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AP sources: House, Senate leaders reach deal on tax package
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses and give many Americans modest tax cuts starting next year....



Justice official defends Mueller, sees no cause for firing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, facing congressional questions about anti-Donald Trump text messages exchanged between two FBI officials assigned to the Russia probe, defended special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday and said he had seen no cause to fire him or received encouragement to do so....



Analysis: Trump bets on Moore and suffers stinging defeat
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rarely has a sitting president rallied behind such a scandal-plagued candidate the way Donald Trump did with Alabama's Roy Moore. And rarely has that bet failed so spectacularly....



Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations....



Schumer pursuing legal options over fake harassment document
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Chuck Schumer says he is "pursuing every legal path" against whoever circulated a forged document accusing him of sexual harassment....



The Latest: Trump sees need to run 'GREAT' GOP candidates
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Alabama Senate election (all times local):...



Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to replace fellow Democrat Al Franken's Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his long-time and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 election....



Minnesota's next senator: Quiet organizer, late to politics
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The woman who will be Minnesota's next U.S. senator is a largely behind-the-scenes player who came to elected office late in her career and passed up a major shot at power just a few months ago....



3 things to watch for from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- On the day when Janet Yellen will hold her final news conference as Federal Reserve chair, the Fed has left little doubt what it plans to do Wednesday: Raise its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year....



Gillibrand got a fight she wants after Trump's fiery tweet
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump lashed out at the New York Democrat in a provocative tweet that claimed she'd begged him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them....