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AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the mirage of overseas profits

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:09:48 GMT2017-12-17T18:09:48Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump speaks often of a pile of money sitting overseas that will come rushing back into the U.S. once his tax plan is in place. That's something of a mirage....



APNewsBreak: US soldier ambushed in Niger wasn't captured

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:25:07 GMT2017-12-17T18:25:07Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger with three comrades but recovered days later wasn't captured alive by the enemy or executed at close range, The Associated Press has learned, based on the conclusion of a military investigation. It found evidence he apparently fought to the end....



Trump's likely tax victory overshadowed by probe

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:29:35 GMT2017-12-17T17:29:35Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Poised to bask in the triumph of his first major legislative victory, President Donald Trump's team on Sunday was again forced to grapple with the growing Russia probe that has shadowed the White House for much of the president's initial year in office....



Special counsel obtains thousands of Trump transition emails

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:17:09 GMT2017-12-17T10:17:09Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian contacts with President Donald Trump's campaign has gained access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration, according to several people familiar with Trump's transition organization....



For GOP, tax bill's most visible win may be averting failure

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:53:43 GMT2017-12-17T10:53:43Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite the sheer size and society-spanning impact of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, the quickest and most potent political victory that Republicans would savor by pushing the bill through Congress next week may be what it averts: another big GOP legislative crash in the age of Trump....



Sign-ups show health law's staying power in Trump era

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:43:11 GMT2017-12-16T14:43:11Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A deadline burst of sign-ups after a tumultuous year for the Obama health law has revealed continued demand for the program's subsidized individual health plans. But the Affordable Care Act's troubles aren't over....



Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set 'to rock'

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:53:13 GMT2017-12-16T18:53:13Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth....



Why GOP tax plan could mean cuts in state and local services

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:49:06 GMT2017-12-17T15:49:06Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's a tax provision that could prove costly for schools, police forces, drug treatment centers and other state and local public services....



GOP betting that its fix for US economy will defy warnings

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:50:26 GMT2017-12-17T12:50:26Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The tax overhaul of 2017 amounts to a high-stakes gamble by Republicans in Congress: That slashing taxes for corporations and wealthy individuals will accelerate growth and assure greater prosperity for Americans for years to come....



A look at some winners and losers under the GOP tax plan

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:37:05 GMT2017-12-16T21:37:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Count President Donald Trump among the personal winners in the $1.5 trillion tax package that congressional Republicans are on the verge of passing. It's not only a political score for Trump but likely a windfall for his real estate empire, too....