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Dec 14, 2017

Do not expect postcard-sized tax return from Republican plan: experts
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since mid-2016, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has carried around a 'postcard' that he has said shows how easy it will be for Americans to file their taxes once Republicans are finished their tax overhaul.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Kentucky lawmaker a 'probable suicide' amid sexual misconduct accusations
(Reuters) - Kentucky state Representative Dan Johnson, who was facing sexual assault accusations, died in a probable suicide on Wednesday, Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Nominee for EPA chemical safety withdraws: Bloomberg
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former chemical industry consultant nominated by the Trump administration to head the Environmental Protection Agency's chemical safety and pollution prevention office has withdrawn his nomination, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Trump's eldest son testifies to Senate committee in Russia probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's eldest son met with the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday as part of the panel's investigation into Russia, the 2016 U.S. election and whether his father's election campaign colluded with Moscow.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Republicans forge tax deal, final votes seen next week
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans reached a deal on final tax legislation on Wednesday, clearing the way for final votes next week on a package that would slash the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 percent and cut taxes for wealthy Americans.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Stop-gap bill unveiled to fund U.S. government until Jan. 19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday introduced a bill to fund the government until Jan. 19 while Congress works on longer-term legislation, the panel said in a statement.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Senator McCain treated for side effects of cancer therapy
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain was undergoing treatment at a military hospital outside Washington for side effects of cancer therapy, his office said on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

U.S. Republicans craft tax deal, final votes seen next week
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans reached a deal on final tax legislation on Wednesday, clearing the way for final votes next week on a package that would slash the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 percent and cut taxes for wealthy Americans.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Trump 'dossier' firm: Republicans leaked bank records in retaliation
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A firm that commissioned a 'dossier' detailing links between then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign and Russia said in a court filing that Republicans leaked the company's banking data to the media for partisan political purposes.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Two Trump judicial nominations rebuffed by Senate
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees will not be confirmed by the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate following criticism over controversial statements they made, a White House official said.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

After Alabama upset, Democrats see new prospects in U.S. South
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The solidly Republican South suddenly looks a little less solid.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Senior justice official dismisses Republican charges of bias in Trump probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday dismissed Republican lawmakers' charges that attorneys and agents investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election are biased against President Donald Trump.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Senor justice official dismisses Republican charges of bias in Trump probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday dismissed Republican lawmakers' charges that attorneys and agents investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election are biased against President Donald Trump.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Alabama win thrills Democrats as Republicans point fingers
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats said on Wednesday their U.S. Senate victory in Alabama could lead to a sweeping comeback for the party in 2018 elections while Republicans sought to assess blame for a defeat in one of the nation's most conservative states.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Congress secures tax deal, Trump backs 21-percent corporate rate
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the U.S. Senate's top Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, with President Donald Trump saying he would back a sharply lowered corporate tax rate of 21 percent.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Senate secures tax deal, Trump backs 21-percent corporate rate
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the top Senate Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, with President Donald Trump saying minutes later he would back a corporate tax rate of 21 percent.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in Senate
(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Control of Virginia state House at stake as recounts begin
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Virginia officials started recounts on Wednesday in the first of four state House of Delegates races, a process that could lead to a Democratic takeover of the chamber after the party's historic election gains last month.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Republicans reach deal on final tax legislation
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the top Senate Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, an achievement that would clear the way for final votes in the Senate and House of Representatives next week.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Justice official downplays Republican criticism of Mueller
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday downplayed Republican lawmakers' concerns that attorneys and agents investigating Russian alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election might be biased against President Donald Trump.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

U.S. House to stop using public funds for harassment settlements: speaker
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Wednesday that Congress was working on a package of reforms that would prohibit using taxpayer money for settlements in sexual harassment claims lodged against lawmakers' offices.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

