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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 11:29 p.m.

As tax bill evolved, benefits for corporations and the wealthy grew

When Senate Republicans introduced their tax bill in the middle of last month, they faced competing interests: Some senators thought it wasn’t generous enough for working families. Others thought it …


Samuelson: Tax bill is wrong policy, wrong time

There should be no net increase in budget deficits; indeed, other taxes (a carbon tax?) should be gradually increased to help close the long-term gap between federal spending and taxes.


Paul Waldman: Republicans making tax bill even worse

The corporate tax cuts – which would overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy – are permanent. Which tells you exactly where the Republicans’ values lie and whom they’re trying to serve.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 9:09 p.m.

House panel to weigh bill expanding gun rights

House Republicans moved forward on legislation to expand gun owners’ rights, the first gun-related measure since mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas killed more than 80 people.


Bannon has House Republicans looking over shoulders for 2018

Steve Bannon is telling people he’s not coming after mainstream Republicans in the House the way he’s targeting senators with anti-establishment disrupters in primaries. Many in the House are looking …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 9:38 a.m.

Froma Harrop: Tax plan would hurt homeowners everywhere

Property taxes are how cities and towns pay for police, schools and roadwork. Doing away with their deductibility would hurt local governments’ ability to raise revenues to cover such services.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 2:26 p.m.

Moore targeted by fellow Republicans’ comments in new ad

The words of prominent Republicans are being used against Alabama’s GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore in a campaign ad.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Mixed signals sent on fate of tax bill’s health provision

Two of President Donald Trump’s leading economic advisers sent mixed signals Sunday on the fate of a health care provision in the Senate version of a $1.5 trillion measure to …


Greg Sargent: Angry exchange between senators unmasks the GOP’s tax-cut lies

Republicans made corporate tax cuts permanent, while the tax cuts for working stiffs are temporary. It’s a payoff for the GOP’s big-money donors, and a scam to hide what the …


Mark Sanford leading effort to oppose energy bill championed by GOP leaders

House Republicans want to look strong on expanding domestic energy independence, but a bill that would give them those bragging rights could face backlash from environmentalists in their own party.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 4:36 p.m.

Derided by critics, trickle-down economics gets another try

Behind their legislation is a theory long popular among conservatives: Slash taxes for corporations and rich people, who will then hire, invest and profit – and cause money to trickle …


Oregon Sen. Jackie Winters selected as Republican Leader

Republicans in the Oregon Senate have chosen Sen. Jackie Winters to be their new leader.


Texas may swap U.S. House seniority for staunch conservatism

Four veteran Texas Republicans are quitting Congress, meaning the country’s largest red state will be trading House seniority for newcomers who could prove even more conservative and willing to buck …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Moore dismisses allegations in story, says lawsuit to come

Amid pressure from within the Republican Party to step aside, GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore on Sunday night called a newspaper report carrying allegations he had sexual contact with a …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Partisan divide grows in U.S. states, with mixed results

In a decade that has seen a resurgence of American political polarization, two-thirds of all state governments now will be fully controlled by either Democrats or Republicans. That rivals the …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 3:06 p.m.

Republicans successful in expanding Montana special session

Republican lawmakers have successfully expanded the scope of Montana’s special session next week to vote on cuts proposed by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and consider additional fund transfers as the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 8:13 p.m.

Senate GOP tax bill would delay corporate cut, undo deductions

Senate Republicans revealed the details of their sweeping tax legislation Thursday.


Gleeful Democrats see political wave; GOP says not so fast

Jubilant Democrats across America are declaring their big election victories in Virginia and New Jersey – their first of the young Trump era – mark the beginning of an anti-Trump …


AP source: Mueller’s probe draws in Democrat, Republican

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury is investigating a prominent Democratic lobbyist and a former GOP congressman for their involvement in an influence campaign on behalf of Ukrainian interests tied …


Editorial: GOP disarms little guy in bank fights

You cannot band together with other aggrieved parties and go to court, even if there’s a demonstrated pattern of abuse by the corporations affecting millions of customers.


Ryan: People don’t care about senator’s concerns about Trump

Remember the extraordinary public clash this week between two Republican senators and President Donald Trump? House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that people aren’t interested.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

U.S. agrees to pay tea party groups in suits over IRS scrutiny

The Trump administration has agreed to a “very substantial” payout and is apologizing to tea party groups to settle lawsuits over the extra, often burdensome IRS scrutiny they received when …


GOP lawmakers propose new conditions on health bill

Two top Republicans announced a bill Tuesday restoring federal subsidies to insurers that includes tough conditions sought by the White House. Senate Democrats have enough votes to kill it, but …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

GOP senators blister Trump, reveal party at war with itself

In a furious exchange of tweets and counter-tweets, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Republican Sen. Bob Corker “couldn’t get elected dog catcher,” and the senator fired back that Trump …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 8:23 a.m.

Trump’s candidate stirs no love in Virginia’s Trump country

Ed Gillespie is a Washington insider and Trump’s choice as Virginians prepare to go to the polls. The president promised southwest Virginia voters in a tweet, “Ed Gillespie will never …


Marc A. Thiessen: Bump-stock solution a cop-out

Empowering ATF to ban firearms devices without explicit authorization from Congress is a far greater threat to the Second Amendment than any legislation Congress could pass.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

Bannon brings message of Republican revolt to California

Former White House adviser Steve Bannon wants to oust Republican senators he feels are disloyal to President Donald Trump. But in California on Friday, he’s in a state that Trump …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 3:40 p.m.

Senate moves ahead on GOP budget that’s key to taxes

The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party’s politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Democrats should move left

The center is all but gone. We have become a country dominated by its extremes.


Bannon on GOP insurgency: ‘Nobody can run and hide’

Steve Bannon has a stark message to Republican incumbents he considers part of the establishment: “Nobody can run and hide.”