Trump offers full support for embattled Republican Roy Moore

By NANCY BENAC ,  Associated Press Eds: Updates with Roy Moore tweet. With AP Photos. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump endorsed embattled Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race on Monday, looking past sexual misconduct allegations against the GOP candidate to argue that his vote is needed in Congress. Trump tweeted early Monday […]

Trump suggests openness to negotiations on GOP tax plan

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Saturday he may be willing to negotiate changes to a significant portion of the tax overhaul, the corporate tax rate, injecting an element of uncertainty into the tax plan only hours after it cleared the Senate. Trump told reporters at the White House before […]

After erroneous Flynn report, ABC News suspends Brian Ross

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News on Saturday suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay for his erroneous report on Michael Flynn, which it called a “serious error.” Ross, citing an unnamed confidant of Flynn, the former national security adviser, had reported Friday that then-candidate Donald Trump […]

Who’s the boss come Monday at consumer agency?

BC-APFN-US–Consumer Agency,8th Ld-Writethru Nov 25, 2017 7:48PM (GMT 01:48) – 1036 words By BERNARD CONDON ,  AP Business Writer Eds: Refreshes story summary. With AP Photos. Who’s the boss? That’s the awkward question after the departing head of a government agency charged with looking after consumer rights appointed a deputy to temporarily fill his spot. […]

Trump wants to end welfare as Bill Clinton knows it

BC-US–Trump-Welfare,3rd Ld-Writethru Nov 24, 2017 5:19PM (GMT 23:19) – 619 words By CATHERINE LUCEY ,  Associated Press (Eds: Deletes old story summary. With AP Photos.) WASHINGTON (AP) — Overhauling welfare was one of the defining goals of Bill Clinton’s presidency, starting with a campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it,” continuing with a […]

Big House victory for GOP tax plan, but Senate fate unclear

BC-US–Congress-Taxes,10th Ld-Writethru Nov 16, 2017 9:58PM (GMT 03:58) – 1197 words By ALAN FRAM and MARCY GORDON ,  Associated Press Eds: Updates with Senate Finance Committee approving bill, McConnell statement; trims. With BC-Congress-Taxes-Glance, BC-Alimony-Taxes. With AP Photos. AP Video. WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rammed a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through […]

Senior Chinese envoy heads to North Korea amid chill in ties

BC-AS–China-North Korea,1st Ld-Writethru Nov 16, 2017 11:07PM (GMT 05:07) – 661 words By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN ,  Associated Press Eds: Adds background, analyst quotes, details, byline. To be updated with envoy’s departure. With AP photos. With AP Photos. BEIJING (AP) — China was preparing to dispatch its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years on […]

House Republicans await audience with Trump on tax overhaul

BC-APFN-US–Congress-Taxes,2nd Ld-Writethru Nov 16, 2017 7:16AM (GMT 13:16) – 1020 words By ALAN FRAM and MARCY GORDON ,  Associated Press Eds: Updates summary, adds audio. Trump remarks expected aboput 11:30 a.m. EST. With AP Photos. AP Video. WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are muscling their massive tax bill through the House, with President Donald Trump urging […]

Trump returns to GOP panic. Will he try to push Moore out?

BC-US–Trump-Moore,3rd Ld-Writethru Nov 15, 2017 7:12AM (GMT 13:12) – 733 words By ZEKE MILLER ,  Associated Press Eds: Minor editing, 8th paragraph. With AP Photos. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent five days in Asia largely keeping the Alabama Senate scandal at bay. He won’t be so lucky on U.S. soil. The president returned […]

Chairman Brady: House won’t agree to nix property tax deduction

BC-US–Congress-Taxes,1st Ld-Writethru Nov 13, 2017 2:54AM (GMT 08:54) – 552 words By KEVIN FREKING ,  Associated Press Eds: Updates with more details, background. With AP Photos. WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House’s tax-writing committee is expressing confidence that chamber won’t go along with the Senate’s proposal to eliminate the deduction for property taxes, […]