U.S. House and Senate leaders reach agreement 'in principle' on tax plan: AP
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have reached an agreement in principle on tax reform legislation, the Associated Press reported on Twitter on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Alabama win thrills Democrats as Republicans scramble for answers
BIRMINGHAM, Ala./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats said on Wednesday their U.S. Senate victory in Alabama could lead to a sweeping comeback for the party in 2018 elections while Republicans sought to assess blame for a defeat in one of the nation's most conservative states.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Trump's eldest son testifies to U.S. Senate committee in Russia probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's eldest son met with the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday as part of the panel's investigation into Russia, the 2016 U.S. election and whether his father's election campaign colluded with Moscow.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman resigns
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former reality television star-turned political aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, has resigned from the White House to 'pursue other opportunities,' Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken
(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the state's governor said at a news conference.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Republicans double down on attacks on Mueller after anti-Trump texts
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers doubled down on attacks against Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday, after new details emerged about anti-Trump text messages sent by an FBI agent who worked on the Russia investigation.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Top U.S. Senate Democrat hopeful Congress will help 'Dreamers' by year end
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate said bipartisan negotiations to protect undocumented people who immigrated to the United States as children were making very good progress, and that he hoped a bill could clear Congress by year-end.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Congress to stop using public funds for harassment settlements: U.S. speaker
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republican Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that Congress would stop using taxpayer money for settlements in sexual harassment claims lodged against lawmakers' offices.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken: report
(Reuters) - Minnesota's governor will appoint Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith as U.S. senator to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Trump to make final tax push as Republican negotiators near deal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will make a final push on Wednesday to shepherd a Republican tax overhaul over the finish line, hosting congressional negotiators for lunch before delivering a speech in which he will make his closing arguments for the legislation.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

U.S. prepares to open doors on billion-dollar London embassy
LONDON (Reuters) - The United States' diplomatic team in London, custodians of one of the most significant bilateral relationships of the last 100 years, will next month move into a new home: a billion-dollar, 12-storey glass cube overlooking the River Thames.

Reuters Politics
Dec 13, 2017

Trump loses his big bet on Alabama U.S. Senate race
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In backing Roy Moore in Alabama's U.S. Senate race even though the candidate faced allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, President Donald Trump made a risky bet - and lost big.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

FBI officials said Clinton 'has to win' race to White House: NYT
(Reuters) - Senior FBI officials who helped probe Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign told a colleague that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to win the race to the White House, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, U.S. media projected, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by accusations of sexual misconduct against Republican candidate Roy Moore.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Republican Moore holds slight lead in bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - A bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama with high stakes for President Donald Trump was too close to call on Tuesday, with Republican Roy Moore leading despite allegations against the candidate of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Polls close in tight Alabama Senate race with high stakes for Trump
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Polls closed on Tuesday in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama with high stakes for President Donald Trump, who has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore despite allegations against the candidate of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (December 12) - Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Crucial details of Republican tax plan in flux as deal deadline looms
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Crucial details of the Republican tax plan, including the proposed corporate rate, were in flux late on Tuesday as negotiators from the U.S. Congress rushed to finalize the plan ahead of a self-imposed Wednesday deadline.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. wants 'leak' probe, as Congress' Russia probes press on
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son asked a House of Representatives committee on Tuesday to investigate possible leaks of information about his Dec. 6 interview with lawmakers, as congressional probes of Russia and the 2016 election picked up steam ahead of the New Year.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Trump to meet House, Senate tax cut negotiators Wednesday: White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday will host congressional negotiators for lunch to discuss their progress toward tax cut legislation, the White House said.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Republicans propose to delay, pause Obamacare taxes
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans proposed on Tuesday to delay or suspend several taxes under former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, including a tax on medical devices and the so-called 'Cadillac' tax on generous health insurance plans.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Senator Grassley expresses reservations on two Trump judge nominees
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate committee that handles judicial nominations on Tuesday raised concerns about two of President Donald Trump's picks for lower court positions, citing controversial statements each has made.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

