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October 4, 2017 12:29 PM First Read’s Morning Clips: Tillerson Called Trump a ‘Moron’

From NBC’s Carol Lee, Kristen Welker, Stephanie Ruhle and Dafna Linzer: “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on the verge of resigning this past summer amid mounting policy disputes and clashes with the White House, according to multiple senior administration officials who were aware of the situation at the time. The tensions came to a head around the time President 61

September 29, 2017 2:13 PM Rush Limbaugh Says Anthem Protests Are Leftist Plot To 'Damage' NFL

"They don't like displays of patriotism, strength, rugged individualism ..." Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh got a chance Thursday to weigh in on the NFL’s national anthem protests during an appearance on Fox News ― and he took the ball and ran with it. Limbaugh told host Sean Hannity the growing demonstrations are part of a liberal plot to hurt the NFL and its promotion 63

September 27, 2017 9:28 PM GOP proposes deep tax cuts, provides few details on how to pay for them

Republican leaders on Wednesday proposed slashing tax rates for the wealthy, the middle class and businesses while preserving popular tax deductions that encourage buying homes and giving to charity, hoping to unify the party behind a proposal to revamp the U.S. tax code. But the nine-page framework they released to kick off negotiations left many key questions 70

September 21, 2017 6:04 PM POLITICO-Harvard poll: Tax reform lags other issues on list of voters' concerns

Republicans plan on making tax reform one of their top policy priorities this fall, but it’s far from clear that’s what voters actually want. One in five adults said that reducing taxes for businesses and individuals should be a major focus for Congress this fall, a POLITICO-Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll found, with a higher percentage 74

September 7, 2017 9:46 PM GOP Cites Progress in Tax Talks; 15% Corporate Rate Is Doubted

Negotiators point to some agreement hours after Ryan says 15% rate would be difficult to achieve WASHINGTON—Republicans pointed to progress Thursday in their negotiations to overhaul the U.S. tax code even though one of President Donald Trump’s top priorities, lowering the corporate tax rate to 15%, might not be achievable. Rep. Kevin Brady (R., Texas) 55

August 31, 2017 7:01 AM Trump Says His Tax Reform Plan Is Good for the Little Guy. It’s Not

During a speech Wednesday in Springfield, Missouri, the president touted his ideas before a crowd of workers at a factory that makes fans and other kinds of exhaust equipment. A feisty Trump called on Congress to deliver a bill and said that if the state’s senior senator, Democrat Claire McCaskill, did not support the plan, she should be “voted out of office 76

August 28, 2017 2:46 PM It's a done deal: Amazon takes over Whole Foods

It's a done deal: Amazon takes over Whole Foods Amazon completed its $13.7 billion takeover of organic grocer Whole Foods on Monday, taking quick aim at the chain's "Whole Paycheck" image and bringing it in line with Amazon's practice of keeping prices low to lock in customer loyalty. Beyond lowering prices on organic avocados, eggs and kale, it also means 92

August 24, 2017 8:18 PM Amazon: We're lowering Whole Foods prices on Monday

Amazon said Thursday that its takeover of Whole Foods (WFM) will close on Monday, and its first order of business will be to make some items more affordable, according to a release. "Whole Foods Market will offer lower prices starting Monday on a selection of best-selling grocery staples across its stores, with more to come," the company said in a statement 84

August 24, 2017 5:07 PM Ohio county is last in nation to get insurer for health exchange

The lone county currently at risk of going uncovered on the federal health law's insurance exchanges has landed an insurer. CareSource will step up to provide health insurance coverage in Paulding County, Ohio, in 2018, The Associated Press has learned. The company and state Department of Insurance planned to announce the arrangement Thursday. The most recent 79

August 14, 2017 4:07 PM Trump fires back after the CEO of Merck resigned from his manufacturing council

The chief executive of Merck said Monday in a tweet that he was resigning from President Trump's American Manufacturing Council, saying he was doing so “as CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience” and that “America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter 71