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Analysis: Why Republicans should start panicking, in 1 chart

Midterm elections are about one thing: Base enthusiasm.

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House Republicans cite progress in averting government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans said late on Thursday they had made progress toward passing a short-term extension of government funding to avert a politically embarrassing shutdown, after a day of tough negotiations and confusion when President Donald Trump offered mixed signals on the stopgap plan.

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IBM's first revenue rises in nearly six years tops estimates

(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp's revenue rose for the first time in 23 quarters and beat analysts' estimates as the company's shift into its focus areas such as cloud computing and security services gains traction.

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Amazon, Republicans: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Amid confusion, Republicans toil to reach deal to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans plowed ahead on Thursday with efforts to reach agreement on a temporary extension of government funding to avert a politically embarrassing shutdown despite mixed signals from President Donald Trump on elements of the stopgap plan.

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Republicans in Congress push for vote to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress stepped up their efforts to pass a temporary extension in funding and prevent the federal government from shutting down, scheduling a vote on the measure for later on Thursday.

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More Rohingya flee Myanmar as Bangladesh prepares to start repatriation

TEKNAF, Bangladesh (Reuters) - More than 100 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar since Wednesday, with the latest refugees saying army operations are continuing in troubled Rakhine State, raising doubts about plans to send back 655,500 who had already fled.

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Republicans in Congress rush to gain support to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress stepped up their efforts on Thursday to round up the votes needed to pass a temporary extension in government funding and prevent a shutdown looming at week's end.

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Republicans scramble for votes in Congress to keep government open

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday threw its support behind a Republican proposal to avert a government shutdown at week's end with a one-month extension in funding, but it was unclear whether there were enough votes to pass it in Congress.

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Exclusive: Trump vows to campaign intensively for Republicans, may avoid primaries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he plans to devote much of his time this year to helping Republicans maintain control of the U.S. Congress, but suggested he may stay out of divisive intra-party primary fights.

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Republicans eye another short-term bill to fund government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House dispatched chief of staff John Kelly to meet with Hispanic members of Congress on Wednesday to ease tensions over an immigration issue threatening to derail efforts on a funding bill to avert a partial government shutdown.

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Are there enough House Republicans to keep the government open?

Republican leaders are full speed ahead on a short-term funding bill -- now they just need the votes for it.

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Second seed Wozniacki battles back from the brink

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Second seed Caroline Wozniacki saved two match points as she battled back from 5-1 down in the deciding set to beat Melbourne Park debutante Jana Fett 3-6 6-2 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

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Tennis: Second seed Wozniacki battles back from the brink

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Second seed Caroline Wozniacki saved two match points as she battled back from 5-1 down in the deciding set to beat Melbourne Park debutante Jana Fett 3-6 6-2 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

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Tennis: Second seed Wozniacki fights back from the brink

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Second seed Caroline Wozniacki saved two match points as she battled back from 5-1 down in the deciding set to beat Melbourne Park debutante Jana Fett 3-6 6-2 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

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House GOPers prepare to go it alone on government funding stopgap measure

The House Freedom Caucus isn't making it easy for Republican leaders to keep the government funded.

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House Republicans mull funding extension; 'Dreamer' deal not set

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Republicans considered on Tuesday a stopgap bill to fund the U.S. government through Feb. 16 to avert a shutdown, but the measure would not include Democrats' demands for protections for young people brought to the United States illegally as children.

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The South prepares for wintry mix of snow and ice

Snow and ice are coming to Southern states that aren't so accustomed to seeing such frosty conditions.

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Military Quietly Prepares for a Last Resort: War With North Korea

It’s normal for American commanders to draw up combat plans. But recent exercises signal that the military wants to be ready for options on the Korean Peninsula.

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For Brooklyn Rape Victim, a Long-Awaited Apology From Police

Physically attacked and vilified in print in 1994, the now 51-year-old victim calls the #MeToo movement an ongoing reality

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Canadian Whisky’s Long-Awaited Comeback

Interest in all kinds of whiskeys has spurred a new wave of distilleries, and a renewed respect for a distinctive spirit.

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House Republicans want answers on Apple throttling older iPhone speeds: letter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four U.S. House Republicans, including the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, on Friday wrote Apple Inc chief executive Tim Cook asking him to answer questions about its disclosure that it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries.

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Democrat Dick Durbin called out Trump for 'racist' comments, but Republicans didn't say what they heard or said they 'do not recall' slurs

A day after President Donald Trump reportedly made highly incendiary comments about immigrants and African countries, two Republican senators said they don't recall those vulgar characterizations from the President.

