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Republican Moore embraces Trump message on eve of Alabama election

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore touted his ties to President Donald Trump on Monday in the final stretch of an election campaign in Alabama in which Moore has battled accusations of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

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Texas Congressman Runs What Aides Call a Hostile Workplace

Representative Blake Farenthold, the subject of an ethics investigation, set the tone for off-color jokes and inappropriate banter, legal documents and interviews with former aides suggest.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Yes, the Truth Still Matters

Donald Trump has turned “fake news” into a battle cry to attack reporting critical of him, spawning a difficult debate in newsrooms.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Several Women Repeat Accusations of Sexual Misconduct by Trump

The women said they hoped to be taken more seriously after a torrent of allegations that have toppled the careers of men in the news media, business and politics.

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Nearly half of Americans still oppose Republican tax bill: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As Republicans in the U.S. Congress rush to finish their tax plan, the legislation is not getting more popular with the public, with nearly half of Americans still opposed to it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.

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Alabama Senate Race, Unlikely Nail Biter, Races to Finish Line

Amid a blur of question marks and conflicting polls, Roy S. Moore, the Republican, and Doug Jones, the Democrat, made their final appeals to voters Monday.

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Trump to give speech on U.S. tax overhaul on Wednesday: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will deliver a speech on the plan to overhaul the nation's tax code on Wednesday, the White House said on Monday.

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Putin, in Syria, says mission accomplished, orders partial Russian pull-out

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin flew into Syria and ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's military contingent there to start withdrawing on Monday, declaring their work largely done.

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Moore's path toward the Senate paved with controversy

On Tuesday, Alabamans will finally decide who is going to be their next US senator.

The Daily nytimes.com

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: The Alabama Senate Race

One day before the polls open, many are asking whether voters will find it harder to support Roy Moore or a Democrat.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Is the Democratic Party Becoming Too Democratic?

Giving more voice to supporters isn’t always a good thing for winning elections.

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Op-Ed Contributor: The Alabama Senate Race May Have Already Been Decided

Blame the state’s voter suppression campaign.

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Republicans may lose by winning and Democrats can win by losing

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Rise of the Roypublicans

The Republican Party won’t be able to shake Roy Moore’s values if he wins.

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Honduras tribunal says partial vote recount shows same result

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras' electoral tribunal said on Sunday that a partial recount of votes from the disputed presidential election showed broadly the same result as previously, giving the lead to current President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

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Shelby: The Republican party can do better

Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) says that in light of the allegations against Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, "the Republican party can do better."

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Editorial: The Looting of America’s Public Lands

Mr. Trump thinks the environment has gotten too good a deal, so he eliminated two million acres from national monuments in Utah.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican

Preserving my identity as a Christian conservative means turning away from two movements that have shaped my life.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Baker and the Empire

In search of a less existential politics.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

With Alabama Senate Race Defined by Scandal, Policy Issues are Overlooked

Alabama struggles with health care, education and infrastructure. But such issues have often been forgotten during the race between Doug Jones and Roy S. Moore.

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Alabama Senate readers' guide: What to watch for and when

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Trump: We can't afford to lose a Senate seat

During a rally in Pensacola, Florida, President Donald Trump urged rally goers to vote for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Scoundrel Theory of American Politics

The idea that a candidate’s character doesn’t matter is pervasive and pernicious.

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Mexican president asks Senate to broaden discussion over security bill

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday asked Senate lawmakers to include civil society's views in their discussion of a divisive bill that critics say would give the military greater powers and deepen its role in the country's drug war.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Liberal Activists to Democrats: Protect Young Immigrants or Shut Down Government

Democrats want a deal to shield young undocumented immigrants from deportation, but liberal activists question their party’s willingness to provoke a shutdown.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trent Franks, Accused of Offering $5 Million to Impregnate an Aide, Abruptly Resigns

Mr. Franks, Republican of Arizona, resigned earlier than expected after two women said he wanted to use sex as a means to impregnate them.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Justice Dept. Investigating Fetal Tissue Transfers by Planned Parenthood and Others

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department requested documents indicating it is picking up the fetal tissue issue that Congress started last year.

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U.S. top court takes up Republican challenge to Maryland electoral district

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday added a second case to its docket on a contentious issue that could have major consequences for American elections, agreeing to decide whether Democratic lawmakers in Maryland unlawfully drew a congressional district in a way that would prevent a Republican candidate from winning.

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Farenthold should resign if misconduct accusations true: senior House Republican

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, on Friday told Fox News Channel that fellow Republican Representative Blake Farenthold should resign if an ethics investigation finds that sexual misconduct accusations against him have merit.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump Speaks Tonight in Florida, but Alabama Voters Will Be Listening

President Trump is holding a campaign-style rally in the Florida Panhandle Friday night. But his real audience is likely to be in neighboring Alabama.

