The Latest: Trump defends tax cuts as good for Americans

Trump defends tax cuts as good for middle class as congressional Republicans signal they have enough votes to pass bill before Christmas President Donald Trump is defending the Republicans' tax cut plan, pushing back against criticism that it will benefit the wealthy more than the middle class. Speaking to reporters at the White House Saturday before leaving for Camp David, Trump said the middle class will benefit because the tax cut will draw companies back from overseas, creating jobs.

The Latest: Trump defends tax cuts as good for middle class

President Donald Trump is defending the Republicans' tax cut plan, pushing back against criticism that it will benefit the wealthy more than the middle class. Speaking to reporters at the White House Saturday before leaving for Camp David, Trump said the middle class will benefit because the tax cut will draw companies back from overseas, creating jobs.

Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set a to rocka

Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth. The legislation, which the GOP aims to muscle through Congress next week, would lower taxes on the richest Americans.

Poll: Tax reform paying off with GOP base

U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan listens beside Rep. Darin LaHood, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise during a news conference on Capitol Hill Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON - Republicans in Congress say passing their sweeping tax reform plan will be a Christmas gift to the American people -- and it looks like Republican voters are already starting to give back. A new Quinnipiac University poll this week found that Republicans' views of their own party in Congress are above water for the first time since June, climbing from a 32-60 percent approval rating to a 47-43 percent score over the last month as the first drafts of tax reform passed both chambers.

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After weeks of quarrels, qualms and then eleventh-hour horse-trading, Republicans revealed the details of their huge national tax rewrite late Friday - along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval to give President Donald Trump the Christmas legislative triumph he's been aching for. The legislation would slash tax rates for big business and lower levies on the richest Americans in a massive $1.5 trillion bill that the GOP plans to muscle through Congress next week before its year-end break.

Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line

After weeks of quarrels, qualms and then eleventh-hour horse-trading, Republicans revealed their huge national tax rewrite late Friday - along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval next week in time to give President Donald Trump the Christmas legislative triumph he's been aching for. The legislation would slash tax rates for big business and lower levies on the richest Americans in a massive $1.5 trillion bill that the GOP plans to muscle through Congress before its year-end break.

Texas lawmaker to retire amid harassment accusations

Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold won't seek re-election next year, two Republicans said Thursday, adding his name to the list of lawmakers leaving Congress amid sexual harassment allegations that have cost powerful men their jobs in politics, the arts and other businesses. The accusations against Farenthold first surfaced in 2014, when a former aide sued him over sexually suggestive comments and behavior and said she'd been fired after she complained.

Rubio’s defection threatens Senate GOP’s margin on tax bill

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio declared Thursday he will vote against the GOP'S sweeping tax package unless negotiators expand its child tax credit, jeopardizing the Republicans' razor-thin margin as they try to muscle the $1.5 trillion bill through Congress next week. Rubio wants to increase the portion of the basic $2,000-per-child tax credit that would go to low-income families.

Farenthold to retire from House amid harassment accusations

Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold won't seek re-election next year, two Republicans said Thursday, adding his name to the list of lawmakers leaving Congress amid sexual harassment allegations that have cost powerful men their jobs in politics, the arts and other businesses. The accusations against Farenthold first surfaced in 2014, when a former aide sued him over sexually suggestive comments and behavior and said she'd been fired after she complained.

Peter Morici: Tougher challenges than cutting taxes

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., meets with reporters as he encourages support for Republican tax reform legislation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. The recent surge in stock prices and bump to gross domestic product growth have been significantly assisted by an expected cut in corporate taxes, but to permanently lock in those gains and substantially improve the lives of ordinary voters, Republicans must quickly address health care, immigration, infrastructure and problems in higher education.

House Speaker Ryan says he believes upbeat Treasury tax study


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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday defended a one-page analysis by the Treasury Department that asserted a tax plan pushed by the Republican-led Congress would pay for itself in 10 years. FILE PHOTO: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks during his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 30, 2017.

Markey hits tax bill at UMass Lowell forum

The tax reform bill now in Congress is a "crime being perpetrated against ordinary people," U.S. Sen. Ed Markey told an audience in Lowell Sunday night. Markey addressed an audience of about 150 people at UMass Lowell, speaking on a wide range of topics, but frequently returned to the tax package and the budget bill, which Congress passed in late October.

Outlook: Inching Toward Deals on Spending, Taxes

Congress now has until Dec. 22 to strike another agreement to keep the government running, while the tax conference officially kicks off this week. President Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks before a meeting with congressional leaders including House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in the Oval Office on Thursday.

Ex-aide: Rep. Franks offered $5 million to carry his child

A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother. The eight-term lawmaker abruptly resigned Friday, bowing to an ultimatum from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Markey: Tax plan an assault on Bay Staters


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U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey is slamming the Republican tax plan as a measure that would disproportionately hurt Bay State residents and is sounding off on calls to go after entitlement programs next year. "This Republican tax plan is a direct assault on Massachusetts families and their way of life," Markey said.

Ex-aide: Rep. Franks offered $5 million to carry his child

A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother. The eight-term lawmaker abruptly resigned Friday, bowing to an ultimatum from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Arizona GOP lawmaker resigns over surrogacy allegation

Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona said Thursday he is resigning next month after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers. The eight-term lawmaker, a staunch conservative and fierce opponent of abortion, said in a statement that he never physically intimidated, coerced or attempted to have any sexual contact with any member of his congressional staff.

Pelosi, Schumer lay out demands in White House talks

US President Donald Trump, alongside Vice President Mike Pence , meets with Congressional leadership including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , Republican of Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer , Democrat of New York, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan , Republican of Wisconsin, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi , Democrat of California, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis , in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, December 7, 2017.

Sexual misconduct claims force two in Congress to resign, another into ethics probe

In a head shaking series of events, a tide of sexual misconduct allegations continued to sweep across Capitol Hill on Thursday, as one Senate Democrat and one House Republican announced their resignations, while another House GOP lawmaker became the subject of an ethics review over a sexual harassment case that has already resulted in a taxpayer funded settlment. Hours later, the House floor suddenly was in the spotlight, as Rep. Trent Franks surprised colleagues by announcing he would resign effective at the end of January.

Is Citizens United to Blame for the Disastrous GOP Tax Bill?

Let's get one thing out of the way: Very few Americans want or even understand the sweeping tax bill Republicans are right now conspiring to ram through Congress. The bill has never polled particularly well and it's not getting better Just shy of 3 in 10 Americans said they supported the legislation in a new poll by Quinnipiac University.

Congress seems on track to avert weekend government shutdown

With shirts saying "fight poverty not the poor," people with the "Poor People's Campaign" gesture the group to remain quiet as the group leaves the Capitol Rotunda after praying in an act of civil disobedience in protest of... . Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., meets with reporters after House Republicans held a closed-door strategy session as the deadline looms to pass a spending bill to fund the government by week's end, on Capitol Hill... Los Angeles will become the nation's largest city with recreational pot after the City Council votes to license sales next year.

Trump says government shutdown possible, blames Democrats

From left, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., meet with reporters after House Republicans held a closed-door strategy session as the deadline looms to pass a spending bill to fund the government by week's end, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump warned Wednesday that a government shutdown was possible this weekend because Democrats were demanding to have tossing incendiary rhetoric onto a partisan showdown that had been showing signs of easing.

House conservatives show openness to bill averting shutdown

From left, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., meet with reporters after House Republicans held a closed-door strategy session as the deadline looms to pass a spending bill to fund the government by week's end, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

House Republicans mull length of spending bill as shutdown looms

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. "I feel like we're going to have a majority for passing the CR we have this week," House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after a closed-door meeting with fellow House Republican members.

Chief of staff puts out job queries amid allegations against Ruben Kihuen

The chief of staff for Rep. Ruben Kihuen is searching for job opportunities for his staff following an allegation of sexual harassment against the Democratic congressman from Nevada, which has prompted calls for Kihuen's resignation. Peter Koltak, Kihuen's chief of staff, sent an email to multiple offices on Capitol Hill with resumes for seven aides who work in Kihuen's Washington office.

Q&A: Tax bill impacts on health law coverage and Medicare

The tax overhaul Republicans are pushing toward final votes in Congress could undermine the Affordable Care Act's health insurance markets and add to the financial squeeze on Medicare over time. Lawmakers will meet this week to resolve differences between the House- and Senate-passed bills in hopes of getting a finished product to President Donald Trump's desk around Christmas.

The Latest: Hard-right caucus nearly scuttles tax work

House GOP conservatives may be making headway in their effort to keep the government open through Dec. 30 instead of setting up a pre-Christmas deadline for a potential bipartisan budget deal. Conservative Rep. Mark Meadows is among those who worry that the leadership's proposed Dec. 22 deadline might set up Republicans for a fleecing at the hands of Democrats.

Concealed Carry Bill To Go To House Floor For Vote This Week

Legislation that enables concealed carry holders in different states to carry legally in other states comes to the House floor for a vote Wednesday. North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Hudson's Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee last week following a contentious mark up along party lines.

Why Republicans who once fought budget debt now embrace it

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, left, walks with Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., as they head to the Senate chamber after a closed-door meeting with Republican lawmakers to advance the GOP overhaul of the tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Over the next decade, their tax plan would add at least $1 trillion to the national debt.

How McConnell kept Republicans in line to win Senate tax bill


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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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House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday formally invited Trump to address a joint session of Congress at the end of January. Trump addressed Congress last February, a month after taking office.

House OKs anti-harassment training

Pressured to respond to burgeoning sexual misconduct allegations, the House easily approved a bipartisan measure Wednesday requiring annual anti-harassment training for lawmakers and aides after a debate that rang with lawmakers' own accounts of such episodes.

Facing pressure, House OKs anti-harassment training

The House easily approved a bipartisan measure Wednesday requiring lawmakers and aides to take annual anti-harassment training as lawmakers faced heavy pressure to address burgeoning sexual misconduct allegations against members of Congress. Passage, by voice vote, came as Congress battled over Republican tax cuts and a potential government shutdown, even as lawmakers were forced to address accusations against some of their own.

Republican bill would publicize sexual harassment claims and force repayment

A House Republican introduced legislation Wednesday that would make public all legislative branch settlement payments made in the past two decades and would force lawmakers and staff to repay harassment claims settled on their behalf. The bill, authored by Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., would also prohibit future use of federal funds to pay harassment claims, which is now the practice.

Democrats skip Trump meeting, raising risk of government shutdown

Democratic leaders in Congress skipped a meeting with President Donald Trump on Tuesday that was to have focused on the budget, raising the risk of a government shutdown next month with both sides far apart on the terms of an agreement. After Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi informed Trump they would not attend the meeting at the White House, the president and Republican congressional leaders went ahead with the talks without them.

GOP shoves tax overhaul ahead

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON - Republicans held together and shoved their signature tax overhaul a crucial step ahead Tuesday as wavering GOP senators showed a growing openness.

GOP shoves tax overhaul ahead; shutdown still a threat

Republicans held together and shoved their signature tax overhaul a crucial step ahead Tuesday as wavering GOP senators showed a growing openness. But its fate remained uncertain, and a planned White House summit aimed at averting a government shutdown was derailed when President Donald Trump savaged top Democrats and declared on Twitter, "I don't see a deal!" "It's time to stop tweeting and start leading," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer retorted after he and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rebuffed the budget meeting with Trump and top Republicans.

Michigan Rep. John Conyers acknowledges sex harassment settlement

Longtime Michigan Rep. John Conyers acknowledged Tuesday that his office settled a harassment complaint involving a former staffer but said he "vehemently" denies the allegations against him. His office "resolved the allegations" "for an amount that equated to a reasonable severance payment," the 88-year-old Detroit Democrat said in a statement.

Michigan Rep. John Conyers denies sexual harassment settlements

In this April 4, 2017, file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks during a hearing of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Buzzfeed, a news website, is reporting that Conyers settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances.

WH: Trump not stumping for Moore due to ‘discomfort’ with bid new

President Donald Trump isn't campaigning for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore because of "discomfort" with the sexual misconduct allegations made by several women but isn't calling on the controversial judge to drop out of the race because the state's voters should decide, the White House says. Ultimately, Trump doesn't know who to believe following decades-old allegations made one month before the Dec. 12 election, according to his aides.

Trump not campaigning for Moore due to ‘discomfort’ over sexual misconduct claims


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President Donald Trump doesn't know who to believe about sexual misconduct allegations involving Roy Moore, but isn't campaigning for his party's Senate candidate in Alabama because of "discomfort" with the claims made by a number of women, aides said Sunday. One Republican senator urged Alabama voters to reject Moore in the Dec. 12 election even if that could mean ceding the seat to a Democrat and narrowing the GOP's 52-48 Senate edge.

Does Trump Support Roy Moore? White House Official Ducks The Question 15 Times.

Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, won't say whether Trump believes the women accusing Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore of sexual misconduct. WASHINGTON - A top White House official on Sunday avoided answering the question - 15 times - as to whether President Donald Trump supports Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore , who has been accused of sexual misconduct by seven women.

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear

Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. The House passage of the bill Thursday on a mostly party-line 227-205 vote also brought nearer the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades.

The Latest: Democrats use new analysis to bash GOP tax bill

A Senate Finance Committee hearing got heated Wednesday as the committee's chair, Sen. Orrin Harch, defended the decision to include in the tax bill a repeal of the Obamacare requirement for Americans to get health insurance. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., left, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, criticizes the Republican tax reform plan while Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, listens to his opening statement as the panel begins work overhauling the nation's tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

House poised to vote on tax overhaul as bigger battle lies ahead

The House is preparing to vote Thursday on the first major rewrite of the tax code since 1986, a crucial step toward delivering one of President Trump's signature promises. Starting Jan. 1, the bill would drop the top corporate rate dramatically, realign how Washington treats domestic and foreign income of multinational companies, and give individuals lower rates while eliminating some deductions and credits.

