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Ukrainian judge turns down request to place Saakashvili under house arrest

KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian judge on Monday turned down the prosecutors' request to place Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili under house arrest, paving the way for his release from detention.

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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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Trump to start process of sending Americans back to moon: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday will sign a directive aimed at sending Americans back to the moon and eventually to Mars, the White House said.

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Seeking to extend martial law in Philippine south, Duterte says militants regrouping

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked Congress to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao for a year, arguing that Islamist militants have been regrouping since a five-month urban conflict ended there in October.

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How to Clean Up Your Holiday Messes

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Republicans may lose by winning and Democrats can win by losing

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UPDATE 1-Congolese lower house adopts new mining code that increases taxes

DAKAR, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The Congolese lower house of parliament has adopted a new mining code that will increase taxes and royalties, two members of parliament and an aide to the speaker said.

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U.S. House committee 'may reconsider' WHO cancer agency funds

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. congressional committee members warned on Friday that Washington's funding of the World Health Organization's cancer research agency could be halted unless it is more open about its operations.

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‘We Watched Our House Burn.’ Losing It All in California’s Fires.

In Ventura County, Jack Selby watched his childhood home burn to the ground, and Nancy Cole lost all her possessions, including family heirlooms from Holocaust survivors.

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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.

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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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Your Money: Under New Tax Plan, the Cost of Aging Could Rise

If the tax bill removes medical expense deductions, many people could lose over $10,000 annually.

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Trump senior aide Dina Powell to resign early next year: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's deputy national security adviser, Dina Powell, plans to resign early next year and return to her home in New York, the White House said on Friday.

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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.

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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.

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Trump signs short-term gov't funding bill, averts shutdown: White House spokeswoman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has signed legislation to fund the federal government for two more weeks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Friday, a move that averts a government shutdown while Congress negotiated a longer-term budget deal.

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Polish lower house of parliament approves Supreme Court overhaul

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's lower house of parliament approved changes to the country's Supreme Court on Friday, a key part of a planned judiciary overhaul criticized by the European Union as contrary to democratic standards.

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See Christmas lights cause house fire

A family in Columbia, Tennessee said a single strand of Christmas lights led to their house catching fire. HLN's Robin Meade has the story.

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House ethics panel probing Rep. Farenthold over harassment allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Thursday it was investigating Republican Representative Blake Farenthold over allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation involving a former female staff member.

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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.

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House Intelligence chairman cleared of disclosing classified information

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee on Thursday cleared the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee of charges that he had disclosed classified information, potentially clearing the way for him to resume leadership of the panel's Russia investigation.

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House ethics panel probing Rep. Farenthold over harassment allegations: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Thursday it was investigating Republican Representative Blake Farenthold over allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation involving a former female staff member.

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House ethics panel clears Intelligence chairman of disclosing classified information

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Thursday it had cleared the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee of disclosing classified information, citing an analysis by three experts from the intelligence community.

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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.

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Exclusive: White House doesn't foresee shutdown, Trump wants 20 percent corporate tax

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is confident it can craft a deal to avoid a government shutdown and foresees a compromise with lawmakers that will include increases in defense and non-defense spending, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said on Thursday.

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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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White House says it believes Saudi Arabia will open Yemen port

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday it believed that Saudi Arabia would allow a blocked port in Yemen to open after President Donald Trump urged Riyadh to lift a blockade to let humanitarian aid reach the Yemeni people.

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I bought $250 in bitcoin. Here's what I learned

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

Your ball, GOP.

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Exclusive: Trump wants 20 percent corporate tax rate, shutdown not expected - White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump wants the U.S. corporate tax rate to be 20 percent and the White House is confident that it can craft a deal to avoid a government shutdown, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said on Thursday.

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U.S expects to participate in Winter Olympics - White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the United States looks forward to participating in the Olympics Winter Games in South Korea in February, after questions arose about security in the neighbor to North Korea, which has recently ramped up weapons testing.

