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Feb 23, 2018

NRA honors FCC chair with rifle for repealing 'net neutrality'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday honored the head of the Federal Communications Commission with a rifle after braving death threats and other opposition as he worked to undo the Obama administration's 2015 net neutrality rules.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Corporate partners cut cord with NRA as gun control debate rages
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The fallout over this week's shooting rampage at a Florida high school started to take its toll on National Rifle Association's roster of corporate partners on Friday as a half dozen companies severed marketing ties with the gun advocacy organization.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Trump, Australia's Turnbull seek common ground on trade, China
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held talks on Friday at the White House where the two leaders sought to put aside previous tensions, but divisions on trade remained.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

New indictment alleges Manafort payments to former European politicians
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new indictment filed on Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller alleges that President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly paid former senior European politicians in 2012 and 2013 to lobby for the pro-Russia government of Ukraine.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Corporate partners cut cord with NRA as ground shifts in gun debate
NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than half a dozen U.S. companies have abruptly cut ties with the National Rifle Association as gun safety activists on Friday intensified calls for a boycott in the wake of last week's Florida high school massacre.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Indicted Missouri governor resigns from post with GOP governors group
(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, under indictment for invasion of privacy in connection with the cover-up of an extramarital affair, has resigned from a leadership position with the Republican Governors Association, the organization said on Friday.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Trump: Chief of staff Kelly to settle Kushner security dispute
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he will leave it to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to settle a security clearance dispute involving son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner, but left little doubt he wants the case settled in a way that allows Kushner to keep his job.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Florida governor proposes new gun sale limits after school shooting
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott urged state lawmakers on Friday to increase restrictions on buying guns and to strengthen school safety after a gunman killed 17 people at a school last week, proposals that gun control advocates said did not go far enough.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Some U.S.companies cut ties with NRA under mounting pressure
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Half a dozen U.S. companies have cut ties with the National Rifle Association as gun safety activists on Friday intensified calls for a boycott in the wake of last week's Florida high school massacre.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Former Trump campaign aide pleads guilty in Russia probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former senior official in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators, and is cooperating with a federal probe into Russia's role in the election.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Former Trump campaign aide set to plead guilty in Russia probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former senior official in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Rick Gates, will plead guilty on Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators, according to court documents, in a sign he will likely cooperate with a federal probe into Russia's role in the election.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Trump says U.S.-Australia relations are strong
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the White House on Friday, and praised the strength of U.S.-Australia ties.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Florida governor proposes tighter gun restrictions in wake of school shooting
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a proposal on Friday to increase restrictions on buying guns and to strengthen school safety measures after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in the state last week.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Corporate America under pressure to cut ties with NRA
(Reuters) - Some of the biggest names in corporate America are coming under mounting pressure on Friday to cut ties with the National Rifle Association as gun safety activists intensified calls for a boycott in the wake of last week's Florida high school massacre.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Ex-Trump campaign aide Gates expected to plead guilty Friday
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign aide Rick Gates will plead guilty on Friday afternoon to charges of conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office, according to court records.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Trump says he wants to review U.S. military policy of gun-free zones on bases
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he wanted to review the U.S. military's policy of having bases be gun-free zones, noting that some soldiers killed in a shooting spree several years ago at one facility had been expert marksmen who were unarmed.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Former Trump campaign aide expected to plead guilty in Russia probe - reports
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rick Gates, a former adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, was expected to plead guilty as soon as Friday in a federal investigation into Russia's role in the election, the New York Times reported, a sign that he will likely cooperate in the probe.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Pentagon makes recommendations to White House on transgender individuals
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has made his recommendations to the White House on transgender individuals and military service, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Oprah Winfrey says 'definitely not' running for U.S. president
(Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey put to rest any lingering questions about a potential 2020 bid for the presidency, declaring on a late-night talk show on Thursday that she was "definitely not running."

