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Trump Takeaway on Tech: Enforcement Over Regulation

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:48:54 EST

With its lawsuit against the AT&T-Time Warner deal and plan to roll back net-neutrality rules, the administration is fleshing out a regulatory approach: Instead of the Obama administration’s adoption of bright-line rules, it is stressing the enforcement of longstanding laws and regulations.image

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Trump Administration to Tap Political Science Professor for Census Post

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:00:42 EST

The Trump administration plans to pick Thomas Brunell, a Texas political science professor, as the new deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau, to help manage the day-to-day operations of the agency. image

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Texas Congressman Apologizes After Nude Photo Circulates on Internet

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:26:23 EST

Rep. Joe Barton (R., Texas) apologized to his constituents on Wednesday for not using better judgment in his personal life, after a nude photo of him circulated on the internet this week. image

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Mueller Probes Jared Kushner's Contacts With Foreign Leaders

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:08:37 EST

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators are asking questions about White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s interactions with foreign leaders during the presidential transition and what role he may have played in firing former FBI Director James Comey.image

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Trump Begins Vacation, but Controversies Extend to Mar-a-Lago Resort

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:39:20 EST

President Donald Trump has returned to his Mar-a-Lago resort to find a winter White House that increasingly has become in embroiled in the politics of his first year in office.image

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Tax Bill's Fine Print: Making It Tougher for Cities, States to Refinance Debt

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:45:47 EST

Cities and states across the U.S. are warily bracing for the elimination of the tax exemption on certain bonds they rely on to refinance old bonds.image

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U.S. Calls Myanmar's Actions Against Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:15:27 EST

The U.S. declared Myanmar’s military campaign against its Muslim minority “ethnic cleansing,” setting the stage for tougher action against the country.image

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Facebook Plans to Let Users Know if They Followed Russian Pages

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:43:35 EST

Facebook plans to tell millions of users who liked or followed any of the 290 Facebook and Instagram pages created by Russian actors that they were ensnared in an alleged misinformation campaign around the U.S. presidential election last year. image

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Federal Judge Throws Out Lawsuits Over NSA's Bulk Collection

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:23:11 EST

A federal judge threw out two long-running lawsuits challenging the National Security Agency’s collection of phone records under a surveillance program that Congress curbed in 2015. image

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Three Missing After U.S. Navy Plane Crashes Near Japan

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:11:28 EST

Eight people have been rescued and three are missing after a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed into the sea south of Japan.image

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Trump Administration Blasts Mexico, Canada For Limited Nafta 'Headway'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:40:16 EST

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer issued a downbeat assessment Tuesday of efforts to rewrite Nafta, decrying ‘a lack of headway’ and criticizing Canada and Mexico for refusing to ‘seriously engage’ on controversial U.S. proposals aimed at cutting the U.S. trade deficit.image

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Meet the Antitrust Chief Heading Up AT&T-Time Warner Lawsuit

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:14:49 EST

The Justice Department’s new antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, needed just seven weeks to land himself in the middle of the biggest antitrust case in 20 years.image

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With Tax-Plan Push, Hatch Faces a Deal-Making Test

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:43:06 EST

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch faces some of the biggest challenges as he ushers the Republican plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code through the Senate Finance Committee that he chairs. image

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Conyers Settlement Shines Light on How Congress Handles Sexual Harassment

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:46:06 EST

Michigan Rep. John Conyers acknowledged he settled a wrongful-dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee, after a news report said the settlement involved sexual-harassment allegations. image

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Trump Signals Support for Roy Moore Over Democratic Opponent

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:43:13 EST

President Donald Trump indicated he wanted to see Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore elected despite allegations of sexual misconduct, citing the significance of maintaining the GOP’s slender majority in the chamber. image

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State Department Defends Tillerson on Child-Soldiers Decision

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:17:31 EST

The department said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision to exclude Iraq, Afghanistan and Myanmar from a list of countries cited for recruiting and using child soldiers, against the recommendations of top officials, was made after a thorough legal review. image

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U.S. Follows North Korean Terror Designation With New Sanctions

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:50:23 EST

The Trump administration imposed an additional set of sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday, a day after announcing that Pyongyang was being placed back onto the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. image

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GOP Tax Plan Could Stymie Veterans Housing Provider

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:25:51 EST

A nonprofit that offers housing and services to veterans this week purchased a 528-unit portfolio in suburban Chicago, but officials said similar deals could be imperiled by the House tax-overhaul bill passed last week. image