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President's son had legitimate reasons to not answer House panel questions: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that Donald Trump Jr. was on solid legal ground when he refused to answer questions from a congressional committee about a conversation he had with his father, President Donald Trump, about emails relating to a meeting he attended with Trump associates and Russians.

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White House says it believes Saudi Arabia to allow a Yemeni port to open

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday it had reason to believe that Saudi Arabia would allow a blocked port in Yemen to open.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bill letting people bring concealed guns across state lines passes U.S. House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People would be able to bring legal, concealed guns into any U.S. state under legislation the House of Representatives approved on Wednesday that would also bolster the national background check system and require a study of the "bump stocks" used in October's Las Vegas mass shooting.

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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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House passes bill loosening gun restrictions

The House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday loosening gun regulations and allowing those with permits to carry concealed weapons to legally travel with those firearms to other states, a top priority of the National Rifle Association.

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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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My taxes probably are going up. Are yours?

NEW YORK (Reuters) - No matter what version of the U.S. tax overhaul being considered by Congress becomes law, it looks like I am going to be paying more in taxes next year.

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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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U.S. Comptroller halts plan to remove in-house bank examiners

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bank examiners can continue working inside the banks they supervise, U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting said on Wednesday, in a policy reversal for the U.S. banking regulator.

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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.

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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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Kellyanne Conway, Cuomo spar on taxes

Counselor to President Trump Kellyanne Conway and CNN's Chris Cuomo debate who benefits from the GOP tax plan.

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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.

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Conservative Groups Seeking Support for Tax Cuts Find It a Hard Sell

Groups like the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity are trying to convince ordinary Americans that this is good for them too.

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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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Exclusive: Baupost expected to make quick profit in Westinghouse bankruptcy- sources

(Reuters) - Hedge funds led by the Baupost Group LLC are poised to score a $170 million profit in less than three months from a bet tied to Toshiba Corp's bankrupt nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Corp, according to three people familiar with the matter.

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House will vote on allowing concealed gun owners to carry across state lines

The House will vote Wednesday on a bill that would let gun owners with permits to carry concealed weapons travel to other states with their concealed firearms.

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BRIEF-Acasta Enterprises Announces That Stellwagen Enters into $250 Mln Revolving Credit and Security Agreement

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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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House passes measure to limit aid to Palestinians over 'martyr payments'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to sharply reduce the annual $300 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it take steps to stop making what lawmakers described as payments that reward violent crime.

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Gundlach says 'strange environment' to be cutting U.S. corporate taxes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - DoubleLine Capital Chief Executive Jeffrey Gundlach, who voted for President Donald Trump, warned on Tuesday that it is a "strange environment" to be cutting U.S. corporate taxes...

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White House defends Trump's Moore endorsement

President Donald Trump put politics above allegations of sexual misconduct in his decision to endorse Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday.

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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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White House says government shutdown always a possibility

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. Congress worked to reach agreement on a short-term spending measure to keep the federal government open, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday a shutdown could still happen.

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IOC: 'Clean' athletes will be allowed to compete

The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from the Pyeongchang Winter Games, but its 'clean' athletes will be allowed to compete under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)."

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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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House tax panel chair to urge longer-lasting individual tax rate cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. House of Representatives' tax-writing panel on Tuesday said he would push to make tax rate cuts for individuals more permanent as the House and Senate reconcile their two versions of a sweeping tax overhaul.

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House to vote Wednesday on bill to fund gov't through Dec 22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday on a bill to fund the federal government through Dec. 22, the head of the House Rules Committee told reporters on Tuesday.

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Ex-House Majority Leader on Moore: 'I think he deserves to lose'

Former GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Tuesday that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore doesn't deserve to win the special election in Alabama.

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Tweets and comments about the Russia probe from the White House and Trump's legal team backfired

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With $250 Million Gift, Columbia Medical School Looks to End Student Debt

A major donation from Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, the former chairman of Merck, will be used to underwrite financial aid for future doctors.

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‘House of Cards’ Will Star Robin Wright for Final Season

Ms. Wright will headline the hit Netflix show’s sixth and last season after Kevin Spacey was fired amid a series of sexual assault allegations.

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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.

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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.

