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House Republicans Nearing Agreement to Pass Tax Package

But they're still working out how to pay for new tax breaks

(Newser) - Congressional Republicans on Tuesday were speeding toward an agreement on a massive tax package that would ease the hit on Americans living in high-tax states and appease corporations that could have lost precious tax breaks. Negotiators were working to expand a deduction for state and local taxes to allow individuals... More »

McConnell on Tax Bill: We've Got 50 Votes

Senate majority leader says GOP leaders convinced enough holdouts

(Newser) - "We have the votes." So declared Mitch McConnell Friday on the GOP's bid to push a $1.4 trillion tax bill through the Senate. The final vote in the chamber is expected to come later Friday. The Senate majority leader's comment came soon after the No.... More »

Locals Say Moore Was Banned From Mall for Harassing Girls

Despite denial, he appears to have signed latest accuser's yearbook

(Newser) - After a woman came forward to accuse Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was a 16-year-old waitress, he issued another denial, saying he didn't know her or the restaurant she worked in—but her yearbook appears to tell a different story. Beverly Young Nelson showed reporters a... More »

Lawmakers Push for Ban on Device Paddock Used

Republicans say they're willing to consider bump stock ban

(Newser) - The deadliest mass shooting in modern US history might actually result in bipartisan progress on gun control—although it involves a device many people hadn't heard of before the Las Vegas massacre. Republicans in the House and Senate say they're willing to consider banning bump stocks, a device... More »

These 4 People Are Being Interviewed for FBI Director

One of them's not sure he wants the job

(Newser) - President Trump has stepped up his search for an FBI director to replace James Comey and he says he might name his choice by the end of next week. Insiders say Trump is looking at around a dozen candidates, four of which will be interviewed at the Justice Department Saturday.... More »

Senators Vow to Write Their Own Health Bill

They say they're not going to be rushed

(Newser) - ObamaCare is "dead," President Trump declared after the House narrowly passed the American Health Care Act Thursday—but before he can sign the death warrant, a bigger battle looms in the Senate. Republican senators say they're going to craft their own ObamaCare replacement bill, and with the... More »

Dems Facepalm Over AG's Meeting With Bill Clinton

Loretta Lynch is heading federal probe into Hillary Clinton's email woes

(Newser) - As the FBI and Justice Department probe the Hillary Clinton email saga , two people who probably shouldn't have met did just that Monday. Bill Clinton was waiting to depart Phoenix's airport when Attorney General Loretta Lynch landed for a community event—and so Clinton ambled across the tarmac... More »

Planeload of Women, Kids Sent Back to Honduras

Texas lawmakers move to make deportations easier

(Newser) - Aid workers, camera crews, politicians, and even the nation's first lady were on hand as a planeload of mothers and children being sent back from the US arrived in Honduras yesterday. The planeload of around 40 people from a New Mexico detention center is just the "initial wave"... More »

Texas Primaries: Wins for Wendy, Kinky, a New George Bush

Tea Party largely sent home in 2014's 1st vote

(Newser) - Election season has kicked off with the nation's first statewide primary, in which 26 GOP candidates jostled for the nominations for six of Texas' top jobs—and another George Bush was among the winners. Some highlights from the Texas primaries:
  • Sen. John Cornyn and several House Republicans were able
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Dems Put Forward Debt Limit Measure

Senators fear White House edging toward negotiations

(Newser) - President Obama and Senate Democrats have put a long-term measure to raise the debt ceiling on the table. The legislation would boost the debt ceiling by $1 trillion, the Washington Post reports—though Dems say in order to avoid default, they might OK a short-term solution instead, even if it... More »

Senate Begins Work on Immigration

Its prospects may hinge on border security and one amendment in particular

(Newser) - It took a long while to get to this point, but the Senate today officially began work on an immigration reform bill, reports the Hill . The first vote was a procedural matter to take up the measure, and it passed by a whopping 84-15 vote. But all the coverage makes... More »

Congress: We're Not Avoiding Cliff Cuts

Democrats considering putting them off again, but many skeptical deal will emerge

(Newser) - Washington is bracing itself for a sweeping, painful set of across-the-board spending cuts, because lawmakers doubt they'll be able to come up with a deal to avert them, the Washington Post reports. While proposals are in the works to avert what's known as sequester, party leaders don't... More »

Marco Rubio Drops PIPA Sponsorship

Says he's worried about unintended consequences

(Newser) - Internet, you have been heard—by a couple of influential senators at least. Marco Rubio says he's dropping his support of the Protect Intellectual Property Act, of which he is a co-sponsor, Politico reports. In a Facebook post , the Florida senator says he's heard "legitimate concerns about... More »

Deficit Talks Deadlocked, Despite GOP Revenue Offer

Democrats say it's not high enough

(Newser) - Republicans on the deficit super committee finally budged on revenues this week, in what Dick Durbin yesterday hailed as “a breakthrough” in the talks. But Democrats swiftly rejected the GOP’s offer for $350 billion in new revenue as insufficient, leaving the committee about where it was—with less... More »

Graham: Afghanistan Drawdown May Kill Momentum

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham is not a fan of President Obama's plan to withdraw 30,000 troops from Afghanistan, telling a Chris Wallace-less Fox News Sunday that "He may have undercut the momentum we achieved in the last year. Things were moving in the right direction." Graham fretted that... More »

GOP Senate to Force Dems to Raise Debt Ceiling Solo?

They're toying with the idea of withholding all support

(Newser) - With the United States poised to crash into its $14.294 trillion debt ceiling no later than May 16, Senate Republicans are considering letting Democrats raise it all on their own, with a straight party vote, reports the Huffington Post . Republicans have been insisting on spending cuts and reforms in... More »

Democrats Putting Up a Fight

Midterms aren't a done deal yet

(Newser) - Democrats may be on the ropes, but a Republican takeover of the House is hardly a done deal, according to a state-by-state analysis from the New York Times . By now, Republicans had expected to have a variety of races already settled, but Democratic incumbents are proving more tenacious than... More »

Franklin Graham: Islam is 'Wicked'

Elsewhere: Bill Richardson says Dems are 'scared' of tea party

(Newser) - ABC’s This Week waded into some controversial waters today with a town hall discussion on Islam, and no one was more controversial than Rev. Franklin Graham (son of Billy), who called the religion “evil” and “wicked.” Quoth Graham: “They want to build as many... More »

Republicans Won't Retake Senate

GOP would need to stage three or four massive upsets

(Newser) - Republicans are hoping to clean up this November, but they can pretty much forget about taking over the upper chamber, David Catanese writes for Politico . The GOP needs to gain 10 seats to take over, and they have decent odds in six or seven contests. But to pick up those... More »

Napolitano: The Border Is More Secure Than Ever

And crime is down in border states, too

(Newser) - Janet Napolitano pushed back against immigration alarmists yesterday, even as she touted the the White House's latest efforts to secure the border. The Obama administration will deploy an unmanned aerial drone in Texas, and allow local police communities to temporarily “deploy” to assist the National Guard along the border,... More »

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