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A view of the MGM National Harbor, which is located near D.C. in Prince George's County, Md. (Photo by Robb Scharteg)

MGM National Harbor: Vegas does D.C.

The MGM National Harbor looks across the Potomac River from its perch on prime land in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and knows it is just the beginning of a long and fruitful friendship with the nation’s capital.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined at right by Secretary for the Majority Laura Dove, walks from his office to the chamber for the start of the legislative day, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate budget, key to tax reform, passes initial test vote

- The Washington Times

Senate Republicans’ 2018 budget plan survived an initial test vote Tuesday, but sniping between deficit and defense hawks leaves GOP leaders with a narrow margin for error as they look for final passage later this week, hoping to clear a path for their tax overhaul plans.

Get back in there and run the tax cut play! (Illustration by Gary Varvel for Creators Syndicate)

Join the Tax Reform Coalition - now

It was two weeks ago that congressional GOP leaders unveiled their “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax System,” and its opponents (read: every special interest group that employs a tax lobbyist) have launched their campaigns to protect their loopholes.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Having bested his rivals, Xi is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its twice-a-decade national congress on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against 'grim' challenges

- Associated Press

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take a stronger role in society and economic development to better address the nation's "grim" challenges as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress.

About 6.5M opioid prescription searches made using new tool

Associated Press

More than six and a half million searches have been conducted by health care providers in the year since Massachusetts launched a new tool aimed at reducing the risk of prescription opioid abuse and overdose deaths.

Postal workers to rally against job cuts in Boston area

Associated Press

Postal workers and supporters have scheduled a rally in front of Boston's main downtown post office to protest job cutbacks that have led to long lines and delivery delays around New England.

FILE - In this June 7, 2017 file photo, Donna Karan attends the 2017 Urban Zen Stephan Weiss Apple Awards in New York. Karan says she is apologetic and embarrassed about the remarks she made last week that suggested sexual harassment victims were "asking for it" by the way they dressed. Her comments on a red carpet touched off outrage online in wake of allegations against fallen mogul Harvey Weinstein. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP, File)

Donna Karan begs forgiveness for Harvey Weinstein remarks

- Associated Press

Fashion designer Donna Karan is "apologetic from the bottom of my heart" and embarrassed about "stupid" remarks she made last week that suggested sexual harassment victims were "asking for it" by the way they dressed.

A firefighter is covered in smoke as he monitors a wildfire along a fire road Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, near Boulder Creek , Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Utility scrutinized as California wildfire victims sue

- Associated Press

Northern California homeowners allege in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. failed to adequately protect its power lines before the region's deadly wildfires, a theory that state investigators are considering as they try to determine the cause.

Hawaiian first, Virgin America last in on-time rankings

- Associated Press

Here are the government's rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for August. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives no more than 14 minutes behind schedule.

State lawmakers set deadline for announcing budget status

Associated Press

Connecticut Democratic and Republican legislative leaders are setting a new, self-imposed deadline for announcing whether they're on the verge of reaching a tentative, bipartisan state budget agreement.

Pennsylvania House OKs new cash package to backfill deficit

- Associated Press

Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled House of Representatives advanced its latest deficit-financing proposal Tuesday night that revolved around elements the House previously had rejected in a protracted budget standoff with the Senate and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.