new restrictions imposed by a federal judge.

Trump Jr. asks House panel to investigate leaks

Donald Trump Jr.'s attorney, on behalf of the eldest Trump son, sent a letter on Tuesday to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence requesting an investigation into leaks from his client's interview with the committee earlier this month.

Congress poised to dodge shutdown deadline, but another looms

The prognosis to avert a government shutdown looks promising for now, as House Republicans prepare to put a short-term spending bill on the floor Thursday to keep the federal government running for another two weeks.

Speier: Trump Jr. has a case of amnesia

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) said that Donald Trump Jr. has a serious case of amnesia after a lot of "nonresponsive" answers from Trump Jr. at today's House Intelligence Committee hearing on the Russia investigation.

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund

The Neediest Cases Fund: A Single Mother Had Nowhere to Go. Now She Has ‘A Place of My Own.’

Since leaving her boyfriend’s house shortly after their daughter’s first birthday, Shirmira Wilson has earned a college degree and started pursuing another one.


U.S. top court wary over allowing seizure of ancient Persian artifacts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism on Monday over whether ancient Persian artifacts housed in a Chicago museum can be seized to pay for a $71 million court judgment against Iran over its alleged role in a 1997 bombing attack in Jerusalem.


Yemen's Houthis blow up ex-president Saleh's house

SANAA (Reuters) - Fighters from Yemen's armed Houthi movement blew up house the house of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the center of the capital Sanaa on Monday, residents reported, as his whereabouts remain unknown.


RPT-Brexit buys bruised London Stock Exchange time

LONDON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Bruised by the collapse of its merger with Deutsche Boerse and battered by the abrupt departure of its CEO, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) may find Brexit buys it time get its house in order.


U.S. lawmaker says House intel panel near consensus on NSA spy program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee are close to an agreement on how to overhaul a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program and hope to complete legislation soon, the top Democrat on the panel said on Wednesday.

Coups D'Etat and Attempted Coups D'Etat

Robert Mugabe Swaps House Arrest for a Cap and Gown (Briefly)

Military leaders allowed the strongman to attend a college graduation, a sign that the country’s upheaval was no ordinary attempt to oust a despot.


Tax overhaul drama moves to Senate as House approves its bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans took important steps on Thursday toward the biggest U.S. tax-code overhaul since the 1980s, with the House of Representatives approving a broad package of tax cuts, and a Senate panel advancing its own version of the legislation sought by senior lawmakers and President Donald Trump.


Tax overhaul drama moves to U.S. Senate as House approves its bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans took an important step on Thursday toward the biggest U.S. tax-code overhaul since the 1980s as the House of Representatives approved a broad package of tax cuts sought by senior lawmakers and President Donald Trump.

Law and Legislation

Live Briefing: As House Prepares to Vote on Tax Bill, Trump Visits Capitol Hill and an Analysis Shows Tax Increases for Low-Income Taxpayers

The House is expected to approve a $1.5 trillion tax cut, though several New Jersey and New York Republicans may join Democrats in opposing the bill.

Opinion: #MeAt14 shows how hideous Moore's case is

Just when I thought the sexual harassment and assault allegations against men such as Harvey Weinstein, James Toback and Louis C.K. couldn't get any more repulsive or any creepier, I then hear the sickening allegations swirling around Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore, and learn that I am wrong. Five women have now come forward to accuse the judge of pursuing them or sexually abusing them as teenagers, with one of the victims, Leigh Corfman, claiming she was just 14 years old when the then 32-year-old Moore drove her to his house in the woods, and then kissed and inappropriately touched her body.


Northern California shooting death toll reaches five after wife's body found

(Reuters) - The death toll in a shooting spree in rural Northern California rose to five after police discovered the body of the gunman's wife hidden in the couple's house, an assistant sheriff said on Wednesday.


Death toll in Northern California rises to five after wife's body found

(Reuters) - The death toll in a shooting spree in rural Northern California rose to five after police discovered the body of the gunman's wife hidden in the couple's house, an assistant sheriff said on Wednesday.

Hoyer predicts Dems take House, says it's not time for impeachment

A top House Democratic leader predicted Wednesday his party would regain control of the US House of Representatives in the midterm elections, but said now is not the time for members of his party to push impeachment.

Anderson Cooper calls out Sessions' selective memory

During a contentious House judiciary hearing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified that he remembers the meeting with George Papadopoulos, but his memory about conversations is limited.

