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Senate aims for a 'skinny' Obamacare repeal as other options fail 7:26pm EDT

WASHINGTON Republican U.S. Senate leaders, struggling to keep a seven-year-old promise to end Obamacare, turned their focus on Wednesday to passing a slimmed-down "skinny" repeal measure that would throw the issue into negotiations with the House of Representatives. | Video

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U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin urges Congress to lift debt limit before recess

WASHINGTON U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged Congress on Wednesday to raise the federal debt limit before lawmakers start their August recess, to avoid higher interest costs to taxpayers and market uncertainty about a potential default.

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Trump's nominee for Fed says banking rules need 'refinements'

WASHINGTON U.S. banking rules must protect the financial system but they need "some refinement," President Donald Trump's nominee for the Federal Reserve's top regulatory post told lawmakers on Wednesday.

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U.S. officials discussing withholding some aid to Egypt over NGO law

WASHINGTON U.S. officials are discussing whether to withhold a portion of U.S. assistance to Egypt to protest Egyptian passage of a law that imposes restrictions on non-governmental organizations, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

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Massachusetts immigrant ruling could guide other states: official

BOSTON A ruling by Massachusetts' top court could influence other state courts to rule that police cannot detain illegal immigrants solely to give federal authorities time to take them into custody, state Attorney General Maura Healey said on Wednesday.

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