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Fact Check: Scarborough Staffer’s Death Not a ‘Mystery’

Fact Check: Scarborough Staffer’s Death Not a ‘Mystery’

President Donald Trump asked via Twitter if NBC would fire Joe Scarborough based on an “unsolved mystery” years ago in Florida.
U.S. Rebukes China for Backing Off Market Embrace

U.S. Rebukes China for Backing Off Market Embrace

A member of the Chinese People's Liberation Army stands guard outside the Great Hall of the People ahead of the closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in
House Plans Two-Week Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

House Plans Two-Week Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

House Republican leaders plan to seek a two-week spending bill to fund the government until Dec. 22 and avoid a shutdown next week, two senior House GOP aides said Thursday.
GOP Grapples With Trigger Provision in Tax Bill

GOP Grapples With Trigger Provision in Tax Bill

Senate Republicans are looking to approve their tax-overhaul legislation as soon as Thursday night -- but wrangling continues over whether to include a trigger for tax increases if economic growth
Rep. Black Wants Certainty With Tax Reform

Rep. Black Wants Certainty With Tax Reform

Rep. Diane Black, chairman of the House Budget Committee and a Republican from Tennessee, discusses the prospects for U.S. tax reform with Bloomberg's Vonnie Quinn and Shery Ahn on "Bloomberg
U.S. Government Should Negotiate Drug Prices, Adviser Group Says

U.S. Government Should Negotiate Drug Prices, Adviser Group Says

The U.S. government should use its heft to negotiate lower prescription drug prices, according to a group of independent experts who advise the nation on science and medicine.
Texas Republican Joe Barton to Retire After Nude Photo Circulates

Texas Republican Joe Barton to Retire After Nude Photo Circulates

Republican Representative Joe Barton, Texas’ most senior member of Congress, announced he won’t seek re-election.
Sen. John McCain Says He Will Support Senate Tax Bill

Sen. John McCain Says He Will Support Senate Tax Bill

Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, released a statement Thursday that he has decided to support the Senate tax bill. Bloomberg Businessweek's Megan Murphy reports on "Bloomberg Markets."

Senate GOP’s Tax ‘Trigger’ Draws Scorn From Economists

“It’s a bad idea,” said Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.
Ryan Invites Trump to Deliver State of Union Address Jan. 30

Ryan Invites Trump to Deliver State of Union Address Jan. 30

House Speaker Paul Ryan has formally invited President Donald Trump to deliver his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 30.
Groucho Marx, Michael Flynn and a Sanctions Trial's Lighter Side

Groucho Marx, Michael Flynn and a Sanctions Trial's Lighter Side

A money-laundering trial that started in Manhattan this week could deal a serious blow to Turkish-U.S. relations. Little wonder, then, that lawyers are grasping for moments of levity.
Erdogan Linked at Trial to Plot to Evade Iran Sanctions

Erdogan Linked at Trial to Plot to Evade Iran Sanctions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was implicated for the first time in a plot to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.
White House Weighs Replacing Tillerson With Pompeo

White House Weighs Replacing Tillerson With Pompeo

The White House is weighing a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, three administration officials said, amid frustration with the top diplomat’s slow pace of
Pelosi, Ryan Call on Conyers to Quit After Sex-Harassment Claims

Pelosi, Ryan Call on Conyers to Quit After Sex-Harassment Claims

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker Paul Ryan called on Representative John Conyers to resign amid allegations that he sexually harassed members of his staff.
Venezuela Arrests Former Oil Heads as Maduro Widens Purge

Venezuela Arrests Former Oil Heads as Maduro Widens Purge

A purge in Venezuela’s economically crucial energy establishment reached the top tiers of power as the former heads of the oil ministry and state-run producer PDVSA were accused of corruption and
White House Official Says Plan Being Discussed to Replace Tillerson With Pompeo

White House Official Says Plan Being Discussed to Replace Tillerson With Pompeo

Rex Tillerson, U.S. secretary of State, listens to a question at a news conference during the Security Consultative Committee (2+2) meeting at the State Department in Washington, D.C., U.S., on
Franken Groped Army Veteran During USO Tour, Report Says

Franken Groped Army Veteran During USO Tour, Report Says

She got in line to take a photo with him and she says he groped her right breast.
U.S. Pledges Hungarian Media Funding to Loosen Orban’s Sway

U.S. Pledges Hungarian Media Funding to Loosen Orban’s Sway

The U.S. pledged to provide funding to cash-starved media outlets in rural Hungary, where allies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban dominate.
Eastern Cape Backs Ramaphosa to Lead South Africa's ANC

Eastern Cape Backs Ramaphosa to Lead South Africa's ANC

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa won the backing of a third province in the battle to succeed President Jacob Zuma as leader of the ruling party next month, extending his early lead in
Rep. Hensarling on Tax Trigger, CFPB, Deregulation

Rep. Hensarling on Tax Trigger, CFPB, Deregulation

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and a Republican from Texas, discusses the Republican tax bill, confusion over leadership of the CFPB, and the future of bank