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U.S. tax revamp still incomplete as Republicans eye social program cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even before completing their overhaul of the U.S. tax code, Republicans in Washington have begun turning their attention to changes and possible cuts in the social safety net of government programs for the poor, children, elderly and disabled Americans.

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How Alabama media is covering the Senate race

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31 Republicans side with grad students on tuition tax

Even some Republicans who voted for the House tax bill are concerned about the provision to tax graduate student tuition waivers.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Dina Powell, Influential Foreign Policy Adviser, Is Set to Leave White House

Dina Powell, a deputy national security adviser to President Trump, has been a key player on a variety of issues and a top ally of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: How Roy Moore Survives

A noticeable backlash has hyper-energized the Republican senate candidate’s volunteers and Alabamians who hate Washington and its ways.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Can Steve Bannon Realign American Politics?

Realignments are made, not born — and unlikely with candidates like Roy Moore.

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Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Says a Republican Al Franken Would Still Have a Job

Mr. Noah and other hosts tackled Mr. Franken’s resignation and Roy Moore’s Senate campaign.

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Honduras election tribunal says to hold partial re-count in presidential vote

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras' election tribunal will re-count 4,753 ballot boxes that have cast a shadow on the results of the country's presidential election, the tribunal chief said on Thursday, bowing to a demand by the Organization of American States (OAS).

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

James O’Keefe, Practitioner of the Sting, Has an Ally in Trump

James O’Keefe has long struggled for respect from the media and acceptance from the conservative movement. But now he has an ally in the Oval Office.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

On Washington: Al Franken’s Improbable Political Rise and Sudden Fall

Mr. Franken came to the Senate as an instant star, but he was brought down by accusations of inappropriate behavior and a Democratic need to clean house.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Congressional Democrats Left Out of White House Hanukkah Party

The White House pared down its invite list for the annual Hanukkah celebration. Democrats and Jewish groups critical of the president were not included.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Ex-Governor’s Run Gives Democrats a Bit More Hope of Retaking the Senate

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen will run for the seat being vacated by Senator Bob Corker, giving Democrats a mathematical but narrow path to the majority.

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Partial justice for Walter Scott isn't nearly enough

Inheritance and Estate Taxes nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Republican War on Children

Health care for a thousand kids, or tax breaks for one wealthy heir? The G.O.P. prefers the second.

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House Republican Trent Franks Plans to Resign

Mr. Franks, who made his name with strident social conservatism and adamant opposition to abortion in all forms, would be the third lawmaker to step down from office this week.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

House Passes Two-Week Stopgap Bill to Keep Government Funded

Faced with a Friday deadline to pass a government funding measure, the House passed on Thursday a two-week fix to buy more time for negotiations.

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S.E. Cupp slams resignation speech

HLN's S.E. Cupp responds to Sen. Al Franken's resignation speech on the Senate floor, saying his entire speech was self-serving.

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Opinion: It's your move now on harassment, Republicans

Your ball, GOP.

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Senate confirms top EPA enforcement official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Thursday confirmed the Environmental Protection Agency's third high-level official after Administrator Scott Pruitt, approving Susan Bodine to become the agency's top enforcement official.

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German SPD backs talks with Merkel after impassioned Europe speech

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Thursday to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a government after their leader made an impassioned plea for a free hand to work for a social "United States of Europe".

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UPDATE 4-German SPD backs talks with Merkel after impassioned Europe speech

* Schulz asks for support to implement "social Europe" programme

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Read Al Franken's speech

Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota is resigning following allegations that he touched women inappropriately, he announced in a speech on the Senate floor Thursday. Read Franken's full remarks:

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Analysis: Senate landscape shifts again with his resignation

As the calendar nears 2018, the battle for control of the Senate is shifting in all sorts of unexpected ways -- changes driven primarily by bad behavior but also a national political environment heavily colored by President Donald Trump's widespread unpopularity.

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FBI Director Wray defends bureau in wake of Republican criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation defended his employees on Thursday against a growing chorus of accusations by Republicans, including President Donald Trump, that its agents were allowing political bias to seep into their investigations.

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Ex-Fox News host won't rule out Senate run

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson declined Thursday to rule out a run for the US Senate, telling CNN's Poppy Harlow and John Berman that she's been asked to run in her home state of Connecticut.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Senator Al Franken to Speak From Senate Floor Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

The Democratic senator of Minnesota is scheduled to speak at 11:45 a.m., a day after dozens of his colleagues called for him to step down.