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Fed Minutes to Give Hints on Officials' Mood

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:35:22 EST

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday releases minutes of its Oct. 31-Nov. 1 meeting, when it held short-term interest rates steady but gave a more favorable assessment of the economy.image

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Trump Calls AT&T-Time Warner Deal 'Not Good for the Country'

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:24:32 EST

President Donald Trump said AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner wouldn’t be good for the country, weighing in on the $85 billion transaction the day after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit to block it. image

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FCC Plans to End Net Neutrality in Win for Cable, Wireless Firms

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:12:08 EST

Federal regulators outlined plans for dismantling Obama-era rules requiring equal internet access, clearing the way for service providers to offer new options and creative pricing.image

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Harvard Faces DOJ Probe Over Affirmative-Action Policies

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:48:05 EST

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the use of race in Harvard University’s admissions practices and has accused the university of failing to cooperate with the probe, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. image

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Yellen Says She's Uncertain Weak Inflation Is Transitory

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:19:47 EST

The Federal Reserve is monitoring inflation closely given officials’ uncertainty over whether the factors keeping it below their 2% target will prove endemic, Chairwoman Janet Yellen said.image

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Pence PAC Steers Funds to Dozens of GOP Candidates

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:25:44 EST

Vice President Mike Pence will dip into his new political-action committee to help Republicans keep control of Congress and statehouses, contributing more than $200,000 to candidates in dozens of races across the country, his office said.image

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Putin Hosts Assad in Sochi Ahead of Syria Summit

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:05:03 EST

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a rare meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ahead of a summit aimed at shaping a political settlement to end the six-year civil war in the country.image

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The Varied---and Global---Threats Confronting Democracy

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:02:02 EST

Beyond the U.S. investigations into possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, there are broader threats to democracy around the globe, Gerald F. Seib writes. image

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Trump Foundation Got Big Boost From Veterans Event

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:01:50 EST

President Donald Trump’s charitable foundation saw a sharp increase in fundraising in the year he was elected, largely stemming from a fundraiser he held for veterans groupsimage

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Veterans Affairs Chief Wants Bigger Role for Private Health Care

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:02:28 EST

David Shulkin said he wants to make the VA’s hospital system compete with private-sector providers for military veteran customers, which he said would give veterans greater choice over their health care.image

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U.S. to Label North Korea as 'State Sponsor of Terrorism'

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:26:48 EST

President Donald Trump said the U.S. would reinstate its designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, a week after Mr. Trump finished a trip across Asia in which he pressed for more action to stifle Pyongyang’s weapons development.image

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Limits on Trump's Power to Shape Courts Fall Away

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:51:28 EST

The Republican head of the Senate Judiciary Committee has curtailed one of the last legislative limits on a president’s power to shape the federal courts, giving Donald Trump more freedom to install his judges of choice. image

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U.S., Afghan Airstrikes Target Opium Production

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:01:25 EST

U.S. and Afghan forces launched a series of airstrikes on several opium-production plants in southern Afghanistan, marking a new front in the air campaign, the top U.S. military commander there said.image

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U.S. Sues to Block AT&T Merger

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:44:19 EST

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit challenging AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner, alleging the combination of the two companies poses an unlawful threat to competition that could raise prices and slow innovation.image

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FEC Fines Conservative Groups Over Finance Infraction

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:05:46 EST

The Federal Election Commission has levied a fine on three conservatives groups over election spending in 2012 congressional races.image

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FCC to Outline Plan to Roll Back Rules on Net Neutrality

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:37:58 EST

Regulators are expected to unveil plans for reversing rules that require internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally, a move that could reshape the internet economy and consumers’ online experience. image

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Fight Against Sexual Harassment Moves to Statehouses

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:06:02 EST

Allegations of sexual misconduct by lawmakers in at least a dozen states have prompted investigations, some changes in reporting and investigation protocols, and partial suspensions of several state legislators.image

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Nebraska Regulators Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:16:25 EST

Nebraska officials approved the Keystone XL pipeline, removing the last major regulatory hurdle, though the future of the long-delayed project remains far from certain.image

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Yellen to Leave Fed Board When New Chief Takes Over

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:01:33 EST

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said she would resign as a member of the Fed’s board of governors once her successor as chairman has been sworn in.image

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Retailers Try New Pricing Tricks to Battle Amazon on Black Friday

