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Congress May Fix Tax Tweak That Gives Farm Co-Ops an Edge

Congress May Fix Tax Tweak That Gives Farm Co-Ops an Edge

A provision in last month’s U.S. tax overhaul that gives farmers the opportunity to significantly minimize their taxable income is drawing fire from some companies who could lose out as a result,
IRS Sets Withholding Tables as GOP Pledges Paycheck Increase

IRS Sets Withholding Tables as GOP Pledges Paycheck Increase

The Internal Revenue Service released guidance for employers about how much tax they should withhold from workers’ paychecks in 2018 -- and said it would soon offer an online calculator employees can
GOP Rep. Hill Says He'd Like to See Equitable Solution for Dreamers

GOP Rep. Hill Says He'd Like to See Equitable Solution for Dreamers

Republican Congressman French Hill of Arkansas discusses the spending bill, DACA and immigration policy on "Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power." (Source: Bloomberg)
White House Rejects Senate Immigration Proposal, Seeks Changes

White House Rejects Senate Immigration Proposal, Seeks Changes

The Trump administration rejected a bipartisan Senate proposal to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, saying it needed more work.
Shrinking EPA Workforce Has Already Reached Reagan-Era Levels

Shrinking EPA Workforce Has Already Reached Reagan-Era Levels

Retirements and departures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have shrunk its workforce to levels not seen since the Reagan administration.
Bannon Expected to Meet With House Panel in  Russia Probe

Bannon Expected to Meet With House Panel in Russia Probe

Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, is expected to meet privately with the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016
Germany Backs Macron Push to Stand Up to China, Machnig Says

Germany Backs Macron Push to Stand Up to China, Machnig Says

Germany supports French President Emmanuel Macron’s initiative to bolster Europe’s defenses against an assertive China, that’s applying double standards in how it treats domestic and foreign
Zuma to Host Kenyatta for State Visit, Kenyan Presidency Says

Zuma to Host Kenyatta for State Visit, Kenyan Presidency Says

President Jacob Zuma will host Kenyan leader Uhuru Kenyatta for a State visit later this year, the Kenyan Presidency said in a statement after the two men held talks Thursday in the South African port
Trump Plans to Bring at Least Six Cabinet Secretaries to Davos, Sources Say

Trump Plans to Bring at Least Six Cabinet Secretaries to Davos, Sources Say

President Donald Trump is planning to bring a big delegation with him to Davos in two weeks, including at least six Cabinet secretaries and some of the White House’s senior staff, according to two
A Guide to the Giant Foreign Buyers of U.S. Debt

A Guide to the Giant Foreign Buyers of U.S. Debt

It’s the biggest pile of debt in the world: the $14.5 trillion U.S. Treasuries market.
Disaster Mitigation Targeted by Trump Saves $6 for Every $1 Spent, Report Says

Disaster Mitigation Targeted by Trump Saves $6 for Every $1 Spent, Report Says

Federal programs to protect Americans against extreme weather and other natural disasters save even more money than previously thought, according to a report funded by the same agencies that have
Putin Says North Korea’s Kim ‘Won This Match’ on Nuclear Weapons

Putin Says North Korea’s Kim ‘Won This Match’ on Nuclear Weapons

Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has “won this match” in the contest to acquire nuclear weapons.
Trump Targets Hezbollah Before Key Iran Sanctions Deadlines

Trump Targets Hezbollah Before Key Iran Sanctions Deadlines

The Trump administration moved to ratchet up pressure on Iran Thursday as the president faces a series of deadlines for decisions on sanctions underpinning the 2015 nuclear deal with the Islamic

German Coalition Hinges on Pro-Europe Signal to Macron, Official Says

Germany’s Social Democrats need a strong signal from Chancellor Angela Merkel that she is prepared to back French President Emmanuel Macron’s initiative to bolster Europe if they are to agree on
House Backs Warrantless-Spying Bill After Confusion Over Trump Tweets

House Backs Warrantless-Spying Bill After Confusion Over Trump Tweets

The House voted Thursday to extend the government’s authority to spy on foreigners’ digital communications, hours after President Donald Trump sowed confusion over the bill by sending a tweet that
Choose Your Own Brexit Outcome With Four Scenarios, 12 Sectors

Choose Your Own Brexit Outcome With Four Scenarios, 12 Sectors

Four Brexit scenarios, 12 industries, lots of possibilities but not a lot of good news in the end.
Math Whiz Who Doubled Debt Is Favorite to Win Colombian Election

Math Whiz Who Doubled Debt Is Favorite to Win Colombian Election

When he left office in 2015, Antioquia’s debt had ballooned to 1.4 trillion pesos, from 640 billion pesos when he took office.
Canada Seeks Nafta Progress on Cars Amid Warnings Trump May Quit

Canada Seeks Nafta Progress on Cars Amid Warnings Trump May Quit

A day after expressing concerns President Donald Trump will walk away from Nafta, Canada’s government signaled it will try to keep negotiations moving forward by seeking to break an impasse over
Everyone Has a Budget But the U.S. Government, Says Sen. Kennedy

Everyone Has a Budget But the U.S. Government, Says Sen. Kennedy

Republican Senator John Kennedy weighs in on a potential government shutdown, immigration reform and the U.S. budget with Bloomberg's David Westin on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas." (Source: