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Supreme Court to decide if online sellers must collect sales taxes across America

Supreme Court to decide if online sellers must collect sales taxes across America

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear a multibillion-dollar tax dispute on Tuesday and decide whether online merchants can be required to collect sales taxes regardless of where they are located. For online shoppers, the case could mean higher prices, although many large internet sellers, including Amazon, have already been collecting sales taxes in recent […]

EPA poised to scrap fuel economy targets setting up clash with California

EPA poised to scrap fuel economy targets setting up clash with California

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to abandon America’s pioneering fuel economy targets for cars and SUVs, a move that would undermine one of the world’s most aggressive programs to confront climate change and invite another major confrontation with California.

White House pushes for California dam project

White House pushes for California dam project

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is pushing forward with a colossal public works project in Northern California — heightening the towering Shasta Dam the equivalent of nearly two stories …

Trump ousts Tillerson as secretary of State, replaces him with CIA chief

Trump ousts Tillerson as secretary of State, replaces him with CIA chief

WASHINGTON – After months of tension, President Donald Trump has ousted his secretary of state, replacing Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. … Friday morning, before leaving Washington on a trip to California. The news came after Tillerson abruptly cut short a trip to Africa on Monday. “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will […]

Justice Department continues crackdown on ‘sanctuary’ cities

Justice Department continues crackdown on ‘sanctuary’ cities

WASHINGTON — Returning to a favorite cause for President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department on Wednesday escalated a struggle with two dozen so-called sanctuary jurisdictions, demanding records proving they are cooperating with immigration enforcement agencies.

Trump administration ending protections for Salvadorans in US, but giving time for a transition

Trump administration ending protections for Salvadorans in US, but giving time for a transition

WASHINGTON — About 262,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S. will lose the temporary legal status that many have enjoyed for almost two decades with a decision by the Trump administration that is scheduled to be announced Monday.

Senate plan would scrap income and property tax deductions

Senate plan would scrap income and property tax deductions

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Thursday proposed a tax overhaul that does away with deductions for all state income and property taxes, going further than the version proposed by the House and delivering a blow to residents high-tax states, according to senators briefed on the plan.

Supreme Court turns down property rights challenge to developer fees

Supreme Court turns down property rights challenge to developer fees

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday it has turned down a property rights case from West Hollywood that challenged a California requirement that developers subsidize the creation of affordable …

Senators announce bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare markets

Senators announce bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare markets

WASHINGTON — The Senate moved closer Tuesday to a rare, bipartisan deal to fix parts of the Affordable Care Act as a pair of leading senators announced an agreement designed to stabilize health insurance markets.

Legal battle over travel ban looms as Trump continues attacks on judge

Legal battle over travel ban looms as Trump continues attacks on judge

  After a federal appeals court on Sunday rejected President Donald Trump’s emergency bid to reinstate his contentious travel ban, the White House signaled fresh determination to push forward in a legal dispute that is fast becoming a test of executive power. Meanwhile, visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries targeted by Trump’s temporary ban hurried to […]