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John Melcher, Montana Democrat in House and Senate, Dies at 93

He strongly defended farm subsidies and was known as a fighter for agriculture, particularly eastern Montana’s wheat growers and cattle ranchers. He introduced bills to promote assistance for elderly Americans, including more access to long-term health care and improvements in cost-of-living formulas used to calculate Social Security benefits for retirees. …

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U.S. Seeks Quick Nafta Deal, but Allies Balk as It Gives Little Ground

Trump administration officials are eager to conclude negotiations quickly, largely because they must secure a deal by May to meet all of the necessary deadlines to have their revised Nafta agreement approved by the current Republican-controlled Congress. Some trade advisers say the possibility of Democrats retaking the majority in the …

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Trump Proposes Rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership

Then late Thursday, Mr. Trump appeared to shift gears again, saying in a Twitter post at 11:15 p.m. that he would consider re-entering the agreement only if it were “substantially better” than the deal offered to President Barack Obama. “We already have BILATERAL deals with six of the eleven nations …

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Fed Officials Have Concerns About Trade, March Meeting Minutes Show

However, the minutes reflect officials’ uncertainty about how big that boost might be, and when it might come, because there is little historical precedent for such fiscal stimulus when unemployment is so low. The minutes also show that policymakers “suggested that uncertainty about whether all elements of the tax cuts …

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