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By Thomas Kaplan and Alan Rappeport WASHINGTON – Republicans took a critical step toward notching their first significant legislative victory since assuming full political control, as the House and Senate voted along party lines Tuesday and into early Wednesday to pass the most sweeping rewrite of the tax code in decades. The $1.5 trillion tax bill, which is expected…

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By Robert D. McFadden Cardinal Bernard F. Law, whose stature as archbishop of Boston and America’s senior Roman Catholic prelate was shattered in a maelstrom of scandal, acrimony and resignation in 2002 after it was revealed that he had protected abusive priests for years, died Wednesday in Rome. He was 86. The Vatican confirmed the death in a news release. Law wa…

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By Richard Perez-Pena The revelation that a passenger train was speeding 50 mph over the speed limit at the time of a fatal crash near Tacoma, Wash., has once again focused attention on Amtrak’s safety culture, the role of human error in rail accidents, and the need for technology that automatically slows trains that are going too fast. Late Monday, National Transpor…

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The House began debate on the final $1.5 trillion tax bill on Tuesday morning and will vote this afternoon. The Senate is expected to follow with its own debate and a vote, possibly on Tuesday evening. The state of play The day Republicans have been anxiously awaiting is here as they plan move their legislation to a vote first in the House, followed by a Senate vote. …

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By Taylor Barnes and Jacey Fortin A power failure at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday disrupted operations at the busiest airport in the world, forcing the cancellation of more than 1,150 departing or arriving flights and stranding travelers on planes on the tarmac for hours, the authorities and passengers said. The power failure at the airp…

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By BRAD PLUMER WASHINGTON – The final text of the Republican tax bill made public Friday largely preserves key tax credits for wind and solar power and electric vehicles, reversing language in earlier versions that could have slowed the growth of renewable energy across the United States. The last-minute changes, made as lawmakers reconciled the House and Senate vers…

By JIM TANKERSLEY WASHINGTON – Republican lawmakers have agreed to expand the child care tax credit so that it benefits more low-income Americans, a move intended to win back the support of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who on Thursday said he would not vote for the bill without a more generous provision. The move comes as lawmakers prepared Friday to unveil the long-awa…

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By JIM TANKERSLEY WASHINGTON – House and Senate Republicans have reached an agreement, in principle, on a consensus tax bill on Wednesday, keeping the party on track for final votes next week with the aim of delivering a bill to President Donald Trump’s desk by Christmas, according to people briefed on the deal. Details on the deal were not immediately available. On …

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By ALEXANDER BURNS and JONATHAN MARTIN BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Doug Jones, a Democratic former prosecutor who mounted a seemingly quixotic Senate campaign in the face of Republican dominance here, defeated his scandal-scarred opponent, Roy Moore, after a brutal campaign marked by accusations of sexual abuse and child molestation against the Republican, according to The Assoc…

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By William K. Rashbaum, Jonah Engel Bromwich and Brian M. Rosenthal NEW YORK – An explosion Monday morning caused authorities to evacuate one of the busiest transit hubs in New York City as the workweek was set to begin. The Police Department said in a tweet that it was responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, where two su…

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By LIAM STACK John Lewis, the civil rights leader and Democratic congressman from Georgia, said Thursday that he would not attend opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend because President Donald Trump would be there. In a joint statement, Lewis and Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said Trump’s presence at the event would be disrespectful to the memo…

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By BRAD PLUMER and JIM TANKERSLEY WASHINGTON – The Republican tax bills moving through Congress could significantly hobble the United States’ renewable energy industry because of a series of provisions that scale back incentives for wind and solar power while bolstering older energy sources like oil and gas production. The possibility highlights the degree to which t…

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By MARK LANDLER WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested Holy City. “It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” said Trump, …

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By Rebecca R. Ruiz and Tariq Panja LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Russia’s Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound. Any athletes from Russia who receive special dispensation to compete will…

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By Yamiche Alcindor WASHINGTON – Rep. John Conyers Jr., who faces allegations that he sexually harassed former employees, announced Tuesday that he will leave Congress immediately, and he endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him. Conyers, the longest-serving current member of the House and the longest-serving African-American in history, called into a local…