Congress paid out $15M in settlements

Two things have become painfully clear on Capitol Hill this week: Lawmakers and staffers say sexual harassment is "rampant" -- but even members of Congress have no idea just how widespread the problem is. The controversial and sensitive issue has taken center stage in Congress this week, with female lawmakers making fresh allegations of sexual harassment against unnamed members who are currently in office, and the unveiling of a new bill on Wednesday to change how sexual harassment complaints are reported and resolved.

House Republicans await audience with Trump on tax overhaul

Republicans are muscling their massive tax bill through the House, with President Donald Trump urging them on to a critically needed legislative victory and GOP House leaders exuding confidence they have the votes. But the tax overhaul hit a roadblock Wednesday as Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party's politically must-do tax legislation.

1st GOP senator opposes tax bill in early sign of problems

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., points to boxes of petitions supporting the Republican tax reform bill that is set for a vote later this week as he arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tue... WASHINGTON - Wisconsin's Ron Johnson on Wednesday became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party's tax bill, signaling potential problems for GOP leaders. Passage of a similar package seemed certain Thursday in the House, where a handful of dissidents conceded they expected to be steamrolled by a GOP frantic to claim its first major legislative victory of the year.

House could pass tax reform if Senate adds health mandate repeal: Ryan


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The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives could vote to pass a tax reform bill that also repeals the Obamacare health insurance mandate if the Senate includes the provision in its final version of the plan, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday. U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks during a news conference after Republican weekly conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2017.

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., points to boxes of petitions supporting the Republican tax reform bill that is set for a vote later this week as he arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tue... A Congresswoman at a hearing on sexual harassment said a friend of hers confided that a member of Congress exposed himself to a staff member. A Congresswoman at a hearing on sexual harassment said a friend of hers confided that a member of Congress exposed himself to a staff member.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a member of the Senate Finance Committee,…

The Obama health care law's requirement that Americans get insurance coverage is now pinned as a target of Republican lawmakers, as they look to end the individual mandate to help pay for deep cuts in their tax legislation. Senate Republicans showed Tuesday they're intent on scrapping the Affordable Care Act's insurance mandate, and the idea was endorsed by scores of GOP lawmakers in the House.

Prosperity requires fair and reasonable taxation

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, joined by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, holds a proposed "postcard tax filing form" as they unveil the GOP's far-reaching tax overhaul, the first major revamp of the tax system in three decades, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Computers are probably the worst thing that ever happened to the tax code, because they allow lawmakers to make the nation's revenue laws complicated beyond the power of human comprehension.

Ryan getting pressure on DACA

Nearly two dozen House Republicans on Thursday pressed Speaker Paul Ryan to act quickly on legislation that would protect about 800,000 illegal aliens brought to the United States as children. The lawmakers said efforts to grant such deportation protection would easily pass in the House, with dozens in the GOP set to join Democrats in backing such a bill.

Public Cynicism Enables Costly Political Hypocrisy

The political hypocrisy of crony capitalism - touting market capitalism while making taxpayers fund corporate welfare - is a rare and unfortunate case of bipartisan consensus. Republicans openly embrace it, but many Democrats also fall prey to government-guaranteed corporate capitalism when they believe it to be politically expedient.

Congress Considers Mandating Sexual Harassment Training

Lawmakers are reviewing rules changes to mandate sexual harassment training for all employees on Capitol Hill. Liam James Doyle/NPR hide caption Usually it takes a scandal that rocks the Capitol to change the way it runs, but this time lawmakers aren't waiting for one before they beginning taking steps to enhance safeguards against sexual harassment in Congress.

Senate bill to unwrap with tax cuts, end to local deduction

The Senate version of the Republicans' high-stakes tax overhaul is set to be unveiled with billions in tax cuts for people and corporations, repeal of the federal deduction for state and local taxes, and a likely compression of the personal income tax brackets from seven to four. The legislation pulling the attention of lawmakers in both chambers would bring the first major reshaping of the U.S. tax code in three decades.

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The House Ways and Means Committee continues its debate over the Republican tax reform package, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. WASHINGTON - The Senate version of the Republicans' high-stakes tax overhaul is set to be unveiled with billions in tax cuts for people and corporations, repeal of the federal deduction for state and local taxes, and a likely compression of the personal income tax brackets from seven to four.

US should stick to Iran nuclear deal, says Boris Johnson on trip to Washington

Boris Johnson will attempt to persuade United States politicians not to quit the Iran nuclear deal amid a political firestorm at home over his remarks about a British woman jailed in the middle eastern country. Ahead of meetings with congressional leaders in Washington DC, Mr Johnson said supporting the agreement does not mean ignoring "disruptive" Iranian behaviour such as the "unjustified detention of British nationals".

A bump stock device is shown on a semi-automatic rifle at a gun store in Salt Lake City.

One of America's leading and most controversial gun-accessory makers says it will resume sales Tuesday of a device known as a "bump stock." Bump stocks dramatically accelerate the rate-of-fire of semi-automatic rifles, allowing them to shoot almost as fast as fully-automatic machine guns, which are far more tightly regulated and expensive in the U.S. Slide Fire, a company based in Moran, Texas, suspended sales of its bump stock line of products in early October.

Will the GOP tax plan help or hurt more?

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, joined by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, holds a proposed "postcard tax filing form" as they unveil the GOP's far-reaching tax overhaul, the first major revamp of the tax system in three decades, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Some representatives from high-tax states, including California, were threatening not to vote for the bill because it would eliminate the deduction for state and local income taxes.

Analysis finds wealthy benefits under House GOP tax bill

House Republicans on Nov. 6, kick off four days of work transforming their 429-page proposal to revamp the nation's ... The House tax-writing committee is kicking off debate on a 429-page GOP tax overhaul plan in hopes of having it ready for a vote by the full House next week. The House tax-writing committee is kicking off debate on a 429-page GOP tax overhaul plan in hopes of having it ready for a vote by the full House next week.

Sen. Baldwin opposes House GOP tax plan

President Donald Trump says he hopes to sign a bill to overhaul the United States tax code by the end of the year. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act plan introduced this week by House Republicans cuts the number of tax brackets from seven to four; cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent; and phases out the estate tax.

Paul Ryan says Congress must combat sexual harassment

House Speaker Paul Ryan is encouraging members of Congress to complete sexual harassment training and require such training for their staffs. Ryan calls reports of sexual harassment by public figures "deeply disturbing" and said Congress "can and should lead by example" to combat harassment.

Big GOP tax bill would cut rates – but also popular breaks

Top Democrats blasted the GOP tax plan that was unveiled in Washington Thursday, saying it will hurt the middle class, while benefitting the wealthy and big corporations. House Republicans are planning major changes to the U.S. tax system while looking to preserve current rules for retirement accounts popular with middle-class Americans and to retain a top income-tax rate for million-dollar earners.

Why tax plan might not put US firms’ overseas cash to work

President Donald Trump holds an example of what a new tax form may look like during a meeting on tax policy with Republican lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Washington, with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, right. less President Donald Trump holds an example of what a new tax form may look like during a meeting on tax policy with Republican lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in ... more WASHINGTON - The House Republican tax bill is meant to send trillions in corporate profits overseas pouring back home and, in the process, give the U.S. economy a healthy boost.

Republicans debut tax bill, Trump seeks first win

Mayoral candidate Joyce Craig said Mayor Ted Gatsas should have made sure officials disclosed the 2015 rape of a West High School student, while Gatsas called comments on the issue the "lowest... Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan unveil legislation to overhaul the tax code on Capitol Hill ... (more)

GOP tax plan would slash corporate rate, help wealthiest

House Republicans on Thursday unveiled a tax cut plan that would slash the corporate rate and lower the personal taxes of most Americans but also limit a cherished deduction for homeowners, as President Donald Trump and the GOP seek to deliver on the first tax revamp in three decades. The proposal would add $1.5 trillion to the nation's debt over the next decade as Republicans largely abandoned fiscal discipline in a plan that could secure a legislative achievement for Trump and score a political win ahead of next year's midterm elections.

GOP: Mueller investigation won’t derail tax plans

News of the first indictments in the investigation by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller captivated Capitol Hill on Monday night, just as Republicans were putting the finishing touches on their long-awaited tax bill. House Republicans are expected to release their tax bill Wednesday afternoon after months of work, but the already tough job of passing tax reform could get harder if the President -- the most popular and visible voice within the GOP -- grows distracted by the latest Russia investigation developments and allows it to overshadow the legislative work being done on Capitol Hill.

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Big divisions remain as GOP nears its tax deadline37 minutes ago

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., joined at right by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., holds a news conference following a closed-door Republican strategy session at Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, last month. WASHINGTON – Republicans set an aggressive timeline for passing legislation to overhaul the nation's tax code, putting pressure on senior lawmakers and the White House to resolve major disagreements about the effort before a Wednesday deadline to introduce a bill.

U.S. House backs $4T budget

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON - Republicans powered a $4 trillion budget through the House on Thursday by a razor-thin margin, a close vote underscoring the difficulties that lie ahead in delivering President Donald Trump's promise to cut taxes.

Ryan Tax Proposal Could Hurt His Constituents in Upscale Enclave

House Speaker Paul Ryan's efforts to kill a deduction as part of a Republican tax overhaul would hit very close to home -- among his constituents with homes on glistening Geneva Lake in his southeastern Wisconsin district. On the shores of the 5,400-acre lake, once a hideout for Chicago mobster George "Bugs" Moran, multimillion-dollar homes have replaced many of the quaint cottages that once dotted the area.

Trump tweets that 401(k) contributions ‘safe’ in tax plan

President Donald Trump promised Monday there will be "no change" to tax incentives for the popular 401 retirement programs. The president appeared to be responding to a recent report in The New York Times that Republican lawmakers were considering limiting the amount workers could save in 401 retirement accounts.

Trump urges House GOP to move quickly on budget, tax cuts

President Donald Trump warned House Republicans on Sunday that 2018 would be a political failure for the GOP and disappointment for the nation if they fail on tax overhaul. A GOP aide familiar with the conversation said Trump told the lawmakers again and again that the party would have a steep price to pay in next year's midterm elections if they failed to pass his plan.

‘Most dangerous president in American history’

Trying to quell accusations that he is ousting activists from the party's left flank, Democratic Chairman Tom Perez told fellow Democrats on Saturday that unity is crucial in the fight against President Donald Trump, whom he lambasted as an "existential threat" to the nation. "We have the most dangerous president in American history and one of the most reactionary Congresses in American history," Perez said as he addressed the first Democratic National Committee gathering since his February election.

Q&A on the GOP effort to overhaul nation’s tax system

Divided Republicans in Congress are tackling an ambitious overhaul of the nation's tax system that would deeply cut levies for corporations and double the standard deduction used by most average Americans. Despite controlling Congress and the White House, Republicans failed to carry out their years-long promise to dismantle and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Tax reform on horizon

U.S. House Rep. David Rouzer, R-N.C., discusses tax reform and other legislative goals while making a district visit to Wayne County during the legislative recess. The Senate pushed through a $4 trillion budget proposal Friday, which, with the House likely to approve the measure, paves the way for an expansive tax reform.

Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget

President Donald Trump promised tax cuts Friday "which will be the biggest in the history of our country" following Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget that lays the groundwork for Republicans ' promised tax legislation. Republicans hope to push the first tax overhaul in three decades through Congress by year's end, an ambitious goal that would fulfill multiple campaign promises but could run aground over any number of disputes.

Washington Post: A fair deal on Obamacare

Bipartisan negotiators announced Tuesday that they had struck a deal to temporarily stabilize Obamacare markets. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tenn., agreed to continue paying “cost-sharing reduction” payments that the government promised insurance companies, and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, Wash., agreed to relax health-market regulations a bit.

Budget deficit hits $666 billion, an $80 billion spike for the year

In this Oct. 17, 2017, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, announces to reporters that the Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan at the Capitol in Washington. Senate Republicans seem to be on cruise control to pass a $4 trillion budget plan that shelves GOP deficit concerns in favor of the partyA's drive to cut taxes.

Q&A on the GOP effort to overhaul the nation’s tax system

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan applauds as attendees to the 72nd Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner are announced Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in New York. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan applauds as attendees to the 72nd Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner are announced Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in New York.

Cruz, Sanders debate tax reform in CNN town hall

As the Senate gets ready to make a major move on tax reform, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont faced off in a CNN town hall debate Wednesday night to discuss efforts to overhaul the tax code. CNN's Jake Tapper, anchor and chief Washington correspondent, and CNN's Dana Bash, chief political correspondent, moderated the debate, which was in Washington.

Senate moves ahead on GOP budget that’s key to taxes

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined at right by Secretary for the Majority Laura Dove, walks from his office to the chamber for the start of the legislative day, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. less Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined at right by Secretary for the Majority Laura Dove, walks from his office to the chamber for the start of the legislative day, at the Capitol in Washington, ... more WASHINGTON - The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party's politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code.

Trump, McConnell: No matter what people say, we’re friends

Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell reaffirmed their alliance of necessity Monday in a raucous Rose Garden news conference that also underscored their sharp differences. The garrulous president claimed they were longtime friends now closer than ever; the reserved Senate Republican leader allowed that they share goals and speak often.

