Challenge for Republicans: Reconciling House and Senate tax bills

Republicans will try Monday to urgently reconcile the tax overhaul bills they passed in the House and Senate, entering a delicate period where they have to retain the support of their party’s conservative and moderate members. Party leaders insist that there are no showstopping differences between their two bills, each of which features a decrease in the corporate tax rate […]

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Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry

President Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to a half dozen lawmakers and aides. Mr. Trump’s requests were a highly unusual intervention from a president into a legislative inquiry involving his family and close aides. Senator […]

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Jeff Sessions isn’t interested in returning to the Senate

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has no interest in returning to the Senate, sources close to him told CBS News on Wednesday. Sessions, 70, previously served in the Senate before joining President Trump’s Cabinet, representing Alabama. Now, Roy Moore is the GOP nominee in the special election Senate race for that seat. Moore faces myriad sexual misconduct allegations involving a woman […]

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House, Senate intel committees receive briefing from Google

Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media. Officials from Google talked to investigators behind closed doors in recent weeks as part of the committees’ probes into Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the briefings. The […]

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Senate report blasts Trump’s foreign policy

The Senate Appropriations Committee tore into the Trump administration’s approach to foreign policy in a new report, criticizing the White House’s proposed State Department budget as reflective of an “apparent doctrine of retreat” abroad. The unusually harsh language appeared in the report attached to spending legislation for the State Department and foreign operations that totals $51 billion, roughly $11 billion more in […]

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Senate passes $15B disaster aid measure, debt limit increase

The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly backed a $15.3 billion aid package for victims of Harvey, nearly doubling President Donald Trump’s emergency request, and adding a deal between Trump and Democrats to increase America’s borrowing authority and fund the government. The 80-17 vote sends the massive package to the House for a Friday vote, with emergency accounts running out of money […]

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Trump Republicans Invigorate, and Complicate, Party’s Fight for Senate

An anti-immigration Republican who is a fervent supporter of President Trump announced on Tuesday that he will challenge Senator Bob Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania, a move that solidifies the president’s stamp on the emerging electoral landscape for 2018. The announcement by Representative Lou Barletta gives Republicans a relatively well-known challenger to Mr. Casey as the party tries to take advantage […]

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