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Political risk looms over Republicans' welfare tinkering

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Political danger signs are flashing, but conservatives in Washington are pushing forward with proposals to change America's social safety net, an agenda even fellow Republican President Donald Trump recently shied away from.

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Despite political risk, Republicans tinker with welfare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Political danger signs are flashing, but conservatives in Washington are pushing forward with proposals to change America's social safety net, an agenda even fellow Republican President Donald Trump recently shied away from.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Republicans’ Fantasy Investigation

Republicans would rather defend Donald Trump than find the truth.

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Nikkei nearly flat, Fast Retailing's gains offset weak exporters

TOKYO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average was nearly flat on Friday morning, with weakness in exporters countered by strong gains in index-heavy Fast Retailing after the clothing company posted record quarterly profit.

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Nearly every governor with ocean coastline opposes Trump's drilling proposal

The Trump administration's proposal to open vast portions of US coastline to oil drilling was met with ferocious opposition from a number of the coastal governors it would affect.

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Republicans say effort to help 'Dreamer' immigrants advances

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has reached a deal on protecting young immigrant "Dreamers" from deportation as part of a broader immigration plan, a spokesman for Republican Senator Jeff Flake said on Thursday.

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South Korea justice ministry prepares to ban cryptocurrency trading, exchanges raided

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's justice minister said on Thursday the government is preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading, throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation's police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion.

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Bitcoin skids on news S.Korea prepares to ban cryptocurrency trade

TOKYO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Bitcoin skidded on Thursday, after South Korea's justice minister said a bill to ban cryptocurrency trade was being prepared.

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House Republicans’ Hard-line Immigration Stand Clashes With Trump Overture

A new proposal from House Republicans underscored how deep the divisions are between and within the two parties on immigration — just days before a deadline for a deal.

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UPDATE 1-Gold worth $13 mln stolen from security firm Brink's - source

Jan 10 (Reuters) - An international gold shipment worth about $13 million was stolen from security firm Brink's Co , a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Republicans control Virginia House after concession, court ruling

(Reuters) - Republicans took narrow control of the Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday after a Democrat conceded in a race decided by a tie-breaker and a federal appeals court refused to keep the winner of another disputed contest from being seated.

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Issa was one of most vulnerable Republicans

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), considered to be one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections, has announced he's retiring after serving in Congress since 2001.

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Scotland prepares contingency Brexit laws in stand-off with London government

LONDON (Reuters) - The Scottish government said on Wednesday it was preparing legislation that would ensure legal continuity in Scotland after Brexit as a fallback option in case it fails to reach agreement with Prime Minister Theresa May on her exit plan.

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US firm prepares to launch search for MH370

The Malaysian government has awarded a "no-find, no-fee" contract to a private US-based tech company to resume the search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370, one of the most enduring aviation mysteries of the modern era.

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Analysis: Republicans heading for the exits

On Monday, California Rep. Ed Royce announced his retirement after 13 terms, the latest senior Republican to walk away from Congress amid mounting fears that a Democratic wave -- fueled by President Donald Trump's terrible approval ratings -- is headed toward Washington this fall.

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Wales Prepares to Ban Physical Punishment of Children

The move, which is the subject of a 12-week consultation beginning on Tuesday, would match plans in Scotland and laws in more than 50 other countries.

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Trump a genius? Hill Republicans not so sure

President Donald Trump has boldly declared that he is a genius -- a "very stable" one at that. His Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill were not so quick to agree.

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Editorial: Republicans in Congress Are Failing America’s Children

Health coverage for nine million kids is still at risk as congressional leaders refuse to reauthorize CHIP.

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BRIEF-Trinidad Drilling Ltd Lowers G&A Guidance By Nearly 20 pct

* ‍CO IS LOWERING ITS GUIDANCE FOR 2018 GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE (G&A) EXPENSES TO $43 MILLION​

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Republicans can't avoid Trump's wall promises in DACA talks

It's the campaign promise that Republicans just can't shake.

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Shire cuts 2020 revenue target, prepares for spin-off of ADHD drugs

LONDON (Reuters) - Shire ditched its revenue target of $20 billion by 2020 on Monday due to increased generic competition and new drugs from rivals, saying it would split its rare disease and hyperactivity medicines businesses to boost performance.

