• Heather Long The Washington Post
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The essential gamble of Republican plans to overhaul the tax code is now becoming clear: Big businesses get a large, permanent tax cut, while American families receive only temporary tax relief that expires as soon as 2023 in the House bill and 2026 in the Senate bill.

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WASHINGTON - Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he has "always told the truth" in describing his knowledge of Trump campaign contacts with Russians - though he acknowledged he now recalls an interaction with a lower-level Trump adviser who has said he told Sessions about contacts who could help arrange a meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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BEIRUT - More than 300 people have been killed and nearly 4,000 wounded in a powerful earthquake that jolted the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, Iranian state media reported. The death toll was expected to rise even further, officials said.

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ASHEVILLE – A Montana fugitive featured on America’s Most Wanted and on the run for more than eight years was being held in the McDowell County jail after his arrest Thursday in Burke County.

  • Damian Paletta and Mike DeBonis The Washington Post
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WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans are forging their own path on the effort to overhaul the U.S. tax code, offering a plan Thursday that would delay an immediate corporate tax cut President Donald Trump has demanded and blow up House Republicans' carefully crafted compromise on a controversial tax deduction.

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Vice President Mike Pence pledged Wednesday to residents of Sutherland Springs, Texas, that the Trump administration would "find out why" a gunman was able to buy firearms in advance of his shooting rampage there despite his violent past and would work with Congress "to ensure that this never happens again."

  • Eli Rosenberg and Mark Berman The Washington Post
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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - The gunman who opened fire in a church outside San Antonio, killing at least 26 people, escaped from a mental health facility in 2012 after he was caught sneaking guns onto an Air Force base and "attempting to carry out death threats" made against military superiors, according to a police report.

  • Rachel Siegel, Hayley Tsukayama and Brian Fung The Washington Post
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President Donald Trump boasted Friday of his social media influence after his personal Twitter account was briefly deactivated by a departing company employee, raising serious questions about the security of tweets the president wields to set major policy agendas, connect with his voter base and lash out at his adversaries.

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  • DUSTIN CHANDLER dchandler@mcdowellnews.com
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Seven months ago, Brittany Hughes was crossing a street in Chapel Hill when a turning car sideswiped her and broke her foot just two weeks before she was scheduled to run a marathon. Now, the Old Fort runner and UNC student has the chance to make a comeback this November in New York City.

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As remnants of Tropical Storm Nate moved through McDowell Sunday, there were numerous flash flood, storm and tornado warnings throughout the weekend and no injuries locally, according to reports.