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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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White House: Trump's Gillibrand Tweet Not Sexist

The White House strongly denied that President Trump was making a sexist comment when he tweeted that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand "would do anything" for campaign donations. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump's remark about the New York Democrat was about a corrupt political system


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

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

NYC Subway Explosion

Suspected NYC Bomber Taunted Trump on Facebook

A Bangladeshi immigrant arrested in a New York subway bombing blamed President Donald Trump for the botched suicide mission that he said he carried out for the Islamic State group, authorities said as they brought federal charges against him


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

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Trump Falsely Claims He Never Met His Accusers

President Donald Trump targeted the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, calling their claims "false" and "fabricated." While Trump claimed he did not "know and/or have never met" them, several of the women had participated in events he hosted

Close up of head of an African penguin

Scientists Discover Human-Sized Penguin Fossil

Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was as big as a grown man, roughly the size of the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It measured nearly 5 feet, 10 inches long when swimming

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