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UPDATE 2-Shire cuts 2020 revenue target, prepares for spin-off of ADHD drugs

* Shares fall 6 percent (Adds CEO comments, analyst reaction, closing share price)

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Factbox: What Republicans mean when they talk about U.S. welfare reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump had indicated he would like to rein in spending on U.S. social welfare programs to follow up on his 2017 victory in overhauling the U.S. tax code.

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Trump Administration Rules That Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans Must Leave, Officials Say

The administration decided that Salvadorans no longer qualified for temporary protection for deportation that had been granted after two devastating earthquakes in 2001.

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U.S. offers drillers nearly all offshore waters, but focus is on eastern Gulf

HOUSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration has proposed opening up nearly all of America's offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, but the industry says it is mainly interested in one part of it, now cordoned off by the Pentagon: the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

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Dem: Key Republicans worry about Trump's mental fitness

Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) said key figures in the Republican party are concerned with Trump's mental fitness, but will not come out and say so publicly.

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Democrats, Republicans trade barbs in tense immigration talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Months of bipartisan negotiations in the U.S. Senate over the fate of young, undocumented immigrants known as 'Dreamers' turned angry on Friday, with the lead Democratic negotiator blasting the White House for making "hardline anti-immigrant" demands.

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Nuclear War Would Be ‘Devastating,’ So the C.D.C. Wants to Get People Prepared

The nation’s public health agency says a workshop was scheduled months ago, before President Trump’s recent tweets about nuclear buttons and North Korea.

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Republicans, Democrats joust over 'Dreamer' immigration effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans on Friday downplayed the likelihood of a deal soon with Democrats on saving 700,000 young, undocumented U.S. immigrants from being kicked out of the country in March, a possibility created by President Donald Trump.

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Trump and Republicans to Meet at Camp David With Urgent Matters Looming

President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress are to meet Friday at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, to discuss a range of urgent domestic matters.

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Deal on'Dreamer' immigrants still ways off: Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans on Friday downplayed the likelihood of a deal soon with Democrats on saving 700,000 young, undocumented U.S. immigrants from being kicked out of the country in March, a possibility created by President Donald Trump.

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The CDC wants to gently prepare people for (an unlikely) nuclear war

It is absolutely impossible to mention nuclear war without freaking people out, but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to gently prepare for the possibility.

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Fresh from Bannon feud, Trump meets Republicans to strategize for 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Following a disruptive start to 2018, President Donald Trump will huddle with top Republicans on a two-day retreat starting on Friday to lay out legislative priorities for the year and discuss a strategy for pivotal November congressional elections.

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Uber ex-CEO Kalanick selling nearly a third of stake for $1.4 billion: source

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc co-founder Travis Kalanick, who was ousted as chief executive in June, is selling nearly a third of his 10 percent stake in the ride-services company for about $1.4 billion, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-Uber ex-CEO Kalanick selling nearly a third of stake for $1.4 bln -source

Jan 4 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc co-founder Travis Kalanick, who was ousted as chief executive in June, is selling nearly a third of his 10 percent stake in the ride-services company for about $1.4 billion, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Trump administration aims to open nearly all U.S. offshore to oil drilling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed opening nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, a move aimed at boosting domestic energy production that sparked protests from coastal states, environmentalists and the tourism industry.

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UPDATE 2-Trump administration aims to open nearly all U.S. offshore to oil drilling

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed opening nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, a move aimed at boosting domestic energy production that sparked protests from coastal states, environmentalists and the tourism industry.

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Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling

The energy industry would have broad access to most of the outer continental shelf, reversing part of Barack Obama’s environmental legacy.

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Trump administration aims to open nearly all U.S. offshore waters to drilling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed opening nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, reversing protections in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific.

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Republicans keep control of Virginia state House after tie-breaker

RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Republicans appeared to maintain control of Virginia's House of Delegates on Thursday after their candidate won a dramatic, lottery-style drawing to resolve a tied race, but the losing Democrat said she might challenge the results.

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Trump and Republicans meet on immigration

Key Republican senators met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday amid negotiations to reach a compromise on border security issues and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Trump says chances good for passing U.S. immigration reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was working with lawmakers to create an immigration system that will serve American workers and improve security, adding he thinks Congress has a good shot at passing an immigration reform bill.

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Trump push to scale back welfare programs has Republicans on edge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Emboldened by his victory in the passage of the biggest U.S. tax overhaul in decades, President Donald Trump now wants to rein in social welfare programs even though some Republicans are wary of tackling the volatile issue in a congressional election year.