U.S. judge orders special counsel to turn over evidence on Michael Flynn
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday to turn over any potential evidence that could be material for when he sentences President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Trump signs into law U.S. government ban on Kaspersky Lab software
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Senators say effort to protect 'Dreamers' making progress
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan push in the Senate to protect undocumented people who immigrated to the United States as children is gaining momentum as lawmakers try to wrap up negotiations, Republican Senator Jeff Flake said on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Tillerson seeks to ease skepticism about U.S. State Department reorganization
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, dogged by media speculation about how long he will last as top U.S. diplomat, tried to ease skepticism among staff about his leadership and planned State Department reorganization on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Senate leader says he's confident of deal to keep government open after Dec. 22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he was confident the U.S. Congress would be able to reach an agreement to fund the government when the current spending bill ends on Dec. 22 and that there would be no forced government shutdown.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Senator Gillibrand calls Trump Twitter post 'sexist smear'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand fired back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday and said she would not be silenced after he attacked her on Twitter for calling for an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Alabama voters choose senator in race with high stakes for Trump
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Voters in Alabama headed to the polls on Tuesday in a hard-fought U.S. Senate race with high stakes for President Donald Trump, who has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore in spite of allegations against him of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Trump will announce new U.S. security strategy on Monday: adviser
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will announce a new security strategy on Monday, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

White House to host fresh biofuels talks to help refiners: sources
(Reuters) - The White House will host talks between the rival oil and ethanol industries on Wednesday in hopes of brokering a deal to help refiners struggling to meet the country's biofuels policy, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

'DACA' bill to help young immigrants nearing Senate deal: Senator Flake
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan push in the Senate to protect undocumented people who immigrated to the United States as children is gaining momentum as lawmakers try to wrap up negotiations this month, Republican Senator Jeff Flake said on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

U.S. Congress to let Iran deadline pass, leave decision to Trump
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress will allow a deadline on re-imposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week, congressional and White House aides said on Tuesday, leaving a pact between world powers and Tehran intact at least temporarily.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Trump signs defense policy bill, urges U.S. Congress to fund it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed the annual defense policy bill on Tuesday and urged Congress to fully fund the measure and lift the budget caps that have forced limits on U.S. defense spending for several years.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

House Speaker Ryan says he believes upbeat Treasury tax study
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday defended a one-page analysis by the Treasury Department that asserted a tax plan pushed by the Republican-led Congress would pay for itself in 10 years.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Trump's push to cut federal jobs has modest impact, mostly in defense
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's campaign to shrink the 'bloated federal bureaucracy' so far has made a small dent in the federal workforce, and that largely because of a decline in civilian defense jobs.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Voters head to polls in Alabama race with high stakes for Trump
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Voters in Alabama were headed to the polls on Tuesday in a hard-fought U.S. Senate race in which President Donald Trump has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore, whose campaign has been clouded by allegations of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

Reuters Politics
Dec 12, 2017

Doubts about U.S. State redesign deepen with erroneous comments
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds a town hall with staff on Tuesday amid skepticism about his planned agency reorganization that has been aggravated by his recent inaccurate comments about the State Department, a dozen current and former officials said.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2017

Cuba tells U.S. suspension of visas is hurting families
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba told senior U.S. officials during talks on migration in Havana on Monday that the U.S. decision to suspend visa processing at its embassy on the island was 'seriously hampering' family relations and other people exchanges.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2017

Republican Moore embraces Trump message on eve of Alabama election
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore touted his ties to President Donald Trump on Monday in the final stretch of an election campaign in Alabama in which Moore has battled accusations of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2017

U.S. Treasury tax study slammed as 'fake math' by Democrats
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday released a one-page analysis of the economic and fiscal impact of a Republican tax overhaul plan that was swiftly criticized by a number of tax experts and attacked as 'fake math' by Democrats.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2017

U.S. Treasury adds cash management measures due to debt limit
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday announced cash management measures to avoid a U.S. default.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2017

Women accusing Trump of sexual misconduct seek congressional probe
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three women who have accused U.S. President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct called on Monday for a congressional investigation into his behavior amid a wave of similar accusations against prominent men in Hollywood, the media and politics.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2017

Nuclear plan backer denies Inauguration Day text with top Trump aide
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A company promoting a plan for the United States and Russia to jointly build nuclear reactors in the Middle East denied in a letter made public on Monday that its director received an Inauguration Day text message from incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn saying the project was 'good to go.'

