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For GOP, tax bill's most visible win may be averting failure
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite the sheer size and society-spanning impact of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, the quickest and most potent political victory that Republicans would savor by pushing the bill through Congress next week may be what it averts: another big GOP legislative crash in the age of Trump....

Sign-ups show health law's staying power in Trump era
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A deadline burst of sign-ups after a tumultuous year for the Obama health law has revealed continued demand for the program's subsidized individual health plans. But the Affordable Care Act's troubles aren't over....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump denies knowing women he met
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Like Roy Moore before him, President Donald Trump has denied he knows or ever met women who have accused him of unwanted sexual advances. That denial is no more plausible than what people heard from the defeated Alabama Senate candidate....

Health law sign-up deadline extended for some people
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a rush of last-minute sign-ups, the Trump administration says it's extending the deadline for some people to finish health insurance applications for next year under the Affordable Care Act....

'This is happening': GOP revels in all-but-certain tax deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans working to execute their first major legislative achievement of Donald Trump's presidency appear to have secured the votes to pass a massive tax overhaul that Trump hoped to present to the American people for Christmas....

AP-NORC Poll: 52 percent say country worse off under Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are painting a pessimistic view of the country and President Donald Trump as 2017 comes to a close....

Highlights of GOP compromise bill to overhaul tax code
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans in Congress have blended separate tax bills passed by the House and Senate into compromise legislation that seeks to achieve a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax code. GOP leaders are looking toward passage of the final package by the House and Senate next week, with the aim of sending the measure to President Donald Trump to sign before Christmas....

Tax bill guts unpopular 'Obamacare' insurance mandate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans didn't get their wish to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law, but the tax bill barreling toward a final vote in Congress guts its most unpopular provision, the requirement that virtually all Americans carry health insurance....

Commuters lose transit, parking, biking benefits in tax bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Count commuters among the losers in the Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on next week....

Tax bill boosts oil, gas drilling _ and renewable energy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republicans' tax package would boost traditional forms of energy such as oil and gas while also supporting renewable energy such as wind and solar power - and even extend a hand to buyers of electric cars....