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Trump, Senate Republicans to discuss immigration, other issues on Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will hold two separate meetings with Senate Republicans on Thursday, one on immigration and the other on 2018 legislative priorities, the White House said on Wednesday.

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Democrats: Positive meeting with Republicans on spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. congressional Democratic leaders said Wednesday they had a productive meeting with leaders of the Republican majority and White House officials about spending issues ahead of a Jan. 19 deadline to keep the government funded.

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Republicans in South Carolina want to honor black Confederate soldiers. There's just one problem...

At a time when people are battling over whether to take down Confederate War statues and memorials, a pair of state lawmakers in South Carolina want to put one up.

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Hollywood on the Brink

Will the industry learn from this moment of reckoning or will it be business as usual? Our chief critics see small signs of hope.

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This FL city hasn't seen snow in nearly 30 years -- until now

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: The Republicans’ Fake Investigations

The attack on our firm, Fusion GPS, is a diversionary tactic by Republicans who don’t want to investigate Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

Teeth and Dentistry nytimes.com

Taiwan Dentist Is Ordered to Pay Mother, Who Financed His Education, Nearly $1 Million

He has already her paid $1 million, but was told to pay a lot more, under a contract he signed when he was 20.

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Briton Konta pushed to the brink again in Brisbane

(Reuters) - Britain's Johanna Konta was pushed to the brink for the second time in as many rounds before advancing to the quarter-finals while world number two Garbine Muguruza of Spain succumbed to leg cramps in her opening clash at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.

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As U.S. budget fight looms, Republicans flip their fiscal script

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a conservative Republican faction in the U.S. Congress, who voted this month for a huge expansion of the national debt to pay for tax cuts, called himself a "fiscal conservative" on Sunday and urged budget restraint in 2018.

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Here are the Republicans retiring from Congress in 2018

The list of lawmakers leaving Congress in 2018 is notable for the number of Republicans who have cited their own party's president as one of the reasons for their retirement.

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For nearly 50 years, 2 Vietnam vets kept a New Year's Eve pact

Hunkered in a Vietnam bunker, with rockets and mortar shells raining down, the two Marines made a pact.

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On Washington: Republicans’ 2018 Resolution: Bipartisanship. Will It Last?

With their Senate majority narrowed even further and a midterm election approaching, Republicans are seeking some consensus with Democrats after a year of intense division.

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White House, Congress prepare for talks on spending, immigration

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it was set to kick off talks next week with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders on immigration policy, government spending and other issues that need to be wrapped up early in the new year.

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Republicans in Virginia warn against delay in settling election

Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates argue in legal motions that Democratic efforts to compel a circuit court to reconsider its decision allowing a questionable ballot to be recounted are frivolous and are delaying the organization of the new House for the coming legislative year.

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Nikkei ends slightly lower, but climbs nearly 20 pct in 2017

TOKYO, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average erased early modest gains and ended slightly lower on its final trading day of the year on Friday, but the index still gained nearly 20 percent in 2017.

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Nikkei rises, on track for robust yearly gain of nearly 20 pct

TOKYO, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on its final trading day of the year on Friday as banking shares rebounded, putting the index on track to gain nearly 20 percent in 2017.

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Tennis: Unprepared Nadal withdraws from Brisbane tournament

SYDNEY (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal's preparations for next month's Australian Open have suffered a blow after he was a late withdrawal from the Brisbane International tournament on Thursday.

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Japan's emperor draws record birthday crowd as he prepares to abdicate

TOKYO (Reuters) - A record crowd paid their respects to Japan's 84-year-old Emperor Akihito at Tokyo's Imperial Palace on Saturday, in his first birthday celebration since the date of his abdication was set.

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Nearly 90 dead in Philippine mudslides, flooding as storm hits: officials

MANILA (Reuters) - A tropical storm in the Philippines triggered mudslides and flooding that killed nearly 90 people, while dozens are missing, police and disaster officials said on Saturday.

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Christians worldwide prepare for holidays with an eye on security

QUETTA, Pakistan/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Christmas church services and other celebrations are being held this weekend under the gaze of armed guards and security cameras in many countries after Islamic State gunmen attacked a Methodist church in Pakistan as a Sunday service began.

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Feds: Doctor prescribed nearly 3 million opioid prescriptions over 19 months

A Pennsylvania doctor was indicted Thursday on 19 counts, including charges regarding the deaths of five patients he had prescribed opioids to, according to the Department of Justice. It alleges that Dr. Raymond Kraynak caused their deaths between 2013 and 2015 by "unlawfully distributing and dispensing controlled substances to them."

