Tough decisions loom as congressional GOP moves closer to tax-cut plan

Congressional Republicans face critical decisions this week as they move within striking distance on a major legislative package to cut taxes, an achievement party leaders say is crucial to stabilizing the GOP’s recent political tailspin ahead of next year’s elections. The House plans to vote on a GOP tax bill by week’s end that would slash taxes for companies and […]

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Examining Trump’s Asia Deals That He Says Are Worth Billions

President Trump advertised his deal-making prowess during his Asia trip this week, claiming to have struck economic, energy and military trade agreements with Japan, South Korea and China worth billions of dollars. Whatever bill of goods Mr. Trump is selling, his claims require more context. In the latest claim, issued on Friday, the White House released twostatements saying the United States and […]

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Former U.S. intelligence officials: Trump being ‘played’ by Putin

Two top former U.S. intelligence officials said Sunday that President Trump is being “played” by President Vladi­mir Putin on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and accused him of being susceptible to foreign leaders who stroke his ego. “By not confronting the issue directly and not acknowledging to Putin that we know you’re responsible for this, I think he’s giving […]

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Silence Lifts in State Houses as Harassment Scandals Bring Swift Penalties

Beneath the wave of sexual misconduct allegations in recent weeks against male lawmakers and candidates lies a common theme: These offenses had been going on for decades, but were either unacknowledged or dealt with quietly. Now, veils of silence in legislative chambers are lifting as public disavowals and calls for resignations pour in against the accused, even from fellow party […]

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Trump dominates the GOP base. Party leaders live with the consequences.

The Republican Party has been plunged into ever more turmoil, thanks to the outcome of the off-year election in Virginia, the results of contests elsewhere around the country and an allegation of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, the party’s candidate for Senate in Alabama. The Virginia gubernatorial campaign illustrated the Republican dilemma as it morphs into becoming the party of […]

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Virginia GOP’s debate after loss

A debate erupted among Republican leaders in Virginia on Tuesday night over whether Ed Gillespie’s gubernatorial campaign failed because the candidate embraced many of President Trump’s tactics or because he remained too distant in the contest’s final weeks. The party’s failure to win a statewide race since 2009 has provoked a fresh round of questions and recriminations among GOP leaders that is […]

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