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Speaker Ryan And House GOP Leadership Discuss GOP Tax Bill

House and Senate Reach Deal on Tax Reform

House and Senate GOP leaders have forged an agreement on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws. That paves the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses and give most people tax cuts starting next year

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FBI Agent in Russia Probe Called Trump an 'Idiot'

An FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation over politically charged text messages referred to Donald Trump as an "idiot" and said that a Trump victory would be "terrifying," according to text messages

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Kentucky Lawmaker Facing Allegations Kills Himself

Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide, the county coroner said. He was 57

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Salma Hayek Pens Powerful Essay on Harvey Weinstein

"In his eyes, I was not an artist. I wasn’t even a person," Hayek wrote. "I was a thing: not a nobody, but a body." The star said Weinstein repeatedly harassed her as she worked to produce her 2002 movie Frida

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Multiple Women Accuse Russell Simmons of Rape

Three women have accused music producer Russell Simmons of rape, speaking out about incidents that occurred in the 1980s and 1990s. Simmons had stepped down from Def Jam Recordings after facing other accusations of sexual misconduct

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Holds Press Briefing At The White House

Omarosa Manigault Newman to Leave the White House

The White House says Omarosa Manigault Newman — one of President Donald Trump's most prominent African-American supporters — plans to leave the administration next month. Manigault Newman is a former contestant on Trump's reality TV show "The Apprentice"

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Visits French Ministry Of Foreign Affairs In Paris

Tillerson Offers to Begin Direct Talks With North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal

Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London

U.K. Parliament Gets Veto Power on Brexit Deal

British lawmakers delivered a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans. by giving Parliament the final say on any exit agreement the government reaches with the E.U. The vote came on the eve of a major E.U. summit

Geminid Meteor Shower

When to Watch the Geminid Meteor Shower

Every year in December, stargazers are treated to the spectacle of the Geminid meteor shower. This year, the Geminids will be visible on the night of Dec. 13 into the morning of Dec. 14

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And Merriam Webster’s Word of the Year for 2017 Is...

After measuring which terms had more lookups this year than in years past and weighing those words against the news of the day, one piece of language stood out to the dictionary company's editors as the 2017 Word of the Year: feminism

President Putin visits Russian Hmeimim air base in Syria

Putin Says Russian Troops Will Withdraw From Syria

Russian troops will begin withdrawing from Syria under new orders issued by Vladimir Putin, who visited the war-torn country unannounced. Direct Russian military action in Syria began in 2015 after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appealed to Putin for help