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Column: U.S. Republicans sharpen knives for retirement program cuts

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Traditionally, U.S. politicians avoid talking about cutting Social Security and Medicare close to election time.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Four Questions About American Greatness

We must not lose sight of what really makes our country special in the modern world.

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Did President Trump slur his speech?

While President Donald Trump was giving his historic speech Wednesday to announce that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, some on the internet focused on the manner in which he made his statement.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Tax Bill Is Likely to Undo Health Insurance Mandate, Republicans Say

House Republicans are embracing the Senate’s repeal of the health law’s mandate that most people have insurance, but they are not buying a side deal to stabilize insurance markets.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Republicans Move to Resolve Tax Bill Differences as Cost Concerns Loom

The Senate voted to begin the formal process of reconciling its tax bill with the House version as lawmakers continued to discuss changes to the legislation.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: We’ll Be Cheerful if It Kills Us

That gun bill is back, but then again, there’s a hero cat.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

On Sexual Misconduct, Gillibrand Keeps Herself at the Fore

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the first in what would become a chorus of Democratic senators to call for their colleague Al Franken to resign.

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Doug Jones seeks Obama-level black turnout in Alabama Senate race

Doug Jones' bid to become the first Democrat to win a Senate race in Alabama in 25 years could hinge on whether he convinces African-Americans -- the party's only reliable voting bloc in the deep-red state -- to turn out in huge numbers.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

House Votes to Sharply Expand Concealed-Carry Gun Rights

The House easily passed legislation requiring each state to recognize another state’s concealed-carry gun permit. But the bill faces doubt in the Senate.

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Democrat Franken to resign from Senate: radio report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Al Franken will resign from the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Minnesota Public Radio reported, after more than half of his Senate Democratic colleagues urged him to do so in light of sexual misconduct accusations.

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Senate votes to pursue tax bill negotiations with House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. Senate Republican voiced optimism that congressional negotiators will reach a deal on a sweeping tax overhaul ahead of a Dec. 22 deadline, as senators voted on Wednesday to begin talks with the House to bridge differences between their rival bills.

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Analysis: What happened in the Senate is about a lot more than Franken

There is no old boys club that is older or clubbier than the United States Senate.

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Franken's future in Senate uncertain amid calls for resignation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Half of Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday called for fellow party member Senator Al Franken of Minnesota to resign after new allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

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Utah Republicans defend Romney after Bannon's 'Mormon' jab

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Utah Republicans on Wednesday rallied around Mitt Romney, their party's former presidential nominee, a day after former senior White House aide Steve Bannon accused him of having used his Mormon religion to avoid military service.

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Senate poised for vote on tax bill negotiations with House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. Senate Republican voiced optimism that congressional negotiators will reach a deal on a sweeping tax overhaul ahead of a Dec. 22 deadline, as senators prepared to vote on Wednesday to authorize talks with the House to bridge differences between their rival bills.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Democratic Women in Senate Call on Al Franken to Resign

In a coordinated campaign, at least a half dozen Democratic women in the Senate called on their colleague, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, to resign.

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Palestinian leader to respond to Trump's Jerusalem announcement in TV speech

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will deliver a televised speech on Wednesday in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's anticipated announcement that Washington recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a Palestinian official said. 

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Senate to vote later on Wednesday to work with House on tax bill: McConnell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will vote later on Wednesday on whether to send its tax legislation to a conference to hammer out differences with the U.S. House of Representatives' version of the plan.

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Coal CEO: Senate tax plan 'wipes us out'

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Can you guess the hotel from its funky floor?

While working as a corporate pilot, Bill Young's eyes are usually on the skies. But between flights, they're often on the ground. And what he's staring at has now become an Instagram sensation.

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Alabama Democrat turns up attacks on Roy Moore in Senate race's final stretch

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Name-calling is not unusual in U.S. politics. But "child abuser" is not usually one of the names.

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Cuts to homeowner tax breaks could cost Republicans in 2018 races

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Laura Russo is just the kind of voter the Republicans need, but the party's proposed tax overhaul, which includes limits on the deductions for mortgage interest, state taxes and property taxes, is pushing her away.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Living With the Republican Tax Plan

A disappointing bill that could be worse.

Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions nytimes.com

Making 2 Become 1: Ironing Out Senate and House Tax Bill Differences

Here are some of the top differences that must be resolved before the legislation can be signed into law.

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Mexican army hit by execution finding as Senate mulls new military powers

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican soldiers arbitrarily executed two people after an illegal raid last year, a national rights body said on Tuesday, releasing its findings as protests disrupted a debate in the Senate over a contentious bill to give the military more powers.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump’s Endorsement of Roy Moore Points Up a G.O.P. Problem: Chaos

President Trump’s impulsive, improvisational political style is preventing the Republican Party from establishing a true organization for the coming midterm elections.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Bannon Finds New Fight Backing Roy Moore, but Risks Are High

The former White House strategist delivered a plea to elect Mr. Moore on Tuesday at a rally in southern Alabama.