15% of Ohioans could see higher taxes under GOP plan

As part of an effort to overhaul the federal tax code, House Republican leaders want to scrap a key section of the current code used by more than 40 million Americans to deduct their property taxes and state taxes from their returns. But because the tax plan also eliminates the $4,000 personal exemption, the combined changes could lead to higher taxes for as many as 15 percent of Ohio's taxpayers, according to a study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit in Washington.

Ex-Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon takes aim at Republican…

President Donald Trump 's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has declared war on the Republican establishment, and now he's amassing his troops. They include a convicted felon, a perennial candidate linked to an environmental conspiracy theory and a Southern lawmaker known for provocative ethnic and racial comments.

Trump lashes out at Puerto Rico as House passes aid package

President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting in tweets that the federal government can't keep sending help "forever" and suggesting the U.S. territory was to blame for its financial struggles. His broadsides triggered an outcry from Democrats in Washington and officials on the island, which has been reeling since Hurricane Maria struck three weeks ago, leaving death and destruction in an unparalleled humanitarian crisis.

Ryan blasts states that send billions to federal government

The top House Republican on Thursday blasted high-tax states that deliver billions to the federal government as he faced a backlash from rank-and-file GOP lawmakers over a sweeping tax-cut proposal. Speaker Paul Ryan went on the offensive against high-tax states like California, New York and New Jersey, even though disgruntled GOP lawmakers from those states need to be brought on board to support the $6 trillion tax overhaul.

The Latest: Trump pushes Sen. Rand Paul to support tax plan

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., smiles at President Donald Trump during an event to sign an executive order on health care in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., smiles at President Donald Trump during an event to sign an executive order on health care in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington.

Trump’s Delicious Tax Cutby Deroy Murdock President Donald J. Trump…

As delicious as that sounds, Trump's tax overhaul may be tastiest for what it makes tiny, appealing, and compact: the 1040 tax return. If Washington Republicans manage not to botch tax reform - as they wrecked Obamacare repeal - simplification should be among the new system's most attractive elements, along with its consolidation of seven tax rates to three: 12, 25, and 35 percent.

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The Finance 202: The GOP's tax plan just cleared a major hurdle. Here are three major ones that remain.

Republicans move on tax reform

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Congressman Tim Murphy abruptly quits over abortion flap

Pro-life Republican congressman Tim Murphy who told his mistress to get an abortion abruptly QUITS - without completing his term US Congressman Tim Murphy announced Wednesday night that he would retire at the end of his term in January 2019 Murphy applauded the HR 7 bill in January which states no federal funds will be used to pay for abortions: 'I proudly sponsored and voted for this important bill' An anti-abortion Republican congressman who once asked his mistress to terminate a pregnancy abruptly resigned from the House of Representatives on Thursday, less than 24 hours after he had said he would retire at the end of his term in January 2019.

Ryan: ‘We need to look into bump stocks,’ as calls for fix grow

House Speaker Paul Ryan signaled openness Thursday to looking into bump-fire stocks, devices that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire at a rapidly increased rate, similar to an automatic firearm, as other Republicans have shown an openness to at least discussing a ban on the devices. In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, Ryan told Hugh Hewitt in an interview for his MSNBC show that "clearly that's something we need to look into."

The Latest: House passes $4.1T budget plan

The House has passed a $4.1 trillion budget plan that promises deep cuts to social programs and Cabinet agency budgets, but whose chief purpose is to set the stage for a comprehensive GOP overhaul of the U.S. tax code later this year. The plan calls for more than $5 trillion in spending cuts over the coming decade, including a plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like program for future retirees, slash Medicaid, and repeal the "Obamacare" health law.

The Latest: Manchin reluctant on background check bill

The American flag flies at half staff over the U.S. Capitol following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas this week, in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., speaking, and House Democrats, including former Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, fourth from left, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, call for action on gun safety legislation on the House steps Wednesday morning after the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas this week, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

Ryan: GOP tax plan will be deficit neutral

Paul Ryan Ryan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill on Sunday said the GOP's proposed tax reform plan will be "deficit neutral," adding that the proposal will spur economic growth that will help reduce the U.S. debt. "It's going to be deficit neutral.

Puerto Ricans says US relief efforts failing them

The Trump administration declared Thursday that its relief efforts in Puerto Rico are succeeding, but people on the island said help was scarce and disorganized while food supplies dwindled in some remote towns eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of 3.4 million people.

Scalise makes emotional return to Capitol Hill months after shooting

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was at "imminent risk of death" when he was rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound 15 weeks ago, made a dramatic return to the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Scalise entered the House chamber on crutches to a roar of bipartisan applause, embraced several of his colleagues and delivered his first floor remarks since the June 14 shooting.

Job in Jeopardy, HHS Chief Promises to Repay Charter Costs

Fighting to keep his job, health secretary Tom Price said Thursday he'd write a personal check to reimburse taxpayers for the cost of his travel on charter flights taken on government business and pledged to fly commercial going forward - "no exceptions." "I regret the concerns this has raised regarding the use of taxpayer dollars," Price said in a statement.

Senate Leader McConnell faces doubts after losses

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and other GOP members as they talk about the Republicans' proposed rewrite of the tax code for individuals and corporations, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.

Top health official’s travel angers Trump

In this March 24, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price are seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Congress is launching a wide-ranging examination of air travel by high-ranking Trump administration officials.

Trump, unpredictable ally for GOP, tests influence on taxes

When President Donald Trump announced plans to go to Indiana Wednesday to sell the GOP tax overhaul plan, party leaders cheered his engagement on the high-stakes issue. When the White House said one of Trump's traveling companions would be Indiana's Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly - a top target in next year's midterm elections - the hopes turned to head-smacking disbelief.

Trump proposal slashes taxes on businesses, the rich amid deficit worries


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President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed the biggest U.S. tax overhaul in three decades, offering to cut taxes for most Americans but prompting criticism that the plan favors the rich and companies and could add trillions of dollars to the deficit. The proposal, which the Republican president said was aimed at helping working people and creating jobs, faces an uphill battle in Congress with Trump's own party divided and Democrats hostile.

Roy Moore’s Victory Should Be A Wake-Up Call To Every Republican In Washington

The conservative grassroots won a massive victory yesterday in Alabama when Judge Roy Moore crushed the candidate of the establishment, Luther Strange, in the GOP runoff election for US Senate. Moore was endorsed by many grassroots conservative leaders and groups, including my own - the National Organization for Marriage - and was opposed by the entirety of the Republican establishment, led by Senator Mitch McConnell, who amassed tens of millions for appointed incumbent Luther Strange.

Trump, GOP weigh a surtax on the wealthy

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are considering an income tax surcharge on the wealthy and doubling the standard deduction given to most Americans, with the GOP under pressure to overhaul the tax code after the collapse of the health care repeal.

GOP Dives Into Tax Reform With Key Questions Unresolved

House Speaker Paul Ryan, joined by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, speaks following a closed-door Republican strategy session at Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Having spent years setting the stage for an ambitious bill, Republican tax writers are finally ready to go public with a plan-even as they face a minefield of competing interest groups and unresolved differences within their own party.

GOP, White House prepare to roll out tax cuts

The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the levy for the wealthiest Americans, with President Donald Trump ready to roll out the policy proposal at midweek. The grand plan to rewrite the nation's tax code would be the first major overhaul in three decades, delivering on a Trump campaign pledge and providing a sorely needed legislative achievement.

The Latest: House speaker promises aid for hurricane victims

House Speaker Paul Ryan promises that Washington will make sure that the people of hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico will "have what they need." The Wisconsin Republican's statement came as authorities struggle to provide adequate relief to the more than 3 million U.S. citizens on the island territory, which is without power and has seen terrible devastation.

Trump aims to achieve congressional balancing act on taxes

President Donald Trump says he wants to lure Democratic lawmakers to sign on to a Republican-crafted tax overhaul plan but negotiators must deal with the reality that any handouts to Democrats could quickly turn into turnoffs for the GOP. The White House and tax-writing Republican leaders are expected to begin filling in some of the details this coming week on Trump's plan to simplify the tax system, a legislative priority for the president.

Paul Ryan vows that help is coming after hurricane hit Texas

House Speaker Paul Ryan joined a bipartisan delegation of lawmakers Thursday to help remove debris at a in Friendswood, Texas home damaged by Hurricane Harvey and vowed that Congress will take up legislation next month to get help to those impacted by recent natural disasters. The Wisconsin Republican said the purpose of his visit was to show "that the recovery efforts are well on their way and there will not be any kind of delay with respect to the federal government."

As clock ticks, Republicans try to move ahead on Obamacare repeal

The Trump administration and top U.S. Senate Republicans pushed on Tuesday for action on a bill to dismantle Obamacare, but time was running out and they were still hunting for the votes needed to pass their latest attempt to gut the 2010 healthcare law. Vice President Mike Pence lunched with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill to urge them to approve the legislation introduced last week by Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy.

Republicans Eye Last-Ditch Attempt to Repeal Obamacare, Again


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But in a startling reversal of fortune over the last week, Republicans lawmakers have resuscitated a new effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The bill in question, Graham-Cassidy, named for its co-sponsors Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Bill Cassidy, has earned the White House's backing, and received tacit support on Tuesday from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

AP sources: GOP tentatively agrees to $1.5T plan on tax cuts

Top Republicans on a key Senate panel have reached a tentative agreement on a tax plan that would add about $1.5 trillion to the government's $20 trillion debt over 10 years, according to congressional officials. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, a member of the chamber's dwindling band of deficit hawks, said on Tuesday that Republicans have "potentially gotten to a very good place" on agreeing to how much the upcoming tax measure might cost, once the Senate's tax writers have blended together rate cuts, additional revenue raised through curbing tax breaks, and the beneficial effects of what he called "pro-growth tax reform."

Senate leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive – Tue, 19 Sep 2017 PST

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised the revived Republican effort to uproot former President Barack Obama's health care law, giving a public boost to a proposal that's given new life to a drive that seemed all but dead weeks ago. McConnell, R-Ky., said the bill would let states "implement better health care ideas by taking more decision-making power out of Washington" and letting local officials decide what "works better in their own particular states."

Senate leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised the revived Republican effort to uproot former President Barack Obama's health care law, giving a public boost to a proposal that's given new life to a drive that seemed all but dead earlier this summer. McConnell, R-Ky., said the bill would let states "implement better health care ideas by taking more decision-making power out of Washington."

How Obamacare repeal came back with a fury

Republican senators couldn't escape the question as they shuffled to the Senate floor for votes Monday night. Would they support the Graham-Cassidy bill, perhaps their last chance to overhaul Obamacare? It's a repeal-and-replace proposal that less than a week ago seemed dead on arrival in the Senate.

Trump’s backflip: ‘It’s betrayal’


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DONALD Trump has caused his own party to turn on him after taking a softer approach on his most controversial measure. Donald Truno has faced a storm of criticism from members of his own party over his backflip on a few issues.

The Radical Center Returns

From the presidential campaign of Ross Perot , to the lackluster launch of the vapid " No Labels " campaign, to the equally yawn-worthy " Reformocon " movement, the romantic ideal of Americans putting aside their differences and coming together to develop real, pragmatic solutions to the country's biggest problems enchants the commentariat class. These panegyrics to moderation usually emerge after congressional congestion gets in the way of ambitious legislation.

Donald and Chuck and Nancy

The President has decided that enough is enough. Until a few weeks ago, he relied on Republican leaders in the Senate and House-majority leader Mitch McConnell and House speaker Paul Ryan-to convert his wish list into legislation.

Deal or no deal? ‘Dreamers’ wait as Trump, lawmakers joust

The fate of 800,000 young immigrants hung in the balance Thursday as top lawmakers, White House officials and President Donald Trump himself squabbled over whether an agreement had been struck to protect them - and if so, exactly what it was. In the face of an intense backlash from conservatives inside the Capitol and out, Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP House members adamantly insisted that there was no agreement to enshrine protections for the immigrants brought to America as children and now here illegally.

Deal or no deal? ‘Dreamers’ wait as Trump, lawmakers joust

The fate of 800,000 young immigrants hung in the balance Thursday as top lawmakers, White House officials and President Donald Trump himself squabbled over whether an agreement had been struck to protect them - and if so, exactly what it was. In the face of an intense backlash from conservatives inside the Capitol and out, Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP House members adamantly insisted that there was no agreement to enshrine protections for the immigrants brought to America as children and now here illegally.

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Mnuchin: Plane request was about national security - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrives for a closed-door meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and House Republicans, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday. WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the initial request for use of a government plane for his European trip last month was about national security and not his own personal convenience on his honeymoon.

Trump says GOP leaders ‘on board’ in immigration talks

13, 2017, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leaves a meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus at the Capi... . Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., left, and Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., right, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, Sept.

3 problems that could block Democrats’ DACA ‘deal’ with Trump

Democrats in the House and Senate said Thursday they had a deal with President Trump to protect immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, but passing that "deal" through Congress still faces significant hurdles. By Thursday afternoon, three major problems emerged with the supposed deal described by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. First, Pelosi said Democrats are angling to pass a "Dream Act" bill from Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., that would give so-called Dreamers a path to permanent resident status in the U.S., and even U.S. citizenship.

The Latest: Trump says deal is nearing on young immigrants

13, 2017... . FILE- In this Sept. 13, 2017, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leaves a meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus at the Capi... President Donald Trump says he's "fairly close" to reaching a deal with congressional leaders on protections for young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Trump and Democrats hold talks over Dreamers immigration deal

Democratic leaders in Congress have claimed they have agreed a deal with US President Donald Trump to protect the legal status of young undocumented migrants brought to the US as children. Party leaders declared late on Wednesday that Mr Trump had following a dinner at the White House agreed to introduce legislation that would protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation and enact border security measures that did not include building a physical wall with Mexico.