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:12:01 EST

Instead of copying Amazon’s playbook, retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target are coming up with new tricks to maximize sales ahead of Black Friday.image

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Judge Permanently Blocks Trump Order on Sanctuary Cities

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:38:00 EST

A federal judge in San Francisco has found that President Donald Trump’s executive order barring some federal grant money from being awarded to so-called sanctuary cities is unconstitutional. image

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Trump Administration Ends Protections for Haitians

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:21:12 EST

The Trump administration is ending a humanitarian program for tens of thousands of Haitians living in the U.S., but will give those immigrants more than a year to leave.image

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De Blasio to Speak Before Iowa Political Group Next Month

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:56:41 EST

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is headed to Iowa next month to headline the holiday party of a liberal political group, but he swatted away rumors he is eyeing a run for president in 2020.image

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U.S. Border Patrol Agent 'Brutally Beaten,' Trump Says

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:29:32 EST

President Donald Trump said Monday a U.S. Border Patrol injured in an incident that killed another agent was “brutally beaten” but is expected to survive. image

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U.S. Treasury Sanctions 'Large-Scale' Iran Counterfeiting Ring

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:00:32 EST

The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on what the Treasury Department describes as a “large-scale” Iranian counterfeiting ring that it says is run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars.image

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Trump Administration Tightens Scrutiny of Skilled Worker Visa Applicants

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:58:27 EST

The Trump administration is adding hurdles and increasing scrutiny in the employment-visa application process, making it harder for businesses to hire foreign workers, and companies and immigration attorneys are bracing for more changes soon.image

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Roy Moore Is Relying on Evangelical Christians to Keep Campaign Afloat

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:30:23 EST

As allegations of sexual misconduct have mounted against Roy Moore and Republican leaders have urged him to end his run for U.S. Senate in Alabama, Mr. Moore is relying on his most loyal constituency to keep his campaign afloat: evangelical Christians. image

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In Tour of House Districts, Democrats Listen for a Message

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:11:30 EST

Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, is visiting districts his party hopes to carry in 2018 with an aim to craft a message that resonates with voters only marginally attached to the party’s base of support along the coasts.image

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John Ferriola on Trump's Relationship With Business

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:02:02 EST

The Nucor chief says the president is engaged with manufacturers.image

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'Gucci' Lobbyists From '86 Tax Revamp Are Gone. Now They Use Gchat

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:08:09 EST

Liberated by the ability to email, text and Gchat lawmakers and aides, the lobbyists who swarmed Capitol Hill from 1985 to 1986, no longer have to physically be present as the House and Senate speed through a sweeping rewrite of the tax code.image

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Mitch McConnell on Taxes and Bipartisanship

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:54:37 EST

The Senate majority leader also weighs in on the Alabama race and the divisions within the Republican party.image

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Can Democrats Win the House? Early Clues Emerge

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:00:38 EST

The Democrats’ large victory in the Virginia governor’s race last week has sparked hopes within the party that a “suburban surge’’ would carry it to a majority in the House next year. But the best signals may come from elsewhere.image

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Trump to Retain Ban on Elephant Trophy Imports

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:21:51 EST

President Donald Trump said he would keep in place a ban on the importing of elephant trophies by big-game hunters, a rare policy reversal prompted by a public outcry about the announcement last week his administration would be lifting the ban.image

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Trump Administration Ramps Up Dispute Over Sanctuary Policies

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:42:55 EST

The Trump administration is expanding its immigration dispute with local officials across the country, warning 29 additional city, county and state governments that they may be violating a law requiring them to share certain immigration information with federal authorities. image

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Trump Adds Five to List of Candidates for Supreme Court Vacancies

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:50:35 EST

President Donald Trump announced he was putting five more individuals on his list of candidates to fill any future Supreme Court vacancy, adding several conservative figures to a roster that has been cheered by his social conservative supporters. image

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Jared Kushner's Lawyer Pushes Back Against Senate Panel

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:40:47 EST

An attorney for Donald Trump’s son-in-law said certain documents requested by a Senate committee investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia weren’t relevant to its initial request.image

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Mueller Issued Subpoena for Trump Campaign Documents

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:35:24 EST

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in mid-October issued a subpoena to President Donald Trump’s campaign requesting Russia-related documents from more than a dozen top officials, according to a person familiar with the matter.image

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A Tax Provision That Would Exempt Mutual-Fund Firms but Not Individuals

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:18:33 EST

The Senate Finance Committee has decided that a little-known provision to change tax rules on certain securities sales wouldn’t apply to mutual-fund firms. Even so, it would still apply to individual investors.image