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Trump son, former partner due before House panel this week: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son and a former business associate of the president are due to testify to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee this week, as it continues its investigation of possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election, a source familiar with the schedule said.

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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.

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Final 'House of Cards' season to focus on Robin Wright after Spacey exit

(Reuters) - The final season of Netflix's political drama "House of Cards" will focus on Robin Wright's first female president character and will start production in 2018, following a hiatus after the exit of star Kevin Spacey, the company said on Monday.

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UPDATE 2-Final 'House of Cards' season to focus on Robin Wright after Spacey exit

Dec 4 (Reuters) - The final season of Netflix's political drama "House of Cards" will focus on Robin Wright's first female president character and will start production in 2018, following a hiatus after the exit of star Kevin Spacey, the company said on Monday.

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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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House Russia investigators to interview senior colleagues

Two senior lawmakers will be questioned by the House Intelligence Committee as part of the panel's Russia investigation as the committee races to interview a bevy of high-profile witnesses in the final weeks of the year.

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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.

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UPDATE 1-Netflix to start House of Cards production in 2018 without Kevin Spacey

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Netflix Inc said on Monday the final season of "House of Cards" will start production in 2018 and will not star Kevin Spacey, who is facing a number of allegations of sexual misconduct.

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'House of Cards' production to resume without Kevin Spacey

Netflix has decided to move forward with the final season of "House of Cards" without Kevin Spacey, a source familiar with the decision tells CNN.

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Trump son, former business partner due before House panel this week: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son and a former business associate of the president are due to testify to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee this week, as it continues its investigation of possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election, a source familiar with the schedule said.

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Netflix to start House of Cards production in 2018 without Kevin Spacey

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Netflix Inc said on Monday the final season of "House of Cards" will start production in 2018 and will not star Kevin Spacey. The final season will have eight episodes, the company said at a UBS media conference. (Reporting by Laharee Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Alden Bentley)

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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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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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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.

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Amid contempt threat, fight between House committee and DOJ spills out into public

The Justice Department has agreed to allow congressional investigators to interview a key FBI employee believed to have served as the main contact, or "handler" of, former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, who compiled the so-called "dossier" of allegations about President Donald Trump's connections to Russia, according to a department spokesperson.

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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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White House open to small changes on corporate tax rate: budget chief Mulvaney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is willing to consider a small increase on the corporate tax rate if it is needed to finalize the bill in the U.S. Congress, White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday.

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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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Emails Dispute White House Claims That Flynn Acted Independently on Russia

The president has called claims of unusual contacts with Russia a “hoax.” But emails show top aides closely tracked Michael T. Flynn’s fateful call to the Russian ambassador.

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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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Pope ends sensitive trip to Asia after seeking Rohingya forgiveness

DHAKA (Reuters) - Pope Francis ended a diplomatically tricky trip to Asia on Saturday, seeking the forgiveness of Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh after his controversial decision to not directly refer to their plight when he visited their homeland, Myanmar.

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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 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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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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Russia investigation 'wearing' on White House, despite spin

President Donald Trump, who was already incensed by the idea that his accomplishments weren't getting the credit they deserve, grew more worried on Friday after news broke that Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser and longtime campaign aide, pleaded guilty for lying to the FBI.

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White House Memo: Flynn’s Guilty Plea Looms Over a White House on the Verge of a Tax Cut Success

The plea raised uncomfortable questions about what the former national security adviser might be telling the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

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Cooper: Flynn's guilty plea contradicts White House

CNN's Anderson Cooper takes a look at the White House's repeated past denials of any contact with Russia in light of Michael Flynn's recent guilty plea.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Deck the Halls With White House Folly

Fa-la-la-la-la with President Merry Christmas.

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EPA passes on rule covering U.S. hardrock miners' cleanup costs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it would not act on a proposal to require hardrock mining companies to show they can afford to clean up their sites.

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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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Panel wants all records on House sexual misconduct

The House Ethics Committee on Friday requested that the Office of Compliance provide the committee with all the records it has on claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and other prohibited behavior by House employees, including sitting members of Congress.

