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Dems divided on when to fight over fate of young immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a passionate, liberal Democrat of Puerto Rican descent, there is no more important issue in the year-end budget showdown than protecting from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children — and who have only known America as their home.


Admin says big revenue from GOP tax plan; analysts less rosy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican tax plan will deliver a swift adrenaline shot to the economy that will send hundreds of billions pouring into federal tax coffers, the Trump administration asserts in a new analysis. But nonpartisan analysts make a less rosy projection of new revenue from the tax legislation now before Congress.


Zinke, House GOP escalate feud with Patagonia over monuments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and House Republicans have escalated their feud with Patagonia after the outdoor retailer told Americans that President Donald Trump "stole your land" in his move to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments.


Q&A: What's next after Rep. Trent Franks' resignation?

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, a conservative anti-abortion Republican, has resigned after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers. One former aide told The Associated Press that the congressman pressured her to carry his child and once offered her $5 million to be a surrogate mother.


AP FACT CHECK: Blue high-tax states fund red low-tax states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders have spent months promoting the myth that red low-tax states are subsidizing blue high-tax states because of the deduction for state and local taxes.


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Ex-aide: Rep. Franks offered $5 million to carry his child

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother.


2 questions loom over House-Senate talks on GOP tax bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two looming questions threaten to snag the seemingly smooth trajectory of the Republicans' massive tax legislation now in its final leg in Congress. How to satisfy demands of the rebellious GOP lawmakers from high-tax states who demand concessions over a cherished deduction? And how to pay for those concessions?


Dems mourn Franken's demise but see a 2018 election benefit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of both parties are glum and guarded after a shocking week of resignations on Capitol Hill. But Democrats say the way they're handling the sexual misconduct issue will give them a valuable weapon for next year's congressional elections. Republicans say that's just wishful thinking.


Ex-aide: Rep. Franks offered $5m to carry his child

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother.


Sen. Warren critical of Trump decision on Jerusalem

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she worries that President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital will make it harder to achieve peace in the Middle East.


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The Latest: Ex-aide: Franks offered $5m to carry his child

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Arizona Rep. Trent Franks' resignation (all times EST):


2 Democrats: Minnesota governor's top choice mulling '18 run

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's top pick to fill Sen. Al Franken's Senate seat, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, is considering also running for the seat next year, as Dayton faces pressure from top Democrats in Washington to appoint more than a mere caretaker, according to two Democrats familiar with the discussions.


Dems mourn Franken's demise but see a 2018 election benefit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of both parties are glum and guarded after a shocking week of resignations on Capitol Hill. But Democrats say the way they're handling the sexual misconduct issue will give them a valuable weapon for next year's congressional elections. Republicans say that's just wishful thinking.


Trump signs 2-week spending bill to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday signed a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and keep the federal government running through Dec. 22.


2 questions loom over House-Senate talks on GOP tax bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two looming questions threaten to snag the seemingly smooth trajectory of the Republicans' massive tax legislation now in its final leg in Congress. How to satisfy demands of the rebellious GOP lawmakers from high-tax states who demand concessions over a cherished deduction? And how to pay for those concessions?


AP Exclusive: Former aide says GOP Rep. Trent Franks offered her $5 million to carry his child

WASHINGTON (AP) — AP Exclusive: Former aide says GOP Rep. Trent Franks offered her $5 million to carry his child.


The Latest: Dayton pressured on Franken appointment

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's plans to resign following allegations of sexual harassment (all times local):


House Democrats want financial records tied to Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee pressed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday to turn over records detailing any financial ties between President Donald Trump, his family and associates and Russian interests.


North Dakota lawmakers sue Gov. Doug Burgum over vetoes

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature filed a lawsuit Friday against Gov. Doug Burgum, alleging he overstepped his authority on some vetoes he issued.


Correction: Sexual Misconduct-Farenthold story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 7 about a House Ethics Committee investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the panel's chairwoman, Rep. Susan Brooks, was from Alabama. She is from Indiana.


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After NYC subway bombing, Trump slams 'chain migration'

After NYC subway bombing, Trump slams 'chain migration'

Charge dropped for 'It's OK To Be White' commentator

Charge dropped for 'It's OK To Be White' commentator

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Tribes: Monument co-management proposal is slap in the face

Tribes: Monument co-management proposal is slap in the face

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Report: FBI investigating Gov. Cuomo's office

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Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

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