Opinion: How Donald Trump Made Congress Great Again

President Donald Trump's rocky relationship with lawmakers has made Congress free enough to act in the country's best interests, Murphy writes. If you were a member of Congress, especially a Republican member of Congress, you could be forgiven for having at least some contempt for President Donald Trump.

Ryan: Deporting young immigrants not in nation’s interest

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., left, answers questions during an interview with Julie Pace, AP chief of bureau in Washington and Erica Werner, AP congressional correspondent, at the Associated Press bureau in Wash... WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday said that deporting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the country illegally is "not in our nation's interest," as he and President Donald Trump prepared to huddle with top Democrats to try to hash out a legislative fix.

White House: Trump to dine with Schumer and Pelosi

President Donald Trump will have dinner with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday night, the latest overture by the Republican president to work with his adversaries. The White House said that Trump had invited the two Democratic leaders to dinner, more than week after the president reached an agreement with Schumer and Pelosi - despite objections from Republicans - on a three-month agreement to raise the debt ceiling, keep the government running and speed hurricane relief to states.

Titus wants to protect DACA recipients’ information from immigration authorities

U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., said Monday on "Nevada Newsmakers" that she is co-sponsoring a bill in the U.S. House to keep DACA recipients' files away from federal immigration authorities. Titus is concerned that the information provided to the federal government to enter the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could help immigration authorities round up DACA immigrants for deportation if and when the program is eliminated.

Another Republican jumps ship in Trump era

Veteran Republicans are bailing on Congress in growing numbers, as GOP control of Washington fails to produce the unity or legislative successes party leaders wish for. With President Donald Trump willing, if not eager, to buck fellow Republicans and even directly attack them, a number of lawmakers no longer wish to be involved.

Trump firing James Comey was maybe the biggest mistake in modern political history, Bannon says

He offered a no comment when asked whether the firing was supported by one of his political nemeses: Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner This file photo taken on January 22, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump congratulating Senior Counselor to the President Stephen Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff in the East Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. WASHINGTON - The just-departed chief White House strategist referred to the firing of FBI director James Comey as perhaps the biggest mistake in modern political history, commenting in his first televised interview since leaving government.

Muted backlash to Trump’s bipartisanship signals warning for Gop New

Republicans who dared to cut deals with Democrats have long had to fear retribution from conservative activists like Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government. He had railed against a 2015 debt-ceiling compromise as "absurd," and as recently as March called for President Donald Trump to use the vote to "create real reforms" to cut spending.

Trump’s in danger dancing with Democrats

"If, as a voter, you think what we need is more Republicans in Washington to cut a deal with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, then I guess Donald Trump's your guy." Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas spoke those words in Manchester, N.H., in January 2016.

Muted backlash to Trump’s bipartisanship signals warning for GOP

Republicans who dared to cut deals with Democrats have long had to fear retribution from conservative activists like Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government. He had railed against a 2015 debt-ceiling compromise as "absurd," and as recently as March called for President Donald Trump to use the vote to "create real reforms" to cut spending.

Trump sets emergency aid in motion in deal that upsets GOP

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks to reporters following a closed-door Republican strategy session that included Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at the Capitol in Washingt... . Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks to reporters following a closed-door Republican strategy session that included Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at the Capitol in Washingt... WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump ignored seething Republicans and made good on his deal with Democrats, signing legislation that links $15.3 billion in disaster aid to an increase in the U.S. borrowing limit.

Making deal with Dems, Trump shows he’ll do what it takes: Susan Shelley

President Donald Trump shocked Capitol Hill Republicans on Wednesday by quickly agreeing to a deal proposed by House and Senate Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Trump signed on to a three-month extension of the deadlines to raise the nation's debt limit and fund the government, avoiding a shutdown, and attaching the deal to a bill for hurricane aid.

Amazon opens bidding to US cities for $US5b ‘HQ2’

Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it would build a $US5 billion second headquarters in North America, kicking off a competition between cities and states to offer tax cuts and incentives that could bring 50,000 new jobs. The largest e-commerce company said it intended to create "HQ2", a headquarters that would be a "full equal" to its Seattle office, Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said in a statement.

The Latest: Trump talks up bipartisanship

House Speaker Paul Ryan is rejecting a Democratic idea to tie Harvey aid to a three-month increase in the debt limit. A day after they returned to work from their summer recess, congressional leaders met with President Trump at the White House Wednesday on issues from tax reform to hurricane Irma preparedness and disaster aid for Harvey affected areas.

Trump turns again to Democrats; Senate takes up disaster relief


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President Donald Trump turned to Democrats for a second straight day on Thursday to try to resolve the fate of so-called Dreamers brought illegally into the United States as children, a day after stunning his fellow Republicans by striking a deal with the opposition party on U.S. debt and federal spending. The Senate was expected to vote on Thursday afternoon on the deal Trump hammered out with Democrats on Wednesday.

Trump overrules GOP with deal on spending, debt, Harvey aid

President Donald Trump briskly overruled congressional Republicans and his own treasury secretary Wednesday to cut a deal with Democrats to keep the government operating and raise America's debt limit. The immediate goal was ensuring money for hurricane relief, but in the process the president brazenly rolled his own party's leaders.

Continue reading Trump overrules GOP with deal on spending, debt, Harvey aid

President Donald Trump overruled congressional Republicans and his own treasury secretary Wednesday and cut a deal with Democrats to fund the government and raise the federal borrowing limit for three months, all part of an agreement to speed money to Harvey relief. In the course of a relatively brief negotiating session at the White House, Trump largely sided with Democratic leaders as they pushed for the three-month deal.

Trump overrules GOP with deal on spending, debt, Harvey aid

A day after they returned to work from their summer recess, congressional leaders met with President Trump at the White House Wednesday on issues from tax reform to hurricane Irma preparedness and disaster aid for Harvey affected areas. WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump overruled congressional Republicans and his own treasury secretary Wednesday and cut a deal with Democrats to fund the government and raise the federal borrowing limit for three months, all part of an agreement to speed money to Harvey relief.

Trump Agrees To Fund The Gov’t, Raise The Debt Ceiling

President Donald Trump agreed Wednesday afternoon to raise the debt limit and fund the federal government through mid-December, allowing members of Congress to deal with the federal budget in the coming months. "In the meeting, the President and Congressional leadership agreed to pass aid for Harvey , an extension of the debt limit, and a continuing resolution both to December 15, all together," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday.

Trump hurts his presidency by going it alone

President Donald Trump speaks as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan listen during a meeting with House and Senate leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, June 6, 2017. Faced with a stalled agenda and weak poll numbers, President Donald Trump has resorted to a familiar presidential tactic: running against Congress.

White House and Congress discuss ‘pro-America’ tax reform measures

Republican leaders in Congress and the Trump administration met at the White House on Tuesday to discuss tax reform initiatives that are "pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-worker, and pro-America." "The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to reducing the crushing burden of the Nation's self-destructive tax code, which hurts our companies and our workers, and discussed their desire to make the tax code simple, fair, and easy to understand," the White House Office of the Press Secretary said in a statement.

Trump ends Obama program that protects undocumented ‘DREAMers,’…

Putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk of deportation and triggering a furious political battle, U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to eliminate a Barack Obama program that protects young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday. Trump's decision jeopardizes the futures of 800,000 people, many of whom are university students or professionals familiar with no other country and largely indistinguishable from their American-born peers.

Donald Trump to axe programme protecting young immigrants

Donald Trump will phase out a programme that has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the US illegally as children and call for Congress to find a legislative solution to protect them, sources have said. He suggested in an earlier tweet that it would be up to Congress to ultimately decide the fate of those covered by Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, which has provided nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the US.

Congress returns with Harvey aid, DACA, debt on daunting to-do list

The Capitol is seen at sunrise as Congress returns from the August recess to face work on immigration, the debt limit, funding the government, and Hurricane Harvey, in Washington, Tuesday. WASHINGTON >> Congress ends its five-week summer recess Tuesday as storm-ravaged states clamor for Harvey aid, the Trump administration demands a swift increase in the nation's borrowing authority, and President Donald Trump's actions on immigration seem certain to upend the fall agenda.

For Trump, summer of crises leads into autumn of consequence

Looming ahead are critical government funding deadlines and the last, best chance at championing a legislative win -- tax reform -- ahead of the 2018 midterm election. But Trump is clashing with Republican leaders, his approval ratings are in the 30s in most polls and more than half of voters are convinced he is bent on tearing the country apart, according to one recent Fox News survey.

Trump’s DACA plan would pass hot potato to Congress

A plan President Donald Trump is expected to announce Tuesday for young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children was embraced by some top Republicans on Monday and denounced by others as the beginning of a "civil war" within the party. The response was an immediate illustration of the potential battles ahead if Trump follows through with a plan that would hand a political hot potato to Republicans on the Hill who have a long history of dropping it.

Trump’s DACA plan seen passing hot potato to Congress, sparking ‘civil war’ within GOP


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Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, chant slogans and hold signs while joining a Labor Day rally in downtown Los Angeles on Monday. President Donald Trump is expected to announce this week that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but with a six-month delay, according to two people familiar with the decision-making.

Donald Trump expected to end program for young immigrants

President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will end protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, but with a six-month delay, people familiar with the plans said. The delay in the formal dismantling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, would be intended to give Congress time to decide whether it wants to address the status of the so-called Dreamers legislation, according to two people familiar with the president's thinking.

The Nation in Brief

Before sunrise today, tens of thousands of costumed, paint-slathered revelers will gather on the streets of Brooklyn for a joyous Caribbean celebration rooted in emancipation. Brooklyn's version of the Caribbean carnival, called J'ouvert, has been held for decades in the pre-dawn darkness on Labor Day, but there was serious talk of canceling the party this year because of violence accompanying the event.

Donald Trump expected to end program for young immigrants


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President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will end protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, but with a six-month delay, people familiar with the plans said. The delay in the formal dismantling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, would be intended to give Congress time to decide whether it wants to address the status of the so-called Dreamers legislation, according to two people familiar with the president's thinking.

Report: Trump to end DACA program for undocumented immigrants

President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, according to two sources familiar with his thinking, a Politico report says. Senior White House aides huddled Sunday afternoon to discuss the rollout of a decision likely to ignite a political firestorm - and fulfill one of the president's core campaign promises.

Mnuchin: Congress must tie Harvey aid to raising debt limit

In this Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a news briefing at the White House in Washington. During a CNBC interview, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, Mnuchin avoided a direct answer when asked whether he supported the decision made by the Obama administration to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the 19th century African-American abolitionist who was a leader in the Underground Railroad.

Harvey aid, debt on returning Congress’ daunting to-do list

Harvey has scrambled the equation for Congress as lawmakers return to Washington Tuesday. . In this Feb. 27, 2017 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, following their meeting wit... The expected crush of interviews, subpoenas and testimony this fall underscores both the broad scope of the Russia probes and the certainty that they will shadow Trump's presidency for months or even years.

Harvey changes the equation as Congress returns

Harvey has scrambled the equation for Congress as lawmakers get ready to return to Washington on Tuesday after a five-week summer recess. A daunting workload awaits, including funding the government by month's end and increasing the federal borrowing limit to head off a catastrophic first-ever default.

APLU Urges Congress to Take Swift Action to Protect DACA Participants

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities President Peter McPherson today sent the following letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan , Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi , and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer expressing strong support for swift congressional action that would, at a minimum, codify the provisions of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy into law. On behalf of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities I write to strongly support swift congressional action which will, at a minimum, codify the provisions of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy into law.

Capital City Sunday

State Representative Dana Wachs discussed his 2018 run for Governor of Wisconsin on this week's edition of Capital City Sunday. The Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Finance Committee is set to vote next week on Governor Scott Walker's $3 billion incentive package for a Foxconn Technology Group plant.

Trump’s summer of discontent bleeds into high-stakes fall

In this July 31, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump talks with new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after he was privately sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump in Washington. After a summer of staff shake-ups and self-made crises, President Trump is emerging politically damaged, personally agitated and continuing to buck at the confines of his office, according to some of his close allies.

Trump seeks an initial $7.9 billion in Harvey aid

President Donald Trump has sent lawmakers an initial request for a $7.9 billion down payment toward Harvey relief and recovery efforts. The request, expected to be swiftly approved by Congress, would add $7.4 billion to rapidly dwindling Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster aid coffers and $450 million to finance disaster loans for small businesses.

From CEOs to bishops, support grows for immigrant program

Corporate executives, Roman Catholic bishops, celebrities and immigrants have become unlikely companions in an effort to pressure national leaders to save an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. Immigrant groups have been staging daily protests in the scorching Phoenix heat, mobilizing people through phone banks in California, and demonstrating outside House Speaker Paul Ryan's church and office.

From CEOs to bishops, support grows for immigrant program

Corporate executives, Roman Catholic bishops, celebrities and immigrants have become unlikely companions in an effort to pressure national leaders to save an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. Immigrant groups have been staging daily protests in the scorching Phoenix heat, mobilizing people through phone banks in California, and demonstrating outside House Speaker Paul Ryan's church and office.

Trump Asks for $8 Billion in Initial Harvey Aid, Debt Cap Hike 31 minutes ago

The Trump administration sent Congress a request Friday for almost $8 billion in initial relief for Hurricane Harvey victims and suggested the assistance be authorized in tandem with a measure to raise the federal debt ceiling, a move that House Republicans are unlikely to embrace.   In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan requesting the storm aid, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney stops short of explicitly asking for the two to be linked.