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

U.S. court blocks Trump administration from ending oil, gas waste rule
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. court temporarily blocked the Trump administration from delaying or ending an Obama-era rule aimed at preventing oil and gas leaks during production, according to court documents, marking the fourth time either Congress or the courts have upheld the rule's implementation.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Former Trump campaign aide expected to plead guilty in Russia probe: reports
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rick Gates, a former adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, was expected to plead guilty as soon as Friday in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, the New York Times and ABC News reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Enterprise to end discounts for NRA members on three of its brands
(Reuters) - U.S. car rental company Enterprise Holdings Inc said it would end discount programs for three of its brands with members of the National Rifle Association (NRA), following a shooting that killed 17 at a Florida high school.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Feb 23) - Mexico wall, DACA
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Fees case may enable U.S. Supreme Court to curb union power
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will consider for the second time in two years whether to choke off a critical funding stream for public-employee unions, potentially reducing organized labor's influence in the workplace and at the ballot box.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Trump urges Mexico to block illegal immigrants from El Salvador
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday called on Mexico to do more to prevent violent illegal immigrants from El Salvador from entering the United States, again pushing his long-proposed border wall but stopping short of saying Mexico would fund it.

Reuters Politics
Feb 23, 2018

Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security will be replaced
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Special counsel files new charges against Trump ex-aides Manafort and Gates
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel in the Russia probe filed new criminal charges on Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, stepping up pressure in a legal battle that started last year.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Missouri governor indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge
(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was briefly taken into custody on Thursday after being indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge in connection with an extramarital affair and a blackmail allegation involving the Republican politician, officials said.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Two top White House advisers may leave over tensions with Trump: sources
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Longstanding friction between U.S. President Donald Trump and two top aides, the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Staff, has grown to a point that either or both might quit soon, four senior administration officials said.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Mueller files new charges against Trump ex-aides Manafort and Gates
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed new criminal charges on Thursday against President Donald Trump's ex-campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates that include bank and tax fraud, stepping up pressure in a legal battle that started last year.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being replaced
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Missouri governor indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge: prosecutor
(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge, a St. Louis prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

U.S. special counsel files new charges against Trump former campaign aides
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a new set of criminal charges on Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates that include bank and tax fraud, escalating a legal battle that started last year.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

U.S. gun lobby slams anti-gun 'elites' after Florida school massacre
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to try to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Pennsylvania Republicans file second challenge to new congressional map
(Reuters) - Pennsylvania Republicans, including congressmen, filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging a new congressional map created by the state's top court in the party's latest effort to block the map from taking effect ahead of November's mid-term elections and potentially boosting Democratic prospects.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

New indictment filed against former Trump campaign aides Manafort and Gates
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday filed a new indictment against former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, according to court records.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being shoved aside
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal agency who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being removed from his post by Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

U.S. judge denies Manafort's request to modify his bail terms
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, lost a bid on Thursday to modify the terms of his bail, after a federal judge said his proposal to pledge certain properties as collateral was "unsatisfactory."

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

NRA chief slams anti-gun 'elites' after Florida school massacre
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to try to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Trump emphasizes arming teachers as response to school shootings
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday emphasized that he wants to see trained teachers able to carry concealed guns to ward off potential school shooters, and said he has recently spoken with the National Rifle Association about his ideas.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

NRA chief slams anti-gun "elites" after Florida school massacre
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to erode the country's constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Pentagon to provide recommendation on transgender individuals to Trump this week
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will provide his recommendation to President Donald Trump on transgender individuals and military service sometime this week, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

New Jersey Democrats seek to bar gunmakers from pension funds
BOSTON (Reuters) - New Jersey legislators on Thursday said they plan to introduce bills to bar state pension funds from investing in gun manufacturers.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Pence rallies conservatives with call to fight hard at 2018 elections
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence rallied thousands of conservative activists on Thursday to fight back against a Democratic drive to take over the U.S. Congress in 2018 elections, calling it crucial to advance President Donald Trump's agenda.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

NRA chief attacks anti-gun 'elites' after Florida school shooting
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, calling them Democratic elites who are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to chip away at the country's constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

U.S. judge in Russia probe orders sealed hearing in Gates case
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has ordered a closed hearing for Friday in the Russia probe case of Rick Gates, a former campaign aide for President Donald Trump, according to a court filing on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Feb 22) - School shootings, bump stocks, school safety
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

USDA secretary wants separate immigration program for agricultural workers
ARLINGTON, Va. (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said on Thursday the government wants a separate immigration program for agricultural workers.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Trump says arming some teachers would stop shootings 'instantly'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed his call to arm teachers following last week's school massacre in Florida, saying it would be limited to those with military or special training but "would solve the problem instantly."

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Feb 22): Gun policy
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Trump says weighing possibility of 'the best' teachers having guns
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday sought to clarify his support for arming teachers in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Florida, saying he only wanted to examine the idea and would limit it to those with military or special training.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Easy fixes to school security prove elusive after Florida shooting
(Reuters) - Two weeks before a gunman fatally shot 17 people at a Florida high school, Bill Lee, the president of the state's school administrators association, warned that Florida's schools were vulnerable to just such an attack.

