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First lady listens and learns about opioid crisis

Posted 9/29/2017 in National

Melania Trump is listening and learning about the nation's opioid epidemic.



Cheers, tears and hugs as wounded Scalise returns to Washington

Posted 9/29/2017 in National

Greeted by hugs, tears and a roaring standing ovation, a hobbling Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the House on Thursday, more than three months after a gunman sprayed fire at a baseball practice and left the lawmaker clinging to life.



$5 trillion question for Trump tax plan: How to pay for it?

Posted 9/28/2017 in National

How do you pay for an estimated $5.8 trillion tax cut?



Trump says Republicans have health care votes ... but they don't

Posted 9/28/2017 in National

Guess what? Turns out Republicans have the votes to push health care legislation through the Senate, but they've been flummoxed because one supportive senator is in the hospital.



Trump says he's not happy with HHS Secretary Tom Price

Posted 9/28/2017 in National

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is "not happy" with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price following reports that Price used a private plane for official business.



Moore's path to victory in Alabama: God, guns and defiance

Posted 9/28/2017 in National

Roy Moore wouldn't stand a chance in many Senate races after defying federal court orders, describing Islam as a false religion, calling homosexuality evil and pulling out a revolver on stage before hundreds of supporters.



US middle class gets richer, but wealthy do even better

Posted 9/28/2017 in National

Most American families grew richer between 2013 and 2016, but the wealthiest households pulled even further ahead, worsening the nation's massive disparities in wealth and income.



Now even money is running out in storm-hit Puerto Rico

Posted 9/28/2017 in National

First, Hurricane Maria knocked out power and water to Puerto Rico. Then diesel fuel, gas and water became scarce. Now, it's money.



Maria, again a hurricane, swirls over North Carolina beaches

Posted 9/28/2017 in National

Maria regained strength and became a hurricane again Wednesday, pushing water over both sides of North Carolina's Outer Banks and taking its time to slowly turn away from the U.S. Atlantic coast.



Twitter to talk to House, Senate in Russia probe

Posted 9/28/2017 in National

Social media giant Twitter will visit Capitol Hill Thursday as part of the House and Senate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.



Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91

Posted 9/28/2017 in National

Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner, the pipe-smoking hedonist who revved up the sexual revolution in the 1950s, has died at 91.



Firebrand jurist Moore wins GOP primary runoff in Alabama

Posted 9/27/2017 in National

Firebrand jurist Roy Moore won the Alabama Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, defeating an appointed incumbent backed by both President Donald Trump and deep-pocketed allies of Sen. Mitch McConnell.



Trump, GOP roll out tax plan; cuts rates, doubles deduction

Posted 9/27/2017 in National

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are rolling out a wide-ranging plan to cut taxes for individuals and corporations, simplify the tax system, and likely double the standard deduction used by most Americans.



Trump suddenly focuses on Puerto Rico, promises visit, aid

Posted 9/27/2017 in National

Suddenly, just about all President Donald Trump can talk about is Puerto Rico.



Congress at crossroads after another GOP health care failure

Posted 9/27/2017 in National

Congress is at a crossroads after Republicans' stinging failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law. But what's next -- more partisan conflict, or a pragmatic shift toward cooperation?



Equifax CEO steps down in wake of huge personal data hack

Posted 9/27/2017 in National

Embattled Equifax CEO Richard Smith stepped down Tuesday, less than three weeks after the credit reporting agency disclosed a disastrous hack to its computer system that exposed the sensitive personal information of 143 million Americans.



Senators grill SEC chair on disclosure of data breach

Posted 9/27/2017 in National

U.S. senators from both parties on Tuesday grilled the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission -- the agency responsible for policing Wall Street -- on its handling of a 2016 data breach that was disclosed only last week.



Construction starts on models of proposed Mexico border wall

Posted 9/27/2017 in National

Federal contractors on Tuesday began building prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, hitting a milestone toward a key campaign pledge.



As senators defect, GOP concedes health bill's fate bleak

Posted 9/26/2017 in National

Republican Sen. Susan Collins' decision to oppose the GOP push to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul leaves the effort all but dead, with even party leaders conceding that their prospects are dismal.



GOP, White House prepare to roll out tax cuts

Posted 9/26/2017 in National

The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the levy for the wealthiest Americans, with President Donald Trump ready to roll out the policy proposal at midweek.



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