Ryan orders House and staff to take sexual harassment course

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Tuesday that there will be a new mandatory anti-harassment and discrimination training for all House members and staff.


Senate panel presses ahead on tax bill as House vote looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said on Tuesday he will seek to abolish a crucial Obamacare provision as part of sweeping tax cut legislation in a move that could complicate President Donald Trump's push for swift congressional passage.

Texas church to weigh what happens to its house of worship

It was several terrifying minutes of hell in the house of God.

Computers and the Internet

WITH...JARON LANIER: Soothsayer in the Hills Sees Silicon Valley’s Sinister Side

His house and his new book, “Dawn of the New Everything,” are both crammed full of strange and mesmerizing stuff.

Former TV anchor, whose girlfriend was killed on-air, wins Virginia seat

Former television anchor and Democrat Chris Hurst, whose girlfriend Alison Parker was killed on live television in 2015, has won the race for the 12th district of Virginia's House of Delegates.

Midterm Elections (2018)

The Other Virginia Elections, and What They Mean for 2018

The Democrats’ huge gains in the state’s house of delegates don’t reflect gains with working-class voters they might need to flip the House.


Police Find Severed Heads in Coolers in Serial Killer Case that Stuns Japan

A 27-year-old man was arrested after a woman disappeared, and the Japanese news media said parts of nine bodies had been found in his house near Tokyo.


U.S. consumer spending grows at fastest pace since 2009, savings drop

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending recorded its biggest increase in more than eight years in September, likely as households in Texas and Florida replaced flood-damaged motor vehicles, but underlying inflation remained muted.


U.S. consumer spending grows at fastest pace since 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending recorded its biggest increase in more than eight years in September, likely as households in Texas and Florida replaced flood-damaged motor vehicles, but underlying inflation remained muted.


U.S. consumer spending posts largest gain since 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending recorded its biggest increase in more than eight years in September, likely as households in Texas and Florida replaced flood-damaged motor vehicles, but underlying inflation remained muted.


Losses, looting as Philippine war's fortunate few return home

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Khaliluddin Ismail returned home on Sunday after five months of war in the southern Philippines to find his house ransacked. But he's still smiling.

401(k), 403(b) and 457 Plans

Trump Promises ‘No Change to Your 401(k)’ as House Considers a Contribution Cap

It is not clear whether Republicans will put a cap on tax-deferred contributions in its final version of the tax bill, but caps as low as $2,400 a year are being considered.

Kids with autism struggle to find normalcy after wildfire destroys their school

For about two weeks, 7-year-old Caden Higuera from Windsor, California, has been cooped up in his house, playing with Legos and patching together 500-piece puzzles.

1 million Americans without drinking water

After Hurricane Maria toppled the bridge that connects him to the rest of civilization and ripped the roof and walls off his house here in the central mountains of Puerto Rico, Ramón Sostre raised a weathered American flag above the wreckage.


Texas house fire kills mother, five children in 'horrific scene'

(Reuters) - Five children and their mother were killed early on Wednesday when fire engulfed their Texas home about 100 miles east northeast of Houston, Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis told KFDM TV news.


South Korea police seek arrest warrant for Hanjin Group chief

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police are seeking an arrest warrant for Cho Yang-ho, chairman of Hanjin Group, the parent of Korean Air Lines Co Ltd, on charges of breach of trust following their probe into construction work at his house, a police official said on Monday.

Fires and Firefighters

Opinion: The Ashes in Napa

The fire took our family’s house. And reminded us that everything is temporary.


As US House weighs $36.5 billion disaster relief, Trump slams Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed back against federal aid for Puerto Rico as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to weigh $36.5 billion in emergency relief for the U.S. territory and other hurricane-hit areas as well as fire-ravaged California.

GOP rep. says House DACA deal won't need Democratic votes

A key House Republican involved in immigration negotiations said Wednesday that he expects his chamber will pass a bill with only GOP votes -- and would include some version of a border wall -- even as Democrats dismiss the idea that such a deal could reach the President's desk.


Ten charged in death of Louisiana State fraternity pledge

(Reuters) - Police have charged 10 people in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge after a night of suspected alcohol-fueled hazing at the social group's house, the school said on Wednesday.

Watch what winds over 100 mph do to house

Check out this wind test from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety to see how a typical US house would hold up to winds over 100 mph.