Reuters Politics
Feb 22, 2018

U.S. students protest over gun laws, Trump considers arming teachers
WASHINGTON/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more U.S. rampages.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

U.S. students protest gun laws, Trump considers arming teachers
WASHINGTON/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more U.S. rampages.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Pennsylvania Republicans ask Supreme Court to block new congressional map
(Reuters) - Pennsylvania Republicans on Wednesday filed an emergency appeal asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional map drawn by the state's top court from taking effect ahead of this year's mid-term elections.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Trump says arming teachers could help prevent school massacres
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres like last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, voicing support for an idea backed by the National Rifle Association gun rights group.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Trump-Russia probe counsel to interview ex-Trump aide Nunberg: sources
(Reuters) - Sam Nunberg, a former political aide to Donald Trump, will be interviewed on Thursday as part of a U.S. special counsel's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

U.S. looking at potential new sanctions against Russia
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering new sanctions against Russia in response to election meddling and a devastating cyber attack last year, senior U.S. officials said on Wednesday, pushing back against criticism that it has been slow to act.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

House Republican oversight chair seeks EPA chief's travel details
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican head of the U.S. House of Representatives oversight committee sought details on Wednesday on how Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt got clearance to take numerous first class-flights revealed in recently released travel records.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Trump says arming teachers could prevent school massacres
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres such as last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Trump vows action on gun background checks after Florida shooting
WASHINGTON/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday vowed to take steps to improve background checks for gun buyers in the wake of last week's deadly Florida high school shooting as hundreds of students joined scattered protests around the United States.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

House panel sets Feb 28 hearing on Puerto Rico's power restoration
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee plans to hold a hearing next week to discuss efforts to restore Puerto Rico's electrical infrastructure in the wake of last year's devastating storms, the panel said in a statement released on Wednesday.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Cruz urges biofuels policy revamp at rally for bankrupt U.S. refiner
Philadelphia (Reuters) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump's administration to push for an overhaul of the nation's biofuels policy, during a rally at a Pennsylvania oil refinery that blames its bankruptcy on the controversial regulation.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Laws have failed, say Florida survivors in push to limit gun sales
TALLAHASSEE, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of people including teenage survivors of last week's deadly Florida high school mass shooting poured into the state capital Tallahassee on Wednesday demanding that lawmakers limit sales of assault rifles.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

New sealed charges brought in case against ex-Trump campaign manager
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New sealed criminal charges have been filed in federal court in the criminal case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and campaign aide Rick Gates, a court record indicated on Wednesday.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Supreme Court declines to broaden whistleblower protections
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to broaden protections for corporate insiders who call out misconduct, ruling they must take claims of wrongdoing to the Securities and Exchange Commission in order to be shielded against retaliation.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Lawsuits challenge Electoral College system in four U.S. states
BOSTON (Reuters) - A coalition that includes a Latino membership organization and a former Massachusetts governor filed lawsuits on Wednesday challenging how four U.S. states allocate their Electoral College votes in presidential elections.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

'Laws have failed,' say Florida survivors in push to limit gun sales
TALLAHASSEE, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of people including teenaged survivors of last week's deadly Florida high school mass shooting poured into the state capital Tallahassee on Wednesday demanding that lawmakers limit sales of assault rifles.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Fresh U.S. criminal charges filed in special counsel's Manafort case
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New sealed criminal charges have been filed in federal court in the criminal case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against President Donald Trump's former senior campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, a court record seen by Reuters on Wednesday showed.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Democrats want $300 million to fight possible Russia election tampering
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic leaders called on Congress on Wednesday to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation $300 million to fight Russian efforts to interfere in congressional and state elections in November.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Trump signals he's open to mileage tax with praise of Oregon program
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday praised an experimental program in Oregon that charges a mileage tax to volunteer drivers, adding to signals that President Donald Trump is open to finding new revenue sources to pay for his proposed infrastructure program.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

New U.S. criminal charges filed under seal in Manafort case
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New sealed criminal charges have been filed in federal court in the criminal case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against President Donald Trump's former campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, a court record seen by Reuters on Wednesday showed.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Feb 21) - Obama administration, Jeff Sessions
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