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2017

Nearly half of Americans still oppose Republican tax bill: Reuters/Ipsos poll
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As Republicans in the U.S. Congress rush to finish their tax plan, the legislation is not getting more popular with the public, with nearly half of Americans still opposed to it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2017

U.S. military must accept transgender recruits by Jan. 1, judge rules
(Reuters) - Transgender recruits will be able to join the U.S. military as of Jan. 1, a federal judge ruled on Monday, denying a request by President Donald Trump's administration to enforce his ban on transgender troops while the government appeals an order blocking it.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2017

Trump to give speech on U.S. tax overhaul on Wednesday: White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will deliver a speech on the plan to overhaul the nation's tax code on Wednesday, the White House said on Monday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2017

Trump makes 'robo-call' for Moore as Democrat Jones takes lead in Alabama race
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump sought to boost Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore by releasing a recorded phone call on his behalf in the final stretch of a bitter Alabama election fight marked by accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2017

Judge tells ex-Trump adviser Manafort to stop communicating with media
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge told President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort on Monday to stop communicating with the media in ways that might affect the outcome of his trial but she agreed to consider a proposal to ease his bail restrictions.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2017

Trump records 'robo-call' for Moore ahead of Alabama vote
BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) - President Donald Trump sought to boost Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore by releasing a recorded phone call on his behalf in the final stretch of a bitter Alabama election fight marked by accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore.

Reuters Politics
Dec 11, 2017

Powell faces early test of policy view as tax cuts near approval
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Incoming Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell, chosen by U.S. President Donald Trump to keep the recovery humming, appears set to let an expected trillion=dollar tax cut run its course through the economy as weak wage growth and inflation buttress his view that the economy remains underpowered.

Reuters Politics
Dec 10, 2017

Roy Moore campaign casts Alabama race as referendum on Trump
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The campaign of Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for U.S. senator in Alabama who has been accused of sexual misconduct, appealed on Sunday to President Donald Trump's supporters, saying a vote for Moore would be a vote for Trump's agenda.

Reuters Politics
Dec 10, 2017

Senator Collins says undecided on final tax bill vote
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins, whose support was crucial in passing the Senate tax reform bill earlier this month, said on Sunday she has not yet decided whether she will back the final measure negotiated by House and Senate leaders.

Reuters Politics
Dec 10, 2017

Haley: Women accusers should be heard, even if Trump is target
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Sunday she believes any woman who has felt violated or mistreated by a man has every right to speak up, even if it is President Donald Trump they are accusing.

Reuters Politics
Dec 10, 2017

Democrats eye gains in Pennsylvania trial on 'goofy' gerrymandering
LOWER MERION, Pa. (Reuters) - In Pennsylvania state Senator Daylin Leach's bid to win a seat vital to the Democratic Party's chances in 2018 elections of taking control of the U.S. Congress, his opponents may not be his biggest obstacle.

Reuters Politics
Dec 09, 2017

Trump attends civil rights museum opening; black leaders stay away
JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump flew to Mississippi on Saturday to attend the opening of a civil rights museum, but his visit was marred by the absence of top African-American leaders who stayed away in protest of his policies and record on race relations.

Reuters Politics
Dec 09, 2017

Ukrainian author of Manafort op-ed says sought input to avoid errors
KIEV (Reuters) - The author of an article that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller believes Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort ghost-wrote in violation of a gag order said on Saturday he had sought input on the op-ed before publishing to avoid errors.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Trump urges Alabama voters to back Roy Moore
PENSACOLA, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday voiced support for Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican Senate candidate dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct, during a rally that foreshadowed themes for next year''s midterm elections.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Special Counsel Mueller filing shows Manafort drafted Ukraine op-ed despite gag order
WASHINGTON (Reuters on Friday ) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller late on Friday unveiled a trove of evidence against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to convince a judge that he violated a gag order by ghost-writing an article to bolster his public image.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