Trump Asks for $8 Billion in Initial Harvey Aid, Debt Cap Hike 31 minutes ago

The Trump administration sent Congress a request Friday for almost $8 billion in initial relief for Hurricane Harvey victims and suggested the assistance be authorized in tandem with a measure to raise the federal debt ceiling, a move that House Republicans are unlikely to embrace.   In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan requesting the storm aid, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney stops short of explicitly asking for the two to be linked.

Harvey package grows; likely to include debt ceiling hike

President Donald Trump's initial request for a multibillion-dollar down payment for initial Harvey recovery efforts is growing. Republican leaders are already making plans to use the aid package, certain to be overwhelmingly popular, to win speedy approval of a contentious increase in the federal borrowing limit.

Harvey package grows; likely to include debt ceiling hike

President Donald Trump's initial request for a multibillion-dollar down payment for initial Harvey recovery efforts is growing. Republican leaders are already making plans to use the aid package, certain to be overwhelmingly popular, to win speedy approval of a contentious increase in the federal borrowing limit.

White House: DACA decision to come Tuesday

President Donald Trump will announce his decision on the DACA program protecting young undocumented immigrants on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday gave a major boost to legislative efforts to preserve the program.

White House says Trump’s DACA announcement coming Tuesday

The White House says President Donald Trump will announce a decision Tuesday on the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children - immigrants the president is calling "terrific" and says he loves. "We love the dreamers, we love everybody," Trump told reporters Friday, using a shorthand term for the nearly 800,000 young people who were given a reprieve from deportation and temporary work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program created by the Obama administration.

Young US immigrants mobilize effort to avoid deportation

President Donald Trump is facing increasing pressure from CEOs, Roman Catholic bishops, celebrities and a national mobilization effort as he weighs eliminating an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. The last-ditch effort has taken on greater urgency in recent days amid reports that the White House may end the program.

The Latest: Trump decision on immigrant kids coming Tuesday

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, right, speaks in support of allowing residency for some of the young people who immigrated illegally to the United States with their parents in Modesto, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. At left is Tomas Evangelista, who crossed the border from Mexico as a child and qualified under an Obama-era executive order that Denham would like to extend through an act of Congress.

Trump Gives Congress An Olive Branch With Tax Pitch, But Will It Last?

When President Trump traveled to Missouri on Wednesday to make his pitch for tax code overhaul, it was a more conventional - even conciliatory - chief executive who showed up. Trump expressed optimism that he could work together with the legislative branch to pass something meaningful - although as NPR's Scott Horsley noted, the president offered scant specifics about what that legislation would be.

Trump to tout tax reform in Missouri, won’t offer specifics

U.S. President Donald Trump will turn his signature populist rhetoric toward tax reform on Wednesday in a speech expected to tout tax cuts as a way to help workers and the middle class in an economy "rigged" against them, senior White House officials said. With his domestic policy agenda stalled amid Republican infighting and his approval rating at just 35 percent, Trump will make his first presidential speech specifically on tax reform, one of his key 2016 campaign promises.

Trump’s decision on ‘Dreamers’ could spell fate of immigration reform

President Trump's forthcoming decision on the fate of so-called Dreamers - unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before adulthood - could have far-reaching consequences not only for his quest for immigration reform and an impenetrable border wall. As the Washington Examiner reported last week, Trump is under mounting pressure to terminate or phase out the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program that protects nearly 800,000 undocumented youth before a coalition of conservative state attorneys general sue his administration for what they see as unlawful amnesty.

Hurricane Harvey submerges some divides in Washington

Hurricane Harvey's still-rising flood waters have altered the landscape well beyond Texas: They have put aside, at least for now, vast differences within the Republican Party. Instead of the discord and infighting that's marked the first seven months of the Trump administration, Republican leaders on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are vowing to swiftly approve recovery funds for the areas devastated by the storm.

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I love it! Class action lawyers have long shaken down big companies for ridiculous infractions and obtained settlements giving them millions, and pennies for the individual members of the classes they purportedly represent. They are members of the powerful tort bar lobby that generates huge political donations as protection money A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a class-action settlement intended to resolve claims that the Subway sandwich chain deceived customers by selling "Footlong" subs that were less than a foot long.

Speaker Ryan: Trump Wrong to Pardon Controversial Sheriff

President Donald Trump, left, sits with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill in Washington during a "Friends of Ireland" luncheon, March 16, 2017. President Donald Trump should not have pardoned a former Arizona sheriff who was convicted of criminal contempt in a case of racial profiling, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, said on Saturday.

Critics: Trump pardon his latest affront against judiciary

In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of metro Phoenix, at a campaign event in Marshalltown, Iowa. President Donald Trump has pardoned former sheriff Joe Arpaio following his conviction for intentionally disobeying a judge's order in an immigration case.

Mark Shields: Attacking Is Easier Than Governing, But Winning Presidents Know the Difference

Eric Hoffer , a San Francisco longshoreman and philosopher who died in 1983, the year President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom , could have been analyzing contemporary American politics when he wrote, some 66 years ago, that "mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil." Campaigns are easy.

McConnell to speak at Kentucky GOP dinner

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will speak at the Kentucky Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday evening, presenting an opportunity for him to weigh in on drama unfolding in Washington. While there is ample controversy to discuss - from Trump's pardoning Friday of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, to his directive banning transgender military recruits, to his continued attacks on members of McConnell's Senate majority, including the majority leader himself - the Kentucky Republican has been sticking to the GOP agenda in remarks in his home state during the August congressional recess.

The market is starting to freak out about the debt ceiling


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The evidence of that is found in Treasury bills, an often-overlooked but highly sensitive market that reflects the premium investors want for lending to the US government. The Treasury Department auctions bills that mature within a year to borrow from the public.

GOP discord might not bode well for raising debt ceiling


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Fanning the flames of GOP discord, President Donald Trump is accusing Republican congressional leaders of botching efforts to avoid an unprecedented default on the national debt. "Could have been so easy-now a mess!" Trump tweeted.

America’s Credit Rating On The Line As Debt Ceiling Deadline Approaches

With the federal government getting closer to running out of cash to cover all bills on time, companies that evaluate bonds are having to consider how to rate America's creditworthiness. And their job didn't get any easier on Thursday when President Trump continued his attacks on congressional leaders over their failure to raise the federal debt ceiling.

In wake of Foxconn deal, Wisconsin and Illinois vie for jobs

The pledge by Taiwan's Foxconn to build a US$10 billion factory in southern Wisconsin has ignited cross-border competition with Illinois over which state's residents will get the jobs created by the project. FILE PHOTO: Employees work inside a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province, China, May 26, 2010.

Trump v. Congress rages as legislative difficulties loom

The conflict between President Donald Trump and Congress escalated a day after he threatened to shut down the federal government over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and targeted opponents in Congress, aggravating tensions as a difficult legislative agenda looms. Trump is now at odds not only with Democrats, who cemented their objections to funding the wall Wednesday, but also with Republicans, who must reconcile his brash rhetoric with the governing realities of Congress.

Ryan describes ’emotional’ phone call with Scalise

A conference call between House Majority Whip Steve Scalise -- recovering from a June shooting -- and House Republicans on Monday was "very emotional," House Speaker Paul Ryan says. "It was really, very emotional for us," Ryan said at a CNN town hall in Racine, Wisconsin, on Monday night.

Speaker Paul Ryan at CNN town hall: Trump ‘messed up’ Charlottesville reaction

President Donald Trump checks hands with House Speaker Paul Ryan before a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on June 6, 2017 in Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump checks hands with House Speaker Paul Ryan before a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on June 6, 2017 in Washington, D.C. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Monday that he was disappointed with President Donald Trump's failure to denounce white supremacists in the wake of violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, but Ryan said he would not endorse an effort to formally censure Trump for his response. "I do believe he messed up in his comments on Tuesday," Ryan said during a town hall on CNN.

Paul Ryan: Leaders must push beyond “passions of moment”

The nation's leaders "have an obligation" to steer the country past "the passions of the moment," House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday in remarks that didn't explicitly criticize President Donald Trump's handling of this month's deadly clash in Charlottesville, Virginia. The written statement by Ryan, R-Wis., came six days after Trump used a news conference to say "both sides" were to blame for the Charlottesville violence, in which neo-Nazis and other right-wing groups clashed with counter-protesters.

‘This is unsettling rage’: Ex-ally explains how Steve Bannon’s…

Conservative columnist C. Edmund Wright said he bonded with Bannon over their shared antipathy toward George W. Bush's chief strategist Karl Rove, and he joined Breitbart News - where he gained unsettling insights about the site's chief executive. "It's painful for me to come to the conclusion that for all his success, brilliance and love of country, rage and anger seem within Bannon to 'trump' the desire for actual solutions," Wright wrote for the right-wing American Thinker website.

Ryan: ‘There is no moral relativism when it comes to neo-Nazis’

Paul Ryan GOP chairman to discuss Charlottesville as domestic terrorism at hearing Trump's isolation grows GOP lawmaker: Trump 'failing' in Charlottesville response MORE on Monday said there can be no "moral relativism" when talking about neo-Nazis in his sharpest statement yet on the violence earlier this month in Charlottesville, Va. post on Facebook, did not mention President Trump but was clearly worded as a response to the controversy surrounding the president's remarks on the issue, in which he said both sides were to blame for Charlottesville - white supremacists and those protesting them.

Moore, Strange in GOP runoff in Alabama Senate race

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was twice removed from office, forced a primary runoff Tuesday against Trump-backed incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in a race likely to be closely watched for clues about Republicans' prospects in 2018 midterm elections. Despite being buoyed by millions of dollars in advertising by a super political action committee tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Strange was unable to defeat the firebrand jurist who took losing stands for the public display of the Ten Commandments and against gay marriage.

Trump defends Charlottesville response, says lefta

Trump's assertion left wing protesters just as violent as white supremacists in Charlottesville sets off firestorm "I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct," Trump said. Check out this story on publicopiniononline.com: https://usat.ly/2w7Z30X From Trump Tower in New York City, President Trump told reporters that he believed both protesters and counter protesters were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

House conservatives hope to revive Obamacare repeal vote NEW

Conservatives in the House hope to revive the failed effort to gut the Affordable Care Act with a long-shot drive to force Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to hold a vote to simply repeal the health care law without a replacement. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus want to seize control of the health care debate by petitioning Republicans to hold a vote on a version of a repeal bill that passed the House in 2015.

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But the president's initial response quickly appeared outdated when a Dodge Charger plowed into pedestrians, killing one woman, and injuring at least nine others. Just over an hour later, during televised remarks about a bill signing that had already been on his daily schedule, Trump addressed the intensifying situation in Charlottesville, which had been steadily covered on cable news outlets throughout the day.

New House push arises to ax health act

Hard-line conservatives began an uphill fight Friday to force a fresh House vote this fall on erasing much of President Barack Obama's health care law without an immediate replacement. The effort by the House Freedom Caucus appears to have no chance of passing Congress.

Trump-McConnell feud does little to jumpstart stalled agenda

President Donald Trump has spent much of the week feuding with his top Senate partner, suggesting that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might have to rethink his future if he doesn't deliver on the president's agenda of health care, taxes and infrastructure. Trump on Thursday called McConnell's failure to pass an "Obamacare" repeal last month "a disgrace."

GOP poised for major tax reform push

The GOP's bid to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has crashed and burned about as badly as the imploding Obamacare insurance market, but Republicans seem much more optimistic about the coming effort this fall to reform the U.S tax code. President Trump is ramping up support, and House speaker Paul Ryan this week touted a poll showing the effort has broad public support.

Trump’s statements on racial violence vs. previous presidents

Trump's initial statement about the protests said there was hate "on many sides," which prompted critics and opponents to dismiss his statement as not being strong enough in condemning the extremist groups that initiated the protest. The statement was in contrast to several other Republican leaders such as Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Sen. Orrin Hatch , Sen. John McCain , Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio all of whom explicitly condemned the demonstrations and white supremacy saying there was no place for hatred in America.

GOP insurgents claim Trump mantle, spell trouble for party


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US President Donald Trump looks on before a meeting with administration officials on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2017. / Republicans face a problem as they try to defend a slim majority in the Senate and win races elsewhere: Insurgent primary candidates are trying to lay claim to President Donald Trump's mantle, and knock out the establishment's choices.

There’s no such thing as a Trump Democrat

If so, you may have taken interest in a new mythical creature that appeared during the 2016 election: the Trump Democrat. It has become an article of faith that an unusually large number of people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 or 2012 switched sides and voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.

Ryan can’t escape GOP failures

With a dysfunctional Congress on recess, House Speaker Paul Ryan has turned his focus back home, touring flood-damaged areas and visiting local businesses in Wisconsin. But he can't escape the questions about why Republicans in charge of Washington aren't delivering.

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Half of the money raised at the Mustard Challenge goes to pediatric cancer research. The challenge had people eating cups of mustard.

Fox News host Eric Bolling suspended amid investigation

Fox News said Saturday that it has suspended Eric Bolling, the co-host of its late-afternoon news program "The Specialists," while it investigates allegations he sent a lewd photo to co-workers. News of the suspension came one day after a Huff Post report relying on anonymous sources stated Bolling had sent a lewd photo to at least three female colleagues at Fox New and Fox Business.

