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Dec 14, 2018

Republican Wisconsin governor signs bills curbing Democrats' power
Outgoing Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker on Friday signed a package of legislation aimed at weakening the powers of his newly elected Democratic successor, dismissing critics who said the move was a last-minute partisan power grab.

Reuters Politics
Dec 14, 2018

Chris Christie pulls out of Trump's White House chief of staff race
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, considered one of President Donald Trump's top candidates for White House chief of staff, abruptly withdrew from consideration on Friday, saying now is not the right time for him to take the job.

Reuters Politics
Dec 14, 2018

Ex-personal lawyer says Trump knew of hush payments: ABC News
President Donald Trump directed the payment of hush money to two women during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and knew that doing so was wrong, his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen said in a television interview that aired on Friday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 14, 2018

Wisconsin Republican governor to act on bills curbing Democrats' power
Outgoing Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker plans to act on Friday on a package of last-minute legislation aimed at weakening the powers of his newly elected Democratic successor.

Reuters Politics
Dec 14, 2018

Trump's chief of staff search centers on Kushner, Christie, Lighthizer: source
President Donald Trump's search for a new White House chief of staff is centering around former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, senior adviser Jared Kushner and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, a source familiar with the search said on Friday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 14, 2018

Republican Senator Kyl to resign on Dec. 31: Arizona governor
Republican U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, who was appointed to replace the late John McCain, will step down from office on Dec. 31, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said in a statement on Friday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 14, 2018

Republican U.S. Senator Kyl to resign on Dec. 31 -Arizona governor
Republican U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, who was appointed to fill the late John McCain's former seat in the chamber, will step down from his office on Dec. 31, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said in a statement on Friday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 14, 2018

Ex-lawyer Cohen says Trump knew hush payments were wrong: ABC
U.S. President Donald Trump directed hush payments to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign and knew the actions were wrong, his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen said in a television interview that aired on Friday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 14, 2018

For Trump, a year of high drama at home and abroad
President Donald Trump faced battles across many fronts in 2018, ending the year politically weakened after his Republican Party lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives at midterm elections in November.

Reuters Politics
Dec 14, 2018

Ex-lawyer Cohen: Trump knew hush payments were wrong - ABC News
U.S. President Donald Trump directed hush payments to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign and knew the actions were wrong, his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen said in a television interview that aired on Friday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 14, 2018

California could have seismic impact on 2020 Democratic presidential race
California is determined to force 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls to make some hard choices.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Trump meets Christie as some advisers urge Kushner for chief of staff: sources
President Donald Trump on Thursday met with former New Jersey governor Chris Christie and considered him a top contender for the job of White House chief of staff, a position some advisers urged him to give to senior aide Jared Kushner, sources said.A source familiar with Trump's thinking said the president had a positive meeting with Christie, confirming a report by Axios.com, and considered him a top-tier candidate for the position.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Trump was at meeting when hush payments were discussed: NBC
Donald Trump was at a meeting in August 2015 when his personal lawyer Michael Cohen and David Pecker, chairman of the publisher of the National Enquirer, discussed a scheme to pay off women to suppress their stories about having had affairs with Trump, NBC News reported on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Some Trump advisers tell him to consider Kushner as chief of staff: sources
President Donald Trump has been hearing appeals from some advisers to consider his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner for the position of White House chief of staff, two sources familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Butina admits being Russian agent, pleads guilty in U.S. to conspiracy
A Russian woman pleaded guilty in a U.S. court on Thursday to a single conspiracy charge in a deal with prosecutors and admitted to working with a top Russian official to infiltrate a powerful gun rights group and make inroads with American conservative activists and the Republican Party as an agent for Moscow.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

U.S. Senate hands Trump historic rebuke on Saudi Arabia
The U.S. Senate delivered a rare double rebuke to President Donald Trump on Saudi Arabia on Thursday, voting to end U.S. military support for the war in Yemen and blame the Saudi crown prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Federal prosecutors probing Trump inauguration spending: WSJ
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether U.S. President Donald Trump's inaugural committee misspent some of the funds it raised, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people it said were familiar with the matter.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Congress passes bill to make members pay sexual misconduct claims
U.S. lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation to crack down on sexual harassment by members of Congress, requiring lawmakers to pay for settlements and some court awards themselves, instead of depending on public funds.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Defying Trump, U.S. Senate rebukes Saudi Arabia over Yemen war
The U.S. Senate backed a resolution on Thursday to end U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabian-led war in Yemen, defying President Donald Trump with a historic vote that underscored lawmakers' anger over the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