U.S. House committee 'may reconsider' WHO cancer agency funds
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. congressional committee members warned on Friday that Washington's funding of the World Health Organization's cancer research agency could be halted unless it is more open about its operations.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Special Counsel Mueller produces evidence that Manafort drafted op-ed
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveiled a trove of documents on Friday showing what he said was 'irrefutable evidence' that President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort violated a court gag order by ghost-writing an opinion piece designed to improve his public image.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

U.S. top court takes up Republican challenge to Maryland electoral district
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday added a second case to its docket on a contentious issue that could have major consequences for American elections, agreeing to decide whether Democratic lawmakers in Maryland unlawfully drew a congressional district in a way that would prevent a Republican candidate from winning.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Mueller turns over evidence for ex-Trump campaign manager Manafort's trial
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has turned over more than 400,000 emails, financial records and other documents to defense attorneys for President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to demonstrate what evidence the government has against him, according to a court filing on Friday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Farenthold should resign if misconduct accusations true: senior House Republican
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, on Friday told Fox News Channel that fellow Republican Representative Blake Farenthold should resign if an ethics investigation finds that sexual misconduct accusations against him have merit.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Congressman Franks says resigning immediately
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Trent Franks on Friday announced that he would resign from Congress effective immediately, instead of the Jan. 31 date he previously had set, following the announcement of a probe into accusations of sexual harassment against him.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Former Trump adviser interviewed in Congress in Russia probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Walid Phares, a former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Friday in its investigation of possible Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. election.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

U.S. tax revamp still incomplete as Republicans eye social program cuts
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even before completing their overhaul of the U.S. tax code, Republicans in Washington have begun turning their attention to changes and possible cuts in the social safety net of government programs for the poor, children, elderly and disabled Americans.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Special election to replace Conyers to be held Nov. 2018: governor
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said on Friday the state would hold a special election on Nov. 6, 2018, to replace Representative John Conyers, the Democrat who resigned this week amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

U.S. lawyer defending travel ban grilled in court over Trump's tweets
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal appeals court judges on Friday asked about President Donald Trump's sharing of anti-Muslim videos on his Twitter account, as they grilled a U.S. government lawyer about the legality of the president's latest travel ban.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Trump senior aide Dina Powell to resign early next year: White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's deputy national security adviser, Dina Powell, plans to resign early next year and return to her home in New York, the White House said on Friday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (December 8) - Hanukkah, Roy Moore, Wells Fargo
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Trump signs temporary spending bill as budget talks intensify
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation to fund the federal government for two weeks, giving congressional negotiators more time to work out budget priorities through next September and other thorny policy matters.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Exclusive: Contenders emerge for No.2 Fed job, search to narrow
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve Bank of New York will soon narrow its search for candidates to fill what is considered the Fed's second-most powerful job after having scouted a diverse field, from a local business school dean to a former Fed governor.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Trump signs short-term gov't funding bill, averts shutdown: White House spokeswoman
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has signed legislation to fund the federal government for two more weeks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Friday, a move that averts a government shutdown while Congress negotiated a longer-term budget deal.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

U.S. tax repatriation plan may not cure long-term dollar weakness
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors looking for the U.S. Republican tax bill to prompt multinational companies to convert foreign profits into dollars and end the worst slide in the greenback in a decade may have to temper their hopes for a prolonged rebound.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Dec 8) - Hanukkah, Roy Moore, Wells Fargo
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Dec 8) - Hanukkah
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Aide tries to refocus tax debate after Trump's corporate rate remark
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's weekend remark about a scaled-back tax cut for corporations sparked behind-the-scenes debate in the U.S. Congress, with a White House aide trying on Thursday to minimize the impact of the president's comment.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Trump lifts refugee ban, but admissions still plummet, data shows
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In late October, President Donald Trump lifted a temporary ban on most refugee admissions, a move that should have cleared the way for more people fleeing persecution and violence to come to the United States.

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