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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 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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Tillerson Calls Reports of White House Ouster ‘Laughable’

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has been dogged for months by rumors he would resign but said any White House plan for him to resign was “laughable.”

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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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House ethics panel launches wide-ranging probe into sexual harassment claims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives ethics committee has begun a sweeping probe into possible sexual harassment and discrimination by the chamber's 464 lawmakers and their staff, requesting on Friday a wide range of documents from the congressional compliance office.

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House intel panel advances NSA spying bill despite privacy objections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House panel on Friday approved legislation that would renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program, despite objections from the technology sector and civil liberties groups over inadequate privacy protection.

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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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White House staff exits likely as Trump's first year draws to a close: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's expected exit from the Trump administration is one of many staff changes likely as President Donald Trump nears the end of his first year in office, with sources saying top economic adviser Gary Cohn and son-in-law Jared Kushner could be among those who depart.

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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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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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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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Source: White House wanted to publicly shame Tillerson

Reports that the White House have a tentative plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that emerged Thursday were an effort to express President Donald Trump's deep displeasure and publicly shame his secretary of state, a source with direct knowledge of the White House's thinking said Thursday.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

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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Trump's anti-Muslim retweets elevated the conversation. White House says

President Donald Trump's decision to retweet anti-Muslim content from a leader of a far-right British political group elevated the conversation, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday, admitting that Trump likely didn't know the content came from an ultra-nationalist political group.

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Trump to give State of the Union address on Jan. 30: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation by Congress to deliver a State of the Union address on Jan. 20, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Thursday.

Russia nytimes.com

Seeking Russian Presidency, Socialite Hits the Campaign Trail

Ksenia Sobchak, a television journalist and opposition candidate, opened a campaign office and vowed to stir a “national discussion about what is wrong with Russia.”

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House resorting to series of temporary funding bills

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives, still struggling to reach a deal with the Senate on funding the government for the fiscal year that began last Oct. 1, will push another stop-gap bill next week that would go until Dec. 22, a senior House aide said on Thursday.

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Conyers hospitalized as top House Democrat calls for his resignation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called on Democratic Representative John Conyers to resign, saying sexual harassment allegations against him were serious and credible, and that "zero tolerance means consequences for everyone."

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Longest-serving House Democrat will not be pressured to resign over harassment accusations, attorney says

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House Democratic leader calls for his resignation

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says Rep. John Conyers should resign after recent allegations of sexual harassment.

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White House has plan to replace top diplomat with CIA chief: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has developed a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has had an increasingly tense relationship with President Donald Trump, and replace him with CIA director Mike Pompeo within weeks, senior administration officials said on Thursday.

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U.S. House Democratic leader Pelosi says Conyers should resign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that Representative John Conyers should resign after sexual harassment allegations were brought against him, saying "zero tolerance means consequences for everyone."

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Attorney general meets with House intelligence panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions met behind closed doors on Thursday with members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee as it investigates possible Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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White House has plan to replace top diplomat with CIA chief: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has developed a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, within weeks, a senior Trump administration official said on Thursday.

Pompeo, Mike nytimes.com

White House Plans Tillerson Ouster From State Dept., to Be Replaced by Pompeo, Within Weeks

A transition plan developed by John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, would install Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, as secretary of state, officials said.

The Daily nytimes.com

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Trump, Taxes and Twitter

We look at President Trump’s role in the Republican tax plan and at the furor he set off by sharing extremist videos.

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Doping whistleblower urges Russia to come clean

He's the eccentric doctor immortalized in the Netflix documentary Icarus, the whistleblower who exposed what a leading report called a doping "cover-up that operated on an unprecedented scale" in Russia.

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UPDATE 1-Brazil lower house extends oil industry customs regime

BRASILIA, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Brazil's lower house of Congress on Wednesday approved the basic text of a decree that extends for 20 years a preferential customs regime for the oil industry, a measure that has helped make Brazil attractive again to major global oil companies.

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Republicans in House seek protection for municipal bonds in tax bill

(Reuters) - A group of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday urged keeping federal tax breaks on private activity bonds sold by the developers of hospitals, nursing homes, airports and toll roads to reduce costs.

