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Senate Passes Sweeping Republican Tax Overhaul Bill

Early on Saturday morning, Vice President Mike Pence provided a tiebreaking vote to pass an amendment offered by Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, that would allow people to use up to $10,000 a year from tax-advantaged 529 savings accounts to fund tuition at private and religious K-12 schools or certain educational expenses for home-schooled students. […]

Senators Scramble to Advance Tax Bill That Increasingly Rewards Wealthy

At the heart of the debate is whether to more favorably treat small businesses and other so-called pass-through entities — businesses whose profits are distributed to their owners and taxed at rates for individuals. Seventy percent of pass-through income flows to the top 1 percent of American earners, according to research by Owen Zidar, an economist at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.GraphicWhich Republican Senators Might Oppose the Tax Bill, and WhySenate leaders would need to win over several Republican senators to pass a tax overhaul.OPEN GraphicTwo Republican senators, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Steve Daines of Montana, have said that they will vote against the plan if it does not do more to help the owners of those businesses, possibly by increasing the individual income tax deduction for such owners from the 17.4 percent rate currently in the Senate bill.Republicans, who control the Senate 52 to 48, can afford to lose only two of their members if they hope to pass the bill on party lines in the upper chamber.Mr. […]

Trump: Widow Wrong, I Knew La David Johnson’s Name

An hour after a Gold Star widow confirmed details of Donald Trump’s “insensitive” sympathy phone call last week, the president took to Twitter to dispute Myeshia Johnson’s assertion that he was not able to remember her fallen husband’s name. “I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!” Trump posted. On Good Morning America on Monday, Johnson told George Stephanopoulos, “He couldn’t remember my husband’s name. The only way he remembered my husband’s name because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him and that’s when he actually said La David. […]

Readers React: Military Members and Their Families Respond to John Kelly’s News Conference

SectionsSEARCHSkip to contentSkip to site indexSubscribeLog In SubscribeLog InAdvertisementReader CenterReaders ReactMilitary Members and Their Families Respond to John Kelly’s News ConferenceImageJohn F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, defended President Trump and discussed his son’s death during a news briefing on Thursday.CreditShawn Thew/European Pressphoto AgencyBy Nancy Wartik Oct. 20, 2017The article about a news conference given this week by John F. […]

Kelly Delivers Fervent Defense of Trump Call to Soldier’s Widow

Late Thursday night, Mr. Trump assailed Ms. Wilson in a tweet, accusing her of listening “SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!”Mr. Kelly struck a tone that was more even, if just as powerful. He displayed scorn for a society that he said does not appreciate the sacrifice of those in the military […]

Trump: Democratic Congresswoman Lied About Gold Star Widow Call

President Trump on Wednesday morning disputed Rep. […]

Eager to Create Blue-Collar Jobs, a Small Business Struggles

‘We Take the Crumbs’On a piece of plastic no bigger than a cigarette lighter rested great hopes.It was a Friday in late spring, and Ms. Quillen was about to join a conference call with one of the world’s largest parts suppliers. In the automotive food chain, big suppliers like Delphi and Johnson Controls constitute Tier One. They sell directly to the carmakers. D.E.P., which primarily sells to other suppliers, is in Tier Two.Continue reading the main story“Tier Ones are eating whole peanuts,” Ms. Quillen says mordantly. […]