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Republicans muscle $4 trillion budget plan through Senate, clear way for tax overhaul

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Chamber CEO talks I-73 funding with President Trump

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Top Democrat: WH won't ID employees who used private email

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PM Lee in Washington DC to build on Singapore’s ‘robust partnership’ with US

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Paul Ryan: House GOP will propose a new top tax rate for the rich

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Yellen lunches with White House adviser Cohn, day after Trump interview

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White House defends Kelly's defense of Trump
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U.S. Congress demands answers from Pentagon on deadly Niger attack
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Slow debris removal sparks investigation by Texas attorney general
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