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House bill aims to identify lawmakers in sex harassment cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday introduced legislation requiring the disclosure of sexual harassment case settlements involving members of Congress and their staffers.

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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.

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GOP working on a trigger to automatically raise taxes

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Trump to host Libyan Prime Minister Sarraj at White House on Friday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj at the White House on Friday for talks on counterterrorism cooperation and ways to expand bilateral engagement, the White House in a statement on Wednesday.

Taxation nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Wavering Senators Buy Trump’s Assurances on Taxes. Really.

Senators who voiced concerns about the tax bill say everything will be fine because Trump said so. Then he sold them land in the Everglades.

The Butchering Art (Book) nytimes.com

Books of The Times: The Story of How Surgeons Cleaned Up Their Act

“The Butchering Art,” by the medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris, recounts how Joseph Lister and others introduced antiseptic practices to medicine.

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White House does not expect U.S. government shutdown

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that it does not expect the government to shut down next month, but has contingency plans in place if the U.S. Congress fails to reach a deal on funding the government by a Dec. 8 deadline.

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Conyers should resign if accusations are 'founded': No. 2 House Democrat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Wednesday that Democratic representative John Conyers should resign if the sexual harassment allegations against him are found to be true.

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Republicans lay groundwork for key tax vote

Senate Republicans are on the cusp of passing a major tax overhaul this week, with a key procedural vote likely to be held Wednesday looking more and more likely to pass.

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Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. to meet with House panel Dec. 6: CNN

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., will meet with Congress' House Intelligence Committee next week, CNN reported on Wednesday, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the agreement.

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S.I. Newhouse Jr., Remembered: ‘Eager, Never Jaded’

At a memorial for Condé Nast’s former chairman, tearful speakers and raucous anecdotes.

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White House says it doesn't matter if anti-Muslim videos Trump retweeted are real

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Donald Trump's decision to retweet a series of anti-Muslim videos from a British far-right account on Wednesday morning, telling reporters he circulated them to start a conversation about border security and immigration.

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BRIEF-Flagstar Bank Announces Enotes For Ewarehouse Lending

* SAYS ‍FLAGSTAR BANK IS ACCEPTING ENOTES TO FUND WAREHOUSE LENDING TRANSACTIONS​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. agrees to closed-door House panel meeting: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. will meet with the House Intelligence Committee as soon as next week, CNN reported on Wednesday citing multiple sources with knowledge of the agreement.

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U.S. House Speaker Ryan says up to Conyers whether to resign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday commended Representative John Conyers for stepping down as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, and said it was up to Conyers to decide if he should resign from the House.

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No. 2 Republican in U.S. House sees conference on tax bill soon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Wednesday the Senate would likely vote on its tax bill this week and that lawmakers from both chambers would get together "as quickly as possible" to resolve differences between their two bills.

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White House blogger arrested at 'It's OK to be white' speech

Lucian Wintrich, the White House correspondent for the right-wing Gateway Pundit website, was arrested Tuesday following a scuffle at the University of Connecticut.

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Why the House tax plan could crush grad students

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Donald Trump Jr. to talk to House Intel committee

Donald Trump Jr. has agreed to meet with the House Intelligence Committee as soon as next week, giving lawmakers their first opportunity to question President Donald Trump's eldest son over his contacts with Russians during the campaign season, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the matter.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Republicans, Entering Homestretch on Tax Cuts, Are Calm and Cooperative

After an unsuccessful effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have gotten down to doing what they do best — cutting taxes.

Taxation nytimes.com

Republicans Clear Major Hurdle as Tax Bill Advances

Republicans took a significant step forward on Tuesday when a key panel passed the $1.5 trillion tax cut, clearing the way for a full Senate vote later in the week.

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Senate Republicans shove tax bill ahead as Democrats fume

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans rammed forward President Donald Trump's tax-cut bill on Tuesday in an abrupt, partisan committee vote that set up a full vote by the Senate as soon as Thursday, although some details of the measure remained unsettled.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Republican Victory May Rest Once Again With McCain, This Time on Taxes

After sinking his party’s hopes of repealing the Affordable Care Act earlier this year, the Republican from Arizona may hold the fate of a tax overhaul in his hands.