U.S. top court refuses to widen whistleblower protections
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to broaden protections for corporate insiders who call out misconduct, throwing out a lawsuit brought against a real estate trust by a former employee who had reported alleged wrongdoing internally but not to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Democrats want funding to fight possible Russia election tampering
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Congressional Democratic leaders suggested on Wednesday that Congress allocate $300 million dollars for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to fight Russian efforts to interfere in the November 2018 U.S. election.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Senator Cruz heads to bankrupt PA refinery for rally against biofuels policy
Philadelphia (Reuters) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will speak at a rally against the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on Wednesday hosted by bankrupt refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc - a company that blames the controversial biofuels policy for its financial demise.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Florida school massacre survivors push lawmakers for assault gun ban
TALLAHASSEE, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of teenaged survivors of the second deadliest public school shooting in U.S. history marched on Florida's capital on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to ban sales of assault rifles of the sort used to kill 17 students and educators last week.

Reuters Politics
Feb 21, 2018

Trump meets with students, teachers after gun violence
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, a strong supporter of gun rights, planned to meet on Wednesday with parents, students and teachers who have been victims of gun violence, including those affected by last week's school shooting in Florida.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Democrat picks up seat in special election for Kentucky legislature
(Reuters) - A Democrat easily won a Kentucky House of Representatives special election on Tuesday, the 37th U.S. legislative seat flipped to the party from Republicans since Donald Trump's 2016 election as president, the Democratic National Committee said.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Trump moves to outlaw 'bump stocks,' considers other steps after Florida shooting
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration would take steps to ban an accessory that enables a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute as he considers additional firearms restrictions after last week's school shooting in Florida.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Sessions forms U.S. cyber task force after election warnings
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced he would create a task force to examine how his Justice Department can better combat global cyber threats, including efforts to interfere with elections or damage critical infrastructure.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Trump moves to outlaw 'bump stocks' after Florida shooting
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration would take steps to outlaw an accessory that enables a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute, as the White House added he may consider other firearms restrictions after last week's school shooting in Florida.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday: sources
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

White House says Trump son-in-law Kushner can do job without security clearance
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, can continue in his role as a senior White House adviser even if he does not obtain a security clearance, the White House said on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

U.S. Attorney General Sessions forms cyber task force to probe election meddling
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the creation of a task force to examine how his Justice Department can better combat a wide cross-section of global cyber threats, including efforts to interfere with elections or damage critical infrastructure.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Mueller ups pressure on Trump campaign aides with new charge
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday stepped up pressure on two former Trump campaign aides to cooperate in his probe into possible collusion with Russia, unsealing a criminal charge against a lawyer for lying to Mueller's investigators.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Justice Department forms cyber task force to probe election meddling
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the creation of a task force to look at how the Justice Department is fighting the global cyber threat including election interference and to issue a report on its findings by the end of June, the department said on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Supreme Court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Lawyer charged with lying in U.S. probe of Russia election role
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special counsel who is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has charged an attorney with lying about his communications with Rick Gates, a former aide to Donald Trump's campaign.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

House Democrats ask EPA chief for details on premium travel
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on the House energy committee on Tuesday asked Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to explain travel records that recently came to light, which showed he has taken frequent first-class flights at taxpayer expense.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Republicans will sue to block court-drawn Pennsylvania congressional map
(Reuters) - State and national Republican officials will file a federal lawsuit as soon as Wednesday seeking to block a new Pennsylvania congressional map released on Monday by the state's high court, the party's congressional campaign arm said on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Top court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

U.S. top court rejects challenge to California gun waiting period
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Trump to host Swedish prime minister on March 6: White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on March 6 at the White House, the president's press secretary said on Tuesday, amid concerns in the Nordic region about Russia's military buildup.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Top court rejects challenge to California gun waiting period
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a constitutional challenge brought by gun rights activists to a California law imposing a 10-day waiting period for the purchase of firearms, intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Mueller charges lawyer with false statements in Russia probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged a lawyer with lying to investigators about his communications with Rick Gates, a partner of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort who also has been charged in the Russia probe.

Reuters Politics
Feb 20, 2018

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Feb 20) - Obama administration, America's elections, taxes
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Reuters Politics
Feb 19, 2018

Trump endorses Romney in run for U.S. Senate seat in Utah
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah despite Romney often being critical of Trump.

Reuters Politics
Feb 19, 2018

Trump on Twitter (Feb 19) - President's Day, Russian meddling
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

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