U.S. Agriculture chief predicts more farm aid payouts despite China soy purchases
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Thursday he expects the White House to approve a second tranche of aid payments to farmers hurt by ongoing trade disputes, despite new Chinese purchases of soybeans.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Trump says five people on short list for chief of staff
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he has five people on his short list to become the White House chief of staff when John Kelly leaves the post at the beginning of the new year.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

House Democrats to seek Trump tax returns: Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that congressional Democrats will begin to seek President Donald Trump's tax returns - a move likely to be resisted by the White House - after they take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Republicans introduce resolution blaming Saudi prince in journalist death
The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday introduced legislation holding Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and insisting on accountability.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

U.S. House calls on Myanmar to release Reuters journalists
The U.S. House of Representatives called nearly unanimously on Thursday for the government of Myanmar to release Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were imprisoned one year ago in a landmark free speech case.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Trump denies ties to ex-lawyer Cohen's crimes
U.S. President Donald Trump offered up a handful of legal arguments in a series of tweets on Thursday distancing himself from former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to prison on Wednesday for arranging 2016 hush-money payments to women who say they had affairs with the married president.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Trump says Cohen did low-level work for him, mostly PR: Fox
U.S. President Donald Trump said he made a mistake hiring longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen years ago and that his one-time fixer did "low-level work" for him, mostly in public relations.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Pelosi says House Democrats will begin process to obtain Trump tax returns
Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will begin to seek President Donald Trump's tax returns - a move likely to prompt outrage from the White House - when they take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Republicans set resolution blaming Saudi prince for journalist's death
The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he would introduce on Thursday legislation holding Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and insisting on accountability for those responsible for his death.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Accused Russian agent Butina pleads guilty in U.S. to conspiracy
A woman accused of acting as a Russian agent to infiltrate a powerful gun lobby group and influence U.S. policy toward Moscow pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy in federal court on Thursday in a deal with prosecutors that could give them insight into Russian meddling in American politics.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Trump says trade deal pays for border wall, Democrats scoff
U.S. Democratic leaders rebuked President Donald Trump on Thursday for saying Mexico will pay for a border wall through a new trade deal, while Mexico's new president said the topic has not come up in his talks with Trump.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Senate Democrats introduce bill to allow government to block drug price rises
Four Democratic U.S. senators introduced a bill on Thursday that would allow the government to block drug price increases that it decides are unjustified.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Pelosi says Trump has not responded to Democrat budget offers
U.S. House of Representatives leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that President Donald Trump has not answered Democrats' budget compromise proposals on measures to keep the federal government open.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

No Trump-Putin meeting while Russia holds Ukraine ships: Bolton
There will be no meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin while Russia still holds Ukrainian ships and sailors seized near Crimea, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Bolton frustrated Western Sahara conflict has not been resolved
U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Thursday he had great "frustration" over the fact that the conflict in Western Sahara has not been resolved.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Trump advised to stay out of matter of Huawei CFO arrest: Wall Street Journal
Advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump have told him his options are limited in the legal case of a Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] executive fighting extradition to the United States and they suggested he stay out of the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Top Democratic lawmakers seek probe into Deutsche Bank controls
Two top Democratic U.S. senators called on Thursday for the Senate to open an investigation into Germany's Deutsche Bank over its compliance with U.S. anti-money laundering and bank secrecy laws.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Trump denies any ties to ex-lawyer Cohen's crimes
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he never told his private lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law and denied any ties to his crimes, a day after Cohen was sentenced to prison on charges that included hush money payments to women ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

U.S. to counter China, Russia influence in Africa: Bolton
The United States plans to counter the rapidly expanding economic and political influence of China and Russia in Africa, where the two nations use corrupt business practices with little regard for the rule of law, according to prepared remarks on Thursday by U.S. national security adviser John Bolton.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Top Democratic lawmakers call for investigation into Deutsche Bank controls
Two top Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday called for the Senate to open an investigation into Germany's Deutsche Bank over its compliance with U.S. anti-money laundering and bank secrecy laws.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Trump says ex-lawyer Cohen's crimes are 'unrelated to me'
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he never told his private lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law and denied any ties to his crimes, a day after Cohen was sentenced to prison for financial crimes that included hush money payments to women ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2018