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Brazil lower house passes bill aimed at boosting biofuels use

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's lower house of Congress approved on Tuesday a bill to set up a program to boost the use of biofuels, a move that could sharply change the way fuel distributors operate in the country.

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Senate Republicans shove tax bill ahead; spending fight erupts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans rammed forward President Donald Trump's tax cut bill on Tuesday in an abrupt, partisan committee vote that set up a full vote by the Senate as soon as Thursday, although some details of the measure remained unsettled.

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Trump to make remarks at White House at 3 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is slated to give remarks to reporters at the White House at 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) on Tuesday, the White House said.

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The Senate tax bill would affect your household's finances. Here's how

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Son of Sicilian mafia boss gets a year in a 'workhouse'

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian judge ruled on Tuesday that a convicted mobster and son of late boss Salvatore "Toto" Riina be detained for a year in a secure labor unit, a judicial source said, less than two weeks after his father died, leaving the Sicilian mafia's future uncertain.

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U.S. EPA takes repeal of clean power plan to coal country

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency heard testimony from coal miners, lobbyists, environmentalists and others on Tuesday at a public meeting in West Virginia on the agency's proposal to dismantle an Obama-era plan to slash carbon emissions from power plants.

Great Salt Lake (Utah) nytimes.com

Trilobites: Seeking the Source of the Vanishing Great Salt Lake

Human consumption — not seasonal fluctuations or climate change — is primarily to blame for the Great Salt Lake’s desiccation, according to a recent analysis.

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EPA takes repeal of clean power plan to coal country

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hear testimony from coal miners, lobbyists, environmentalists and others on Tuesday at a public meeting in West Virginia on the EPA's proposal to dismantle an Obama-era plan to slash carbon emissions from power plants.

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White House stands by Trump's original 'Access Hollywood' defense

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump stands by his original apology for his remarks recorded by the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape in which he described sexually assaulting women, and that his position hasn't changed in the days after The New York Times reported the President had privately questioned the tape's authenticity.

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Republicans face crucial week for tax bill

President Donald Trump and leading Republicans are making a push toward a vote on a tax cut bill as the Congressional Budget Office came out with a report critical of the legislation. CNN's Sunlen Serfaty reports.

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GOP senator seeking back-up revenue plan

Sen. James Lankford said Monday the Senate tax reform proposal needs to include a back-up plan to pay for it in case the economic growth projections conservatives are banking on don't materialize.

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The White House ethics ship is sinking in the swamp

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At a White House event honoring Navajo code talkers, the President used his nickname for Sen. Warren

President Donald Trump, during an event at the White House honoring Navajo code talkers Monday, referenced his nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, "Pocahontas," a label he has long used about the Massachusetts Democrat.

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White House: 'Pocahontas' not racial slur

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Donald Trump calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" during an event honoring Navajo code talkers was not a racial slur.

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This is how long it takes to sell a house

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Trump, Senate Republicans prepare for showdown over tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump was to meet with Senate Republican tax-writers on Monday at the White House to scope out an end-game strategy for sweeping tax legislation, ahead of a crucial vote on the Senate floor that could come as early as Thursday.

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White House's Mulvaney tells CFPB staff to 'disregard' Leandra English: memo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mick Mulvaney, U.S. President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, on Monday instructed agency staff to disregard directions from Leandra English, who was named acting director by the former head of the agency.

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BRIEF-Consumers Energy And Bank Of Nova Scotia Agreed To Extend Termination Date Of $250 Million Secured Revolving Credit Agreement​

* CONSUMERS ENERGY-ON NOV 23,CO&BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA AGREED TO EXTEND TERMINATION DATE OF $250 MILLION SECURED REVOLVING CREDIT AGREEMENT ASOF NOV 23, 2015​

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Senate Tax Bill’s Potential Hurdle: Republicans

Republicans are set to rush their tax plan to the Senate floor as President Trump meets with lawmakers.