Capital City Sunday

Wisconsin First District Congressional Candidate Paul Nehlen discussed his second consecutive challenge of House Speaker Paul Ryan on this week's edition of Capital City Sunday. Assembly Republicans made it clear Tuesday an incentive package for Foxconn is taking precedence over the 2017-19 state budget - even though that document is now more than one month past due - and they plan to pass legislation on it by mid-August.

Foxconn keeps mum on Trump boasts of US$30b investment

Foxconn Technology Group is not saying whether it plans to invest US$30 billion in the United States, as President Donald Trump claimed the company's leader told him "off the record." Trump announced to a group of small-business leaders at the White House on Tuesday that Foxconn chief executive Terry Gou told him privately that the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer could invest ... Foxconn Technology Group is not saying whether it plans to invest US$30 billion in the United States, as President Donald Trump claimed the company's leader told him "off the record."

Ryan fields questions from frustrated Republican voters

Frustrated Republicans vented their displeasure at House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday during a town hall meeting at a wire manufacturer in the Wisconsin congressman's district. Ryan hasn't held a town hall meeting open to the general public since October 2015, but he does frequently take questions from employees following business tours.

Senate Dems spell out conditions on bipartisan tax reform

Senate Democrats and independents said Tuesday that upcoming legislation to rewrite the nation's tax code should ensure the middle class doesn't pay more and the "top 1 percent" doesn't pay less. In a letter to Republican leaders, including President Donald Trump, 45 of the 48 Senate Democratic caucus members said they won't support any upcoming GOP effort to overhaul the tax system that delivers cuts to the top 1 percent or adds to the government's $20 trillion debt.

New health care ideas, but path of passage iffy at best

Republican, Democratic and even bipartisan plans for reshaping parts of the Obama health care law are proliferating in Congress. But they have iffy prospects at best, and there were no signs Monday that GOP leaders have chosen a fresh pathway after last week's collapse of their struggle to repeal and rewrite the statute.

Republicans Face Tough Choice: Repeal Obamacare or Cut Taxes

After the collapse of Obamacare repeal, Republicans may have to choose between pursuing another health bill or pushing through a tax overhaul this year, because there's almost certainly not enough time to do both. And that's not even their biggest problem -- which is, they can't agree on either.

Major GOP-aligned group pledges to spend millions on tax reform fight

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, to say that his group wants to delay the traditional August recess until work is accomplished on health care, the debt ceiling and tax reform. A major GOP group is encouraging members like Meadows to stay focused on tax reform.

Foxconn goes to… Wisconsin

Even as the chairman of Foxconn Technology Group watched President Donald Trump this week claim credit for the contract manufacturer's investment, folks back in Michigan are training their eyes on another prize. That'd be a separate Foxconn investment in southeast Michigan, one that would produce smaller liquid crystal displays for automotive and electronic device applications.

GOP unsure what to do about Affordable Care Act

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was one of three Republicans to reject the 'skinny repeal' plan. Melina Mara/The Washington Post Hundreds of people stood outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday, to protest the Republican health care bill as the Senate worked overnight on the legislation.

McCain Votes No, Dealing Potential Death Blow To Republican Health Care Efforts

In a moment of unexpected high drama, Republicans were stymied once again in their effort to repeal Obamacare - and they have John McCain to thank for it. McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer and returned to Washington to advance the health care bill, turned around and bucked his party's leadership - and President Trump - by joining two moderate Republicans and every Democrat in voting against the so-called "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act.

Senate narrowly defeats ‘skinnya

The Senate narrowly defeated a bill early Friday that would repeal limited portions of Obamacare as Republican Sen. John McCain cast the deciding vote against the plan. The vote was a major blow to GOP Senate leaders and it was not immediately clear what they would do next.

Senate Republicans reject last-ditch ‘skinny repeal’ of Obamacare

Senators early Friday narrowly rejected a dramatically slimmed-down Obamacare repeal bill, even after being promised by GOP leaders that the measure would never actually become law. The strategy was a desperate and ultimately unsuccessful gambit by Republican leaders, who had run out of options after failing to convince their majority to pass legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a promised new healthcare plan.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s willing to bring the Senate GOP’s bill to conference


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House Speaker Paul Ryan said he's willing to take Senate Republicans'"skinnier" attempt at repealing certain parts of the Affordable Care Act to conference. If moving forward requires a conference committee, that is something the House is willing to do," he said in a statement on Thursday.

From left, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and …

Three Republicans senators,John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, held a press conference Thursday saying they cannot vote for the GOP health care bill in its current form. WASHINGTON - With their ranks in chaos, Senate Republican leaders appeared ready to work late into the night Thursday to devise a slimmed-down repeal of the Affordable Care Act by sometime Friday, as Democrats slammed the secretive process as a sham and key Republican senators threatened to block the effort.

GOP seeks support for narrow version of “Obamacare” repeal

The Republican-run Senate has rejected a GOP proposal to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law and give Congress two years to devise a replacement. Addressing the National Federation of Independent Business, Vice President Mike Pence said the Senate has "an opportunity and an obligation" to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Trump announces $10 billion Foxconn factory in Wisconsin

President Trump said Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to create 3,000 jobs. The announcement comes at a critical juncture for a Trump administration that pledged to generate manufacturing jobs but has struggled to deliver results as quickly as the President promised.

House GOP works to deliver on border wall for Trump

House Republican allies of President Donald Trump are intent on giving him a long-sought victory in Congress by finally making a down payment on his long-promised wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. They just don't want to risk an up-or-down vote on the idea that might risk an embarrassing loss on the House floor.

Foxconn Pledges $10B for LCD Manufacturing in Wisconsin

Foxconn is expanding its presence in the US with a $10 billion investment in Wisconsin, which is initially projected to create about 3,000 jobs in the region. The Taiwan-based firm's new Wisconsin manufacturing facility will make LCDs, which will "be used in everything from self-driving cars to aircraft systems and in the fields of education, entertainment, healthcare, safety and surveillance, advanced manufacturing systems, and office automation, among others," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said in a statement .

Invitation: Trump to announce Foxconn plant in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has won the fight to build the first U.S. assembly plant for electronics giant Foxconn in a project that's expected to result in billions of dollars in investment in the state and create thousands of jobs in the congressional district of U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. President Donald Trump plans to announce Wednesday that the Taiwan-based company has chosen Wisconsin for the project, according to an invitation to the White House event obtained by The Associated Press.

One Wisconsin Now Statements on Ron Johnson Vote

MADISON, Wis. - The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross following U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and his majority Republican colleagues' vote to "proceed" with repeal of the Affordable Care Act: "Ron Johnson and his Senate Republican cohorts voted to follow Donald Trump and Paul Ryan and proceed with the dismantling of the healthcare safety net for the most vulnerable Americans to pay for tax cuts for the richest.

The Latest: Paul Ryan defends Special Counsel Robert Mueller

In this June 21, 2017 file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, at the Capitol in Washington. President Donald Trump's legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of Mueller's investigative team, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.

Speaker Ryan’s visit a truly welcome sight

It was nice to see U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan in Massachusetts last Thursday, visiting with the owners and workers at the New Balance factory in Lawrence. Any high-ranking Republican leader with the guts to come to one of the bluest states in the nation is clearly a true American patriot.

Mike Pence makes nice with John Kasich

Mike Pence makes nice with John Kasich Vice President Mike Pence sought to smooth over a kerfuffle with Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Saturday evening. Check out this story on CurrentArgus.com: https://usat.ly/2vMpNjG The Republican Party spent Wednesday desperately trying to save its healthcare plan after the GOP's Senate leadership was forced to admit that it doesn't have the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Republican tax reform plan may be limited by GOP budget

Republican plans for tax reform could be less sweeping than originally envisioned by the White House and GOP leaders in Congress, as a provision in a House GOP budget blueprint would require any tax bill to be 'budget neutral,' which would force lawmakers to offset any tax cuts with revenue increases that could be difficult in some cases to gain approval. Deep in the fine print of the budget resolution for next year, the Republican plan allows for a tax reform bill under budget reconciliation, "if such measure would not increase the deficit for the total of fiscal years 2018 through 2027."

Wisconsin working on incentives to lure Foxconn to state

In this Thursday, May 27, 2010, file photo, a worker looks out through the logo at the entrance of the Foxconn complex in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Two Republican state lawmakers said Thursday, July 20, 2017, that Wisconsin could announce it has landed a deal for Taiwanese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn to locate in the state as soon as the end of the month.

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Vulnerable House Republicans stood defiant about their support for an unpopular bill to repeal Obamacare ... WASHINGTON - Vulnerable House Republicans stood defiant about their support for an unpopular bill to repeal Obamacare as the effort languished in the Senate, leaving them to face angry voters with, perhaps, nothing to show for it. "I have no regrets.

Who’s to Blame for the GOP Health Care Debacle, Trump or McConnell?


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Now that it appears the Republican Party's seven-year crusade to repeal Obamacare and replace it with their own mysterious alternative is finally dead the GOP is on the hunt for someone to scapegoat. As New York 's Jonathan Chait argued , the real reason for Trumpcare's defeat is that "it was never possible to reconcile public standards for a humane health-care system with conservative ideology."

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President Donald Trump blasted congressional Democrats and "a few Republicans" Tuesday over the collapse of the GOP effort to rewrite the Obama health care law, and warned, "We will return." Trump's early morning tweet led off a barrage of Republican criticism of Congress over the party's failure on its flagship legislative priority.

Paul Ryan threw Republican senators under the bus on their healthcare failure


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House Speaker Paul Ryan blamed Senate Republicans for the party's failure to pass an Obamacare repeal and replacement bill, saying he hopes House Republicans' "friends in the Senate can figure out how they can get a bill passed." Ryan made the comments at a press conference Tuesday morning, the day after two GOP lawmakers announced they would not support the bill, effectively killing it.

Gova t to report on solvency of Social Security, Medicare

Republicans in Washington have been clamoring for years to address the long-term financial problems of Social Security and Medicare. On Thursday, the trustees who oversee the programs are scheduled to issue their annual warning about the finances of the federal government's two largest benefit programs.

Gov’t to report on solvency of Social Security, Medicare

Republicans in Washington have been clamouring for years to address the long-term financial problems of Social Security and Medicare. On Thursday, the trustees who oversee the programs are scheduled to issue their annual warning about the finances of the federal government's two largest benefit programs.

Russia sanctions bill stuck in procedural hell

A bill imposing sanctions on Russia and Iran that in theory has broad support from both parties has been has been stalled by convoluted fights over substance and process that are threatening to derail the measure, even after it passed 98-2 in the Senate and seemed to be on a path toward quickly becoming law. The battle has Democrats charging that Republicans are looking to make it easier for President Trump to waive sanctions against Russia, while the GOP charges that Democrats are needlessly delaying the bill's passage.

EU chief to EU parliament: “You are ridiculous”

An Oklahoma woman is accused of trying to hire someone via Craigslist to travel to Israel and kill her ex-husband with ricin. Progress elusive in poor neighborhood of Louisiana's capital where white officer fatally shot a black man 1 year ago, fueling protests.

Man wins lawsuit in China over forced gay conversion therapy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is feeling the heat after he was photographed sunning himself on a beach that he had closed to the public as part of a government shutdown. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is feeling the heat after he was photographed sunning himself on a beach that he had closed to the public as part of a government shutdown.

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New Jersey's government shutdown dragged into a se... . New Jersey State Park police block the entrance to Bulls Island state recreation area during the state government shutdown in Stockton, N.J. , Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Bus carrying seniors crashes on German highway, killing 18

A website that hosted an "Abduction 101" forum linked to a 28-year-old suspect in the kidnapping of a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois bills itself as the most popular sexual fetish internet networking... A website that hosted an "Abduction 101" forum linked to a 28-year-old suspect in the kidnapping of a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois bills itself as the most popular sexual fetish internet networking site. Illinois lawmakers are back to work after a dramatic vote in the House Sunday to increase income taxes by 32 percent.

Facebook drone could one day provide global internet access

Authorities say a man is facing murder charges in the death of a recent high school graduate shot in the head during a road rage confrontation as the two tried to merge in a single lane. Authorities say a man is facing murder charges in the death of a recent high school graduate shot in the head during a road rage confrontation as the two tried to merge in a single lane.

Britain’s Conservative govt under pressure to ease austerity

Little Rock's police chief credits the quick work of first responders for there being no fatalities after 28 people were injured in a shooting at a rap concert. Forecasters say Utah, Arizona and other parts of the Southwest could face more big wildfires this summer and fall, while hot and dry weather has also put the northern Great Plains at risk.

UK to pull out of fishing deal that let others in its waters

Authorities say an enraged former doctor came to the New York hospital that had spurned him to exact vengeance on his former colleagues. Little Rock's police chief credits the quick work of first responders for there being no fatalities after 28 people were injured in a shooting at a rap concert.

Pacquiao loses WBO welterweight title on points to Horn

Authorities say an enraged former doctor came to the New York hospital that had spurned him to exact vengeance on his former colleagues. Authorities say an enraged former doctor came to the New York hospital that had spurned him to exact vengeance on his former colleagues.

The Latest: Chief: Nightclub shooting may be gang-related

Forecasters say Utah, Arizona and other parts of the Southwest could face more big wildfires this summer and fall, while hot and dry weather has also put the northern Great Plains at risk. Forecasters say Utah, Arizona and other parts of the Southwest could face more big wildfires this summer and fall, while hot and dry weather has also put the northern Great Plains at risk.

Pope declines to renew mandate for German doctrine chief

The Trump administration plans to arrest parents and other relatives who authorities believe smuggled their children into the United States. The Trump administration plans to arrest parents and other relatives who authorities believe smuggled their children into the United States.