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House tax positions begin to emerge ahead of talks with Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in U.S. House of Representatives began staking out their positions on final tax legislation on Tuesday, days ahead of talks with the Senate to shape the tax package lawmakers hope to send to President Donald Trump by year end.

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Senate confirms Trump's pick for Homeland Security secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a post that opened after John Kelly became Trump's chief of staff earlier this year.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Kirstjen Nielsen, White House Aide, Is Confirmed as Homeland Security Secretary

Ms. Nielsen, an aide to John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has defended herself against charges that she is too inexperienced to lead the department.

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House Republican tax chief says lawmakers want AMT repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief Republican tax writer in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday that House Republicans want tax legislation to eliminate the corporate and individual alternative minimum taxes.

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While U.S. Senate pushes Alaska wildlife refuge drilling, industry looks elsewhere

(Reuters) - Even as the U.S. Senate moves to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the real action is 150 miles (241 km) west, where industry proponents hope a coming sale of 10 million acres of land will revitalize the state's sagging crude production.

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Republican Party backs Senate candidate Moore: official

(Reuters) - The Republican Party will resume funding the U.S. Senate campaign of Roy Moore after President Donald Trump endorsed the Alabama Republican, who is accused of sexual misconduct against teenage girls.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

The CHIP Program Is Beloved. Why Is Its Funding in Danger?

A children’s health insurance program popular with both Republicans and Democrats is in limbo because of partisan rancor that has stymied legislative action in Washington.

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House Republicans mull length of spending bill as vote looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives were in discussions on Tuesday about how long to fund the federal government in a short-term spending measure expected to come to a vote as early as Wednesday.

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U.S. House Republicans mull length of spending bill as vote looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives were in discussions on Tuesday about how long to fund the federal government in a short-term spending measure expected to come to a vote as early as Wednesday.

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Republican Party backs embattled Senate candidate Moore: official

(Reuters) - The Republican Party will resume funding the embattled U.S. Senate campaign of Roy Moore after President Donald Trump endorsed the Alabama Republican, who is accused of sexual misconduct against teenage girls.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Roy Moore’s Enablers

Stand by him now, stay linked to him forever.

The Daily nytimes.com

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Free Speech and Wedding Cake

A Colorado baker refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. The case is now going to the Supreme Court.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

As Harassment Accusations Multiply, a Question: Who Stays and Who Goes?

Some lawmakers charged with sexual harassment face intense pressure to resign. Others find more tolerance. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the responses.

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Analyst: Republican Party destroying itself

Political commentators Tara Setmayer and Ed Martin clash after Setmayer calls Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore a "child molester." Moore vehemently denies the allegations.

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Senate panel to vote on Trump's Fed chair pick

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GOP political arm will send money to Alabama where Roy Moore vies for Senate amid accusations

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Corrine Brown, Ex-Congresswoman Who Ran a Sham Charity, Gets 5 Years in Prison

Ms. Brown, a former representative from Florida, was convicted of fraud after using over $300,000 from the charity for personal expenses, including tickets to a Beyoncé concert.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

How New Yorkers Would Lose Under the Republican Tax Bill

The legislation could send home prices tumbling, increase the region’s tax burden, and make it harder for local governments to pay for infrastructure.

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House, Senate Republicans face challenge over corporate AMT tax

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans in Congress are grappling with a thorny question about corporate taxes as they work to reconcile competing tax bills from the Senate and House of Representatives into a unified measure that they hope President Donald Trump will sign into law before the end of the year.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Republicans Are Coming for Your Benefits

They never cared about deficits, but will gladly use them as an excuse to take away aid for those who need it.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Director Defends F.B.I. After Trump Says Bureau Is in ‘Tatters’

Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, did not mention the president in defending the agency’s work force as “focused on our critical mission.”

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John Anderson, liberal Republican who challenged Reagan, dies at 95

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Anderson, a former Republican congressman who challenged the party's conservative drift by taking on its chief symbol, Ronald Reagan, and ran for president as an independent in 1980, died on Sunday. He was 95.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

McFarland Contradicted Herself on Russia Contacts, Congressional Testimony Shows

President Trump’s former aide had told lawmakers that she knew nothing of the national security adviser’s contacts with the Russian ambassador. But newly surfaced emails undermine her assertion.

