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'Obamacare' sign-ups 45 percent ahead of last year's pace

Posted 11/16/2017 in National

Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health plans are running more than 45 percent ahead of last year's pace, according to government data released Wednesday.



Trump returns to GOP panic. Will he try to push Moore out?

Posted 11/15/2017 in National

President Donald Trump spent five days in Asia largely keeping the Alabama Senate scandal at bay. He won't be so lucky on U.S. soil.



Washington GOP boosts pressure on Alabama party on Moore

Posted 11/15/2017 in National

Washington Republicans tightened pressure Tuesday on Alabama's GOP to keep a defiant Roy Moore from being elected to the Senate next month, with many voicing hope that President Donald Trump could use his clout to resolve a problem that Republicans say leaves them with no easy options.



Obama health mandate now target of GOP in big tax bill

Posted 11/15/2017 in National

The Obama health care law's requirement that Americans get insurance coverage is now pinned as a target of Republican lawmakers, as they look to end the individual mandate to help pay for deep cuts in their tax legislation.



Experts: Bush groping allegations would be hard to prosecute

Posted 11/15/2017 in National

Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched six women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time, if they had been prosecuted.



Republicans continue abandoning Moore after new accusations

Posted 11/14/2017 in National

Roy Moore's support from fellow Republicans is hemorrhaging after a second woman accused the Alabaman of groping her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s, the latest setback to his effort to win an open Senate seat that suddenly seems up for grabs.



Analysis says Senate bill would hike taxes for 13.8 million

Posted 11/14/2017 in National

Promoted as needed relief for the middle class, the Senate Republican tax overhaul actually would increase taxes for some 13.8 million moderate-income American households, a nonpartisan analysis showed Monday.



Trump heads home after 'tremendously successful' Asia trip

Posted 11/14/2017 in National

President Donald Trump headed for home Tuesday following an extensive tour of Asia that he said had been "tremendously successful" and had put the world on notice that the "rules have changed" for countries that want to trade with the U.S.



Oil prices are up now, but surge might be short-term

Posted 11/14/2017 in National

Oil prices have jumped by about one-third since the summer on signs of stronger economic growth around the world and fear of instability in the Middle East.



GOP leaders bolt from Senate candidate Moore after sex claim

Posted 11/10/2017 in National

A month before Alabama's special election, Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore abruptly faced lurid allegations Thursday of sexual misconduct with minors decades ago -- and an immediate backlash from party leaders who demanded he get out of the race if the accusations prove true.



Trump says US will no longer be taken advantage of on trade

Posted 11/10/2017 in National

Promising to put "America first" in his trade practices, President Donald Trump used a speech in Vietnam Friday to denounce multilateral agreements embraced by the region and deliver what appeared to be a rebuke to China, railing against trade practices he says have put Americans out of work.



Pastor: Texas church that was attacked will be demolished

Posted 11/10/2017 in National

The Texas church where more than two dozen people were killed by a gunman during Sunday services will be demolished, the pastor said.



Church shooting victims face many obstacles in court

Posted 11/10/2017 in National

Texas church shooting victims and their families could have a hard time successfully suing the government over the Air Force's failure to submit the gunman's criminal history to the FBI -- a step that would have blocked him from legally buying weapons.



AP: Russia Twitter trolls deflected Trump bad news

Posted 11/10/2017 in National

Disguised Russian agents on Twitter rushed to deflect scandalous news about Donald Trump just before last year's presidential election while straining to refocus criticism on the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton's campaign, according to an Associated Press analysis of since-deleted accounts.



White House: No formal Trump-Putin meeting on Asia trip

Posted 11/10/2017 in National

President Donald Trump will not have a formal sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin while the two attend a summit, the White House said Friday shortly before Trump landed in Vietnam, the fourth stop on his first official visit to Asia.



FEMA rethinking ban on disaster aid to church buildings

Posted 11/9/2017 in National

When disaster strikes, houses of worship are often on the front lines, feeding and sheltering victims.



Authorities review video of church attack

Posted 11/9/2017 in National

Authorities have reviewed video from inside the small-town Texas church where a gunman killed more than two dozen people, including footage that shows the assailant shooting victims in the head during Sunday services, a U.S. official said Wednesday.



Texas massacre is seized on by both sides in gun debate

Posted 11/9/2017 in National

Gun-rights supporters have seized on the Texas church massacre as proof of the well-worn saying that the best answer to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.



Gleeful Democrats see political wave; GOP says not so fast

Posted 11/9/2017 in National

Jubilant Democrats across America are declaring their big election victories in Virginia and New Jersey -- their first of the young Trump era -- mark the beginning of an anti-Trump surge that could re-shape the balance of power in Congress in 2018.



New faces to bring new diversity to Virginia lawmakers

Posted 11/9/2017 in National

Danica Roem, a transgender woman whose defeat of an outspoken, socially conservative lawmaker has made news around the world, is just one of several women making history in this week's Virginia elections.



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