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As Republicans aim to ride economy to election victory, a warning from voters in key district

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pennsylvania/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the Fox & Hound sports bar, next to a shopping mall in suburban Philadelphia, four Democrats are giving speeches to potential voters as they begin their journey to try to unseat Republican congressman Pat Meehan in next year's elections.

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Opinion: We're not remotely prepared for the bioweapons threat

More than half a millennium ago, the bubonic plague wiped out half the population of Europe. But it has not disappeared from the Earth: an epidemic appeared suddenly earlier this year in Madagascar.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Tax Cuts Buoy Republicans, but They’re Swimming Against an Undertow

Passage of President Trump’s “beautiful” tax cuts will give Republicans a victory to talk about, but they still have to contend with an unpopular president.

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BRIEF-CAI International Announces The Passing Of Its Founder Hiromitsu Ogawa

* CAI INTERNATIONAL, INC. ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF ITS FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, HIROMITSU OGAWA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Republicans celebrate the overhaul of the tax code. The next round of legislative priorities will test their unity

After 11 months, Republicans have finally got their act together.

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House Republicans battle over defense spending in stopgap bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, lacking the votes to pass legislation to keep the federal government functioning beyond midnight Friday when existing funds expire, floated new proposals late on Wednesday in the hope of averting agency shutdowns.

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Democrats plan to use tax bill to attack Republicans at midterms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The tax bill is President Donald Trump's biggest legislative victory this year, but Democratic strategists are already planning how to turn it into his biggest liability.

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Divided Catalans prepare to vote in close-run election

VIC/CERDANYOLA DEL VALLES, Spain (Reuters) - Catalonia votes on Thursday for a new administration in an election many hope will resolve Spain's worst crisis in decades after the region declared independence leading Madrid to sack local leaders.

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Opinion: US was prepared for WannaCry attack -- this time

On May 12, a ransomware campaign infected tens of thousands of systems across 164 countries, including the United States. From the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), government and industry experts watched WannaCry spread quickly across a range of industries.

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Republicans seek to question FBI officials in Clinton probe: letter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Republican lawmakers told the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday that they want to question three senior FBI officials about an investigation of then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her handling of classified information while she was secretary of state.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

How Republicans Rallied Together to Deliver a Tax Cut

The rushed timeline of the bill resulted from the failure of health care legislation over the summer — and a collective decision to block out bad news.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Democrats Are the New Republicans

President Trump is smashing the pillars of the G.O.P. brand. Democrats should grab them.

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'No' votes: These 12 Republicans voted against the bill

The final version of the GOP's tax reform bill passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, sending it on to the Senate, where it's also expected to pass.

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Ryan to Republicans: 'I'm not leaving this job'

House Speaker Paul Ryan batted down rumors Tuesday that he is looking to end his time in his current position any time soon.

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McCain more popular among Democrats than Republicans

Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain is viewed more favorably by Democrats and independents than Republicans, a CNN Poll conducted by SSRS released Tuesday shows.

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House Republicans to seek gov't funding through Jan. 19: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans plan to attach a number of spending provisions to short-term legislation that would avert a government shutdown on Friday and fund the federal government until Jan. 19, a congressional aide said on Tuesday.

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Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the bill favors the wealthy, a CNN poll finds

With the House of Representatives likely to take up the Republican tax reform bill Tuesday, the plan faces growing opposition and a widespread perception that it will benefit the wealthy more than the middle class, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Editorial: Tax Bill Lets Trump and Republicans Feather Their Own Nests

A 20 percent deduction on real estate income would help the president and a senator whose vote is crucial for passage.

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Hershey, Campbell bet nearly $6 billion on healthy snacks makers

(Reuters) - Campbell Soup Co and Hershey Co on Monday unveiled deals totaling nearly $6 billion to buy healthy packaged snacks makers, the latest example of big U.S. food companies trying to cater to an increasing American preference for healthy foods.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Passing Through to Corruption

Are Republicans more concerned with their bank accounts than with the country’s welfare?

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Republicans appear all but certain to pass tax legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled U.S. Congress appeared all but certain to pass sweeping tax legislation this week after two Senate Republican holdouts agreed on Monday to support a tax overhaul backed by President Donald Trump.

