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Taxpayers pay legal bill to protect Trump business profits. Taxpayers pay legal bill to protect Trump business profits.
Taxpayers are footing the legal bill for at least 10 Justice Department lawyers and paralegals to work on lawsuits related to President Trump's private businesses. Neither the White House nor the Justice Department will say how much it is costing taxpayers, but federal payroll records show the salaries of the government lawyers assigned to the cases range from about $133,000 to $185,000. The...
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As U.S. territories struggle to restore power, senators push for modernization. As U.S. territories struggle to restore power, senators push for modernization.
WASHINGTON — Half of Puerto Rico’s power grid will be back up Wednesday, a consequential milestone given the U.S. territory’s decrepit electricity grid, its mountainous terrain and the decimating blows delivered by back-to-back Hurricanes Irma and Maria roughly two months ago. But it could be months before power is completely restored to the island. And no one, it seems, is interested in restor...
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Trump is betting tax cuts will make him popular. History shows that's no guarantee Trump is betting tax cuts will make him popular. History shows that's no guarantee
WASHINGTON – President Trump is betting that a major tax cut will help his anemic approval ratings and bolster his party ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. But history shows that tax cuts do not actually make presidents more popular. With no major legislative achievement to mark his first year in office and his approval rating lower than any modern president at this point, there’s an urgency ...
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Trump: Putin denies Russia meddling in 2016 election Trump: Putin denies Russia meddling in 2016 election
HANOI, Vietnam — President Trump suggested Saturday that he believes Vladimir Putin's claims that Russia did not interfere in last year's presidential election, trashing U.S. officials who have said Moscow meddled. Trump singled out former CIA Director John Brennan, former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, and former FBI Director James Comey, all of whom have cited evidence about Ru...
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Top takeaways from Democratic wins in Tuesday's elections. Top takeaways from Democratic wins in Tuesday's elections.
WASHINGTON — Tuesday’s elections were a much-needed jolt for Democrats on the anniversary of Hillary Clinton’s loss last year. Jubilant Democrats say the election results are a rejection of President Trump and that they’re just getting started. Democrats won the governor’s mansions in Virginia and New Jersey. They also flipped a massive number of seats in the Virginia House of Delegates, and Ma...
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Trump in Asia: U.S. and China companies ink $9 billion in deals. Trump in Asia: U.S. and China companies ink $9 billion in deals.
BEIJING – American and Chinese companies signed more than a dozen deals worth $9 billion as President Trump arrived in China on Wednesday for a visit likely to be dominated by tough trade talks and tensions over North Korea's nuclear program. No details of the 19 agreements signed at a ceremony in Beijing attended by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and China's vice-premier Wang Yang were i...
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Democrat Ralph Northam Wins Virginia Governor Race. Democrat Ralph Northam Wins Virginia Governor Race.
Democrat Ralph Northam handily defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia governor race on Tuesday in a contest that was being closely watched for signs of the national electorate's mood. With 99 percent of the vote counted, Northam had 54 percent and Gillespie had 45 percent. Gillespie conceded in a speech last night to supporters several hours after the polls closed and wished the incom...
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Why AR-15 style rifles are common among mass shootings. Why AR-15 style rifles are common among mass shootings.
AR-15 style rifles have become the weapon of choice in recent mass shootings, including the Texas church shooting Sunday, the Orlando nightclub last year and Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The manufacture of rifles more than doubled in the past decade, to nearly 3.7 million rifles manufactured in 2015, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Much of the g...
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Texas gun laws are among most lax in the nation Texas gun laws are among most lax in the nation
As the nation looks with horror at Sunday's church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, some called for a change to gun laws that are among most lax in the nation. Texas lawmakers approved a law this year that reduced the application fees from $140 to $40 for handgun licenses, effective Sept. 1. Texas law also allows handgun license applicants to take handgun safety classes online, rather ...
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Tax plan caps property deduction at $10,000, puts new limit on mortgage deduction. Tax plan caps property deduction at $10,000, puts new limit on mortgage deduction.
A sweeping overhaul of the tax code unveiled by House Republicans on Thursday would cap the deduction for property taxes at $10,000 and preserve the mortgage interest deduction only for existing mortgages and new purchases with loans of $500,000 or less. Those changes will amount to a tax increase on high-income taxpayers with pricey homes, even if they get lower income tax rates. House Way...
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