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  • President Trump gives final pitch on tax reform

    WASHINGTON — president Donald Trump, eyeing his first major legislative victory, made his closing argument Wednesday on a tax package that negotiators on Capitol Hill are “days away” from passing. “As a candidate, I promised we would pass a massive tax cut for the everyday working American families who are the backbone and the heartbeat of our country,” he said. “Now, we are just days away, I hope, I hope, you know what that means, right, from keeping that promise […]

  • Democrat Doug Jones wins special election against Roy Moore for Alabama Senate seat

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Democrat Doug Jones wins election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama, the Associated Press reports. Voters in the deeply conservative and heavily Republican state dealt a stark political blow to President Donald Trump and narrow the GOP’s majority in the Senate to two seats. The state’s former U.S. attorney beat Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court whose campaign was upended by allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls amid a national reckoning […]

  • Alabama special Senate race now in hands of voters

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama voters headed to the polls Tuesday in Alabama’s special Senate election and faced two choices: Either continue the “Trump miracle” in Washington or allow “decency” to prevail back home. At the center is Roy Moore — “Judge Moore,” to his supporters. The 70-year-old Republican was twice ousted as state Supreme Court chief justice after flouting federal law, and now he’s attempting a political resurrection amid accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in […]

  • NYPD commissioner says pipe bomb was terror-related; 3 injured

    MANHATTAN — A man inspired by the Islamic State group set off a crude pipe bomb strapped to his body Monday in a crowded subway corridor near Times Square, injuring the man, slightly wounding three others and sending New York commuters fleeing in terror through the smoky passageway. Surveillance cameras captured the man walking casually through the crowded passage when the bomb went off at 7:20 a.m. amid a plume of white smoke, which cleared to show the man sprawled […]

  • Firefighters brace for second week of California wildfires

    LOS ANGELES — As Southern California enters its second week engulfed in flames, fire officials anticipate more growth and danger due to continued strong wind gusts, no rain and decades-old dry vegetation. A powerful flare-up on the western edge of the largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames ripped down hillsides toward coastal towns northwest of Los Angeles. New evacuations were ordered as the fire sent up an enormous plume near Montecito and Carpinteria, seaside […]

  • Final push for Moore and Jones in Alabama Senate race

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Alabama Democrats see Tuesday’s special Senate election as a chance to renounce a history littered with politicians whose race-baiting, bombast and other baggage have long soiled the state’s reputation beyond its borders. Many Republicans see the vote as chance to ratify their conservative values and protect President Donald Trump’s agenda ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. At the center are Republican Roy Moore, a former jurist twice removed as state chief justice and now accused of sexual […]

  • Never used before, ‘purple’ fire warning in So. California due to Santa Ana winds

    LOS ANGELES — Southern Californians already dealing with a siege of destructive wildfires were warned to be ready for extreme fire potential early Thursday, but conditions turned out to be less dire than predicted even though strong Santa Ana winds were blowing. Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, had said Wednesday that a color-coded danger scale had reached purple, which was never used previously, and winds could reach 80 mph. Later, the California Office […]

  • Sen. Franken plans statement Thursday after other senators call for resignation amid sexual harassment allegations

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Al Franken’s office announced he will make a statement Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times, after numerous Democratic senators called for his resignation Wednesday amid allegations of sexual harassment. A top Senate Democrat said he expects Franken to resign Thursday. In a tweet Wednesday, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said that Franken is expected to announce his resignation on Thursday. Wyden tweeted that “It is the right thing to do given this series of serious allegations.” Sens. […]

  • House votes to kill Democrat’s resolution to impeach Trump

    WASHINGTON — The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to kill a resolution from a liberal Democratic lawmaker to impeach President Donald Trump as a majority of Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the move. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said Trump had associated his presidency with causes rooted in bigotry and racism. To back his claim accusing Trump of high misdemeanors, Green cited incidents such as Trump’s blaming both sides for violence at a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his […]

  • Democratic female lawmakers, including Claire McCaskill, call for Franken to step down

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Al Franken’s support among his fellow Democrats is cratering as a host of female Democratic senators Wednesday called upon him to resign. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., all called on Franken to step down. Al Franken should resign. — Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 6, 2017 The calls came as another woman accused Franken of sexual misconduct in an account to Politico. “I […]

  • White House news briefing

    President Donald Trump is predicting that Congress will come together quickly to reconcile differences in a sweeping tax overhaul passed by the House and the Senate. Trump says in a meeting with a half dozen Republican senators at the White House that he calls the joint House-Senate conference committee “the mixer.” Trump says, “everyone gets together and they pick all the good things and get rid of the things they don’t like.” In reality, the conference will involve tough negotiations […]

  • Pres. Trump forges ahead on Jerusalem despite warnings of violence

    JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump forged ahead Tuesday with plans to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially violent protests. Trump also told the leaders of the Palestinian Authority and Jordan in phone calls that he intends to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It remained unclear, however, when he might take that physical step, which is […]