Government finance

September 12, 2018 - 9:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As a major hurricane menaces the East Coast, Congress is moving to avert a legislative disaster that could lead to a partial government shutdown just weeks before the November midterm elections. Senators approved a $147 billion package Wednesday night to fund the Energy Department...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2018, file photo Charles Rettig listens to a question during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination for Internal Revenue Service Commissioner on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate voted 64-33 on Sept. 12 to confirm the Beverly Hills tax attorney as IRS commissioner. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
September 12, 2018 - 7:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the protests of many Democrats, the Senate on Wednesday evening approved President Donald Trump's choice to become the new head of the IRS. Democrats opposed the nomination because of a new Trump administration policy allowing some groups involved in politics to hide their...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018, photo, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., waits to be sworn-in by Vice President Mike Pence during his ceremonial swearing-in at the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill, in Washington. After years of trying to demolish former President Barack Obama’s prized health care law, GOP leaders still lack the votes to succeed. Kyl says he’d vote to repeal the “Obamacare” health care law. That’s one additional Republican ready to obliterate the statute because his predecessor, the late Sen. John McCain, helped derail the party’s drive with his fabled thumbs-down vote last year. It could well be too little, too late. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
September 11, 2018 - 9:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona's new senator says he'd vote to repeal the nation's health care law. That's one additional Republican ready to obliterate the statute because his predecessor, the late Sen. John McCain, helped derail the party's drive with his fabled thumbs-down vote last year. It could...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, speaks during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republican leaders have unveiled their proposal to expand the massive tax law they hustled through Congress last year. They’re aiming to make permanent the individual tax cuts and small-business income deductions now set to expire in 2026. Brady is looking toward a vote on the legislation by the House this month. The solid Republican majority in the House nearly ensures passage before the November elections. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
September 10, 2018 - 7:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders have unveiled their proposal to expand the massive tax law they hustled through Congress last year. They're aiming to make permanent the individual tax cuts and small-business income deductions now set to expire in 2026. With midterm elections barely two...
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Firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The wildfire that erupted Wednesday has now burned more than 34 square miles (89 square kilometers) of timber and brush and prompted evacuation orders for rural homes in and around Shasta-Trinity National Forest below the Oregon state line. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
September 07, 2018 - 5:37 pm
SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (AP) — A stretch of a major interstate near the California-Oregon border will remain closed through the weekend as crews try to tame a wildfire roaring along the roadway, forcing truckers and other motorists to take lengthy detours, officials said Friday. The...
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Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, talks to reporters outside the United States Trade Representative building in Washington, Friday Sept. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Luis Alonso Lugo)
September 07, 2018 - 3:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he does not want to hurt Canada's economy but also warned that if he imposes taxes on cars it would be "devastating" for the neighboring country. "If I tax cars coming in from Canada, it would be devastating. But I don't want to do that," Trump...
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This July 25, 2018, photo shows a help wanted sign at a new Zaxby's restaurant in Madison, Miss. On Friday, Sept. 7, the Labor Department reports on job openings and labor turnover for August. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
September 07, 2018 - 12:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of hiring in the United States quickened in August, and wages grew at their fastest pace in nine years — evidence that employers remain confident despite the Trump administration's ongoing conflicts with its trading partners. The economy added a strong 201,000 jobs, and...
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Various currency rates are displayed at a window of an exchange shop in downtown Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. The Iranian rial fell Wednesday to its lowest rate on record and saw worried residents of Tehran line up outside of beleaguered moneychangers, part of a staggering 140-percent drop in the currency's value since America pulled out of the nuclear deal only four months ago. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
September 05, 2018 - 11:31 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's rial fell to a record low on Wednesday as worried residents of Tehran lined up outside beleaguered moneychangers, part of a staggering 140-percent drop in the currency's value since America pulled out of the nuclear deal only four months ago. Those who went to work at the...
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September 05, 2018 - 8:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The next book to take on President Donald Trump isn't focused on Russia or tax policy. It's about his golf game. Hachette Books announced Wednesday that Rick Reilly's "Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump" will come out next May. Hachette is calling the book a close study of...
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The National Museum, seen from above, stands gutted after an overnight fire in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. A huge fire engulfed Brazil’s 200-year-old museum, lighting up the night sky with towering flames as firefighters and museum workers raced to save historical relics from the blaze. (AP Photo/Mario Lobao)
September 03, 2018 - 6:28 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Firefighters dug through the burned-out hulk of Brazil's National Museum on Monday, a day after flames gutted the building, as the country mourned the irreplaceable treasures lost and pointed fingers over who was to blame. The museum held Latin America's largest collection of...
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