Flurry of Democrats expected to enter 2020 White House race in coming weeks
A rush of Democrats will likely announce U.S. presidential bids in January in an unusually early start to the 2020 election cycle, lining up for what is poised to be a crowded race to take on President Donald Trump.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Democrat Pelosi agrees to term limits, smoothing road to be House speaker
Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Wednesday she supports a proposal that would limit the terms of senior Democratic leaders, likely paving the way for her to reclaim the speaker's post in January when her party takes control of the chamber.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

After Trump comment on Huawei, official says Justice Dept. sticks to law enforcement
A top U.S. Justice Department official pushed back on Wednesday against President Donald Trump's comment that he might intervene in a legal case involving an executive from the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] if it would help secure a trade deal.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Canada warns U.S. not to politicize extradition cases
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday warned the United States not to politicize extradition cases, a day after President Donald Trump said he could intervene in the affair of a Chinese executive detained in Canada at Washington's request.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

U.S. lawmaker worried over Trump Huawei comments
A Democratic U.S. senator said on Wednesday he found "very disturbing" a comment by President Donald Trump that he might get involved in the case of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL].

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Trump adviser Roger Stone says he will not talk to Senate
Roger Stone, a veteran Republican operative, said on Wednesday that he will not appear to answer questions before two U.S. Senate committees about his ties to and support of Donald Trump when he was running for president in 2016.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Tabloid says it worked with Trump campaign to pay 2016 hush money: prosecutors
The publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper has admitted it paid hush money to a former Playboy magazine model to prevent her from going public ahead of the 2016 election with claims that she had an affair with President Donald Trump.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Trump ex-lawyer Cohen given three years in prison as risks rise for Trump
President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for crimes including orchestrating hush payments to women in violation of campaign laws before the 2016 election, and he promised to keep cooperating with the U.S. government against his former boss.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Democrat Pelosi agrees to term limits if elected House speaker
U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday she supported a proposal that would limit her to four years as House speaker, likely paving the way for her to win the post in January when Democrats take control of the chamber.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Rep. Goodlatte presses administration to support anti-OPEC legislation
Bob Goodlatte, outgoing chair of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, pressed the Justice Department's Makan Delrahim on Wednesday to support legislation that would make it easier for the U.S. government to sue to stop OPEC members from pushing up oil prices.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Rep. Meadows out of running for White House chief of staff: officials
President Donald Trump told Republican U.S. Representative Mark Meadows that he wants him to stay in Congress rather than take the White House chief of staff job the president is seeking to fill, three senior White House officials said on Wednesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

House approves farm bill without tightened food stamps criteria
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the farm bill on Wednesday, capping months of acrimonious debate to finalize the legislation funding the nation's $867 billion food and agriculture programs.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Congressman Meadows out of running for White House chief of staff: White House official
President Donald Trump told Republican U.S. Representative Mark Meadows that he wants him to stay in Congress rather than take the White House chief of staff job the president is seeking to fill, a White House official said on Wednesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

U.S. Senate advances resolution to end military support for Saudis in Yemen
The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to advance a resolution to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's civil war, setting the stage for debate and a later vote in the chamber.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Deal lets tabloid avoid U.S. charges over hush money in 2016 election
The publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper has reached a deal with U.S. prosecutors in New York to avoid charges over its role in paying hush money to a woman before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Trump ex-lawyer Cohen given three years in prison, blames 'blind loyalty'
President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for orchestrating hush payments to women in violation of campaign laws before the 2016 election and financial crimes, posing potential legal and political risks to Trump.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

U.S., National Inquirer publisher reach deal to avoid prosecution: statement
The publisher of The National Inquirer has reached a deal with federal law enforcement to avoid prosecution for its role in paying hush money to a woman during the 2016 U.S. election, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said on Wednesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

U.S. Commerce Sec. Ross unaware of any planned warning for China travel
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday downplayed talk that President Donald Trump's administration is poised to warn Americans against traveling to China.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Trump ex-lawyer Cohen sentenced to three years prison on campaign charge
Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, was sentenced to a total of three years in prison on Wednesday for his role in making illegal hush-money payments to women to help Trump's 2016 election campaign and lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to three years prison
Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, was sentenced to a total of three years in prison on Wednesday for his role in making illegal hush-money payments to women to help Trump's 2016 election campaign and lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

