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President Donald Trump, right, sitting next to Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., left, speaks during a meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee and members of the President's economic team in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump prods Senate Democrats to back tax reform

- The Washington Times

President Trump looked for Democratic buy-in for tax reform Wednesday at a meeting with bipartisan members of the Senate’s tax-writing committee, three Republican senators said after the meeting.

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Editorials from around New York

- Associated Press

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers:

Top GOP consultant charged with illegal lobbying, conspiracy

- Associated Press

A top Republican political consultant and two former state representatives were indicted Wednesday in a corruption scheme in South Carolina's Legislature that has now ensnared half a dozen lawmakers.

Treasurer candidate: Trouble filing report due to paralysis

Associated Press

The Democrat vying to be Louisiana's next treasurer is asking the state ethics board to waive a $2,100 fine for not filing his campaign finance report on time, saying difficulty associated with his paralysis delayed the filing.

NC's Blue Cross: Trump's Obamacare move no impact on rates

- Associated Press

North Carolina's largest health insurer said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's recent move to cut off "Obamacare" payments to insurers won't affect its average 14.1 percent price increase on those policies for next year.

Colorado Editorial Roundup

- Associated Press

The Durango Herald, Oct. 18, on recreation at Lake Nighthorse:

FILE - This Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, file photo, shows a Twitter app on an iPhone screen in New York. Twitter vowed to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment on its platform, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet-storm that the company was "still" not doing enough to protect its users. In an email shared with The Associated Press Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, Twitter's head of safety policy outlined the new guidelines to the company's Trust and Safety Council, a group of outside organizations that advises Twitter on its policies against abuse. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Twitter vows new crackdown on hateful, abusive tweets

- Associated Press

Twitter is vowing to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweetstorm that the company is not doing enough to protect its users.

Meeting on 'bump stock' ban draws few attendees

Associated Press

Only a handful of people have attended a brief "informational" hearing on a proposal to ban in Massachusetts devices that can increase the firing rate of weapon.

Trump policy settles birth control case with Catholic group

Associated Press

A Roman Catholic group says it has settled a lawsuit with the federal government over birth control after the Trump administration allowed more employers to opt out of providing no-cost contraception based on religious or moral objections.