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NEWSMAKER-'Nearly man' Ramaphosa edges closer to South Africa's top job

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The nearly man of South African politics, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, took a big step towards the top job on Monday when he was elected by a whisker as head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

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Republicans Have Tax Bill Victory in Sight as Democrats Try to Chip Away at Support

The bill’s expected passage along party lines had Democrats scrambling to pressure a late supporter, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, to vote against the bill.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: How Republicans Learned to Sell Tax Cuts for the Rich

The party’s tax strategy has roots in the populist tradition — but the G.O.P. uses it on behalf of the rich, not the poor.

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Republicans prepare for a long-awaited win

Republicans are on the brink of passing a nearly $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, and at this point, it looks like nothing can stop them.

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Republicans confident tax bill to become law this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Republicans said on Sunday they expected Congress to pass a tax code overhaul this week, with a Senate vote as early as Tuesday and President Donald Trump aiming to sign the bill by week's end.

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Republicans confident tax bill will become law this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Republicans said they expected Congress to pass a tax code overhaul this week, with a Senate vote as early as Tuesday and President Donald Trump aiming to sign the bill by week's end.

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Nearly 270,000 acres scorched so far as fires continue to grow

A spate of California wildfires has destroyed an area larger than New York City and Boston -- combined. And with only a quarter of the colossal Thomas Fire contained, the end is a long way off.

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U.S. renewable energy industry relieved as Republicans keep tax credits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. renewable energy industry expressed relief after a compromise Republican tax bill released late on Friday preserved key tax credits that had been at risk of being removed, but it raised concerns about a provision that may threaten investment in the sector.

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U.S. renewable fuel industry relieved as Republicans keep tax credits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. renewable energy industry expressed relief after a compromise Republican tax bill released late on Friday preserved key tax credits that had been at risk of being removed, but it raised concerns about a provision that may threaten investment in the sector.

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Jacob Zuma Prepares to Depart a Diminished A.N.C.

South Africa’s African National Congress was once a symbol of hope. As it chooses a new leader, what has happened to Nelson Mandela’s legacy?

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NEWSMAKER-South Africa's nearly man Ramaphosa may lead country at last

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 16 (Reuters) - The nearly man of South African politics, Cyril Ramaphosa, is at last in with a chance of becoming president after being overlooked for years.

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Peru's Congress prepares to oust President Kuczynski

LIMA (Reuters) - President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's chances of surviving the political crisis gripping Peru faded on Friday after Congress passed a motion to start "presidential vacancy" procedures with enough votes to unseat him within a week.

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Republicans finish tax bill, gain support from Rubio, Corker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress put the finishing touches on a sweeping tax overhaul on Friday and picked up support from two more wavering senators as they raced toward votes on final approval next week.

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Republicans finish tax bill, will release details later in day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress put the finishing touches on a sweeping tax overhaul and will release the details later on Friday, including plans for an expanded child tax credit aimed at winning the support of two wavering senators.

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Republicans race to finish tax bill and win over reluctant senators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress worked furiously on Friday to put the finishing touches on a sweeping tax overhaul and expanded a child tax credit in an effort to win the support of two wavering senators.

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Republicans alter tax bill in bid to win over reluctant senators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress on Friday expanded a child tax credit that is part of sweeping tax legislation in order to shore up support for passage, but it was still unclear whether the move was enough to satisfy two balking senators.

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Marco Rubio says he's a 'no' vote for now. A handful of other Republicans say they're still evaluating the bill

Republicans have an aggressive schedule for getting their tax plan through Congress, but with a vote on final passage coming as early as Monday, congressional observers are keeping a close eye on a handful of GOP senators who can prevent or pass the legislation.

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UPDATE 2-Hedge fund Elliott prepares second challenge to Hess Corp

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Elliott Management Corp is readying for a new fight with Hess Corp to remedy what the activist hedge fund called on Thursday "continuing underperformance" by the U.S. oil and gas producer.

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UPDATE 1-Hedge fund Elliott prepares second challenge to Hess Corp

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Elliott Management Corp is readying for a new fight with Hess Corp to help remedy what the activist hedge fund called on Thursday "continuing underperformance" by the U.S. oil and gas producer.

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Republicans are trying to stifle Intel panel probe 'as a prerequisite to shutting Mueller down,' top Dem says

The House Intelligence Committee plans to hold two off-site interviews next week with high-profile witnesses who have ties to President Donald Trump, prompting grumbling among Democrats who contend that the GOP is rushing to wrap up the Russia probe, with more left to investigate.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Republicans Despise the Working Class

Unless you own a business or live off assets, you’re a second-class citizen in their eyes.

