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As U.S. budget fight looms, Republicans flip their fiscal script

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of a conservative Republican faction in the U.S. Congress, who voted this month for a huge expansion of the national debt to pay for tax cuts, called himself a “fiscal conservative” [...]

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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Smith to join Senate, dive into campaign

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is vowing to “hit the ground running” as she joins the U.S. Senate this week while preparing to run in November. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Smith, his second-in-command, [...]

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Roberts: Judiciary will review sexual misconduct policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts used his annual report on the federal judiciary Sunday to promise a careful evaluation of its sexual misconduct policies and to highlight the work of court employees following the [...]

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Kim says US should know North Korean nuclear force a reality

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday that the United States should be aware that his country’s nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. But he also struck [...]

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Trump welcomes new year with party, tweets

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump bid farewell to 2017 with a lavish party at his private club, before kicking off 2018 with angry tweets about Iran and Pakistan. On Twitter Monday, Trump attacked [...]

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Ryan savors tax bill win, but coming fights could roil GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a victory lap so irresistible that Speaker Paul Ryan did it twice. When the House approved the $1.5 trillion Republican tax bill Tuesday and again Wednesday with minor changes, it was [...]

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No tax cuts for Christmas? Trump might delay bill signing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Celebrations aside, President Donald Trump may wait until next year to sign the tax bill into law, delaying $120 billion in automatic cuts to popular programs such as Medicare and sparing Republicans from [...]

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US slaps 5 Russians with sanctions over human rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on five Russians, including the leader of Chechnya, under a U.S. human rights law that has been a major irritant between Washington and Moscow. The five [...]