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Tax Cuts Are a Hit With One Pivotal G.O.P. Group: Rich Donors
Republicans have struggled to sell voters on the benefits of the tax cuts despite strong economic growth and the lowest unemployment numbers in 20 years. Had the tax bill failed, Mr Bliss said, I think they would have been very disappointed and very deflated. Image Some of the group's advertising so far has focused on tax cuts, in a way that contrasts with Republican candidates' strategies. Factoring in individual income tax cuts, those high earners will reap about 14 percent of the law's benefits.
Trump Accuses Social Media Firms of Discrimination Against Conservatives
Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices, Mr Trump wrote on Twitter, saying that censorship is a very dangerous thing. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won't let that happen, he added. Social media companies, facing pressure from lawmakers and users over their role in the rise of misinformation and partisan division, have promised to step up their enforcement practices.
States Rush to Rein In Prescription Costs, and Drug Companies Fight Back
In the absence of federal action, states are taking the lead in combating high drug prices, said State Representative Sean Scanlon of Connecticut, a Democrat. In addition, the middlemen, known as pharmacy benefit managers, must disclose the amount of rebates and other price concessions they receive from drug companies. Drug companies dropped the lawsuit in June after Nevada agreed that certain information in the drug price reports could be kept confidential.
Trump Has Attacked the Russia Inquiry Over 250 Times. Here Is What's True.
Mr Manafort was the Trump campaign chairman during the last stretch of the Republican primary campaign. He worked for the campaign for 144 days - not 49 days or three and a half months, as Mr Trump alternately has claimed. Mr Trump has repeatedly accused Democrats of colluding with Russia. Interview with The Washington Examiner, April 26, 2017 As evidence of Democratic collusion, Mr Trump has said John D Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, owned a company in Russia.
Accusing Trump Adviser of Repeatedly Lying to Investigators, Mueller Asks for Jail Time
The defendant's lies undermined investigators' ability to challenge the professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States, the memo said. The government understands that the professor left the United States on Feb 11, 2017, and he has not returned to the United States since then. Mr Mueller's memo recommended that Mr Papadopoulos be imprisoned for up to six months; a judge is expected to issue a ruling on his sentence in early September.
Judge Bars Statements Made by Guantánamo Detainees During F.B.I. Interrogations
To attenuate that, the bureau sent in a clean team, whose agents did not know what the detainees had previously said, to start over with questioning them. In a 36-page ruling handed down Friday, the judge, Col. James L Pohl, said that those summaries were not an adequate substitute. It is not clear how the reasoning behind Colonel Pohl's decision to suppress the FBI statements, if it stands, will affect that question.
U.S. special counsel recommends six months in prison for Papadopoulos
Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended in a court filing on Friday that a judge sentence former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos to up to six months in prison for lying to agents investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. The government does not take a position with respect to a particular sentence to be imposed, but respectfully submits that a sentence of incarceration, within the applicable guidelines range of zero to six months imprisonment is appropriate and warranted, Mueller said in the filing.
The Biggest Stories in American Politics This Week
President Trump revoked the security clearance of John O Brennan, the former CIA director under President Barack Obama, on Wednesday, citing his erratic behavior and increasingly frenzied commentary. It was an act of retaliation that alarmed members of the intelligence and spy community and a potential threat of using presidential power against anyone connected to the Russia investigation.
Trump's Plan for Coal Emissions: Let Coal States Regulate Them
That, combined with allowing states to set their own rules, creates a serious risk that emissions, which had been falling, could start to rise again, according to environmentalists. The move follows a separate decision this month to freeze Obama-era fuel efficiency standards that were also aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Together the transportation sector and the power sector account for more than half of the country's emissions, according to the agency.
U.S. senators demand answers from Army after Reuters report on lead poisoning
Four US senators on Friday urged the Army to detail the steps it is taking to safeguard children from lead poisoning, citing a Reuters investigation into hazards on military bases. We write to you today concerned about recent reports of lead poisoning at a number of Army installations, the senators wrote. The lawmakers requested a detailed briefing on the Army's strategy to keep military families safe and proposals for potential action from Congress.
