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In this Dec. 14, 2017, photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Republicans, led by Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, see the tax bill as the answer to their political prayers. It will show Americans they can govern, deliver tax cuts and please Trump. And yet, there are some who suggest that maybe it's not the all-end and be-all. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 16, 2017 - 7:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...
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Reporters interview Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, as arrives to meet with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, at the Capitol to advance the GOP tax bill, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 16, 2017 - 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. Oil drillers would also benefit. So...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2017, file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. administers the House oath of office to Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. In North Dakota, where Donald Trump won in a landslide last year, Republicans’ lone Senate candidate, Cramer, is a little-known state lawmaker, and a potato farmer, from a remote small town closer to the Canadian border than the state capital Bismarck. While established Republicans and business leaders in other states Trump carried are running to topple Democratic senators, the GOP is struggling to land a big name in North Dakota.(AP Photo/Zach Gibson, File)
December 16, 2017 - 12:30 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) — In North Dakota, where Donald Trump won in a landslide last year, Republicans' lone Senate candidate is a little-known state lawmaker and potato farmer from a remote town closer to the Canadian border than the state capital. While established Republicans and business...
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South African President and President of the African National Congress, Jacob Zuma, addresses delegates at the delayed start of the ANC elective conference in Johannesburg, Saturday, Dec. 16 2017. The fight to replace scandal-prone Zuma began Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling party gathered to elect a new leader. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
December 16, 2017 - 12:10 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The fight to replace South Africa's scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma began Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling African National Congress gathered to elect a new leader, with Zuma acknowledging "failures" that have threatened the party's future. The reputation of...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec, 13, 2017, Democrat Doug Jones speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, in Birmingham, Ala. Jones said he knew he had a path to victory. He said his win signals that voters are looking for a less vitriolic political rhetoric and vanquished the idea that a Democrat could not win in Alabama. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
December 16, 2017 - 11:57 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama, one of the most conservative states in the country, with one of the most evangelical electorates, is sending an abortion-rights supporter to the U.S. Senate, despite GOP efforts to paint Democrat Doug Jones as an unacceptable extremist on the issue. Certainly, any analysis...
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December 16, 2017 - 3:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress have blended separate tax bills passed by the House and Senate into compromise legislation that seeks to achieve a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax code. GOP leaders are looking toward passage of the final package by the House and Senate next week,...
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December 15, 2017 - 9:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress have blended separate tax bills passed by the House and Senate into compromise legislation that seeks to achieve a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax code. GOP leaders are looking toward passage of the final package by the House and Senate next week,...
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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, is pursued by reporters in the Capitol after signing the conference committee report to advance the GOP tax bill, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 15, 2017 - 7:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...
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House Budget Committee Chair Diane Black, R-Tenn., arrives at the House Ways and Means Committee room to work with Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, on the GOP tax bill conferee report, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 15, 2017 - 5:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican tax overhaul legislation (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The tax bill barreling toward a final vote in Congress guts the most unpopular "Obamacare" provision, its requirement that virtually all Americans carry health insurance or face fines. Politically, the...
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December 15, 2017 - 1:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Friday it had opened an investigation into Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen over allegations of sexual harassment. A former campaign aide said Kihuen, a freshman congressman, propositioned her for dates and sex despite her repeated rejections during his...
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