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House Republicans delay Wednesday release of tax bill details

8:28 pm Oct. 31, 2017

Amid signs of internal GOP discord over some of the details, Republicans on Tuesday evening struggled to put the finishing touches on what would be the first major tax reform package since 1986, as key lawmakers decided to delay – at least for one day – the release of the tax bill’s fine print, forcing businesses big and small, lawmakers, individuals, and lobbyists to keep waiting to see the text

FEMA: Cost of current disaster relief at $200 million per day

12:38 pm Oct. 31, 2017

Giving his agency high marks for how the feds responded to three major hurricanes and serious wildfires in California, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told Congress on Tuesday that the cost of dealing with those disasters continues to stress the resources of the federal government.

“I’ve heard numbers inside from my finance guys that say we’re probably spending about $200 million a day right now, just responding to

On eve of tax bill roll out, Trump campaign starts new TV ad on health care

8:28 am Oct. 31, 2017

A day before Republicans in the House are scheduled to unveil a GOP tax reform bill, President Donald Trump’s campaign on Tuesday started running an ad on cable television networks that focuses on an issue that’s currently sidelined in the Congress, vowing that the President will overhaul the Obama health law, accusing Democrats of standing in the way of efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“Our new ad sends a clear

What’s next in the Mueller probe of Russia’s 2016 election interference

11:46 pm Oct. 30, 2017

The first public legal actions in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections roiled the White House and Capitol Hill on Monday, as President Donald Trump again declared there was no evidence of his campaign’s collusion with Moscow, while critics of Mr. Trump said it was probably just the tip of the iceberg in the investigation being led Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who obtained the first guilty

8:47 am Oct. 30, 2017

Just over five months after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the first concrete legal actions on that investigation began to play out in Washington, D.C. on Monday morning, with a focus on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and of his top associates.

Here is the latest on today’s developments:

8:45 am – Both Manafort and one of his

9 months in, tax reform is Trump’s main hope for a big 2017 win in Congress

4:00 am Oct. 30, 2017

As Republicans in the Congress finally roll out the details this week of their tax reform bill, that measure has morphed into the best chance – maybe the only chance – for a major GOP legislative victory on Capitol Hill in 2017, as President Donald Trump continues to argue that GOP lawmakers will overcome any internal party divides, and get the job done on the first major tax reform package

Puerto Rico Governor calls for cancellation of Whitefish Energy power restoration deal

11:50 am Oct. 29, 2017

After days of questions about the awarding of a $300 million, no bid contract to a small firm from Montana to restore power in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the Governor of Puerto Rico on Sunday said it was time to cancel the contract between Whitefish Energy and the Puerto Rican electrical authority, as he asked two states with strong to the island for help.

“There can be no distraction that