China makes opening bid to US on trade ahead of Trump-Xi meeting

Washington (CNN)The Chinese government has presented an offer to the United States to try to push forward stalled trade talks before the leaders of the two economic superpowers meet at the end of this month, according to two people briefed on the discussions. Asked about the offer at a weekly…

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Marcia Fudge bolstered by encouragement to run for speaker, but remains undecided

(CNN)Marcia Fudge, the Democratic congresswoman from Ohio who may be launching a bid against Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House, told CNN on Thursday that she is undecided about her bid, but seems bolstered by the outreach she’s receiving. And it’s not just members who are encouraging her to…

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Rick Scott’s lawyer ‘fully expecting’ recount in Florida Senate race

Washington (CNN)The lawyer for Senate candidate Rick Scott said Friday that the Florida Republican’s team is fully anticipating a recount in its Senate race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Democrats believe there are enough ballots left to be counted that Nelson could eke out a win. A lawyer for…

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The chances of seeing Donald Trump’s tax returns just went WAY up

(CNN)When Democrats take control of the House in early 2019, one of the first things they are likely to go after is President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Trump has repeatedly rejected the idea that he release any of his returns, insisting that there’s nothing in them that is particularly revelatory…

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Chairman Graham? Trump ally might take over Senate Judiciary Committee

Washington (CNN)Here are the stories our top political reporters are talking about in this week’s “Inside Politics” forecast, where you get a glimpse of tomorrow’s headlines today. “He’s expressed concerns about the way the Russia investigation has been conducted, the way the Clinton email investigation was being conducted,” Raju said.…

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WSJ: Draft indictment detailed Trump’s role in hush money scheme

(CNN)Federal prosecutors prepared a detailed 80-page indictment against Michael Cohen that outlined President Donald Trump’s role in directing payments to women to keep quiet about alleged affairs, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Trump was involved in or briefed on nearly every step of the payments that were made to…

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How the economy is playing in five close House races

(CNN)No election happens in a vacuum. And here’s the thing: The economy isn’t a monolith. Conditions vary across congressional districts, many of which still have pockets of poverty even a decade into America’s recovery from recession, and have industries that variably benefit or suffer from tax cuts, tariffs, and regulatory…

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Here’s the lawmaker who can request Trump’s tax returns

Springfield, Massachusetts (CNN)His name is Rep. Richard Neal and he’s about to become a household name. But Neal told CNN in an interview Wednesday that he still hopes Trump will release his returns voluntarily, even though he suspects it will prompt a legal fight. “I think the President has an…

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State ballot initiatives to watch on election night

(CNN)Midterm voters in 37 states are deciding on more than 150 statewide ballot measures reflecting the biggest social and political issues of the moment. Voters in at least four states — Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Oklahoma — approved measures that create constitutional rights for victims of crime. And Florida…

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