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The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index hit 129.5 this month, up from 126.2 in October and the highest since November 2000.

The business research group's index measures consumers' assessment of current conditions and their outlook for the next six months. Both improved this month.

President Trump celebrated the development Tuesday and Wednesday in a series of tweets.

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After a flurry of last-minute concessions by President Trump to win over reluctant Republicans, the GOP tax plan cleared a key committee vote Tuesday and appeared better positioned for passage when the full Senate votes, probably later this week.

Trump praised the vote Tuesday night in a tweet, writing, "the biggest winner will be our great Country!"

Even so, with Republicans' slim 52-seat majority in the Senate, it would take only three of the remaining half a dozen or so GOP holdouts to block the bill, which Republicans hope will be their signature legislative achievement of Trump's first year in office. The bill, which still needs to be reconciled with a House version, remains a work in progress.

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The first round in the legal battle over interim leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau went to President Trump on Tuesday when a federal judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order to keep his choice for the job, Mick Mulvaney, from serving as acting director.

Trump celebrated the victory with a tweet:

Still, the attorney for the agency's deputy director, Leandra English, who is supported by consumer advocates, maintained she is the lawful acting director, indicating the fight was not over in a case that raises constitutional questions and may be headed to the Supreme Court.

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President Trump, the self-professed deal-maker, once again has dealt a setback to a bipartisan legislative deal — this time with potentially significant consequences: the threat of a government shutdown.

Hours before a scheduled Oval Office meeting with congressional leaders to discuss a packed year-end agenda of must-pass measures, Trump on Twitter excoriated Democrats “Chuck and Nancy” — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — and falsely claimed that their demands include higher taxes and “unchecked” immigration. “I don’t see a deal!” he added.

Schumer, of New York, and Pelosi, from San Francisco, quickly responded by pulling out of the meeting. In a joint statement, they said, "We don't have any time to waste" on an apparently pointless "show meeting" with Trump and would continue to negotiate with Republican leaders instead.

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President Trump shared via Twitter a statement calling for Americans to participate in Giving Tuesday.

The daylong national event is designed to help charities raise money online.

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President Trump pushed back Tuesday after Vanity Fair magazine, citing an anonymous source, reported that Melania Trump didn't want to become first lady "come hell or high water" and that she didn't think it would happen. 

Trump also took offense at the magazine's assertion that he also never thought he'd be elected.

He tweeted:

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President Trump is renewing his complaints about NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that players knelt at stadiums that he says are having a hard time filling up with fans.

Players have been kneeling to protest racism as well as police brutality, particularly toward people of color. Trump says the act is disrespectful and is hurting the game.

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President Trump will welcome key Republicans to the White House on Monday to push a tax reform plan that has become complicated by a year-end legislative sprint in Congress.

Several Republican senators are expressing reservations about the tax overhaul, a $1.5-trillion package that could become the most significant achievement of Trump’s first year in office, but has low public support among voters.

Trump said that revisions are being made in an appeal to reluctant Republicans as he invited several Senate Finance Committee members for lunch. The president will also meet with all Republican senators Tuesday at the Capitol.

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President Trump continued to criticize the news media in tweets on Monday.

In his first social media message of the morning, Trump sarcastically suggested a contest to determine which television news network, "plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me)."

"Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!" he wrote.

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President Trump talked up the GOP effort to overhaul the tax code on Sunday, tweeting that the legislation “is getting better and better.”

Trump’s tweet came within hours of his return to Washington from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., where he spent the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Senate Republicans will hopefully come through for all of us,” he wrote.