Pelosi talks gun violence with Vegas survivor

During a CNN Town Hall, Bob Patterson, who lost his wife in the Las Vegas massacre, asks House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi what she's going to do to help prevent mass murders.


Tension grips Nigerian city as separatist leader goes missing

UMUAHIA, Nigeria (Reuters) - A secessionist leader seeking independence from Nigeria has been missing since an alleged military raid more than two weeks ago left his house in the city of Umuahia riddled with bullet holes, its windows smashed and doors hanging off hinges.


BRIEF-Stallergenes Greer announces acceptance of regulatory submission and new market approval



Police investigating militants search Brussels houses

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Police searched eight houses in and around Brussels on Monday and detained one suspect in investigations into people who had joined militants in Syria in 2014, prosecutors said.


His Home Flooded, the Port Arthur Mayor Puts His City First

The Texas mayor had four feet of water in his house after Harvey. Now, as his neighbors clean up their homes, he is trying to get the city back on its feet.


Draining the swamp: Hard-hit Everglades town mops up after Irma

EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. (Reuters) - As Hurricane Irma raged through Everglades City, a tiny fishing village in a vast alligator-infested swamp, Howie Grimm hunkered down inside his house with his 88-year-old mother, a useless cell phone and a new job title.

The White House tried to calm furious House Republicans. It didn't go well.

House Republicans unleashed their fury over President Donald Trump's deal with the Democrats at Steve Mnuchin, with conservatives calling the treasury secretary's appeal to them to "vote for it for me" insulting and inappropriate.

Parks, Rosa

Passage Home, and Perhaps a 3rd Life, for the Rosa Parks House in Berlin

The home that was a haven to the civil rights pioneer in the ’50s has secured a ticket back to the United States.


UPDATE 2-Bank of Korea stands pat as household debt, North Korea eyed

* Analysts say economy not yet strong enough for rate hike (Adds comments from news conference, updates markets)


U.S. consumer confidence hits five-month high; house prices rise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S consumer confidence surged to a five-month high in August as households grew increasingly upbeat about the labor market while house prices rose further in June, suggesting a recent acceleration in consumer spending was likely to be sustained.


Critic's Notebook: Contemporary Art Steams Up the Hudson

Not your mother’s house tour: This summer has brought a bounty of artwork to Catskill, Hudson, Cold Spring and beyond.


Depopulation turns Serbian villages into ghost towns

REPUSNICA, Serbia (Reuters) - Repusnica was once a bustling village on the slopes of Mount Stara Planina in Serbia. Now its bars lie empty, its houses stand shuttered and nobody walks its streets.

London (England)

After Big Ben Rings Out, the Sound of Silence in London

Britain’s most famous bell will be largely quiet for the next four years while the tower in which it is housed is renovated.

Does he blow up the fire of controversy over Charlottesville or put it out?

More than most men who've had his job, President Donald Trump is familiar with the feel of a controversy, its life cycles, how it grows, how it goes out. Instead of climbing the political ladder as a state legislator or US House member before becoming a senator or governor to audition for the top role in politics, he worked in show business, first as a brash tabloid real estate tycoon, later a reality show host, and most recently, the leader of the debunked "birther" movement. Controversies are like fires, and he's played with them before.

"They have value, they deserve love and dignity"

Michele Allen and her nonprofit, Monkey's House, provide a safe, loving place for terminally ill shelter dogs to live their final days.


One injured after blast destroys house in northern England, police say

LONDON (Reuters) - An explosion destroyed a house in northern England and injured one person, police said on Friday, adding that the blast was not caused by militant activity.


Brazil's House speaker sees no need to weaken pension overhaul: media

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Congress should not water down a proposal to change pension rules in order to have it approved in coming months, House Speaker Rodrigo Maia said in separate newspaper interviews published on Sunday.


Venezuela restores opposition leader Ledezma's house arrest

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela returned opposition leader Antonio Ledezma from prison to his home on Friday, hours before the government planned to inaugurate a new legislative superbody authorized to expand the powers of leftist President Nicolas Maduro.


Venezuela restores opposition leader Ledezma's house arrest: wife

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan intelligence agents have returned opposition leader Antonio Ledezma to his home, where he is serving house arrest, after taking him to prison early on Tuesday, Ledezma's wife said via Twitter on Friday.

Russian leaders lash out at US sanctions

Russian leaders lash out against possible US sanctions, passed by the US House of Representatives. CNN's Clare Sebastian reports.