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Democrats to join Trump, Republicans in talks to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic leaders in Congress on Monday accepted an invitation to meet U.S. President Donald Trump and Republicans for talks to avert a government shutdown this week, even as the Democrats pressed demands on funding priorities and protecting immigrants.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Republicans Sought to Undercut an Unfavorable Analysis of the Tax Plan

When the Joint Committee on Taxation found the Republican tax bill would balloon the budget deficit, Republicans tried to discredit it.

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Democrats agree to talk to Trump, Republicans on year-end agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic leaders in Congress said on Monday they had accepted an invitation from President Donald Trump to meet with him and Republican leaders to discuss year-end legislative priorities, including efforts to fund the government and avoid a shutdown.

Moore, Roy S nytimes.com

Trump Formally Endorses Roy Moore for Alabama’s Senate Seat

President Trump offered his endorsement and said he needed “a fighter to help him” in the Senate, according to Roy Moore, the embattled Republican candidate.

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Massachusetts Senate president steps aside as husband faces probe

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg is taking a temporary leave of absence as his husband faces allegations that he used his political connections to sexually harass men.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Can Presidents Obstruct Justice? The Latest Trump Fight, Explained

President Trump’s tweet that he knew his former national security adviser had lied to the F.B.I. is seen by some as evidence that he obstructed justice. But his lawyer says a president cannot violate such laws.

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Shares of big U.S. banks jump as Senate approves tax overhaul

(Reuters) - Shares of the biggest U.S. banks rose on Monday, after the Senate approved a tax overhaul bill on Saturday, raising investor hopes that their earnings would get a boost from a significantly lower tax bill.

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Fed rate expectations on the rise before tax cuts passed Senate: Reuters poll

BENGALURU (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve is almost certain to raise interest rates later this month, according to a Reuters poll of economists, a majority of whom now expect three more rate rises next year compared with two when surveyed just weeks ago.

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Wall Street cheers Senate's approval of tax bill

(Reuters) - Wall Street indexes surged on Monday after the U.S. Senate passed its version of a tax code overhaul, bringing the Republicans closer to implementing corporate tax cuts.

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Republicans have a lot of differences to resolve over their tax plans

Republicans passed their tax bill in the wee hours of Saturday morning, marking a significant triumph for a body that failed last time around to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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BRIEF-Medical Transcription Billing CEO Mahmud Ul Haq Reports Open Market Purchase Of 30,000 Shares Of Common Stock

* MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION BILLING CEO MAHMUD UL HAQ REPORTS OPEN MARKET PURCHASE OF 30,000 SHARES OF CO'S COMMON STOCK ON DEC 1 AT 2.93 PER SHARE - SEC FILING‍​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2jNvmdb) Further company coverage:

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Wall St. opens higher on Senate tax bill approval

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes surged at the opening on Monday after the U.S. Senate passed its version of a tax overhaul bill, bringing closer to reality President Donald Trump's promise of cutting corporate taxes to spur growth.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens higher on Senate tax bill approval

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes surged at the opening on Monday after the U.S. Senate passed its version of a tax overhaul bill, bringing closer to reality President Donald Trump's promise of cutting corporate taxes to spur growth.

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Wall St. set to rally after Senate approves tax bill

(Reuters) - Wall Street was set to start the week on a bright note after the U.S. Senate passed its version of a tax overhaul bill, bringing closer to reality President Donald Trump's promise of cutting corporate taxes to spur growth.

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U.S. corporate alternative minimum tax should be removed: House Republican

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The alternative minimum tax on corporations, which had been included in the U.S. Senate's tax bill, should be eliminated in the final legislation, Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, said on Monday.

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Shares of big U.S. banks rise as Senate approves tax overhaul

(Reuters) - Shares of the biggest U.S. banks were higher after the Senate approved a tax overhaul bill on Saturday, which will provide significant tax cuts for businesses.

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Stock futures jump after Senate approves tax bill

(Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a solid open for Wall Street on Monday after the U.S. Senate passed its version of a tax overhaul bill, bringing closer to reality President Donald Trump's promise of cutting corporate taxes to spur growth.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

‘We Need Republican Roy Moore to Win in Alabama,’ Trump Says

President Trump said the embattled candidate’s votes on issues like crime, illegal immigration and the Second Amendment were vital in the Senate.

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President tweets his support for the Alabama GOP Senate candidate facing accusations of sexual abuse

President Donald Trump fully endorsed Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore on Twitter Monday morning.

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Trump backs Alabama Republican Senate candidate Moore

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.

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Lawmaker proposes during floor debate

A member of the Australian parliament surprised his partner when he proposed to him during a debate over same-sex marriage. CNN's Rosemary Church has more.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Ghost of Steve Bannon

He is still guiding Trump’s ideology.

