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The entrance to the office of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is seen on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, as the senior lawmaker and chairman of the Armed Services Committee is away as he is treated for the side effects of brain cancer therapy. As Senate Republicans rush toward votes next week on their sweeping $1.5 trillion tax package, it is uncertain whether Sen. McCain and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., will be back and well enough to cast their votes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 15, 2017 - 6:02 am
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO COULD HOLD UP GOP TAX PACKAGE Republican Senator Marco Rubio's potential defection over a tax credit for low-income parents puts a speed bump into his party's effort to approve tax...
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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, center, talks with Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., left, as they leave the chamber following a vote, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 15, 2017 - 3:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Marco Rubio's potential defection over a tax credit for low-income parents put a speed bump into GOP leaders' drive to push their big tax package through the Senate, but it's a complication that's likely to be resolved. The Florida senator declared Thursday that he'll...
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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, confers with an aide as tax bill conferees gather to work on the sweeping GOP plan, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 14, 2017 - 10:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican tax overhaul (all times local): 10:30 p.m. A Democratic senator taking part in talks on the GOP tax package says a provision allowing churches to endorse political candidates and still keep their tax-free status won't be in the final bill. Oregon Sen...
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A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing the Hang Seng Index at a bank in Hong Kong, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Asian stock markets were mostly lower Friday as uncertainty over a sweeping U.S. tax revamp outweighed an optimistic Japanese economic survey. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
December 14, 2017 - 9:53 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Friday as uncertainty about the progress of a sweeping U.S. tax revamp outweighed an optimistic Japanese economic survey. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 0.9 percent to 22,498.85 while South Korea's Kospi climbed 0.4...
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Oakland Raiders president Marc Badain speaks during a Las Vegas Stadium Authority meeting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Stadium Authority, responsible for the under-construction Raiders stadium in Las Vegas meet to discuss any progress in an agreement that will dictate how the NFL team and the football team of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas will share the facility.(Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
December 14, 2017 - 9:39 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The public entity that oversees the Oakland Raiders' proposed stadium in Las Vegas on Thursday gave its blessing to a plan that by law the team had to come up with to ensure the greatest possible participation by the local community in the design, construction and operation of the...
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December 14, 2017 - 7:41 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The public entity that oversees the Raiders' proposed stadium in Las Vegas has expressed satisfaction over a plan presented by the team that addresses minority hiring goals. The stadium authority board on Thursday discussed a draft of the community benefits agreement, which by law...
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The guidance and warhead camera control of an Iranian Qasef-1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, used as a one-way attack UAV to dive on targets and then detonating its warhead, which was fired by Yemen into Saudi Arabia, according to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley during a press briefing at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington. Haley says "undeniable" evidence proves Iran is violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen. Nikki Haley unveiled recently declassified evidence including segments of missiles launched at Saudi Arabia from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
December 14, 2017 - 7:34 pm
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. SUPPORT WAVERS FOR TAX OVERHAUL The GOP's razor-thin margin for driving its sweeping tax package through the Senate is thrown into jeopardy when GOP Sen. Marco Rubio declares that, at this...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, speaks with European Council President Donald Tusk during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. European Union leaders are gathering in Brussels and are set to move Brexit talks into a new phase as pressure mounts on Prime Minister Theresa May over her plans to take Britain out of the 28-nation bloc. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
December 14, 2017 - 6:56 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union chief Donald Tusk warned Thursday of a bruising Brexit battle ahead as Britain and the remaining 27 EU countries move onto to discussions over their future trade relations. As all 28 EU leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, arrived in Brussels for a...
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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, center, talks with Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., left, as they leave the chamber following a vote, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 14, 2017 - 6:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans' razor-thin margin for driving their sweeping tax package through the Senate was thrown into jeopardy Thursday when GOP Sen. Marco Rubio declared he will vote against it unless negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their children...
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December 14, 2017 - 5:00 pm
In a story Dec. 6 about potential conflicts of interest among state legislators, The Associated Press and Center for Public Integrity reported erroneously that Nevada lawmakers in a special session last year took a historically unprecedented step in waiving requirements that legislators disclose...
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