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Another Louisiana corporate tax overhaul dies in House committee | NOLA.com

Another proposal to overhaul Louisiana's corporate tax structure, and to make it harder for businesses to take advantage of tax credits and …

Trump May Be Spoiling For A Shutdown Fight, But It Could Spell Disaster In 2018

The White House and Congress reached a deal last week to keep the government open — at least until this fall.<p>But in reality, the compromise may well have just kicked the can down the road until September, when both sides may be spoiling for a fight amid the specter of a government shutdown.<p>The …

State Department nominee calls for 'robust' response to Russian election interference

John Sullivan, the Trump administration's nominee to become deputy secretary of state, told a Senate committee Tuesday that Russian interference in elections in the United States and Europe requires a "robust" response.<p>At his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, …

With Obamacare under GOP attack, New York could fight back with a single-payer plan

<b>Health care activists (Getty/Kevin Hagen)</b><p>New York may be the first states to escape the Trumpcare threat by offering a single-payer option to all residents<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>May 9, 2017 8:59am (UTC)<p>Last week the House of Representatives passed a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, cutting …

A lot of research shows that putting 13 male senators in charge of a health-care bill is a lousy idea

Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have now drawn no less than three viral flare-ups of outrage in the past two months among critics — each for the lack of women either among their ranks or at their decision-making tables.<p>First there was the widely shared photo of …

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GOP congressman storms out of interview after reporter asks about screening town hall attendees

In an interview on Monday, investigative reporter Josh Scheinblum asked Blum a total of three questions about why he chose to make attendees show IDs, pointing out that critics would say the decisions he made impacted other Iowans.<p>"I don't represent all Iowans," Blum said. "I represent the first …

Burr threatens subpoenas if Trump aides ignore his deadlines

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr on Tuesday threatened to subpoena Trump campaign aides if they ignore deadlines to turn over records to his panel, explaining that he had received just two responses to an initial request for information.<p>“I think all options are on the table, and I think …

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Trump Hires Law Firm to Fight Suggestions of Russia Business Ties

President Donald Trump has hired a Washington law firm to send a letter to a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee saying he has no connections to Russia, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday.<p>Spicer's revelation was in response to a question from reporters on a briefing about …

Pastor slams Paul Ryan's Harlem school visit as 'photo op'

On Tuesday, U.S. congressman Paul Ryan visited a Harlem charter school, sparking protests after the Republican leader and his GOP House colleagues …

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John McCain Is 'Disappointed' That President Trump Fired James Comey

Senator John McCain said Tuesday evening he was “disappointed” in President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, although he …

Fiscal discipline? Not now, as GOP pushes tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans relentlessly complained about big budget deficits during Democratic President Barack Obama's two terms, but now a …

Democratic leaders demand a special prosecutor after Comey firing

They say we are approaching a “constitutional crisis.”<p>Congressional Democrats are calling President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey a national crisis and demanding that a special prosecutor be appointed to continue the bureau’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s connections to …

The One Republican Who Might Stop Paul Ryan From Destroying Health Care

The House of Representatives last week passed draconian cuts to health-care coverage by starting on their right flank, and then pressuring vulnerable …

Trump’s Proposed Tax Cut Could Open a Path to Widespread Avoidance

President Trump’s proposal to cut taxes is short on details. But some people can already see opportunities for widespread tax avoidance.<p>The problem: an across-the-board business tax of 15 percent intended not only for large multinational companies, but also for partnerships and sole proprietorships …

Senate GOP Plans Secret Health Debate That May Take Months

Senate Republican leaders are starting what’s shaping up to be a secretive process to write their version of an Obamacare overhaul -- even after some …

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Donald Trump says Congress has too much power. He's wrong.

The president wants more authority, but his ignorance makes Congress even more important.<p>Throughout his life, progressive paragon Woodrow Wilson sneered at a system of government that vested so much power with Congress. Wilson, who enjoyed pointing out that the president was the only person elected …

U.S. Senate finance panel unlikely to support import tax: chairman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 20 percent import tax, backed by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, is unlikely to win enough support from the Senate Finance Committee to be part of any Senate tax reform bill, the panel's Republican chairman said on Tuesday.<p>The comment by Senator Orrin …

He Alone Can Fix it: Time for Trump to Testify on Russia Ties

Only the president can put this matter to rest.<p>President Donald Trump has encouraged his former national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, to testify before Congress and derided President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, for declining an invite to do the same. …

'An Act of Presidential Imperialism'

Historians of the United States call the FBI director’s firing an extraordinary moment—but not entirely unprecedented.<p>President Donald Trump’s extraordinary decision to fire the FBI director James Comey is a stunning moment in American politics, one that has historians reaching back decades for any …

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GOP senators can cut Obamacare taxes or preserve coverage for millions — but probably not both

As they wrestle with how to replace the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans face a critical choice between cutting taxes or preserving health coverage for millions of Americans, two competing demands that may yet derail the GOP push to roll back the 2010 healthcare law.<p>House Republicans, who …

Democrats Are Shaming Republicans by Holding Town Halls in GOP Districts

You would have thought they were his people. The hundreds who packed a congressman’s town hall in Kingston, New York, on Monday night gave him a …

Paul Ryan whined to Seth Myers about his coverage. It was a mistake

The late-night talk show host received an email from the House speaker and you’ve got to see what happened next<p>On the "Late Show" on Monday night, host Seth Meyers revealed that he had received an email from the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan promoting the GOP's spin on the American Health Care …

Comey firing troubles top Republican lawmakers

<b>(CNN) —</b> Top Republicans, including the senator directing the Senate's Russia investigation, said Tuesday they were "troubled" by President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, while other GOP lawmakers tried to stay out of the growing political storm.<p>"I am troubled by the timing and …

Sen. Hatch: 'The public wants every dime they can be given'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch warned Tuesday that efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in the Senate might be complicated because once the public "is on the dole, they'll take every dime they can."<p>The comment by one of the key Senate architects of the ongoing …

Barack Obama slams media's 'unfair' treatment of Hillary Clinton during US election

The president questioned why people were 'acting surprised' that hacking disadvantaged the Democrat.<p>US president Barack Obama has hit out at the …

Election officials focus on whether voter ID laws contributed to Hillary Clinton's defeat

Starting with John F. Kennedy's victory over Richard Nixon in 1960, Delia Anderson had voted in 14 straight presidential elections.<p>She had cast her ballot at the same polling place for years, never with a glitch. This year, however, a volunteer driving her to the polls mentioned that she would be …

Obama says partisan divisions make U.S. vulnerable to foreign propaganda

President Obama used one of the last news conferences of his presidency Friday to lament the country’s deep political divisions, asserting that they make the United States vulnerable to foreign ma­nipu­la­tion, and to warn President-elect Donald Trump to be less casual in his dealings with foreign …

Ohio governor signs 20-week abortion ban, vetoes heartbeat bill

Columbus, Ohio, Dec 14, 2016 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a bill banning abortions performed after five …

The electoral college has always been the wrong way to choose a president

The electoral college ought to have been struck from the Constitution or invalidated by the Supreme Court long ago.<p>Donald Trump’s electoral college victory — despiteHillary Clinton’s lead of more than 2.5 million in the popular vote — is only the latest proof that it’s the wrong way to choose a …

Five Ways to Restore the Separation of Powers

It isn’t enough for Trump to quickly rescind Obama’s executive orders. Congress also needs to act.<p>The worst legacy of the Obama administration may be disdain for the Constitution’s separation of powers. President Obama’s actions have created dangerous stress fractures in our constitutional …