U.S. lawmaker hit backs at Pentagon argument for bigger budget
The Pentagon is being "a little bit disingenuous" when it says that Congress would be putting the armed forces at risk if it did not approve an increased defense budget, a key U.S. congressman said on Wednesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Ex-housing official Castro takes step to 2020 U.S. presidential bid
Democrat Julian Castro said on Wednesday he is beginning the process of forming a presidential campaign, entering what is likely to be a crowded field to challenge President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be sentenced for hush money payments
U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen will be sentenced on Wednesday for his role in the payment of hush money to women who said they had affairs with Trump and for lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia that was discussed during the 2016 election campaign.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2018

China welcomes any effort to move Huawei case toward resolution
China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Canada's arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive with Chinese tech giant Huawei, was a mistake from the start, and welcomed any efforts to move the case toward a correct resolution.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Former Trump adviser Flynn asks for probation in Mueller probe
U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn requested on Tuesday a sentence of a year's probation for lying to FBI agents in a case stemming from a probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Former Trump adviser Flynn requests probation in Mueller probe
U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn requested in a court filing on Tuesday a sentence of a year's probation for lying to FBI agents in a case stemming from U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Exclusive: Trump says he is looking at 10 or 12 candidates for chief of staff job
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he has 10 to 12 candidates he is considering for the post of new White House chief of staff and although he could move quickly to fill the job, he was in no particular rush.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

In heated on-camera clash, Trump fights with top Democrats on border wall
U.S. President Donald Trump openly fought with the top two Democratic lawmakers in the Oval Office on Tuesday about government funding, throwing into question whether a deal to avert a government shutdown was possible ahead of a deadline next week.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Highlights: Key quotes from the Reuters interview with Trump
Here are highlights from the Reuters interview with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Exclusive: White House delays new farm aid payments on China trade hopes - sources
The White House is delaying additional payments from a $12 billion aid package for farmers stung by President Donald Trump's trade war with China because it expects Beijing to resume buying U.S. soybeans, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Trump says would intervene in arrest of Chinese executive
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene with the U.S. Justice Department in the case against a Chinese telecommunications executive if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Exclusive: Trump says standing by Saudi crown prince despite pleas from Senate
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he stood by Saudi Arabia's crown prince despite a CIA assessment that he ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and pleas from U.S. senators for Trump to condemn the kingdom's de facto ruler.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Trump awarded nearly $300,000 in legal fees in Daniels defamation lawsuit
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels must pay more than $290,000 to reimburse President Donald Trump for legal fees he spent defending himself in a defamation lawsuit she brought against him over a tweet, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Exclusive: Trump says he is not concerned about being impeached, defends payments to women
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was not concerned that he would get impeached and that payments made ahead of the 2016 election by his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to two women did not violate campaign finance laws.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Exclusive: Trump says he could intervene in U.S. case against Huawei CFO
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene in the Justice Department's case against a top executive at China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] if it would serve national security interests or help close a trade deal with China.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Trump taps two nominees for senior financial regulatory posts
President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced two nominees for top posts at a U.S. financial markets regulator and the federal housing agency.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Senate approves farm bill compromise that avoids food stamp cuts
U.S. lawmakers have reached an agreement on a farm bill that leaves out a proposal to tighten food stamps criteria backed by President Donald Trump, and offers some financial certainty to farmers suffering from the U.S. trade war with China.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Trump ex-campaign chief Manafort seeks more time to review claims about lying
Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort told a U.S. judge on Tuesday they needed more time to evaluate prosecutors' allegations that Manafort lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and breached his plea deal.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

In heated on-camera clash, Trump bickers with top Democrats on border wall
U.S. President Donald Trump openly fought with the top two Democratic lawmakers in the Oval Office on Tuesday about government funding, throwing into question whether a deal was possible ahead of a deadline later this month.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Wisconsin governor signals he will sign bills weakening Democrats
Outgoing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Tuesday praised a series of last-minute bills passed by his fellow Republicans that will curb the powers of his Democratic successor, the clearest indication yet he intends to sign them into law before leaving office.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Exclusive: White House delays new farm aid payments on China trade deal hopes - sources
The White House is delaying a second round of payments from a $12 billion aid package for farmers stung by a trade dispute between China and the United States, amid optimism China will soon resume buying U.S. soybeans, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