Trump’s crude tweets: Would anyone else be fired?

Trump's latest twe... The Trump administration plans to arrest parents and other relatives who authorities believe smuggled their children into the United States. The Trump administration plans to arrest parents and other relatives who authorities believe smuggled their children into the United States.

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The Republican leadership in the Senate decided this week to delay a vote on their long-awaited heal... . House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pauses during a news conference as the Republican-led House pushes ahead on legislation to crack down on illegal immigration, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Prosecutors charge man with 9 Phoenix serial killings

An elite prep school is again under fire for allegations involving a game of sexual conquest similar to one a few years back where a student was charged with sexually assaulting a freshman over a sordid tradition... An elite prep school is again under fire for allegations involving a game of sexual conquest similar to one a few years back where a student was charged with sexually assaulting a freshman over a sordid tradition called the "Senior Salute." . The Trump administration plans to arrest parents and other relatives who authorities believe smuggled their children into the United States.

Trump denounced after assailing woman TV host in personal terms

U.S. President Donald Trump assailed a woman TV news host in highly personal terms on Thursday, calling her "crazy" and alleging she had been bleeding at one point from a facelift, in a Twitter attack that drew strong criticism, including from fellow Republicans. Trump, who often decries what he calls "fake news" in the American media and who this week attacked CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post, took fierce aim on Thursday at the hosts of the MSNBC program "Morning Joe," Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Trump denounced after assailing woman TV host in personal terms

U.S. President Donald Trump assailed a woman TV news host in highly personal terms on Thursday, calling her "crazy" and alleging she had been bleeding at one point from a facelift, in a Twitter attack that drew strong criticism, including from fellow Republicans. Trump, who often decries what he calls "fake news" in the American media and who this week attacked CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post, took fierce aim on Thursday at the hosts of the MSNBC program "Morning Joe," Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

The Latest: House OKs 2 bills on illegal immigration

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, left, joins House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as the Republican-led House pushes ahead on legislation to crack down on illegal immigration, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 29, 2017. One bill would strip federal funds from "sanctuary" cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities, while a separate bill would stiffen punishments on people who re-enter the U.S. Illegally.

House GOP backs bills to crack down on illegal immigration

President Donald Trump meets with what the White House identifies as "immigration crime victims" to urge passage of House legislation to save American lives, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in the Cabinet Room at the White Hou... . Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, left, finishes a statement on immigration and sanctuary cities as he joins, from left, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Hou... .

House passes bills to crack down on ‘sanctuary cities,’ deported criminals who return to U.S.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, confers with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., as the House focuses on immigration and sanctuary cities, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 29, 2017. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, confers with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., as the House focuses on immigration and sanctuary cities, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Police: Venus Williams involved in car crash

Recreational marijuana becomes legal to buy Saturday in Nevada, but that doesn't mean anything goes in the place where most people think anything goes. Recreational marijuana becomes legal to buy Saturday in Nevada, but that doesn't mean anything goes in the place where most people think anything goes.

Germany beats Mexico 4-1 to reach Confederations Cup final

Germany's Leon Goretzka celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Confederations Cup, semifinal soccer match between Germany and Mexico, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, June 29, 2017. . Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa fails to save the ball as Germany's Leon Goretzka, left scores the opening goal during the Confederations Cup, semifinal soccer match between Germany and Mexico, at the Fisht Stadium in ... .

Hogan joins swift backlash over Senate GOP’s bill to overhaul Obamacare

Senate Republicans have their version of a plan to replace Obamacare, following their colleagues in the House who narrowly passed a replacement measure with no Democratic support. Senate Republicans have their version of a plan to replace Obamacare, following their colleagues in the House who narrowly passed a replacement measure with no Democratic support.

5th Republican senator opposes health plan as leaders scramble to save it

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act would reduce federal spending by $321 billion by 2026 - compared with $119 billion for the House's version. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act would reduce federal spending by $321 billion by 2026 - compared with $119 billion for the House's version.

EDITORIAL: Import tax a bad deal for the American people

Economic protectionism has been a big part of President Donald Trump's success, but rather than "winning," it would be a losing proposition for most Americans. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, have proposed a continuation of this theme in the form of a "border adjustment tax," otherwise known as a tariff, of 20 percent on imported goods.

Senate Bill Would Leave 22 Million More Uninsured, CBO Finds


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The report from the Congressional Budget Office could imperil the Republican proposal, seeing little difference in impact from the House-passed American Health Care Act. The Senate Republican health-care bill would increase the ranks of the uninsured by 22 million over a decade, the Congressional Budget Office found on Monday in an analysis that could determine the proposal's fate on Capitol Hill.

MSNBC’s Walsh: ‘Heartless, Soulless’ Paul Ryan…

On Sunday's AM Joy on MSNBC, just days after dehumanizing House Speaker Paul Ryan as a "monster," MSNBC political analyst and The Nation correspondent Joan Walsh was spewing more venom at the Wisconsin Republican as she described him as a "heartless, soulless Washington creature." She then went on to claim that he was someone who had "devoted their life to hurting people."

Jonah Goldberg: An unusual path to a more functional system

Fish and Game officials are renewing calls for homeowners to remove bird feeders and other outside food sources after a bear attempted to break into an Epping residence in an attempt to steal bird... I do not fear much correction when I say that my columns of the last few years have not been characterized by an overabundance of cheerfulness and ... (more)

Trump Admits He Called GOP Health Care Plan ‘Mean’


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President Trump has admitted that, as previously reported , he used the word "mean" to describe the House GOP's Trumpcare plan. In an interview with Fox and Friends ' Pete Hegseth that aired Sunday, Trump acknowledged he had used the term by way of complaining that President Obama had stolen it to describe the Senate's latest version of the plan.

GOP Push for 20-Year Tax Cut Grows as Ryan Seeks Permanent Fix

A Republican senator is building support to change budget rules in order to make temporary tax cuts last for two decades or more, but he has yet to convince a critical figure -- House Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan says he wants permanent tax cuts, a goal he repeated this week in response to questions about Senator Pat Toomey's proposal to relax time limits on any cuts that would increase the federal deficit.

One week. 52 senators. Can Mitch McConnell get it done?

Within hours of the Senate majority leader unveiling a long-anticipated health care bill on Thursday, four of his Republican colleagues were quick to put a damper on things: "We are not ready to vote for this bill," the group said in a joint statement. The swift rejection may be a negotiating ploy, but the public nature of it is a reminder for McConnell of the deep reservations running through his own conference on a proposal that conservatives do not believe goes far enough to repeal Obamacare - and the monumental challenge that lies ahead as he looks for 50 "yes" votes.

Planned Parenthood’s role in Georgia race for House raises ethical questions


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Planned Parenthood may poor-mouth when its government funding is on the line, but that hasn't stopped the abortion giant from spending lavishly on politicians who promise to keep the taxpayer dollars coming. Planned Parenthood's political arm, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, was the second-biggest spender on the Democratic side of the ledger in the special election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District, putting more than $734,000 behind Jon Ossoff.

Ryan says House wants to move on Iran, Russia sanctions bill

A psychologist who helped design the CIA's harsh interrogation methods in the war on terror says his participation in the program that involved torturing suspects caused him "great, soulful torment." . A psychologist who helped design the CIA's harsh interrogation methods in the war on terror says his participation in the program that involved torturing suspects caused him "great, soulful torment."

Republican convicted of attacking reporter set to join House

Montana Republican Greg Gianforte awaited his swearing-in Wednesday as the newest member of Congress, a month after he body-slammed a reporter who had questioned him about the GOP health care bill. Gianforte, a wealthy former software executive, has called for civility in politics following his conviction for assaulting the reporter the day before winning a special congressional election.

Enjoy your freedom to die

I think of freedom in positive, aspirational terms - such as found in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms," or in the uplifting songs of freedom sung by oppressed people everywhere. But right-wing ideologues have fabricated a negative notion of "freedoms" derived from their twisted concept of individual choice.

Republican Handel wins Georgia House seat in key contest

Republican Karen Handel has won a nationally watched congressional election in Georgia, avoiding an upset that would have rocked Washington ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Her narrow victory Tuesday over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District allows Republicans a sigh of relief after what's being recognized as the most expensive House race in U.S history, with a price tag that may exceed $50 million.

US House Speaker, Trump Aides Vow Tax Reform by End of 2017

Top Republicans from Congress and the Trump administration vowed on Tuesday to complete tax reform by the end of 2017, despite party infighting and political distractions from investigations of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In a speech to U.S. manufacturers, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress hoped to complete the job in the autumn, with a new tax system in place by the beginning of 2018.

Russia sanctions backers fear Trump pressure to weaken bill


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Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, answers questions about the situation in Syria after a U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane earlier this week and Russia warned the U.S.-led coalition from flying over Syrian army positions west of the Euphrates River, during a TV news interview at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. . WASHINGTON - Proponents of Senate-passed legislation to hit Russia with economic sanctions and limit the president's authority to lift the penalties fear the Trump administration may seek to dilute the bill and are urging the House to act quickly.

In Georgia, Republicans aim to hang onto congressional seat


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Rain isn't slowing down the Georgia voters who will settle the most expensive House race in U.S. history and potentially set a new course for the 2018 midterm elections. Republican Karen Handel, a veteran Georgia politician, is fighting to claim the 6th Congressional District seat that's been in her party's hands since 1979.

GOP leaders exclude most lawmakers from secret tax talks

The White House plans to privately negotiate a massive overhaul of the tax system with Republican leaders in Congress, possibly giving rank-and-file members little if any say over the finished product, a top aide to President Donald Trump said Tuesday. Gary Cohn, Trump's top economic aide, said the administration doesn't want to engage in prolonged negotiations after the package is made public this fall.

Georgia race finally heads to voters; DC watching closely

Pamphlets sit outside the campaign office of Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for Georgia's 6th congressional district in Chamblee, Ga., Monday, June 19, 2017. The race between Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is seen as a significant political test for the new Trump Administration.

Georgia race finally heads to voters; DC watching closely

The most expensive House race in U.S. history heads to voters Tuesday in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. Either Republican Karen Handel will claim a seat that's been in her party's hands since 1979 or Democrat Jon Ossoff will manage an upset that will rattle Washington ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Time for US tax code to catch up with competitors

Paul Ryan Rep. McHenry filling in as House whip at crucial time Time for US tax code to catch up with competitors The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE is scheduled to give what is being billed as a "major" tax reform speech Tuesday. Steeped in tax and economic policy on his way to assuming the speakership, Ryan is the ideal person to convey the importance of tax reform in jumpstarting our economy.

Steve Scalise condition: House Whip undergoes another surgery, now ‘serious;’ update on…

In a photo from Tuesday, June 13, 2017, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., joined by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., far right, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., comments on health care for veterans during a news conference at Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington. In a photo from Tuesday, June 13, 2017, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., joined by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., far right, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., comments on health care for veterans during a news conference at Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Trump Cabinet officers urge on Republicans in Georgia race on Tuesday

Trying to stave off a major upset ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, two of President Donald Trump's Cabinet officers returned to Atlanta's traditionally conservative suburbs and urged Republican voters to maintain the GOP's monopoly control in Washington. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, a former two-term Georgia governor, took sharp aim at Republican Karen Handel's opponent in Tuesday's congressional runoff election, 30-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff, who has raised more than $23 million from people around the country hoping for a victory that could turn the tide on Trump.

Shooter went to GOP baseball practice with list of names

The man who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice earlier this week had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three lawmakers, according to a person familiar with the case. The person told The Associated Press on Saturday that investigators aren't sure of the significance of the names and don't know if it was a list of people he was targeting.

Paul Ryan plans tax reform speech at manufacturing group next week

House Speaker Paul Ryan will head to the National Association of Manufacturers next week to deliver what his team is billing as his first major address on tax reform. Ryan, R-Wis., will speak Tuesday at the manufacturers' summit as he tries to reach an agreement with the Trump administration and Senate Republicans on a plan for advancing tax reform legislation.

Shooting aftermath at Capitol: House mourns, Senate votes

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown briefs the press on the on-going investigation of the shooting at the GOP baseball practice early this morning in Alexandria, Va. . A witness recounts the scene where Majority Whip Leader Rep. Steve Scalise, congressional staff and members of the Capitol Police were shot.

Trump: GOP baseball shooter is dead

"Authorities are continuing to investigate the crime and the assailant has now died from his injuries," Trump said from the White House. Scalise, a congressional staffer and two law enforcement officials suffered gunshot wounds after the shooter opened fire on Republican members of Congress on the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.

Trump advisers question Muellera s impartiality in Russian probe

Some of President Donald Trump's closest allies - including one of his sons - have begun questioning whether Robert Mueller's wide-ranging probe is becoming too political, as the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election intensifies. Leading Republican legislators on Tuesday waved off the idea of firing Mueller, but a public effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation comes amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda.

Trump allies now question Mueller probe, even those who endorsed him


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Then Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller testifies during a 2013 hearing of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Donald Trump is considering firing Mueller, the special counsel investigating if Russia colluded in last year's bitter election campaign, a friend of the president said Monday.

Trump Considering Firing Special Counsel? Just Another Example Of Stirring The Pot

The CEO of the right-wing website Newsmax, a close friend of Trump's, has been making the media rounds saying President Trump is considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Department of Justice investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel," Ruddy told PBS NewsHour Monday night, though he went on to say he thinks, personally, it would be a bad idea.

