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Democrats: Seat Jones Now

Democrats won big with Doug Jones' victory in Alabama. Now, they are fighting to have him seated as soon as possible. The push to swear in Jones quickly comes as Democrats aim to derail the Republican tax overhaul currently in its final stages

House and Senate Reach Deal on Tax Reform

House and Senate GOP leaders have forged an agreement on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws. That paves the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses and give most people tax cuts starting next year

Tillerson's North Korea Talks Look Unlikely

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's surprising diplomatic offer of unconditional talks with North Korea hinges on two questions: Does the North even want talks, and is President Trump fully behind his top diplomat? The early signs were not promising

Disney to Buy Fox Film and TV Businesses in a $66B Deal

Walt Disney agreed to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock. Fox assets that will be sold to Disney, include the Twentieth Century Fox movie and cable networks

Farenthold Won't Run Again Amid Harassment Allegations

Two Republicans say that Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold won't seek re-election next year. The lawmaker is under pressure from sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced three years ago but have come under renewed focus

FBI Agent in Russia Probe Called Trump an 'Idiot'

An FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation over politically charged text messages referred to Donald Trump as an "idiot" and said that a Trump victory would be "terrifying," according to text messages

Salma Hayek Pens Powerful Essay on Harvey Weinstein

"In his eyes, I was not an artist. I wasn’t even a person," Hayek wrote. "I was a thing: not a nobody, but a body." The star said Weinstein repeatedly harassed her as she worked to produce her 2002 movie Frida

A Man Was Living With 166 Cats. 55 of Them Were Dead,

An animal group has removed more than 100 cats from a central Ohio home where 55 other felines were found dead. Workers from Columbus Humane wore protective suits while removing 111 cats from the home of a 60-year-old man in Gahanna

U.K. Parliament Gets Veto Power on Brexit Deal

British lawmakers delivered a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans. by giving Parliament the final say on any exit agreement the government reaches with the E.U. The vote came on the eve of a major E.U. summit

Kentucky Lawmaker Facing Allegations Kills Himself

Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide, the county coroner said. He was 57

Omarosa Manigault Newman to Leave the White House

The White House says Omarosa Manigault Newman — one of President Donald Trump's most prominent African-American supporters — plans to leave the administration next month. Manigault Newman is a former contestant on Trump's reality TV show "The Apprentice"

Multiple Women Accuse Russell Simmons of Rape

Three women have accused music producer Russell Simmons of rape, speaking out about incidents that occurred in the 1980s and 1990s. Simmons had stepped down from Def Jam Recordings after facing other accusations of sexual misconduct