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Republicans join push to lift secrecy around misconduct in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prominent Republican senators on Thursday embraced a push to overhaul rules for addressing sexual harassment in the U.S. Congress, signing on to a bill that would protect victims and require lawmakers to pay for their own settlements.

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Republicans Prepare for Final Rollout of Tax Bill

As Republicans prepared to roll out their final $1.5 trillion tax plan questions continued to loom about how the last-minute changes would be paid for.

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Republicans forge tax deal, final votes seen next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans reached a deal on final tax legislation on Wednesday, clearing the way for final votes next week on a package that would slash the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 percent and cut taxes for wealthy Americans.

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U.S. Republicans craft tax deal, final votes seen next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans reached a deal on final tax legislation on Wednesday, clearing the way for final votes next week on a package that would slash the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 percent and cut taxes for wealthy Americans.

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Trump 'dossier' firm: Republicans leaked bank records in retaliation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A firm that commissioned a "dossier" detailing links between then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign and Russia said in a court filing that Republicans leaked the company's banking data to the media for partisan political purposes.

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Alabama win thrills Democrats as Republicans point fingers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats said on Wednesday their U.S. Senate victory in Alabama could lead to a sweeping comeback for the party in 2018 elections while Republicans sought to assess blame for a defeat in one of the nation's most conservative states.

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Analysis: 8 numbers that should terrify Republicans

The Alabama Senate race is over. Doug Jones -- improbably -- is coming to Washington as the next senator from the state. Roy Moore isn't.

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Republicans in House and Senate strike a deal on tax bill

House and Senate Republicans have struck a tentative deal on a tax bill Wednesday, a major step in ensuring the GOP majority is on its way to deliver an overhaul of the US tax system by the holidays.

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Republicans reach deal on final tax legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the top Senate Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, an achievement that would clear the way for final votes in the Senate and House of Representatives next week.

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Republicans Say They Have a Deal on Tax Bill

House and Senate negotiators reach agreement, appear on track to send bill to President Trump by Christmas

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Republicans rush to nail down tax deal as Trump readies final push

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans scrambled on Wednesday to hammer out a final tax bill, as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to make his closing arguments in a speech promoting the party's plan to slash taxes for corporations and wealthy Americans.

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Alabama win thrills Democrats as Republicans scramble for answers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats said on Wednesday their U.S. Senate victory in Alabama could lead to a sweeping comeback for the party in 2018 elections while Republicans sought to assess blame for a defeat in one of the nation's most conservative states.

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Republicans double down on attacks on Mueller after anti-Trump texts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers doubled down on attacks against Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday, after new details emerged about anti-Trump text messages sent by an FBI agent who worked on the Russia investigation.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Republicans’ Tax Bill Nearing the Finish Line

A public hearing of the conference committee on Wednesday will be largely a show given that Republican lawmakers are close to a final deal on the $1.5 trillion tax bill.

Moore, Roy S nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Is Trump Driving Young Republicans Out of the Party?

The results in Alabama might offer a warning for the future of the G.O.P.

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Republicans ratchet up Mueller criticism

Republicans in Congress are sharpening their criticism of Robert Mueller and his team of prosecutors, a sign that the special counsel investigating the President Donald Trump's campaign is increasingly losing GOP support on Capitol Hill.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Text Messages in Hand, Republicans Plan to Accuse Justice Department of Bias

A chorus of Republicans, including some party mainstays, are questioning the impartiality of the Justice Department and F.B.I. to discredit the Trump investigation.

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U.S. prepares to open doors on billion-dollar London embassy

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States' diplomatic team in London, custodians of one of the most significant bilateral relationships of the last 100 years, will next month move into a new home: a billion-dollar, 12-storey glass cube overlooking the River Thames.

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Asian shares up, dollar dips as Republicans lose Alabama Senate race

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures, Treasury yields and the dollar dipped on Wednesday as Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama, while Asian shares gained as crude oil futures took back some lost ground.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares up, dollar dips as Republicans lose Alabama Senate race

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures, Treasury yields and the dollar dipped on Wednesday as Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama, while Asian shares gained as crude oil futures took back some lost ground.

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Republicans propose to delay, pause Obamacare taxes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans proposed on Tuesday to delay or suspend several taxes under former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, including a tax on medical devices and the so-called "Cadillac" tax on generous health insurance plans.

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Republicans Nearing Agreement on Final Tax Bill

Senator John Cornyn said a deal to reconcile the House and Senate tax bills could be reached on Tuesday.

