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Trump signs tax and spending bills, challenges Democrats to work with him on infrastructure next. Trump signs tax and spending bills, challenges Democrats to work with him on infrastructure next.
WASHINGTON – President Trump signed a sweeping tax overhaul on Friday that will slash corporate and individual tax rates, calling it a "bill for the middle class and a bill for jobs" – and was enthusiastic about the prospects of more legislative victories next year. Trump challenged Democrats to work with him to secure infrastructure funding next year, after his first major legislative win pass...
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Deficit could hit $1 trillion in 2018, and that's before the full impact of tax cuts. Deficit could hit $1 trillion in 2018, and that's before the full impact of tax cuts.
2018 could be the year the dam bursts on the federal deficit. Back in June, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the budget deficit — government expenses exceeding revenues — would drop to $563 billion in 2018 from the $666 billion shortfall the Treasury Department declared in the 2017 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. Now budget experts outside government say the 2018 total could...
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5 things you need to know Monday. 5 things you need to know Monday.
GOP tax reform poised to pass this week Republicans on Monday will look to put finishing touches on a bill that would overhaul the nation's tax system and give them a much-needed legislative victory. Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican leader, said he thinks the Senate will approve the tax bill and vote on it as soon as Tuesday. Democrats have slammed the GOP tax reform effort, saying it favors the ...
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Trump sex harassment accusers demand Congress investigate as lawmakers resign. Trump sex harassment accusers demand Congress investigate as lawmakers resign.
WASHINGTON — Three women who've accused President Trump of sexually harassing or assaulting them before he came to the White House demanded a congressional investigation Monday, following a week in which lawmakers from both parties were forced into resignation amid harassment allegations. "People are being held accountable, except for our president," said Jessica Leeds, who said Trump tried to ...
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California wildfires: Santa Barbara threatened by Thomas fire. California wildfires: Santa Barbara threatened by Thomas fire.
Fresh evacuations have been ordered after the largest of the wildfires raging in southern California burned out of control on Sunday. Fanned by winds, the resurgent Thomas fire now threatens the coastal city of Santa Barbara and nearby Carpinteria. Firefighters earlier reported progress in containing the blaze, said to have devastated an area the size of Chicago. But while other fires hit...
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Sexual harassment becomes a political issue with pitfalls for both parties in 2018. Sexual harassment becomes a political issue with pitfalls for both parties in 2018.
WASHINGTON – A Capitol Hill firestorm over sexual harassment that felled three U.S. lawmakers in one week allows Democrats to draw a loud contrast with Republicans on a cultural flash point rocking the nation – even if it’s hard to measure how much the party will ultimately gain politically. The downfall of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who resigned after a series of accusations from women who said...
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Congress approves short-term spending bill to avert a federal government shutdown. Congress approves short-term spending bill to avert a federal government shutdown.
WASHINGTON – Congress approved a spending bill Thursday that will fund federal agencies at current levels for another two weeks, avoiding for now the threat of a government shutdown. The short-term measure is designed to keep the government open through Dec. 22 while lawmakers try to work out an agreement on military spending, immigration and other issues. The House approved the bill on a 23...
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John Conyers retirement: What happens next to replace him in Congress? John Conyers retirement: What happens next to replace him in Congress?
WASHINGTON — The process of filling the seat left open by the retirement of Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers could take some time to sort out and cost a good bit of money. By law, the governor is required to call a special election to select someone to fill out the remainder of the congressman's term, which ends Jan. 3, 2019. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder can schedule that election whenever...
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President Trump has visited a Trump property on 34 out of his 45 weekends in office. President Trump has visited a Trump property on 34 out of his 45 weekends in office.
President Trump is spending this Thanksgiving weekend at Mar-a-Lago. It's his first trip back since April, when his private club closed for the season. Since his inauguration 10 months ago, the president has visited at least one of his properties on 34 out of his 45 weekends in office (including this one). And out of those, 18 weekends have been out-of-town weekends. He has been to Mar-a-La...
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Donald Trump retweets far-right group's anti-Muslim videos. Donald Trump retweets far-right group's anti-Muslim videos.
Donald Trump has retweeted three inflammatory videos from a British far-right group. The first tweet from Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, claims to show a Muslim migrant attacking a man on crutches. This was followed by two more videos of people Ms Fransen claims to be Muslim. Responding to Mr Trump's posts, UK Prime Minister Theresa May's official spokesman said it was...
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