Trump touts investment and jobs in infrastructure push

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. center and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn R-Texas right listen to President Donald Trump left speak during Trump's meeting with House and Senate Leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington Although infrastructure was initially seen as a policy priority on which Republican and Democrats could work together, Democrats have balked at Trump's plans for financing improvements, arguing they would result in taxpayer-funded corporate profits and cause costs to be offloaded onto consumers.

Treasury’s Mnuchin: We can pay our bills till September

The Trump administration has a backup plan to keep the government from defaulting on its financial obligations even if Congress misses an August deadline to raise the debt limit, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a congressional panel Monday. Mnuchin had previously set an August deadline for the federal government to avoid a catastrophic default.

Romney Vital to GOP With or Without Senate Run

Mitt Romney is re-emerging as an important piece to the Republican puzzle for the 2018 midterm elections and beyond, fueling even more speculation he might be positioning himself for another run for office, according to a Politico report. "All I can tell you is that the number of requests that Mitt has gotten in the last month to come to a district or to come to a state for a sitting senator - it's like he's a presidential candidate again, which I was surprised by," Spencer Zwick, a top political aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

.com | GOP shrugs off Comey revelations, sticks with Trump

The GOP still needs Donald Trump if it has any hope of accomplishing its legislative agenda and winning elections, and it's going to take more than James Comey's testimony to shake them. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday boasted of the GOP's accomplishments under Trump thus far, and promised more to come, making no mention of Comey in a speech.

Capital City Sunday

Sen. Ron Johnson discussed a number of issues in a wide-ranging interview on Capital City Sunday this week, including President Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement and the Senate Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said former FBI Director James Comey's testimony on Capitol Hill shows why President Donald Trump has been so frustrated with the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Trump’s credibility in the cross hairs after Comey’s scathing testimony

Comey himself is a controversial figure, having outraged Democrats last year with his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices For three hours, former FBI director James Comey levelled an unrelenting attack on the credibility of the president of the United States. The White House's statements were "lies, plain and simple".

‘The president’s new at this’: Other views

'The president's new at this': Other views A roundup of what people are saying about James Comey's testimony. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2sZG4QO Rep. Paul Ryan , R-Wis., House speaker: "Of course there needs to be a degree of independence between , FBI and the White House and a line of communications established.

SC Rep. Trey Gowdy tapped for House oversight chairman

In this April 4, 2017, file photo, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks during a hearing of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Gowdy has been tapped to lead the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after Chairman Jason Chaffetz leaves Congress at the end of month.

Ryan won’t commit to Treasury timetable for debt increase

House Speaker Paul Ryan won't commit to holding a vote to increase the government's borrowing authority this summer. The Wisconsin Republicans instead says the House will vote on such debt legislation before the government defaults - but not necessarily by an August deadline requested last month by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin .

Byron York:

On Nov. 9, 2016, in the stunned afterglow of Republicans taking the White House and holding both chambers of Congress, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor put it plainly: "It is now time for Republicans to govern," he said on CNBC. "There'll be no excuses now.

Ahead of Comey testimony, Republicans prep response efforts — and brace

President Donald Trump couldn't get through a round of thank you's during a meeting Tuesday with GOP leaders and his top White House aides without alluding to the ever-growing controversy that has now reached his son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner . "Jared's actually become much more famous than me ... I'm a little upset about that," Trump said obliquely, referring to the headline-grabbing allegations surrounding his son-in-law's contacts with Russian officials.

Nunes won’t say if he stepped aside in Russia probe

House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes declined Tuesday to say if he had stepped aside from the House Russia probe -- deflecting questions about his role one week after he signed off on the first subpoenas in the investigation. "Good try," Nunes said, when asked if he had stepped aside and if he would continue signing subpoenas.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, and Senate Majority Whip…

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, right, listen to President Donald Trump, left, speak during Trump's meeting with House and Senate Leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. less House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, right, listen to President Donald Trump, left, speak during Trump's meeting with House and Senate Leadership in the ... more President Donald Trump says he is sure the Senate will get a health care bill "across the finish line" this summer.

Trump wishes Comey luck, allies aim at lawman’s credibility

Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. President Donald Trump, center, gestures during a meeting with House and Senate Leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Romney to Interview Biden at Summit

Just days after launching a new political action committee, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden will join Republican officials and donors at a weekend retreat hosted by former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Biden will be interviewed by Romney during a Friday evening event in Park City, Utah, at the invitation-only summit, according to a Biden spokesman and participants briefed on the schedule.

Russia probe tops massive to-do list for Congress in critical week

The Republican-led Congress returns to work this week, and once again, the Russia investigation will overshadow the ambitious legislative agenda that includes major overhauls of the health care system and tax code. Former FBI Director James Comey is slated to testify publicly Thursday and is expected to discuss President Donald Trump's request that he end his probe of a top aide's ties to Russia Against the backdrop of the highly anticipated hearing, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will tackle a critical summer list of high-priority issues and bills that GOP leaders are anxious to complete - or at least make significant progress on - before the long August recess.

House Russia probe veers close to dysfunction at end of rocky week

The House intelligence committee's Russia investigation appeared Friday to be veering back off the rails after a rocky week, punctuated by the re-emergence of House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes as a force in the probe. A visibly angry House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday she has met with House Speaker Paul Ryan multiple times to complain about Nunes never fully stepping away from the Russia probe - despite the California Republican's promise two months ago that he would step aside.

Boehner: Trump’s term ‘disaster,’ aside from foreign affairs

Former House Speaker John Boehner says that aside from international affairs and foreign policy, President Donald Trump's time in office has so far been a "complete disaster." Speaking at an energy conference Thursday in Houston, Boehner praised Trump for his approach abroad and his aggressiveness in fighting Islamic State militants, according to the energy publication Rigzone.

Gianforte, charged with assaulting reporter, wins House seat in Montana special election

Gianforte, charged with assaulting reporter, wins House seat in Montana special election Greg Gianforte, charged with assaulting reporter, defeats Rob Quist in Montana special election for U.S. House. Check out this story on dailyworld.com: https://usat.ly/2rni4du The Republican candidate for Montana's US House Seat, Greg Gianforte, is charged with misdemeanor assault of a reporter, hours before polls open.

One Lafayette student’s stint on Capitol Hill

In a flash, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan walked by and touched the arm of Lafayette native Brittany Dupree. That was one moment for the congressional intern One Lafayette student's stint on Capitol Hill In a flash, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan walked by and touched the arm of Lafayette native Brittany Dupree.

House speaker calls Erdogan visit violence ‘indefensible’

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that the violence against peaceful protesters by bodyguards for Turkey's president was "completely indefensible," as members of Congress pressed the Trump administration for a more forceful U.S. response. Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement that Turkey is an important ally and NATO member, but its leaders must "fully condemn and apologize for this brutal behavior against innocent civilians exercising their First Amendment rights" last week outside the Turkish ambassador's residence.

Ryan: GOP House candidate should apologize for altercation with reporter

Paul Ryan condemns Gianforte for 'body slam' on reporter: "There's no call for this no matter what circumstance" https://t.co/aETw13Cb2Z Paul Ryan Senators introduce new ISIS war bill Ryan: GOP House candidate should apologize for altercation with reporter Border-adjustment tax proposal at death's door MORE on Thursday condemned GOP House special election candidate Greg Gianforte for his altercation with a reporter, but did not call on Gianforte to drop out of the race. "There is no time where a physical altercation should occur with the press or with human beings," Ryan told reporters at the Capitol.

How Republicans Botched Their Drug-Test Legislation an hour ago

On St. Patrick's Day, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tweeted a photo of himself and Republican Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, both in green ties, sitting down to sign a resolution headed for President Donald Trump's desk. "This legislation allows states to have drug testing to receive federal unemployment benefits," Ryan tweeted.

GOP looks to hang on in Montana after Greg Gianforte’s incident with reporter

Republicans are looking to quash concerns that President Trump is endangering their majority in the House with a special election victory in Montana on Thursday, but their candidate faced a fresh controversy the night before voters headed to the polls. The Republican nominee in the statewide race for Montana's at-large seat, Greg Gianforte, is favored, but has seen his formidable lead shrink down the stretch.

Budget office to gauge health bill effect on coverage, cost

Congressional Republicans are about to learn more about whether their drive to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law has been worth the political pain they've been experiencing. The Congressional Budget Office planned to release its estimate Wednesday of what impact the GOP's House-passed health care overhaul would have on coverage and premiums.

Cabinet members head to Capitol Hill to defend Trump budget

Top officials in President Donald Trump 's Cabinet are heading to Capitol Hill to defend his plans to cut domestic programs and parry Democratic criticism of his tax proposals. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney appears Wednesday before the House Budget panel while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will testify at the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee .

Cabinet members head to Capitol Hill to defend Trump budget

Top officials in President Donald Trump 's Cabinet are heading to Capitol Hill to defend his plans to cut domestic programs and parry Democratic criticism of his tax proposals. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney appears Wednesday before the House Budget panel while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will testify at the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee .

Firebrand conservative Rep. Jim Jordan to forgo bid for House Oversight chairmanship

Rep. Jim Jordan doesn't usually shy away from a fight, but the conservative Ohio Republican has decided to forgo a bid for chairman of a powerful House committee. Firebrand conservative Rep. Jim Jordan to forgo bid for House Oversight chairmanship Rep. Jim Jordan doesn't usually shy away from a fight, but the conservative Ohio Republican has decided to forgo a bid for chairman of a powerful House committee.

With big spending cuts, Trump’s budget highlights clash of values

To the Trump team, the president's budget proposal is rooted in unassailable values: respect for the people "who are actually paying the taxes," as White House budget director Mick Mulvaney puts it. In President Trump's $4.1 trillion fiscal 2018 budget plan, released Tuesday, that approach translates into deep cuts in social safety-net programs that Mr. Mulvaney suggests discourage work and hinder economic growth.

The Latest: Many in GOP cool to Trump’s budget plan

Another senior Republican lawmaker, Fred Upton of Michigan, questioned inclusion of money for Trump's border wall, remarking: "I thought Mexico was going to pay for the wall, why is this in our budget?" House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin dismissed such criticism as typical rhetoric and praised the budget because it balances over 10 years. Independent economists say the budget relies on unrealistic projections of economic growth, but Ryan sidestepped that question, saying faster growth would "help so many of our problems."

Obamacare premiums could skyrocket in 2018 amid Affordable Care Act uncertainty

Early rate filings by Obamacare insurers suggest consumers will face significantly higher premiums for marketplace coverage next year due to regulatory and political uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act. After significant premium hikes in 2017 corrected for underpricing by insurers the previous two years, most analysts expected rates to stabilize for marketplace coverage in 2018.

Planned Parenthood to close 4 Iowa clinics after funding cut

What was supposed to be a joyous homecoming for a Colorado man whose 98-year prison term was cut short turned to heartache when he was detained by immigration officials just as he was set to be released. Planned Parenthood says it's closing four of its 12 clinics in Iowa after the Republican-led Legislature cut its state funding.

Planned Parenthood to close 4 Iowa clinics after funding cut

What was supposed to be a joyous homecoming for a Colorado man whose 98-year prison term was cut short turned to heartache when he was detained by immigration officials just as he was set to be released. Planned Parenthood says it's closing four of its 12 clinics in Iowa after the Republican-led Legislature cut its state funding.

Republicans worry Trump scandals may doom legislative agenda

Scandals enveloping U.S. President Donald Trump have left Republican lawmakers and lobbyists increasingly gloomy about the prospects for passing sweeping tax cuts, a rollback of Obamacare and an ambitious infrastructure program. With the White House and both chambers of the U.S. Congress under Republican control, party leaders and their allies in the business community had expected to get quick traction on their plans, with corporate tax cuts among the top priorities.

Special counsel Robert Mueller named to probe Trump-Russia ties

The US Justice Department has appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into allegations that Russia and Donald Trump's campaign collaborated to influence the 2016 presidential election. The US Justice Department has appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into allegations that Russia and Donald Trump's campaign collaborated to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Surprise, relief dominate Capitol Hill after special counsel named

Some Republicans joined Democrats in breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday at news that deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had appointed a special counsel to lead the investigation into whether Trump's campaign had any ties to Russia. While many members said they were caught off-guard, a bipartisan array of lawmakers applauded the selection of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation.

In memo: Let Flynn ‘go’

Secret Service officers clear the North Lawn of the White House on Tuesday after a woman jumped a protective bike rack and tried to scale the fence surrounding the White House grounds. She was caught before she could get over the fence and charged with unlawful entry.

Trump Said to Ask Comey to Drop FBI Probe of Flynn’s Russia Ties

President Donald Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, according to a person who was given a copy of a memo that Comey wrote following his Oval Office conversation with Trump. The revelation raised the political peril for Trump's White House by introducing the possibility that the president may have obstructed justice, an impeachable offense.

Paul Ryan Discusses Obamacare at Wisconsin Republican Convention


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Ryan spoke at the state Republican party convention in the Wisconsin Dells on Saturday. He said the GOP has an opportunity to enact its agenda now that they have control of the House, Senate, and White House.

Trump’s dangerous credibility gap

When Donald Trump was merely a real estate mogul, he exaggerated flamboyantly and reporters considered it charming: He promoted Trump Tower as a 68-story building, even though it has only 58 floors. When Trump was a presidential candidate, he lied enthusiastically, but that didn't prevent him from winning: He insisted falsely that he opposed the Iraq war from the start, to cite only one of many instances.

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North Korea fired on Sunday an unidentified projectile from a region near its west coast, South KoreaA s military said. The nature of the projectile is not immediately clear, a South Korean military official said by telephone.