Facing tax vote in Senate, Trump seizes on cultural fights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a critical Senate vote on his tax overhaul and a crush of December deadlines, President Donald Trump is instead putting the spotlight on a volatile collection of extraneous topics — anti-Muslim videos, Pocahontas, NFL players who kneel during the national anthem and his multiplying disputes with the news media.

  • Written by By KEN THOMAS , Associated Press

AP Explains: How Trump's Pocahontas remark can be offensive

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Members of Virginia tribes that count Pocahontas among their ancestors said Tuesday that President Donald Trump should not use her name for political gain.

  • Written by By FELICIA FONSECA , Associated Press

House panel takes up bill expanding gun owners' rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House committee moved forward Wednesday on a Republican bill to expand gun owners' rights — the first gun legislation since mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas killed more than 80 people.

  • Written by By MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press

Prospects brighter for tax overhaul, success not assured

WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP leaders toiled behind the scenes Wednesday in hopes of readying a long-anticipated tax bill for a floor debate. A pair of pro-family Republicans offered a plan to pare back a proposed cut in corporate tax rates to make an increase in the child tax credit more generous, while work also intensified on a controversial plan to trigger automatic tax increases if the plan produces higher than hoped-for deficits.

  • Written by By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

Black, Latino acts rule Grammy noms with Jay-Z in front seat

NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy sent a clear message when they announced the nominees for the 2018 Grammys: They want to see a black or Latino act have a better shot at winning in the major categories.

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  • Written by By MESFIN FEKADU , AP Music Writer