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GOP sets busy week for tax, spending bills

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress return to work today facing a packed agenda with little time to enact it, as party leaders aim to quickly pass their tax plan and then cut a budget deal with Democrats before the end of Friday to avert a government shutdown. Continue reading...

$297M to hire border agents

Contract’s cost rouses critics

Subscriber onlySAN DIEGO -- With a mandate from President Donald Trump to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents, Customs and Border Protection awarded a $297 million contract to a private company to help recruit and hire the new agents and other workers. Continue reading...

Trump: Not firing Mueller

President joins criticism of probe’s email acquisition

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller even as his administration was again forced to grapple with the growing Russia probe that has shadowed the White House for much of his initial year in office. Continue reading...

Trump lauds tax bill as middle-class boon

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut legislation as a good deal for the middle class. Continue reading...

Puerto Rico fears tax-plan blow

Levy on intellectual property a threat to jobs, governor says

Subscriber onlyThree months after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, the sweeping federal tax overhaul that Congress plans to vote on as soon as this week will be another blow to the island's economy, the governor says. Continue reading...

Tax experts say Trump bill likely to send jobs overseas

Subscriber onlyOn the Friday before Thanksgiving, Kenny Johnson left the Nelson Global Products plant in Clinton, Tenn., for the last time. Having devoted nearly 13 years to making tractor-trailer exhaust pipes, Johnson, 41, spent some of his final weeks at the plant watching Mexican workers train to take his job. Continue reading...

GOP tweaks tax bill, wins over 2 senators

Yet, 3 in party remain undecided; 2 ailing

Subscriber only Republican lawmakers Friday said they had secured the votes of two high-profile holdouts for their tax overhaul plan, putting them closer to their first significant legislative victory this year. Continue reading...

Trump ratchets up FBI criticism

He declares Russia probe ‘disgraceful’

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump escalated his criticism of the FBI on Friday over its investigation of possible links between Russia and his campaign, adding a new round of his own complaints to a growing conservative effort to discredit the inquiry. Continue reading...

Tillerson says N. Korea must 'earn' way to talks

Subscriber onlyAmerica's top diplomat stepped back Friday from his offer of unconditional talks with North Korea, telling world powers that the nuclear-armed nation must earn the right to negotiate with the United States. Continue reading...

Moore seeks funds for voter fraud probe

Subscriber onlyFour days after losing Alabama's special Senate election, Republican nominee Roy Moore has yet to concede the race to Democrat Doug Jones -- even after President Donald Trump said he should. Continue reading...

Judge blocks Trump birth control policy

Subscriber onlyA federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered President Donald Trump's administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women's access to free birth control. Continue reading...

Four Palestinians die in clashes

Jerusalem recognition fallout flares in West Bank, Gaza

Subscriber onlyFour Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and dozens more, as well as an Israeli officer, were wounded in clashes across the West Bank and near Gaza's border on Friday as the fallout continued over President Donald Trump's announcement last week recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Continue reading...

In D.C., Arkansas governor argues for NAFTA

He asks Pence, others to protect pact

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Eliminating the North American Free Trade Agreement, as President Donald Trump has threatened, would undermine Arkansas' economy, Gov. Asa Hutchinson told administration officials Thursday at the White House. Continue reading...

GOP seeks out tax-cut offsets as Rubio balks

Bill too deficit-laden; senator demands bigger child credit

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- A day after House and Senate Republican leaders said they had reached agreement on a merged version of their tax bill, they continued looking for ways to pay for the tax overhaul and faced a Republican senator's threats to oppose it. Continue reading...

GOP senators offer Mueller cover from doubters

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are working to shield special counsel Robert Mueller from mounting GOP fury about new evidence that members of his team were biased against President Donald Trump, as factions of the party contend that his entire investigation is tainted. Continue reading...

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