In tweet, Trump calls House intel's top Democrat 'sleazy'

President Donald Trump traded insults with the House intelligence committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, in a sharp exchange on Twitter Monday morning -- calling the California congressman "sleazy," while Schiff hit back over Trump's TV habits.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves prison after 13 months

Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been released from federal prison and is now under the supervision of a residential reentry management field office in Chicago, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records.

Transgender and Transsexuals

Bathroom Bill Tests Clout of Rare Moderate in Increasingly Conservative Texas

Joe Straus, the speaker of the Texas House, has put himself at odds with many of his fellow Republicans over his resistance to a bathroom bill.


Singapore protest calls for inquiry over PM's alleged abuse of power

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Around 400 protesters gathered at Singapore's Speakers' Corner on Saturday calling for an independent inquiry into whether Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong abused his power in a battle with his siblings over what to do with their late father's house.


U.S households see spending up, job prospects improving: New York Fed survey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Consumers expect to boost spending in the months ahead and voiced confidence they are more likely to find a job and less likely to lose one in a strong labor market, the New York Federal Reserve reported Monday in its latest monthly survey of consumer expectations.


Illinois House enacts tax hike over governor's veto

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Illinois House of Representatives on Thursday mustered just enough votes to override the governor's veto of a fiscal 2018 revenue bill that includes a $5 billion income tax increase.


Illinois House sets Thursday budget veto override vote

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Illinois House on Thursday will attempt to overturn Governor Bruce Rauner's vetoes of spending and revenue bills and end a two-year budget impasse that threatens to sink the state's credit ratings to junk.


In Syria's Raqqa, corpses left to rot in the streets

BEIRUT (Reuters) - When Abu Ahmad stepped out of his house in Raqqa after a night of heavy air strikes, he found several of his neighbors lying dead in the street.


Laurie Metcalf to Leave ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’

Ms. Metcalf, who won a Tony Award for her performance in the play on Broadway, will depart on July 23 and be replaced by the Tony winner Julie White.

Politics and Government

Dispute Over Singapore Founder’s House Becomes a National Crisis

Lee Kuan Yew, who died in 2015, stipulated that his home should eventually be destroyed. Two of his children have accused the third, the prime minister, of defying those wishes for political gain.


Lee family war rumbles on as Singapore's parliament debates

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - As Singapore's parliament began the second day of a debate on Tuesday over Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's dispute with his siblings over their late father's house, his estranged brother accused the prime minister of making false claims.

Paul Ryan's House challenger launches longshot bid after viral video

House Speaker Paul Ryan has a new longshot challenger for the seat he's held onto for nearly 20 years.


Illinois passes final budget bill, approves $6 billion of bonds

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Illinois House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill for the final piece of the state's fiscal 2018 budget that includes authorization for $6 billion of bonds to pay down a $15 billion bill pile.


Illinois House passes $5 billion tax package, spending plan

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois' Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed big, permanent increases in income tax rates and a $36 billion fiscal 2018 spending plan on Sunday with the help of some Republican votes as the cash-strapped state scrambled to stave off a bond rating downgrade to junk.


Singapore PM to face questions in parliament over family feud

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was set to face questions at a special sitting of parliament on Monday over whether he had abused his power in a dispute with his brother and sister over what to do with their late father's house.


Illinois House passes $5 billion tax package

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois' Democratic-controlled House passed big, permanent income-tax rate increases on Sunday with the help of some Republican votes as the cash-strapped state scrambled to piece together a budget and revenue plan to stave off a bond rating downgrade to junk.


Illinois budget uncertainty extends into new fiscal year

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A rare sign of bipartisanship in the Illinois House on Friday fueled hopes of movement toward a spending deal, but a consensus failed to emerge in time to stop the state from heading into a third-straight fiscal year without a budget.


Illinois House gives initial nod to FY 2018 spending plan

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Illinois House on Friday gave initial approval to a $36.5 billion fiscal 2018 spending plan, signaling movement toward ending the state's unprecedented two-year budget impasse.


Deutsche Bank rejects House Democrats' call for Trump finance details

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank's external counsel in Washington, D.C. rejected on Thursday demands by U.S. House Democrats to provide details of President Donald Trump's finances, citing privacy laws.

Will Chief Justice Roberts save same-sex marriage?

When the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in Obergefell v. Hodges, many LGBTQ commentators recognized there could be backlash. And indeed there was. "Bathroom bills," such as House Bill 2 in North Carolina, were passed requiring people to use the bathrooms that correspond with the sex marker on their birth certificates.