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Australian lawmaker proposes to same-sex partner on floor of parliament

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An Australian conservative politician on Monday proposed to his long-term partner on the floor of parliament, ahead of the expected passage of a measure for same sex couples to marry.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

G.O.P. Pushes to Avoid Government Shutdown, but the Path Is Tricky

A two-week stopgap measure would provide more time to negotiate, but obstacles loom on both sides of the aisle as lawmakers push their own priorities.

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Senate tax bill would allow oil drilling in Alaskan wilderness

Tucked in the Senate tax bill's hundreds of pages is a proposal to open up 1.5 million acres of Alaskan wilderness for oil drilling -- and Senator Lisa Murkowski is very happy.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. equity index futures open higher after Senate passes tax bill

NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures opened higher on Sunday after the U.S. Senate approved a tax overhaul bill early Saturday.

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Alabama’s Disdain for Democrats Looms Over Its Senate Race

The Democratic nominee, Doug Jones, is widely admired. But in his race against Roy Moore, many voters say they are struggling to get past his party affiliation.

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U.S. equity index futures open higher after Senate passes tax bill

NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures opened higher on Sunday after the U.S. Senate approved a tax overhaul bill early Saturday.

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13 ways the House and Senate tax bills would affect you

The tax overhaul bills passed by the Senate and House would likely to change your tax return in ways large and small -- which credits you can take, what you can deduct, how much you pay.

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Embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate ahead in CBS poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Embattled Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore led his Democratic opponent by six percentage points in a CBS News poll released on Sunday, with most Alabama Republicans saying the allegations of sexual misconduct against him are false.

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Neo-Nazi site founder : 'Troll storm' is protected speech

The founder of a popular neo-Nazi website says a "troll storm" he encouraged against a Jewish woman in Montana should be considered protected speech and a lawsuit against him should be dismissed.

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The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee is questioning the President's response to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee rebutted President Donald Trump on Sunday, questioning his response to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea and backing former FBI Director James Comey.

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McConnell optimistic of tax bill deal between Senate and House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday that he is optimistic the Senate and House of Representatives will reach a conference agreement on tax legislation that can be signed into law by President Donald Trump.

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Republican Party, Michael Flynn, North Korea: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.

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Operative Offered Trump Campaign ‘Kremlin Connection’ Using N.R.A. Ties

A conservative operative told a campaign aide he could arrange a back-channel meeting between Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia through his pro-gun connections.

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U.S. Senate tax bill accomplishes major Obamacare repeal goal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sweeping tax overhaul that passed the U.S. Senate on Saturday contains the Republicans' biggest blow yet to former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, repealing the requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance.

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Opinion: How the Republicans Broke Congress

We used to blame both parties for our poisonous political environment. Not anymore.

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Heading Toward Tax Victory, Republicans Eye Next Step: Cut Spending

With Republicans’ new ambitions, the bill heading toward completion is not just a tax cut, but the first step toward a long-held vision to undo the New Deal and Great Society.

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Heroin in Soups and Lollipops: How Drug Cartels Evade Border Security

Even as the United States spends billions of dollars along the Mexican border, traffickers are exploiting weaknesses elsewhere, shipping parcels by mail, by air and on Amtrak.

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Drilling in Alaska refuge likelier as Senate clears tax bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oil and gas drilling in a vast northern Alaskan wildlife refuge the U.S. government has protected since 1960 moved a step closer to reality on Saturday with the passage by U.S. Senate Republicans of the tax bill.

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What's in the Senate tax bill

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How McConnell kept Republicans in line to win Senate tax bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Republicans tried to repeal and replace Obamacare over the summer, they acted like “a bunch of free range chickens", said Republican Senator John Kennedy. "Everybody was upset, tired, mad, people drawing lines in the dirt."

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Senate approves major tax cuts in victory for Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate narrowly approved a tax overhaul on Saturday, moving Republicans and President Donald Trump a big step closer to their goal of slashing taxes for businesses and the rich while offering everyday Americans a mixed bag of changes.

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Senate approves Republicans' tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate approved a sweeping tax overhaul on Saturday, moving Republicans and President Donald Trump a major step closer to their goal of slashing taxes for businesses and the rich while offering everyday Americans a mixed bag of changes.

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Senate tax bill accomplishes major Obamacare repeal goal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sweeping tax overhaul that passed the U.S. Senate on Saturday contains the Republicans' biggest blow yet to former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, repealing the requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance.

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See moment the tax plan passed Senate

The Republican tax plan has passed the Senate with a vote of 51-49.

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Editorial: A Historic Tax Heist

In which Republican donors pick your children’s pockets.

