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Return of 2 ill GOP senators crucial next week for tax bill

Posted yesterday in National

Ailing Republican senators John McCain and Thad Cochran missed votes this week, but their presence will be crucial early next week as the GOP tries to pass a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax package in the Senate with a razor-thin majority and all Democrats opposed to the legislation.


FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality'

Posted yesterday in National

The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds.



Black women seek rewards from Democrats after Alabama race

Posted yesterday in National

Once again, black women showed up for Democrats, with nearly all of them voting in Alabama for new Sen. Doug Jones, just as they did for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in other states over the last few months.



Suspect in Charlottesville attack faces new charge: first-degree murder

Posted yesterday in National

The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him.



Putin says Trump foes harm US with Russia collusion probes

Posted yesterday in National

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday the U.S. is only hurting itself with investigations of alleged collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, and the Kremlin leader vowed he won't allow the radical opposition at home to challenge the status quo as he seeks re-election.



Poll: Most believe Trump trying to obstruct Russia probe

Posted yesterday in National

Most Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal or at least unethical regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia -- and they think he's trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections.



Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

Posted yesterday in National

Breaking with years of courting the U.S., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator and suggested he might not cooperate with the Trump administration's much-anticipated effort to hammer out an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.



Dustin Hoffman accused of new incidents of sexual misconduct

Posted yesterday in National

More women are accusing Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including an incident in which a playwright says the actor exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room when she was 16-years-old.



After big Senate loss, what's next for firebrand Roy Moore?

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

Roy Moore has now lost more statewide races than he's won in Alabama, including a Senate contest that seemed within reach. So will the Republican former judge now abandon politics and ride off into the sunset?



Bannon, undeterred, under siege from GOP after Alabama loss

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

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.



GOP says it's got a deal on taxes; cuts coming for next year

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation's tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans -- Donald Trump among them -- and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to the GOP president.



Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

She was first roused awake at 2:30 a.m. by a call seeking an emergency placement for a child.



Ky. lawmaker accused of assault dies in apparent suicide

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide Wednesday night, the county coroner said. He was 57.



Former 'Apprentice' contestant Omarosa leaving White House

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

True to form, former "Apprentice" star Omarosa is ending her time at the White House with a dose of drama.



Analysis: Trump bets on Moore and suffers stinging defeat

Posted 12/13/2017 in National

Rarely has a sitting president rallied behind such a scandal-plagued candidate the way Donald Trump did with Alabama's Roy Moore.



Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

Posted 12/13/2017 in National

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate rate to a level slightly higher than what businesses and conservatives wanted.



Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google in 2017

Posted 12/13/2017 in National

Matt Lauer. Bitcoin. DACA. Monkey selfies. Jeremy Lin's hair. Do-it-yourself eclipse glasses. Tom Petty's death. National anthem protests in the NFL. And "Cash Me Outside."



Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'

Posted 12/13/2017 in National

This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism."



Turbulent Senate race now in hands of Alabama voters

Posted 12/12/2017 in National

Depending on who is making the case, Alabama's special Senate election today is about either continuing the "Trump miracle" in Washington or allowing "decency" to prevail back home.



Mario Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

Posted 12/12/2017 in National

Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" on Monday as he said that reports of sexual misconduct "match up" to his behavior.



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