Fiscal policy

FILE -- In this Friday Nov. 24, 2017 file photo Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa, center, and his wife Auxillia, right, leave after the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's new president is taking steps to differentiate himself from his ousted mentor, Robert Mugabe, as he tries to win over the country before next year's elections. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
December 15, 2017 - 12:11 pm
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Breaking into cheers and song, Zimbabwe's ruling party on Friday sealed the fate of Robert Mugabe, a man they had revered for decades but removed from power in dramatic scenes last month. The ZANU-PF party congress officially endorsed its Central Committee's decision to...
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In this Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, photo, Beth McRae, owner of the public relations firm The McRae Agency, poses for a photo at her home in Paradise Valley, Ariz. Ten years after the Great Recession began, business for McRae's agency is still below where it was in 2007, and she has no further plans to hire. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
December 14, 2017 - 3:05 am
NEW YORK (AP) — They are business survivors — owners whose small companies withstood the Great Recession that forced thousands of others out of business. Along the way, many had to lay off workers, forgo salaries or find new ways to earn money. Ten years after the official start of the downturn,...
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December 12, 2017 - 12:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional money for missile defense programs to respond to the growing nuclear weapons threat from North Korea. But there's a catch. The $...
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December 11, 2017 - 2:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday will try to sell the American people on an unpopular Republican tax overhaul that his administration claims will generate a large part of $1.8 trillion in new revenue — a figure that a top Democratic lawmaker dismissed as "fake math." The White...
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December 11, 2017 - 12:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican tax plan (all times local): 12:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is making his final pitch for the Republican tax plan in a speech to the American people. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters says Trump will deliver a speech Wednesday on how tax reform...
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President Donald Trump steps off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Trump is returning from a trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 11, 2017 - 11:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Start the countdown clock on a momentous two weeks for President Donald Trump and the GOP-run Congress. Republicans are determined to deliver the first revamp of the nation's tax code in three decades and prove they can govern after their failure to dismantle Barack Obama's health...
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December 08, 2017 - 12:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday signed a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and keep the federal government running through Dec. 22. The president signed the two-week spending measure in private at the White House after the House and Senate acted to prevent a government...
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President Donald Trump accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks before a meeting with congressional leaders including House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., left, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 07, 2017 - 6:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local): 616 p.m. No government shutdown — for now. The Senate has voted 81-14 for a spending bill to keep the government open until Dec. 22. The Senate approval comes about an hour after the House backed the measure. The bill...
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From left, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., meet with reporters after House Republicans held a closed-door strategy session as the deadline looms to pass a spending bill to fund the government by week's end, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 06, 2017 - 7:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite incendiary words from President Donald Trump, Congress seemed on track Wednesday to approving legislation that would avert a partial government shutdown over the weekend as all sides seemed ready to avert a confrontation — for now. Increasingly confident House leaders...
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President Donald Trump with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, right, speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Meeting Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 06, 2017 - 1:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local): 1:05 p.m. The top House Democrat says President Donald Trump is the "only person talking about a government shutdown." Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in a tweet, responded on Wednesday to Trump's claim that a government...
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