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NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa,. about the proposed Republican tax plans. Grassley is a member of the Senate Finance Committee and supports the Senate tax bill.

The Senate has begun debate on a GOP plan to overhaul the nation's tax code, with major economic and political consequences in the balance.

One of the sticking points among Republicans debating their tax bill is whether to make an expanded child tax credit refundable. The decision could greatly impact whether the change helps lower and middle income families.

The tax changes proposed by Republican lawmakers would impact President Trump's personal finances. This week, he said: "This is going to cost me a fortune," but experts say that's far from the case.

Facebook says it has an edge in fighting back against influence campaigns like the one Russia waged against the U.S. in 2016. The company says it requires users' real names, but an NPR reporter tested it and signed up for an account under a fake name in about 1 minute. Experts say that feature is not a silver bullet.

The viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge began in 2014 when a golfer in Sarasota, Fla., nominated his cousin in Pelham, N.Y. Her husband had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, His name was Anthony Senerchia Jr., and he lost his 14-year battle with the disease on Nov. 25.

The wet wipes industry is blossoming. But with the growth comes a problem: clogged drains. Now the fight over "flushability" is heading to court.

Journalists Jane Mayer and Rebecca Traister say Hill's harsh treatment during Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings served as a warning to other women.

Who ruled early farming? Women! Studies of ancient bones show that women's physical labor was crucial to driving the agricultural revolution in Europe.

The Great Galveston Storm of 1900 destroyed two-thirds of the Texas city and heavily damaged surviving structures. It remains the most deadly natural disaster and worst hurricane in U.S. history.




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