Illinois House Democrats push new budget plan to end impasse

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Staring down the start of a new fiscal year, Illinois House Democrats offered a budget on Tuesday that would spend less than the Republican governor's plan, but kept their specific revenue-raising proposal under wraps.


U.S. Republican tax code revamp hits House budget obstacle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican efforts to overhaul the U.S. tax code have hit a snag in the House of Representatives, where party infighting over spending cuts is delaying adoption of a key legislative tool that the party needs to move a tax bill forward.


BRIEF-Freddie Mac expects house price appreciation to be over 5 pct for 2017

* Freddie Mac - expect house price appreciation to be over 5 percent for 2017

Republicans jittery about health care bill breathe sigh of relief

Karen Handel's victory in the Georgia special House election Tuesday night has House Republicans who recently voted for a deeply unpopular bill to repeal Obamacare breathing a sigh of relief.


'He said he was Christian, they shot him,' says son who saw father die

DAYR JARNOUS, Egypt (Reuters) - Egyptian schoolboy Mina Habib rarely leaves his house these days. The 10-year-old is still recovering from seeing Islamist gunmen kill his father for being Christian.

What to watch in the high-stakes House special election

Democrats have been desperate to deal President Donald Trump a real setback at the ballot box for months -- and all their hopes are riding on Tuesday's House election in Georgia.


Mosul Old City battle goes house to house as Islamic State fighters defend

MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters defended their remaining stronghold in the Old City of Mosul, moving stealthily along narrow back alleys and slipping from house to house through holes in walls as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces slowly advanced.

United States Politics and Government

Rooting for Scalise Through Hospital Ordeal: His 3 Capitol Roommates

While the lawmaker continues to grapple with extensive injuries after being shot last week, his housemates stay hopeful and cautiously plan for a homecoming.

UK police arrest man near parliament on suspicion of carrying a knife

A man in his 30s has been arrested near London's Houses of Parliament on suspicion of knife possession, London Metropolitan police said.

Suits and Litigation (Civil)

Pennsylvania Lawsuit Says House Redistricting Is Partisan Gerrymander

Voting-rights advocates in Pennsylvania challenged the state’s congressional map in state court, whereas suits in 3 other states have been filed in federal court.

Suits and Litigation (Civil)

Australia to Pay $53 Million Settlement to Detainees Held Offshore

The 1,905 current and former asylum seekers housed on Manus Island, a contentious site, sought damages for physical and psychological injuries and for false imprisonment.

United States Politics and Government

Trump, in Zigzag, Calls House Republicans’ Health Bill ‘Mean’

After calling the House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act a “great plan” last month, the president told Republican senators on Tuesday that it was too harsh.


UPDATE 1-Dominion weighs future of Connecticut Millstone nuclear power plant

June 8 (Reuters) - Dominion Energy Inc said on Thursday that it will "continue assessing" its investments in Connecticut after the state's House did not pass a bill that would allow the state to buy electricity from Dominion's Millstone nuclear power plant.

James, LeBron

LeBron James Responds to Racial Vandalism: ‘Being Black in America is Tough’

James gave a frank and emotional response at a news conference after a racial slur had been discovered painted on his house in Los Angeles.

Cillizza: What it was like to watch the fight on the Texas House floor

On Monday, at the end of the Texas legislative session, things took a very nasty turn. Protesters unhappy with a bill passed through the legislature that would ban so-called "sanctuary cities" entered the House gallery, forcing lawmakers to halt their work. Amid that standoff, there was an altercation -- the details of which are unclear -- between Republican and Democratic legislators. Texas Tribune editor Emily Ramshaw watched it unfold. Our conversation about the fight -- as well as what else went on and whether there's going to be a special session -- conducted via email and lightly edited for flow is below.

Protest, turmoil rock Texas House floor

Texas ended its contentious legislative session Monday as protesters packed into the state Capitol over a new ban on sanctuary cities, and lawmakers erupted into a heated argument with alleged death threats on the House floor.

Heated argument erupts on Texas House floor

A heated argument erupted between legislators at the Texas Capitol Monday afternoon, after one state representative said he called US Immigration and Customs Enforcement on protesters.


Texas House approves new voter ID bill after setbacks in court

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas House of Representatives gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a new bill on showing identification when voting after a previous voter ID law was struck down by U.S. courts which said it discriminated against black and Hispanic people.