Trump declares dreamer program ‘probably dead’

Prospects for a bipartisan agreement to protect young immigrants from deportation and prevent a government shutdown later this week faded Sunday as key lawmakers traded sharp accusations and President Trump said hopes for a deal were “probably dead.” Negotiators spent last week seeking a solution that would shield young immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children, including the […]

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GOP lawmakers reconsider proposal to shrink corporate tax cut

Republicans negotiating a final GOP tax bill are reconsidering proposals to shrink the plan’s corporate tax cut amid ferocious opposition from Senate Republicans as well as outside conservative and business groups. Both separate bills that passed the House and Senate would lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent. But lawmakers negotiating the final bill have consideredraising the corporate […]

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Health Care Reform Flatlined. But Lawmakers Aren’t Giving Up

Republican plans to replace Obamacare are fading fast, but that doesn’t mean Congress is done with health care. On Wednesday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee kicks off the first of four scheduled hearings this month examining the individual health care market with the goal of producing a bipartisan bill that makes modest fixes. Ideas on the table […]

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Lawmakers accuse Japan PM of false denial in school scandal

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being questioned in Parliament about a cronyism scandal after opposition lawmakers alleged he testified falsely a day earlier when he denied using his influence to help a friend. Parliament has heard allegations from lower-level staffers and gathered documents that show Abe’s office intervened to help Kotaro Kake to open a new veterinary school in […]

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Lawmakers seek details from Trump Organization

Leaders of a House investigations panel on Friday asked the Trump Organization for specifics on how it will donate its profits from foreign government payments to the U.S. Treasury. Before taking office, President Donald Trump promised to donate profits from foreign governments paying for services at his hotels, including one near the White House. A lawyer representing Trump said the […]

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Kelly says critical lawmakers should change laws or shut up

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Tuesday bluntly challenged members of Congress critical of the Trump administration’s aggressive approach to immigration enforcement to either change the laws or “shut up.” In a wide-ranging speech, Kelly also promised a border crackdown on marijuana, which is illegal under federal law but legal under state law in eight states and the District of […]

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Lawmakers Want Wiretapping Evidence by Monday

The clock is ticking. The top lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee have asked the Justice Department to turn over by Monday any evidence showing Trump Tower was wiretapped during the 2016 presidential race — an explosive accusation President Trump leveled at former President Obama without providing any proof. The request came in a letter sent last week to the […]

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Lawmakers say Trump’s words matter and hurt the country’s standing abroad

A growing roster of Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill say they believe President Trump’s pugnacious rhetoric and unpredictable behavior threaten to diminish the United States’ standing around the world, do real damage to fragile diplomatic relationships and even weaken global stability. Lawmakers are speaking in increasingly urgent tones about Trump’s unusual foreign policy statements and his tendency to pick […]

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