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Republican Senator Lee undecided on tax bill seeks child credit changes aide

Republican Senator Lee undecided on tax bill, seeks child credit changes: aideU.S. Republican Senator Mike Lee has not decided whether to support a Republican tax bill and wants changes to the child tax credit, an aide to the lawmaker said on Thursday. Both Lee and Republican Senator Marco Rubio want more of the proposed child tax credit to be refundable, Conn Carroll, Lee's communications director said, adding Lee is "undecided on the tax bill as currently written." The sweeping tax bill needs a simple majority to pass in the Senate, in which Republicans hold 52 of the 100 seats and no Democrats are expected to support it.


Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/republican-senator-lee-now-undecided-tax-bill-aide-183915937--business.html

Putin says US gripped by fabricated spymania praises Trump

Putin says U.S. gripped by fabricated spymania, praises TrumpBy Vladimir Soldatkin and Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the United States was in the grip of a fabricated spymania whipped up by President Donald Trump's opponents but he thought battered U.S.-Russia relations would recover one day. Putin, who said he was on first name terms with Trump, also praised the U.S. president for what he said were his achievements. This speaks to investors' trust in the American economy." Trump took office in January, saying he was keen to mend ties which had fallen to a post-Cold War low.


Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/putin-says-russia-wont-dragged-arms-race-u-102554284--business.html

China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula

China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsulaBy Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The crisis over North Korea's weapons programs must be resolved through talks, not war, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict. Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tillerson's offer of direct contacts with North Korea was "a very good signal" while warning that any U.S. strike on the country would have catastrophic consequences.


Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-says-war-must-not-allowed-korean-peninsula-125957977.html

US jets intercept Russian planes over Syria and fire warning flares

US jets intercept Russian planes over Syria and fire warning flaresAmerican F-22 fighter jets have fired warning flares in Syrian airspace after Russian Su-25 jets entered an agreed upon deconfliction area, according to a US official. The official told Reuters that the Russian jets left the area, which was above the Euphrates river, after the two US jets sent the warnings. One official said that the aerial encounter lasted "several minutes", as the Russian jets crossed the de-confliction line several times.


Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-jets-intercept-russian-planes-171551295.html



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