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University delays talk by ex-White House official after lawsuit threat

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts university delayed a planned talk on Monday by Anthony Scaramucci, who had a brief and tumultuous stint as White House spokesman, after he threatened to sue its student newspaper over a critical column.

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BRIEF-Canada House Wellness Group reports extension of closing date for convertible debenture unit financing

* CANADA HOUSE WELLNESS GROUP ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF CLOSING DATE FOR CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURE UNIT FINANCING Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Melania Trump unveils White House holiday decor

Illegal Immigration nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: ICE’s Courthouse Arrests Undercut Democracy

This immigration enforcement tactic scares people away from courthouses and harms us all.

Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions nytimes.com

How a $250 Break for Teachers Explains a House-Senate Divide on Taxes

House Republicans, seeking to clean up the tax code and expand tax rate cuts, voted to eliminate a deduction for teacher spending. The Senate bill would double it.

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From taxes to a spy program, Republicans under pressure as year-end agenda looms

It's the end of a year that has left Republicans with little to show for their sweeping control of the government -- and now, it's crunch time.

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Maduro says taps military officer to 'clean up' oil company PDVSA

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday tapped a

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UPDATE 2-Maduro says taps military officer to 'clean up' oil company PDVSA

CARACAS, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday tapped a National Guard major general to lead state oil company PDVSA and the oil ministry as the OPEC member labors under near 30-year lows in oil production.

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'House of Cards' crew still in limbo

The show's production company, Media Rights Capital, told crew members in an email Sunday that the show will remain on hiatus for the next two weeks. It is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against Kevin Spacey, the star and an executive producer of the Netflix hit.

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UPDATE 1-Maduro says taps military officer to 'clean up' state oil company PDVSA

CARACAS, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday tapped a major general in the National Guard to head state oil company PDVSA and the OPEC country's oil ministry in what he said was an attempt to clean up the energy industry after a number of corruption scandals.

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Maduro taps major general to 'clean up' state oil company PDVSA

CARACAS, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday tapped Major General Manuel Quevedo to head of state oil company PDVSA and the country's oil ministry in what he said was an attempt to clean up the energy industry amid growing corruption scandals.

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Michigan Democrat resigns as ranking House Judiciary Committee member amid sexual harassment probe

Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, has stepped down as ranking member of House Judiciary Committee amid a congressional investigation into sexual harassment and workplace abuse allegations by his former staffers.

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Why Wall Street and Republicans hate this agency

Political Prisoners nytimes.com

News Analysis: In China, the Brutality of ‘House Arrest’

A new book provides first-person accounts of rights activists and political dissidents detained in secret prisons under China’s criminal code.

Kushner, Jared nytimes.com

Jared Kushner’s Vast Duties, and Visibility in White House, Shrink

Once master of a seemingly limitless portfolio, the president’s son-in-law now focuses on his own projects as speculation mounts about his future.

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Warriors coach explains why team won't visit the White House

Editors Note: The #AxeFiles airs tonight at 7 ET.

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White House defends appointment

The White House on Saturday vehemently defended President Donald Trump's decision to appoint Mick Mulvaney as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, calling it a "typical, routine move."

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Trump to discuss tax plan with Senate Republicans next week: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Senate Republicans next week to discuss their party's efforts to pass tax reform legislation, the chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee said on Friday.

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Go, fish! Indonesian village shows how to clean up waterways

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Scores of bright orange-colored fish dart about in the clean waterways flowing through Indonesia's lush-green village of Wukirsari, in the ancient city of Yogyakarta.

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This may be an antibiotic powerhouse

Manuka honey is often touted as a "superfood" that treats many ailments, including allergies, colds and flus, gingivitis, sore throats, staph infections, and numerous types of wounds.

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Pakistan releases from house arrest Islamist blamed for 2008 Mumbai attacks

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A firebrand Pakistani Islamist accused of masterminding a bloody 2008 assault in the Indian city of Mumbai was released from house arrest on Friday and told his cheering supporters his freedom was vindication of his denial of guilt.