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News Analysis: Republicans Near a Big Win — but Will It Lift Them Politically?

Senate passage of a trillion-dollar tax cut will be a much-needed Republican victory, but it remains to be seen whether it lifts them out of their political ditch.

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A Hasty, Hand-Scribbled Tax Bill Sets Off an Outcry

Senator Jon Tester, Democrat of Montana, called it “Washington D.C. at its worst” as Republicans sought to speed through their amended bill, handwriting and all.

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Trump to Keep Embassy in Tel Aviv, but Recognize Jerusalem as Capital

The president is trying to appease evangelical supporters and powerful Jewish donors even as he works to avoid derailing his administration’s peace efforts.

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News Analysis: Debt Concerns, Once a Core Republican Tenet, Take a Back Seat to Tax Cuts

The party, which criticized the growth of the federal debt under President Barack Obama, has rallied behind a tax cut that would send it to new heights.

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Senate is about to vote on a tax bill it's still writing

Republicans say they have the votes! They're going to pass a massive tax reform bill Friday night that would permanently lower corporate tax rates and undo the Obamacare individual coverage mandate. And a bunch of other stuff. We're not exactly sure about everything it would do yet. Why? Because we haven't read the tax reform bill.

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Senate Republicans trim tax bill to secure needed votes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans rallied around a U.S. tax overhaul bill on Friday, with Maine moderate Susan Collins announcing her support for it after obtaining agreements for several changes, giving the sweeping legislation sufficient votes to win passage.

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Right and Left React to Michael Flynn’s Guilty Plea

Writers from across the political spectrum on Michael T. Flynn’s plea deal and what it means for the special counsel’s inquiry and the Trump administration.

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Senate may strengthen Obamacare

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Taxpayers Paid $84,000 to End Sex Harassment Claim Against Texas Lawmaker

Rep. Blake Farenthold, Republican of Texas, settled a sexual harassment suit for $84,000, one of six House settlements funded by taxpayers since 2013.

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Senate Republicans lock up votes to pass tax bill: McConnell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans said on Friday they had gathered the votes needed to pass a sweeping tax overhaul, after last-minute negotiations to ease some senators' concerns about the bill's impact on the federal deficit, healthcare and property taxes.

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Senate intel panel's top Democrat: Lawmakers will want talk to Kushner again

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate intelligence panel's top Democrat on Friday said lawmakers will want to again interview U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law turned White House adviser Jared Kushner in the wake of former adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea as part of the U.S. special counsel's investigation.

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Senate Republicans pin down votes to pass tax bill: McConnell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans said on Friday they had enough support to pass a sweeping tax overhaul later in the day, after last-minute negotiations to ease some senators' concerns about its impact on the federal deficit, healthcare and property taxes.

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Fast-Changing Tax Bill Is Set to Clear the Senate

Senate Republicans made major changes to their bill, and picked up the votes to push it through the chamber on Friday.

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Selena Gomez gives tearful speech thanking friend who gave her a kidney

Selena Gomez gave an emotional acceptance speech on Thursday when she received the Billboard "Woman of the Year" award, saying her best friend, who gave her a kidney earlier this year, should be the rightful recipient of the praise.

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More Republicans back Senate tax bill but holdouts remain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two more U.S. senators signed on to support a sweeping Republican tax bill on Friday but party leaders struggled to address the concerns of lawmakers worried about its impact on the federal deficit, healthcare and property taxes.

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Dueling Tax Plans: Here’s What the Senate and House Have to Resolve

The Senate is poised to pass its tax bill but it still needs to be reconciled with the House-passed legislation, which differs in some significant ways from the Senate plan.

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Senate grapples with tax cut plan's impact on U.S. deficit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans will grapple on Friday with the possibility of adding a tax increase to sweeping legislation meant to cut taxes on businesses and individuals, aiming to win support from fiscal conservatives worried about the bill's impact on the federal deficit.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Senate Tax Madness

Major tax legislation should not be passed with extreme haste.

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Republican Senator Daines says he will support tax bill -statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Steve Daines of Montana, one of several senators seen as pivotal to the fate of a Republican tax overhaul plan, said on Friday he would support the tax bill.

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Live Briefing: Senate Weighs Changes to Tax Bill on the Same Day They Could Vote

Republicans are moving closer to a final vote on their tax overhaul, but they still needed to make revisions in order to win over reluctant lawmakers.

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Senate grapples with tax cut plan's impact on federal deficit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans will grapple on Friday with the possibility of adding a tax increase to sweeping legislation meant to cut taxes on businesses and individuals, aiming to win support from fiscal conservatives worried about its impact on the federal deficit.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: In the End, Reality Will Win

Is there no bottom? We may soon learn that Trump won a gold medal in synchronized swimming.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Trump Is Cracking Up

The president is acting more deranged than usual, but Republicans in Congress don’t care.

