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After Alabama, abortion may be backseat issue in 2018 races

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. Read More

Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 10:28 am
Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump today defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth. Read More

Poll: 52 percent say country worse off under Trump

Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 7:14 am
Americans are painting a pessimistic view of the country and President Donald Trump as 2017 comes to a close. Read More

Border arrests surge, erasing much of Trump’s early gains

The U.S. government on Friday announced a seventh straight monthly increase in people being arrested or denied entry along the Mexican border, erasing much of the early gains of President Donald Trump’s push to tighten the border. Read More

Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 12:48 pm
A federal judge in Philadelphia today ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women’s access to free birth control. Read More

White House to push merit-based immigration in new campaign

Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 8:04 am
The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn public opinion against the nation’s largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push next year to move toward a more merit-based structure. Read More

Tillerson backtracks on offer of unconditional N. Korea talks

America’s top diplomat stepped back today from his offer of unconditional talks with North Korea, telling world powers the nuclear-armed nation must earn the right to negotiate with the United States. Read More

Trump touts loyalty to police but delivers attack on FBI

Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 9:45 am
Taking aim at the credibility of the FBI, President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on the bureau’s leadership even as he praised state and local police officers as a bulwark against rising violence and crime. Read More

GOP tax bill will slash corporate rate, drop levies on rich

Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 6:07 pm
After weeks of quarrels, qualms and then last-minute horse-trading, Republicans revealed their huge national tax rewrite late today — along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval next week in time to give President Donald Trump the Christmas legislative triumph he’s been aching for. Read More

Senate may put off most anticipated Russian probe findings

Updated on  December 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm
With no firm conclusions yet on whether President Donald Trump’s campaign may have coordinated with Russia, the Senate intelligence committee could delay answering that question and issue more bipartisan recommendations early next year on protecting future elections from foreign tampering. Read More

Ex-‘Apprentice’ star Omarosa to tell all about White House

Former “Apprentice” star Omarosa is putting the White House on notice as she makes her exit: She has “quite a story to tell” about her time in President Donald Trump’s administration and “the world will want to hear it.” Read More

White House aims to sway opinion on immigration overhaul

The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn public opinion against the nation’s largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push next year to move toward a more merit-based structure. Read More

Rubio threat to vote ‘no’ imperils tax bill

Updated on  December 14, 2017 at 4:47 pm
The Republicans’ razor-thin margin for driving their sweeping tax package through the Senate has been jeopardized by Florida’s Marco Rubio, who says he will vote against it unless negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their children. Read More

GOP’s Farenthold, bowing to pressure, won’t seek re-election

Updated on  December 14, 2017 at 12:23 pm
Two Republicans say Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold won’t seek re-election next year. The lawmaker is under pressure from sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced three years ago but have come under renewed focus. Read More

Bannon, undeterred, under siege from GOP after Alabama loss

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is catching blame from fellow Republicans for coughing up a safe Senate seat in deep-red Alabama and foisting damaging political advice on President Donald Trump. Read More

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith today to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken’s Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 special election. Read More

Former ‘Apprentice’ contestant Omarosa leaving White House

Updated on  December 13, 2017 at 5:29 pm
The White House says Omarosa Manigault Newman — one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent African-American supporters — plans to leave the administration next month. Read More