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  • Empty bourbon barrels are seen at a distillery in Kentucky.

    "This is a symbolic target on American culture because bourbon is so intertwined with who we are," a whiskey collector tells CNBC.

  • At issue is Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent decision that the Justice Department will no longer defend key parts of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act in court. The new Trump administration position was outlined last week in a legal brief filed by the Justice Department in a Texas case challenging the Obama health law. Workers "could face the prospect of...

  • At issue is Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent decision that the Justice Department will no longer defend key parts of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act in court. The new Trump administration position was outlined last week in a legal brief filed by the Justice Department in a Texas case challenging the Obama health law. Workers "could face the prospect of...

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., attends a meeting of the Senate Agriculture Committee to consider a bipartisan farm bill that makes mostly modest adjustments to existing programs and, unlike the House version of the bill, doesn't pick a fight over food stamps, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

    The Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday passed the farm bill and overcame an attempt by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to tighten U.S. farm subsidies.

  • FRANKFORT, Ky.— Declaring he has "won the argument" on hemp, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate is on track for a vote to legalize the crop that comes from the same plant that produces marijuana. The committee is scheduled to meet one day after McConnell set a record by becoming the longest-serving GOP leader in the Senate's history,...

  • "There is no immediate calamity or threat," the Republican chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told Congress. The comments before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee contradict a recent White House directive ordering action to keep coal-fired and nuclear power plants open as a matter of national and economic security.

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

    Republican lawmakers showed caution about North Korea's willingness to dismantle its nuclear weapons.

  • WASHINGTON, June 12- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he supported the goals set out in President Donald Trump's joint statement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but said Washington must be prepared to respond if Pyongyang does not follow through.

  • A tractor fills in an area of a corn field where rains washed out the soil in Princeton, Illinois.

    Early expectations are the "bipartisan" Senate farm bill will have a better chance to pass than the plan rejected by the House last month.

  • LOS ANGELES— President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation's legal landscape for pot users and businesses. The proposal introduced Thursday has support from members of Congress from both parties, including Republican...

  • An escalating international trade spat is driving up his equipment costs and threatens to cut into his profit from the bottles he exports to Europe, just as business is booming. President Donald Trump on June 1 imposed tariffs for aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada and the European Union. With nearly a quarter of his sales coming in Europe, lowering his prices...

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

    Numerous Democrats running in GOP-leaning House districts have either opposed or declined to support Pelosi.

  • Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)

    Some free trade Republican lawmakers are trying to curb Trump's ability to put tariffs on U.S. allies.

  • WASHINGTON— A bipartisan group of 10 senators introduced longshot legislation Wednesday that would require Congress to sign off on tariffs imposed in the name of national security, defying President Donald Trump on a bedrock issue that once defined the GOP. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., indicated he was not interested in spending too much time...

  • WASHINGTON— Key Senate Republicans are pushing longshot legislation that would require Congress to sign off on President Donald Trump's import tariffs, a rare attempt to stand up to the administration on a bedrock issue that once defined the GOP. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., indicated he was not interested in spending too much time on the...

  • Mexico's response further raises trade tensions between the two countries and adds a new complication to efforts to renegotiate the trillion-dollar North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico. Trump last week rattled some of the United States' closest allies by removing an exemption to tariffs on imported steel and...

  • Mexico's response further raises trade tensions between the two countries and adds a new complication to efforts to renegotiate the trillion-dollar North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico. Trump last week rattled some of the United States' closest allies by removing an exemption to tariffs on imported steel and...

  • WASHINGTON, June 5- Republican and Democratic U.S. senators plan to introduce as soon as Tuesday legislation that would force President Donald Trump to obtain Congress' approval before imposing tariffs on national security grounds, a senior senator said on Tuesday. Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said legislation...

  • WASHINGTON— Seeking to revive a $15 billion plan to pare back spending that has languished on Capitol Hill, the White House on Tuesday dropped a proposal to cut $252 million in leftover funding to fight the Ebola virus in Africa. The move came as President Donald Trump took to Twitter to pitch the package of spending cuts, which still faces an uphill struggle in...

  • Mexico's response further raises trade tensions between the two countries and adds a new complication to efforts to renegotiate the NAFTA trade deal between Canada, the United States and Mexico. Trump last week rattled some of the closest U.S. allies by removing an exemption to tariffs on imported steel and aluminum that his administration had granted to...