Republican tax bill could alter landscape for homeowners

December 16
Republican tax bill could alter landscape for homeowners

Trump defends tax overhaul, says economy is ready 'to rock'

December 16
Trump defends tax overhaul, says economy is ready 'to rock'
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.
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The Latest: Trump to meet with Cabinet members at Camp David

The Latest on the tax plan in Congress (all times local):
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Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chaired a House Ways and Means committee meeting to merge the House and Senate tax bills on Capitol Hill in Washington this week.

For GOP, tax bill's most visible win may be averting failure

Despite the sheer size and society-spanning impact of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, the quickest and most potent political victory that Republicans would savor by pushing the bill through Congress next week may be what it averts: another big GOP legislative crash in the age of Trump.
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A CDC ban on 'fetus' and 'transgender?' Experts alarmed

Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation's top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including "fetus," ''transgender" and "science-based."
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Special counsel obtains thousands of Trump transition emails

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian contacts with President Donald Trump's campaign has gained access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration, according to several people familiar with Trump's transition organization.
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'Celebration of Life' for San Francisco mayor who died at 65

Prominent Democrats including U.S. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein are among the scheduled speakers Sunday at a public celebration to remember the life of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died at age 65 last week after collapsing while he was grocery shopping.
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GOP betting that its fix for US economy will defy warnings

The tax overhaul of 2017 amounts to a high-stakes gamble by Republicans in Congress: That slashing taxes for corporations and wealthy individuals will accelerate growth and assure greater prosperity for Americans for years to come.
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Sen. Schumer: Bomb-detection units needed at transit hubs

Screening devices that detect suicide vests like the one that exploded in a New York City subway tunnel are being tested in a Los Angeles transit station, but U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday the Transportation Security Administration should speed up plans to deploy the technology nationally.
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2013, file photo, former FBI Director Robert M...

Special counsel obtains thousands of Trump transition emails

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian contacts with President Donald Trump's campaign has gained access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration, according to several people familiar with Trump's transition organization.
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December 16

Uproar over reported ban on CDC words like 'fetus'

WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services on Saturday tried to play down a report that officials at the Centers for Disease…
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December 16

In sex assault laws, definition of consent varies widely

For two months now, as accusations of sexual misconduct have piled up against Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced mogul has responded over and over again: "Any…
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December 16

Amid changing political winds, Florida Gov. mulls next move

For more than a year, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has engaged in a guessing game about his political future: Will he challenge U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2018?
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December 16

Sen. Schumer: Bomb-detection units needed at transit hubs

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the Transportation Security Administration to speed up plans to equip transit hubs with screening devices that can detect suicide vests like the one that exploded in a New York City subway tunnel.
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December 16

Police: man injured in officer-involved shooting in Virginia

Police in Virginia say a man faces life-threatening injuries after being shot by a police officer.
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December 16

Gov.-elect poses next to cutout of Chris Christie on beach

New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy is getting some pushback for posing for photos next to a cardboard cutout of Gov. Chris Christie lounging on a beach last summer.
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In this Nov. 14, 2016 photo, Rep.-elect Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev.,right, spoke with reporters as Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairman of the House Democrats' campaign committee called on Kihuen to step down after a report Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, that he allegedly sexually harassed his campaign's finance director.

Nevada Democrat, facing ethics probe, won't seek re-election

First-term Democratic Congressman Ruben Kihuen of Nevada, who is at the center of sexual harassment allegations, announced Saturday he won't seek re-election.
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December 16

Air Force Academy to restructure sexual-assault office

The U.S. Air Force Academy is restructuring and expanding its sexual-assault office after an internal investigation concluded it was crippled by poor management and derelict in its duties, the school's top official said.
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December 16

A look at some winners and losers under the GOP tax plan

Count President Donald Trump among the personal winners in the $1.5 trillion tax package that congressional Republicans are on the verge of passing. It's not only a political score for Trump but likely a windfall for his real estate empire, too.
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December 16
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith was Mark Dayton’s first chief-of-staff after careers at General Mills, Planned Parenthood and the city of Minneapolis.

Tina Smith to keep top Franken aides in D.C.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will have the help of some experienced staff members when she takes over U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s seat next month. Smith,…
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December 16

GOP needs to start recruiting for downballot races

Julie Blaha, former math teacher and current secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, announced recently that she would run for state auditor. That makes three DFL candidates…
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December 16

Seven forbidden words: Top U.S. health agency told not to use fetus, transgender, more

Policy analysts in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget.