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By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending rose more than expected in April as households boosted purchases of goods and services, and the increase in inflation slowed, which could underpin economic growth in the second quarter amid rising fears of a recession.

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Sen. Joe Manchin

(Reuters) - Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has signaled support for climate provisions including a watered-down methane fee and carbon border tax in a slimmed down Build Back Better spending bill, and he and fellow Democratic lawmakers are aiming for a deal by the end of June, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

(Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw and Trevor Hunnicutt; Editing by Richard Valdmanis)

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump is still the most dominant Republican in the country, but his very mixed primary record has left his air of invincibility in tatters.

As The Washington Post's Aaron Blake notes, Trump has a 30% problem. While several of his endorsees won their races convincingly, most of them either won or lost with a less-than-middling 30-some percent of the GOP vote. They include:

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