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Tight race as South Africa's ANC prepares to elect Zuma successor

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress holds an election this weekend to replace Jacob Zuma as party leader in a closely fought contest whose winner is likely to emerge as the nation's next president.

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Senate Republicans on what to do if Roy Moore wins: 'We'll see'

Since the sexual assault allegations against Roy Moore first went public last month, Republicans in the Senate have gone to great lengths to distance themselves from their potential colleague.

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U.S. agency prepares to hand over internet oversight to FTC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to turn over oversight of internet service providers to another federal agency as it plans to vote on Thursday to revoke the landmark 2015 "net neutrality" rules.

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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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Republicans may lose by winning and Democrats can win by losing

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Singer Neil Young's model trains fetch nearly $300,000 at auction

(Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Neil Young's extensive collection of model trains have fetched nearly $300,000 at auction, along with classic cars and musical equipment owned by the 72-year-old folk-rock icon.

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PepsiCo to move to Nasdaq after nearly a century with NYSE

(Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc is moving its listing to the Nasdaq, ending a century-long association with the New York Stock Exchange.

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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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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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On College Football: Leading Army’s Running Game, Two Years After He Nearly Walked Away

Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw has come a long way: 1,472 yards this season, and much further off the field.

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California wildfires have scorched more than 140,000 acres and forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate

Wildfires roared across Southern California for a fifth day Friday, with new blazes prompting additional evacuations as neighborhoods went up in flames in San Diego County.

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Partial justice for Walter Scott isn't nearly enough

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Nearly Every Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Disagrees With Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

All but two of the 11 former envoys said the decision — a departure from seven decades of U.S. policy — was foolish and even dangerous.

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

Your ball, GOP.

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In less than a month, the onetime 'SNL' talent went from presidential prospect to brink of unemployment

Al Franken's fall from Democratic party grace, and a perch where he stood among its most popular figures, came abruptly, a confounding plunge -- and to many Democrats, a stinging betrayal -- following his long and meticulous ascent from "Saturday Night Live" comedian to national politics.

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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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UPDATE 1-Companies prepare for disorderly Brexit as talks stall

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Big companies are stepping up their plans in case Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal as Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to get talks back on track after a major setback.

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Companies prepare for disorderly Brexit as talks stall

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Big companies are stepping up their plans in case Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal as Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to get talks back on track after a major setback.

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Digital currency exchange NiceHash says bitcoin worth nearly $64 million hacked

(Reuters) - Cryptocurrency marketplace NiceHash said the contents of its bitcoin wallet had been stolen in a security breach and one executive said nearly $64 million had been lost.

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Digital currency exchange NiceHash says bitcoin worth nearly $64 mln hacked

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Cryptocurrency marketplace NiceHash said the contents of its bitcoin wallet had been stolen in a security breach and one executive said nearly $64 million had been lost.

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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.

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.

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The derailment was a cost the administration was prepared to accept to fulfill Trump's campaign promise

President Donald Trump's decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has temporarily derailed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, two senior White House officials acknowledged after Trump's speech.

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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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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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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, 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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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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Trump outlines big cuts to Utah monuments, tribes prepare to sue

WASHINGTON/SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump announced big cuts to two of Utah's sprawling wilderness national monuments on Monday in a bid to boost development, angering tribes and environmental groups that called it an attack on crucial land protections.

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.

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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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Badminton: Japan prepared to roll dice on Momota with eye on Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Former world number two Kento Momota will be restored to the top tier of Japan's national badminton team next season as he continues his long rehabilitation from a gambling scandal that ruled him out of the Rio Olympics, local media reported.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Opinion: How the Republicans Broke Congress

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

Federal Budget (US) nytimes.com

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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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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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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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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Nestle, Stada prepare rival bids for Germany's Merck consumer health: sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Swiss food giant Nestle and the private equity owners of German drug firm Stada are both preparing tentative bids for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit, several sources told Reuters.

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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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Flynn prepared to testify Trump directed him to contact Russians: ABC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - ABC News reported on Friday that former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn is prepared to testify that President Donald Trump directed him to make contact with Russians when he was a presidential candidate.

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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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GM venture to recall nearly a million vehicles in China: quality watchdog

BEIJING (Reuters) - One of General Motors Co's China ventures will recall nearly a million vehicles due to fuel tank problems, the country's quality watchdog said on Friday, the latest in a spate of major auto recalls in China over the last few months.

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UPDATE 1-GM venture to recall nearly a mln vehicles in China -quality watchdog

* Follows other major China recalls by GM, VW earlier this year

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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.