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Senate Republicans Gain Momentum on Tax Reform Budget Measure

“Without a budget and reconciliation, Republicans would need 60 votes in the Senate, where they hold a 52-48 majority” writes Min Read for reuters.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday gained crucial support for a vote on a budget resolution that is vital to President Donald Trump’s hopes of signing sweeping tax reform legislation into law before January. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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Federal judge in Bob Menendez bribery case strikes down request for acquittal

“A federal judge overseeing the bribery case against Sen” writes Katie Leach for washingtonexaminer.com. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., says he won’t dismiss any of the charges against the senator, leaving it up to the jury to decide his fate.”We are living in a real world of reality and common sense,” Walls explained in a lengthy opinion he read on Monday. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Judge won’t toss bribery case against Menendez

“A Newark federal judge ruled to let the high-profile bribery case against Sen” reports nypost.com. The judge made the ruling after the defense requested that the judge dismiss the case — or at least some charges — based on a 2016 Supreme Court ruling that dramatically narrowed the definition of bribery. But the judge on Monday ruled that the jury could determine that Menendez held the meetings because he “sought to pressure or advise” other officials to take official action, which counts as bribery under the McDonnell ruling.The defense argued…

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Trump Obamacare move seen harming Americans, bipartisan prospects

“Collins and Pelosi see a bipartisan path on healthcare in discussions on possible legislation between Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty Murray” reports foxbusiness.com. Last week, the president also offered an invitation for Democratic leaders to come to the White House to negotiate on healthcare. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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Trump boasts about ‘plunging’ insurance stocks

“The Trump administration recently made a decision to end subsidy payments worth billions to health insurance companies” writes Aol Staff for aol.com. In a tweet on Saturday, President Trump seemed to boast about the impact of that move on the stock prices of those companies. “Health Insurance stocks, which have gone through the roof during the ObamaCare years, plunged yesterday after I ended their Dems windfall!” Trump wrote.Trump echoed similar thoughts on Friday, when he told reporters, “as far as the subsidy is concerned, I don’t want to make the insurance companies rich.”…

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Duterte warns of ‘revolutionary govt’…

“Duterte said he would resort to a revolutionary government, as opposed to martial law that would require congressional approval, if communists and other opponents tried to destabilise his rule” writes unknown author for yahoo.com. Duterte was elected last year largely on an incendiary law-and-order platform in which he promised to eradicate illegal drugs in society by killing 100,000 people. Source: yahoo.com Share This:

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On Washington: For Republicans, ‘Failure Is Not an Option’ on Tax Cuts

“But a Republican failure to succeed on a tax bill would provide an irrefutable answer” writes Carl Hulse for nytimes.com. Corker has very close relationships in the Senate, and many Republicans doubt he would kill the budget or tax plan simply to spite Mr.Corker is a senior Republican member on the Budget Committee who had already expressed misgivings about the tax plan and the potential for higher federal deficits.The House last week narrowly passed its version of a budget, but not before 18 Republicans defected. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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Republican Senators Want No Part of Trump-Corker Feud

“With their shrugs and with their silence, Republican senators responded on Monday to the Trump-Corker feud with a resounding plea: Keep us out of it” writes Russell Berman for theatlantic.com. The reticence of Republican senators to take sides was notable, but not surprising.The Republican senators keeping quiet on Monday included those who have most frequently criticized the president: John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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TAX PLAN AT RISK?

“They discussed legislative priorities including tax reform, immigration, government funding and health care, White House spokesman Lindsay Walters said in a statement” writes unknown author for bloomberg.com. Allies of President Donald Trump say they fear his feud with Republican Senator Bob Corker risks unraveling the White House tax overhaul effort and that another major legislative failure could hobble the administration for the rest of his term.Apart from Corker, Paul has criticized the tax framework, fretting that it would lead to tax increases for some middle-income taxpayers.They say they’re encouraged by his…

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Dianne Feinstein says not clear any rule could have prevent Las Vegas shooting in ‘gun-happy’ America

“The [National Rifle Association] says that guns don’t kill people” writes Sean Higgins for washingtonexaminer.com. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a longtime advocate of tougher gun regulations, said Sunday that it was not clear what rules could have prevented the tragic shooting in Las Vegas last week. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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