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Trump teases tax plan release, but it may not be a complete plan

8:44 am Apr. 22, 2017

President Donald Trump on Friday promised a “big announcement” next week on his plans for major tax reform, but soon after, top administration officials were tempering expectations, indicating that the White House would be releasing broad goals of a tax plan, not the details in full legislative text.

“We’ll be having a big announcement on Wednesday having to do with tax reform,” Mr. Trump said as he signed several executive orders

Capitol Hill still trying to figure out departure of Rep. Jason Chaffetz

11:27 am Apr. 21, 2017

Capitol Hill is still trying to digest the biggest news of the week from the halls of Congress, as the decision of Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to not run for re-election in 2018 – and maybe resign his seat in Congress before the end of his term – could open up a fight for the chairmanship of a key House committee, even as many wonder why Chaffetz would just walk

Trump tax reform plan coming “very soon”

10:38 pm Apr. 20, 2017

A week before the 100 day mark of President Donald Trump’s time in office, top administration officials say they are on the verge of releasing a sweeping plan to reform the nation’s tax system, waving off questions about whether legislative troubles with a GOP health care proposal would foreshadow tax troubles as well.

Asked when the details of the plan would be released, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, “Soon, very soon.”

“We’re

Trump on Paris attack: “What can you say? It just never ends”

5:41 pm Apr. 20, 2017

Again calling for the United States to be ‘strong’ and ‘vigilant’ when it comes to terrorism, President Donald Trump made clear the shooting of police officers in France on Thursday was an all too familiar refrain.

“It looks like another terrorist attack. What can you say? It just never ends,” the President said at a joint news conference with the Italian Prime Minister.

“We have to be strong, we have

For second time this week, Trump jabs at Canada over trade

1:15 pm Apr. 20, 2017

As he signed an executive order providing for a review of possible dumping of steel in U.S. markets, President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded new trade negotiations with Canada, charging American producers are being hurt in trade involving dairy, lumber, timber and energy resources.

“We going to have to get to the negotiating table with Canada, very, very quickly,” the President said in the Oval Office.

Mr. Trump has previously raised questions

GOP making noise again about renewed push on Obamacare overhaul

8:18 pm Apr. 19, 2017

Almost two weeks after leaving Washington, D.C. on an Easter break without taking action on health care, the GOP effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law began rumbling again on Wednesday, both from the White House and Congress, as Republicans gave hints that they were narrowing differences on a health overhaul measure.

“We’re very close,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan during a speech in London, as he said the

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he will not run for re-election in 2018

11:23 am Apr. 19, 2017

In a surprise announcement, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said he would not run for re-election to the Congress, or any other office in 2018, as the high profile chairman of the House Oversight Committee will leave the U.S. House after his current terms runs out on Capitol Hill.

“For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. I am healthy. I am confident I

Homeland Security chief says Congress should “shut up and support” Trump efforts to slow illegal immigration

12:13 pm Apr. 18, 2017

After almost three months of stepped up enforcement under President Donald Trump, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday that new efforts to stem the flow of illegal immigration into the United States are quickly paying off, as he said lawmakers in Congress who don’t like the enforcement changes by the Trump Administration should change the laws, or “shut up.”

“If lawmakers do not the laws that we enforce, that we