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President Donald Trump warned House Republicans on Sunday that 2018 would be a political failure for the GOP and disappointment for the nation if they fail on tax overhaul.
A GOP aide familiar with the conversation said Trump told the lawmakers again and again that the party would have a steep price to pay in next year's midterm elections if they failed to pass his plan. It would slash the corporate tax rate to 20 percent and double the standard deduction used by most average Americans.
The president also said that, beyond the looming elections, his plan was the right thing to do for the country, the person said.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both joined the House GOP conference call in which Trump called on members to adopt the budget passed by the Senate this week, so that they can move on to passing his tax reform plan.
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Three unexplained killings have rocked Tampa over the last two weeks, and as fear grips local residents, police say the slayings are linked, NBC News reported.
The first apparent victim, a 22-year-old college student named Benjamin Mitchell, was shot dead while waiting for a bus on Oct. 9. Sign language teacher Monica Hoffa, 32, was shot on Oct. 11. And 20-year-old Anthony Naiboa was killed on Oct. 19. His body was found 300 yards from Mitchell's.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or determined a motive but said the killings are believed to be linked to each other. However, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan has declined to describe the string of deaths as the work of a serial killer, saying too little is known about the crimes.
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The fate of Bowe Bergdahl — the Army sergeant who pleaded guilty to endangering his comrades by leaving his post in 2009 in Afghanistan — now rests in the hands of a judge.
A sentencing hearing for Bergdahl starts Monday at Fort Bragg and is expected to feature dramatic testimony about soldiers and a Navy SEAL badly hurt while they searched for the missing Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years by Taliban allies after leaving his post. Bergdahl faces up to life in prison on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after pleading guilty to the charges last week.
The Harvey Weinstein story reminded us of the ugliness, the humiliation and perhaps most importantly, the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault. In response, women took to social media and began telling their stories using the hashtag #MeToo, illustrating how common this kind of behavior can be.
Now even some of the most powerful women in government are saying #MeToo.
"Meet the Press" asked every female member of the Senate — all 21 — if they would share stories they might have of sexual harassment. Four senators, all Democrats, said yes and told us of experiences from early in their careers.
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii; Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., share their stories.
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Days after the NFL declined to change its rule on the national anthem, about two dozen players protested around the league Sunday.
Associated Press journalists counted 22 players protesting during the anthems in some way before day games. Some took a knee, others sat on the bench, stayed in the tunnel or raised a fist.
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A young girl in New Jersey hoped to return two dollar bills she found on a sidewalk to their rightful owner.
Isabella King found the money on a sidewalk in Pequannock on Wednesday.
Her mother tells the Daily Record that Isabella insisted on bringing the money to the police.
Pequannock police Capt. Christopher DePuyt says police politely declined to take it since there was no way to prove ownership of such a small amount.
In Washington, there is a search for answers about the ambush in Niger that killed four U.S. Service members.
The destruction of Puerto Rico's power grid has brought new focus on the bankrupt Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and how the electricity system could be rebuilt in a more resilient way that takes advantage of renewable energy.
At a meeting with President Donald Trump in the White House on Thursday, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Puerto Rico had a chance to become a showcase for a sustainable energy grid with public private partnerships.
“We think there is an opportunity here to leverage growth in the energy sector and to be innovative, not only rebuild what we had in the past, but also with the aid of the federal government, with the private sector, rebuild a much modern, much stronger plat,” he said. “And not only have Puerto Rico have energy but actually be a model of sustainable energy and growth toward the future."
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Southern California resident Jovita Mendez doesn’t speak English. She can’t read or write, in any language. But she longed for a better future for herself and, this week, she achieved that by finally becoming a U.S. citizen.
“I didn’t think that I would be able to accomplish this, but I did it,” Mendez told NBC 7 in Spanish, holding back tears after being naturalized in a ceremony alongside 700 immigrants in downtown San Diego on Thursday.
“I did it because my kids are here. They told me I needed to do this for myself, to have a future here,” she added. “I’m happy.”
Mendez, originally from Mexico, has lived in the United States for 20 years. She has always wanted to become a U.S. citizen but illiteracy and the language barrier have held her back.
“I don’t know how to read, I don’t know how to write,” Mendez explained.
Until recently, she had never had the confidence to take the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization test, which consists of 10 civics questions randomly selected from a list of 100 questions.
San Bernardino Dispatch
Now that their pain is forever ended, it's evident that two lost hikers had struggled to survive before losing hope in the scorching heat of the Joshua Tree National Park, authorities and family members have concluded.
October 15, after nearly three months of searching, the bodies of Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 22, were found embracing each other beneath a tree in the bottom of a deep canyon, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner's Department. Nearby, authorities found snack food wrappers and empty water bottles. It was apparent they had been trying to extend their food through rationing, said spokeswoman Cindy Bachman. Clothing had been adjusted, apparently to shield sunburned skin. Wounds had been bandaged, his parents said.
Authorities also found a handgun, registered to Orbeso. Autopsies determined both had incurred fatal gunshot wounds.
An unidentified man is stalking a young boy and his little sister in Brooklyn, police say, and the suspect went as far as to leave a note in the siblings’ mailbox that read “Watch out. I am watching you!! Your daughter is cute.”
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Writer and director James Toback, who received an Oscar nomination for writing "Bugsy," has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women in a report published Sunday in The Los Angeles Times.
In the report, many of the women allege that Toback approached them on the streets of New York City and promised stardom. His meetings would often end with sexual questions and Toback masturbating in front of them or dry-humping them, according to the accounts.
For one Sunday, the fires that staggered this small city and wiped out thousands of homes were an afterthought at Snoopy's Home Ice In Northern California.
In an ice rink built by Peanuts cartoon creator Charles Schulz, hundreds of 7- and 8-year-olds gathered to play the annual Great Halloween Jamboree tournament, a daylong hockey tournament that brought the Santa Rosa community together after the devastation.
The annual tournament routinely attracts dozens of the youngest hockey players throughout the area. Canceling the event this year was considered — and then quickly rejected. Organizers found ways to work through a weeklong power outage that melted the ice, lack of motel space and burned up gear for 19 hockey families who lost their homes.
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the Trump administration's case for isolating and containing Iran in the Middle East and beyond to two Gulf Arab nations on Sunday, pushing for Saudi Arabia and Iraq to unite to counter growing Iranian assertiveness. He also called for a quick resolution to the ongoing crisis between Qatar and its Arab neighbors, which he said was unintentionally bolstering Iran.
In Saudi Arabia and later Qatar, Tillerson denounced Iran's "malign behavior" and urged nations of the region and elsewhere, notably Europe, to join the administration to halt any business they do with Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard. He also demanded that Iranian and Iran-backed Shiite militia in Iraq either return to their homes, integrate into the Iraqi army or leave the country.
"Those fighters need to go home," Tillerson said. "Any foreign fighters need to go home."
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Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group are now the subjects of a federal investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, three sources with knowledge of the matter told NBC News.
The probe of Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm grew out of Mueller's inquiry into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to the sources. As special counsel, Mueller has been tasked with investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Tony Podesta is the chairman of the Podesta Group and the brother of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman. John Podesta is not currently affiliated with the Podesta Group and is not part of Mueller's investigation.
In a statement, a spokesman for the Podesta Group said the firm always "conducts due diligence ... to ensure compliance" and "is cooperating fully with the Special Counsel's office and has taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms timely compliance."
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