Justice Dept. Backs Suit Accusing Facebook of Violating Fair Housing Act
Facebook said on Friday that it has worked to prevent such misuse. Over the past year, we've strengthened our systems to further protect against misuse, said Andy Stone, a spokesman for the company. The approach, called microtargeting, has helped Facebook become one of the world's most lucrative and powerful companies. Federal prosecutors have said that Russians used Facebook to influence voters in the run-up to the 2016 election and to deepen political discord.
FBI probing cyber attack on congressional campaign in California
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a cyber attack on the congressional campaign of a Democratic candidate in California, according to three people close to the campaign. The incident, which has not been previously reported, follows an article in Rolling Stone earlier this week that the FBI has also been investigating a cyber attack against Hans Keirstead, a California Democrat. It also illustrates how small political campaigns do not have the resources to protect themselves from cyber attacks.
Trump Calls Manafort Trial 'Sad,' but Is Quiet on a Possible Pardon
Asked on Friday as he departed the White House whether he would pardon Mr Manafort if he is convicted, Mr Trump replied: I don't talk about that, No I don't talk about that. The president described Mr Manafort as a very good person who worked for him only briefly, adding: The whole Manafort trial is very sad. When you look at what's going on there, I think it's a very sad day for our country.
Booming Economy May Be Little Felt as Voters Decide
Republicans are telling you that tax cuts and roaring economic growth are going to stop any blue wave in the midterm elections. Democrats say the lack of wage growth, even as corporate profits surge, will impel voters to change leadership in Congress. A new survey of nearly 10,000 American adults shows that the strong economy is rallying Republicans and maybe swaying some independents.
Trade War Worries Iowa Republicans in a Close House Race
Advertisement Image By Natalie Kitroeff and Ben Casselman Aug 17, 2018 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The unemployment rate here is one of the lowest in the country. It's possible that it might look good right up until the midterms, said David Swenson, an economist at Iowa State University. Soybean producers in Iowa stand to lose $624 million from the trade war, according to Chad Hart, an economist at Iowa State University.
Canada on the Sidelines as U.S. and Mexico Near an Agreement on Nafta
On Friday, the United States and Mexico appeared close to agreeing on how to revise the 24-year-old Nafta deal. Canada, which has become one of Mr Trump's favorite foils in his fight over global trade, was not party to the talks. We're not negotiating with Canada right now, Mr Trump said at a cabinet meeting on Thursday. The United States and Mexico have expressed interest in signing a new Nafta deal by the end of August.
U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Myanmar Military Over Rohingya Atrocities
The murders, rapes and forced displacement of Rohingya by Burmese forces have amounted to one of the world's worst human rights atrocities of the past couple of years. The top United Nations human rights official, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, said in September that Myanmar's military campaign was a textbook example of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims. In November, the Trump administration also applied the ethnic cleansing label to the Myanmar government's actions. The Rohingya are not recognized as an indigenous ethnic group and are denied citizenship.
Trump doubles down on security clearances, former officials slam move
Former top US intelligence officials sharply rebuked US President Donald Trump on Friday for stripping one-time CIA director John Brennan's security clearance, but Trump defended his move and said he planned at least one more revocation. Trump defended his move on Brennan on Wednesday, saying it had elevated the former CIA chief rather than hampered his freedom of speech. The group of former officials included Robert Gates, George Tenet, David Petraeus, James Clapper and Leon Panetta, among others.
Trump defends ex-aide Manafort as jury ends second day of deliberations
Trump made his comments while the jurors, mulling 18 criminal counts against Manafort, deliberated behind closed doors on Friday morning. Asked by a reporter on Friday if he would pardon Manafort, Trump said, I don't talk about that now. Deliberations by the six women and six men in the jury were set to resume on Monday morning. On the first day of testimony, Trump said Manafort had been treated worse than 1920s gangster Al Capone.
Manafort jury breaks for weekend without reaching a verdict
The jury in the bank and tax fraud trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, stopped its work on Friday afternoon and will meet for their third day of deliberations on Monday at 9:30 a.m. , according to the judge in the case. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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