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Two Weeks of Frenzied Negotiations Led to Bank-Relief Deal

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:50:43 EST

Moderate Democrats worked with the GOP on a plan to roll back the Dodd-Frank law, marking the first significant bipartisan agreement to relieve small and regional lenders from a number of restrictions.image

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U.S. Warned of Russian Firm Kaspersky as Early as 2004

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:24:24 EST

A Russian cybersecurity firm whose products current and former U.S. officials suspect Moscow has used as a tool for spying was flagged by U.S. military intelligence as a potential security threat as early as 2004. image

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Senators' Calls for Ethics Probes Puts Focus on Secretive Panel

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:54:50 EST

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s requests for ethics investigations into two Democratic senators and a Republican candidate is shining a spotlight on a Senate committee that largely operates behind closed doors.image

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Lawmakers Say Latest $44 Billion Storm Aid Package Needs toBe Bigger

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:55:29 EST

Lawmakers from both parties said the White House’s latest request for emergency disaster-relief funds falls far short of what is needed to recover from this year’s devastating storms, and braced for a political fight over how to pay for it.image

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As Bannon Readies for 'War,' Finding Donors May Be First Battle

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:58:57 EST

Steve Bannon has vowed to lead a “season of war” on Washington’s Republican establishment. But donors most likely to fund a disruptive campaign may be hard to win over.image

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Two Critical Reports Indicate Problems Persist at VA

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:26:53 EST

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ internal watchdog criticized the agency in new reports this week for problems it has struggled for years to address, including providing timely treatment for vulnerable veterans. image

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The Tax Proposals That Are Most Likely to Pass in Washington

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:47:56 EST

Lawmakers in the House and Senate have separate tax-overhaul bills with a multitude of differences, but the similarities between them are a good indicator of what will pass. image

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Pentagon Moves to Develop Banned Intermediate Missile

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:13:51 EST

The U.S. is laying the groundwork to build a type of missile banned by a Cold War-era pact unless Russia abandons its own pursuit of the weapons, U.S. officials said. image

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Gillibrand Says Bill Clinton Should Have Resigned Over Lewinsky Affair

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:37:50 EST

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a longtime Clinton ally who is a potential 2020 White House hopeful, has said she thinks that Bill Clinton should have resigned as president because of his 1990s sexual relationship with an intern. image

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CFPB Head Cordray to Step Down, Paving Way for Change at Watchdog

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:22:44 EST

Richard Cordray, the first head of a consumer regulator created after the financial crisis, plans to leave at the end of November, ending a tumultuous six-year tenure and paving the way for President Donald Trump to restructure the agency.image

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Before Senate Panel, Bar Group Rebuts Claims of Liberal Bias

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:59:50 EST

The head of an American Bar Association committee that evaluates federal judicial nominees defended the group’s work against Republican allegations of liberal bias, laying bare a growing rift between the GOP and ABA. image

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Moore Team Tries to Discredit Accuser

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:17:02 EST

GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore’s lawyer tried to discredit one of the women who has accused him of sexual misconduct, and President Donald Trump chose not to weigh in on the Alabama Senate race dividing his party. image

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Bipartisan Plan Would Aid Health-Insurance Markets

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:55:19 EST

Republican lawmakers looking to repeal a rule requiring most people to have health insurance said they were now more open to a bipartisan plan to bolster the insurance markets, since they would likely face political responsibility for the health-care system. image

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Schiff Rejects Efforts to Dismiss Dossier on Trump

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:00:33 EST

Rep. Adam Schiff, a top House Democrat, rejected Republican efforts to discredit a raw-intelligence document compiled during the 2016 campaign, saying that its allegations that Russia sought to help elect Donald Trump “turned out to be true.” image

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Wilbur Ross Sued Over Fees By Firm's Former Executives

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:41:45 EST

Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross and the firm he founded were sued by three of his former colleagues who say WL Ross & Co. pocketed management fees from the general partnerships that handled its private-equity investments. image

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Ohio Democrats Expect CFPB Chief to Run for Governor

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:01:44 EST

Several Ohio Democrats said they expect Richard Cordray to launch a gubernatorial campaign soon, following his announcement Wednesday that he is stepping down as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau later this month.image

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Where the American Dream Is Slipping

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:23:15 EDT

A new WSJ/NBC News poll digs into the widespread pessimism among poorer and rural Americans.image

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