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Ryan won’t say tax plan won’t raise deficit

Ryan won’t say tax plan won’t raise deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan declined Wednesday to say the evolving Republican tax cut plan won't add to the nation's already mammoth budget deficits. A chief goal of the effort will be to spark economic growth, he said in an AP Newsmaker interview.

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Marcy Gordon
Senate GOP looking for budget deal to open way to tax redo

Senate GOP looking for budget deal to open way to tax redo

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pushing toward the Republicans' prime goal of tax legislation, the GOP Senate leader and members of the Budget Committee are scrambling to come up with a budget deal to clear the way for the first tax overhaul in three decades.

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Top senator sees both parties blamed if no health compromise

Top senator sees both parties blamed if no health compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Both parties must give ground to craft a compromise bill shoring up the nation's individual health insurance markets or they'll be blamed for hurting millions of consumers, the chairman of the Senate health committee said Wednesday.

Congress returns, faces pressing issues including Harvey aid

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Erica Werner

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers returned to Washington Tuesday facing fast-approaching deadlines, including pressing demands to replenish dwindling disaster aid reserves as Texas and Louisiana dig out from Harvey and an even more powerful hurricane, Irma, bears down on the U.S.

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Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump, Moscow retaliates

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Richard Lardner

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is sending a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia to President Donald Trump to sign after the bill received overwhelming support in Congress. Moscow has already responded, ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and closing the U.S. embassy's recreation retreat.

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Cancer can’t put muzzle on Sen. McCain

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Laurie Kellman

WASHINGTON -- John McCain couldn't bring himself to vote for Donald Trump -- so he talked about writing in his best friend's name for president. After the election, he's been the leading Senate Republican critic of Trump's posture toward Russia.