U.S. lawyer defending travel ban grilled in court over Trump’s tweets

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK – Federal appeals court judges on Friday asked about President Donald Trump’s sharing of anti-Muslim videos on his Twitter account, as they grilled a U.S. government lawyer about the legality of the president’s latest travel ban. Judge Pamela Harris asked government lawyer Hashim Mooppan about Trump’s Nov. 29 online sharing of three anti-Muslim videos posted on Twitter by a far-right British party leader. Lawyers say that and earlier statements by Trump prove the…

"U.S. lawyer defending travel ban grilled in court over Trump’s tweets"

Senate tax drama enters complicated end-game

WASHINGTON – The Republican drive to push sweeping tax legislation through the U.S. Senate was hurtling on Thursday toward a dramatic conclusion, as Republican leaders pursued behind-the-scenes deals intended to secure enough votes for passage. After an official 20 hours of debate, the Republican-controlled Senate was expected to begin a potentially chaotic “vote-a-rama” on amendments from Republicans and Democrats before moving to a final vote late on Thursday or early on Friday. U.S. financial markets…

"Senate tax drama enters complicated end-game"

Tax overhaul drama moves to Senate as House approves its bill

WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans took important steps on Thursday toward the biggest U.S. tax-code overhaul since the 1980s, with the House of Representatives approving a broad package of tax cuts, and a Senate panel advancing its own version of the legislation sought by senior lawmakers and President Donald Trump. The House vote shifted the tax debate to the Senate, where a tax-writing panel finished debating and approved a bill late Thursday evening. That measure has…

"Tax overhaul drama moves to Senate as House approves its bill"

Exclusive: Rupert Murdoch twice discussed CNN with AT&T CEO – sources

NEW YORK – Rupert Murdoch telephoned AT&T Inc Chief Executive Randall Stephenson twice in the last six months and talked about cable network CNN, sources briefed on the matter told on Friday. According to one of the sources, the 86-year-old executive chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc offered to buy CNN in both conversations. Another source said Murdoch had “zero interest” in owning CNN. Representatives of Twenty-First Century Fox, AT&T and Time Warner, CNN’s parent,…

"Exclusive: Rupert Murdoch twice discussed CNN with AT&T CEO – sources"

Republicans push ahead with tax bill as Democrats sharpen attacks

WASHINGTON – Republican lawmakers on Monday began revising their proposed overhaul of the U.S. tax code, as Democrats pointed to the loss of popular deductions as proof the legislation was an assault on the middle class. A draft bill unveiled last week by Republicans in the House of Representatives, if enacted, would be the biggest restructuring of the tax system since the 1980s and the first major legislative victory of the Trump presidency. One of…

"Republicans push ahead with tax bill as Democrats sharpen attacks"

Trump, Japan’s Abe toast ‘bromance’ as two-day summit wraps up

TOKYO – Every American president has a favorite foreign leader. For Donald Trump, it seems to be Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two leaders toasted their “bromance” on Monday as they wrapped up two days of golf, burgers and serious talks on trade and North Korea. The two men have met face-to-face six times since Trump was elected U.S. president a year ago and had 16 telephone conversations. They’ve played golf twice, once at…

"Trump, Japan’s Abe toast ‘bromance’ as two-day summit wraps up"

Neither George Bush voted for Trump, book author tells New York Times

– George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush did not vote for fellow Republican Donald Trump last year, says the author of a new book on the 41st and 43rd U.S. presidents in which they open up about their disapproval of the man now occupying the White House. The elder Bush voted for Hillary Clinton, while his son voted for neither Trump nor his Democratic challenger, or ”none of the above,“ said Mark…

"Neither George Bush voted for Trump, book author tells New York Times"

Republicans unveil tax cut bill, but the hard work awaits

WASHINGTON – U.S. House of Representatives Republicans unveiled long-delayed legislation on Thursday to deliver deep tax cuts that President Donald Trump has promised, setting off a frantic race in Congress to give him his first major legislative victory. The 429-page bill, representing what would be the largest overhaul of the U.S. tax system since the 1980s, called for slashing the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent, cutting tax rates on individuals and…

"Republicans unveil tax cut bill, but the hard work awaits"

Trump’s tax cut won’t be the biggest in U.S. history

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump repeatedly says his proposed tax cut would be the biggest in U.S. history, but it will not even come close to the record. Trump would be on target if he were talking only about corporate taxes, but he has included other taxes in his boast. The president and his fellow Republicans in Congress propose cutting the top corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent. If they succeed, it…

"Trump’s tax cut won’t be the biggest in U.S. history"

After delay, Republicans in Congress prepare to introduce tax bill

WASHINGTON – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives were expected on Thursday to release a tax bill offering plenty of flexibility, as they grapple with stubborn internal disagreements on paying for the tax cuts they propose. After an embarrassing one-day postponement of the bill’s unveiling on Wednesday, lawmakers have made plans for a measure that will seek up to $6 trillion in tax cuts over 10 years but likely not spell out completely how…

"After delay, Republicans in Congress prepare to introduce tax bill"