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

Alfred Smith Dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...


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Charges, insults fly after Trump aide assails congresswoman

Trump The Fallen

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday rushed to defend chief of staff John Kelly after he mischaracterized the remarks of a Democratic congresswoman and called her an “empty barrel” making noise. A Trump spokeswoman said it was “inappropriate” to question Kelly in light of his stature as a...


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US says 2 more American victims confirmed in Cuba attacks

US Cuba Attacks The tourist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two more U.S. government workers have been confirmed to be victims of invisible attacks in Cuba, the United States said Friday, raising the total to 24. The tally has inched upward since the U.S. first disclosed in August that embassy workers and their families in Havana had been...


Business

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

Congress Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed fiscal year, a spike that comes as Republicans are moving to draft a tax code rewrite that promises to add up to $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the coming decade. The sobering deficit numbers, released...


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US home sales ticked up in September as Houston recovers

Home Sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales rose slightly last month as the Houston housing market quickly recovered from Hurricane Harvey. Still, a shortage of available homes is thwarting many would-be buyers and limiting sales. The National Association of Realtors said Friday existing home sales increased...


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Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget

Congress Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...


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DC court wrestles with immigrant teen's access to abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington is wrestling with whether the government should be required to allow a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children obtain an abortion. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...


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Draft GOP bill seeks more constraints on Iran's nuke program

Congress Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sanctions against Iran automatically would kick in if Tehran violates new constraints, according to a draft Republican bill sought by President Donald Trump as he tries to unravel the landmark 2015 international accord to prevent Iran from assembling an arsenal of atomic...


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Amid For-Profit Surge, Rural Hospice Has Offered Free Care for 40 Years

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Rose Crumb can’t even count the number of people she’s helped die. The former nurse, 91, who retired in her mid-80s, considers the question and then shakes her head, her blue eyes sharp above oval spectacles. “Oh, hundreds,” estimates Crumb, the woman who almost single-...


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AP FACT CHECK: Trump is off the mark about Maria

Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to grading hurricanes, President Donald Trump is off the mark about Maria. First, he won’t let go of the false claim that Puerto Rico was hit by a Category 5 hurricane. He also errs in citing high grades from a Clinton-era official for the way he’s responded to the...


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