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Tom Cotton, Said to Be Trump’s C.I.A. Pick, Would Bring Ambition but Little Experience

Mr. Cotton, a senator from Arkansas, would be the youngest person ever to run the C.I.A. should a White House plan to shuffle the cabinet come to fruition.

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Corker is at the center of the uncertainty surrounding the Senate tax bill

Republican leaders are racing to find support for their tax bill just hours ahead a critical vote, harkening back to the health care bill debacle this summer that left them empty handed.

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Trump urged Senate Republicans to drop panel's Russia probe: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans over the summer to end the Senate Intelligence Committee's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including the panel's chairman, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing several lawmakers and aides.

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Senate tax bill stalls on deficit-focused 'trigger'

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.

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Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry

President Trump told Senators Mitch McConnell, Richard Burr and others that he wanted an inquiry into Russian interference in the election to come to a close.

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Analysis: A taxing dilemma for Senate Republicans

There are two indisputable facts about the tax cut bill Republicans are trying to finesse through the Senate.

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

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.

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Treasury's tax analysis still missing ahead of key Senate vote

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Senate tax bill stumbles on deficit-focused 'trigger'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican tax overhaul stalled on a procedural issue in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, forcing lawmakers to weigh new options to an amendment sought by a leading fiscal hawk to address the bill's projected large expansion of the federal deficit.

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Analysis: Tax reform is why Republicans have not turned on Trump

Washington Republicans have spent long stretches of the past 10 months -- their first with unified control of the federal government in a decade -- alternately contending with and rationalizing President Donald Trump's erratic behavior.

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Senate, Rex Tillerson, Reza Zarrab: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Republicans’ Tax Lies Show the Rot Spreads Wide and Runs Deep

Bad faith touches every aspect of the G.O.P.’s sales pitch to ram a bill through.

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Senate Ethics Committee looking into Franken

The Senate Ethics Committee has begun looking into the allegations against Sen. Al Franken, according to a statement from the committee issued Thursday.

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GOP lawmakers huddle on Senate floor

Lawmakers vote on the Senate floor to determine whether the GOP tax reform bill will be sent back to the finance committee. CNN's Phil Mattingly reports as the voting continues.

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Deficit worries roil Senate debate on tax bill, leaders scramble for votes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sweeping Republican tax bill would not boost the U.S. economy enough to offset a large deficit expansion that the measure would trigger, congressional analysts said on Thursday, as the Senate moved toward a decisive vote.

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Senate Ethics Committee opens probe of Senator Franken

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Ethics Committee said on Thursday it has opened a preliminary inquiry into alleged misconduct by Democratic Senator Al Franken.

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How parents of adopted children foiled a U.S. Republican tax proposal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Charles "Chuck" Johnson is not the kind of foot soldier in the army of lobbyists that House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan warned would descend on Washington to fight the biggest overhaul of the tax code since the 1980s.

Law and Legislation nytimes.com

Republican Tax Bill Moves Closer to Senate Passage

Crucial votes from Senators McCain and Murkowski have the bill poised to pass.

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Fact Check: The Senate G.O.P. Tax Plan

Senate Republicans and President Trump are rushing to overhaul the tax system. Does their plan live up to their promises?

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McCain backs Senate tax bill, boosting chances of approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican drive to push sweeping tax legislation through the U.S. Senate picked up momentum on Thursday with the endorsement of Senator John McCain, as party leaders pursued behind-the-scenes deals to secure enough votes for passage.

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The Point: The 37 most Trumpian lines from Trump's tax speech

Wednesday was one of the wildest news days in modern memory. Because so much happened, you might have missed President Trump's speech in St. Charles, Missouri, to sell his tax plan. As always, when Trump speaks, it's worth paying attention to.

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McCain backs 'far from perfect' Senate GOP tax plan

Sen. John McCain said Thursday he will support Senate Republicans' tax plan, a major sign of progress for GOP leaders as the party barrels toward a vote on their overhaul of the US tax system by the end of the week.

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McCain backs U.S. Senate tax bill, boosting chances of approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican drive to push sweeping tax legislation through the U.S. Senate picked up momentum on Thursday with the endorsement of Senator John McCain, as party leaders pursued behind-the-scenes deals to secure enough votes for passage.

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Republican McCain to support 'far from perfect' Senate tax bill: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator John McCain said on Thursday he will support the tax legislation under consideration by the Senate, saying he believes it will directly benefit all Americans.