U.S. lawmakers propose bill to ban sales to Chinese sanctions violators
Two U.S. lawmakers proposed a bill on Tuesday that would direct the president to ban the sale of U.S. products to Chinese telecommunications companies that violate U.S. export or sanctions laws.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

U.S. judge delays plea hearing for accused Russian agent Butina
A U.S. judge on Tuesday postponed a plea agreement hearing for accused Russian agent Maria Butina by one day, until Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

U.S. judge delays plea deal hearing for accused Russian agent Butina
A U.S. judge on Tuesday postponed a plea agreement hearing for accused Russian agent Maria Butina by one day, until Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

In rare on-camera clash, Trump, top Democrats feud over border wall
U.S. President Donald Trump openly fought with the top two Democratic lawmakers in the Oval Office on Tuesday about government funding, throwing into question whether a deal was possible ahead of a deadline later this month.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Sen. McConnell says has not given up hope of avoiding government shutdown
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said he has not given up hope that the U.S. Congress will find a way to keep the government open, as short-term funding is set to run out and a fight over President Donald Trump's proposed border wall is raising the possibility of a shutdown.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Trump said he would consider Democrats' proposals: Schumer
President Donald Trump said he would think about the budget proposals made by Democrats in a testy White House meeting Tuesday, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Trump, top Democrats clash on border wall in rare Oval Office fight
U.S. President Donald Trump openly sparred about government funding with the top two Democratic lawmakers during an Oval Office meeting on Tuesday, throwing into question whether a deal was possible ahead of a deadline later this month.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

White House delays new farm aid payments on China trade deal hopes: sources
The White House is delaying a second round of payments from a $12 billion aid package for farmers stung by a trade dispute between China and the United States, amid optimism China will soon resume buying U.S. soybeans, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Trump administration official defends tear gas use at Mexico border
The firing of tear gas canisters by U.S. border agents toward migrants in Mexico near a border crossing last month followed regulations, a senior Trump administration official said in testimony to Congress on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Trump, top Democrats openly spar in Oval Office over border wall
U.S. President Donald Trump openly fought with the top two Democratic lawmakers at an Oval Office meeting on Tuesday about government funding, throwing into question whether a deal was possible ahead of a deadline later this month.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Top Democrats say Trump has made clear he wants government shutdown
U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said U.S. President Donald Trump has made clear that he wants to shut down the federal government over his long-promised border wall even as they sought a deal to keep the government running.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Trump says he's in 'no rush' for new top White House aide
President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his search for a new White House chief of staff, telling reporters he would make an announcement about the job within two weeks, after his first choice declined the position.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Trump administration proposes weakening U.S. waterway protections
The Trump administration proposed on Tuesday reducing federal protections for U.S. waterways, an action sought by ranching and mining interests but one that will likely be held up in the courts amid lawsuits brought by environmentalists.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Senate to consider resolution condemning Saudi crown prince
The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he would introduce as soon as Tuesday a joint resolution condemning Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which could force President Donald Trump to decide whether to sign or veto.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Trump says will announce new chief of staff in a week or two
President Donald Trump on Tuesday told reporters he will announce a new White House chief of staff in a week or two, and that he is interviewing many great candidates for the position.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Trump argues with top Democrats over border wall funding
U.S. President Donald Trump said he was unlikely to come to an agreement with Democrats on Tuesday over border wall funding as he argued with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in front of reporters at the White House.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Trump administration official defends use of tear gas at Mexico border
The firing of tear gas canisters by U.S. border agents toward migrants in Mexico near a border crossing last month followed regulations, a senior Trump administration official said in testimony to Congress on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

U.S. proposing to weaken Obama-era wetland protections
The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed weakening protections for U.S. wetlands, an action sought by ranching and mining interests but one that will likely be held up in the courts amid lawsuits brought by environmentalists.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2018

Trump defends search for White House aide, cites 10 contenders
President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his search for his new White House chief of staff and, without offering any names, said more than 10 people were vying for the top spot after his first choice declined over the weekend.

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