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US Dismantles Internet Neutrality Regulation

The U.S. on Thursday dismantled two-year-old “net neutrality” rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet in favor of policies that would reduce regulation of major internet service providers and hand them sweeping powers to decide what web content consumers can access. The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to adopt a plan advanced by chairman Ajit Pai, appointed to his position by President Donald Trump, for a “light touch” on regulating major telecommunication companies and end what he says is the federal government’s “micromanaging” of the internet. The meeting was…

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US Republican Lawmakers Reach Broad Accord on Tax Cuts

Republican lawmakers in Congress reached broad agreement Wednesday on major U.S. tax cuts before heading to the White House to work out final details with President Donald Trump. “We’re very, very close to a historic legislative victory,” Trump declared as he sat next to key House and Senate lawmakers who crafted the tax accord over the last several days. “This bill is vital to the American people. It’s a massive tax cut for the middle class.” The legislation would cut taxes by $1.5 trillion over the next decade, heavily weighted…

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Survey: Majority in US Believe Government Corruption Has Risen Under Trump

A new survey in the U.S. shows that nearly six in 10 Americans believe that the level of government corruption has risen in the year since President Donald Trump was elected. Transparency International, a Berlin-based anti-corruption group, said its poll of a thousand people in October and November showed that while Trump was elected on a vow to make government work better “for those who feel their interests have been neglected by political elites,” the opposite has happened. “Rather than feeling better about progress in the fight against corruption over…

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3 Women Renew Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Trump

Three women who last year accused Donald Trump of making unwanted sexual advances renewed their allegations Monday, saying it was time Congress investigate claims against the president in the wake of dozens of other powerful American men being held accountable for their treatment of women. Rachel Crooks, who accused Trump of forcibly kissing her 12 years ago when she worked as a receptionist at his Trump Tower business headquarters in New York, said lawmakers should “put aside their party affiliations and investigate Mr. Trump’s history of sexual misconduct.” She appeared…

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Alabama Senator Shelby: State ‘Deserves Better’ than Election of Republican Roy Moore

Alabama’s senior senator, Republican Richard Shelby, said Sunday the state “deserves better” than the election of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused of sexual improprieties with teenage girls four decades ago when he was in his 30s. Shelby, in the Senate for three decades, told CNN he has already cast an absentee ballot ahead of Tuesday’s special election, writing in the name of “a distinguished Republican” he declined to name. “I’d rather see the Republican win, but I would hope that Republican would be a write-in,” Shelby said. “I couldn’t…

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