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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.

Reuters Politics
Dec 08, 2017

Rep. Franks to resign after staff members' complaints of harassment
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Trent Franks said on Thursday he would resign after two female staffers complained that he had discussed surrogacy with them.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Franken and Franks resign as misconduct charges batter Congress
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Al Franken announced his resignation on Thursday after facing a series of sexual misconduct allegations, and Republican Representative Trent Franks also said he was stepping down as he too was hit with ethics charges.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Civil rights pioneer to eschew museum opening after Trump says will attend
(Reuters) - Longtime U.S. congressman from Georgia John Lewis, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, said on Thursday that he would not attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend because President Donald Trump planned to attend.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Judge presiding over Michael Flynn criminal case is recused: court
(Reuters) - The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge presiding over the criminal case for President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been recused from handling the case, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

House ethics panel probing Rep. Farenthold over harassment allegations
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Thursday it was investigating Republican Representative Blake Farenthold over allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation involving a former female staff member.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

House Intelligence chairman cleared of disclosing classified information
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee on Thursday cleared the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee of charges that he had disclosed classified information, potentially clearing the way for him to resume leadership of the panel's Russia investigation.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Congress averts government shutdown for now
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress moved rapidly on Thursday to send President Donald Trump a short-term funding bill to avert a government shutdown this weekend, leaving fights over budget priorities and a range of other controversial issues for the coming weeks.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Rep. Franks resigns after staff members complain of harassment
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Trent Franks said on Thursday he would resign after two female staffers complained that he had discussed surrogacy with them.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Paul Manafort, Special Counsel Mueller tussle over Ukrainian op-ed
(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort did not violate a court gag order when he helped edit an opinion piece about his political work in Ukraine, his defense lawyer Kevin Downing argued in a court filing on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

U.S. judge presiding over Michael Flynn criminal case is recused: court
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge presiding over the criminal case for President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been recused from handling the case, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

House ethics panel probing Rep. Farenthold over harassment allegations: statement
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Thursday it was investigating Republican Representative Blake Farenthold over allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation involving a former female staff member.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

House ethics panel clears Intelligence chairman of disclosing classified information
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Thursday it had cleared the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee of disclosing classified information, citing an analysis by three experts from the intelligence community.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Congressman Trent Franks resigns
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Trent Franks said on Thursday he will resign after two former staff members complained about discussions he had with them about efforts to find a surrogate mother.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Aide tries to refocus U.S. 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 07, 2017

Rep. Trent Franks is expected to resign: media report
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican, is expected to resign amid accusations of inappropriate behavior, the Arizona Republic newspaper reported on Thursday, citing a Republican source familiar with the decision.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Congress moves to avoid government shutdown, talks resume Friday
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress on Thursday moved rapidly to send President Donald Trump a short-term funding bill that would avert a government shutdown this weekend, leaving fights over budget priorities and other controversial issues for later this month.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Representative Trent Franks is expected to resign: media report
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican, is expected to resign amid claims of inappropriate behavior, the Arizona Republic newspaper reported on Thursday, citing a Republican source familiar with the decision.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Manafort's work on draft op-ed does not violate gag order: defense lawyer
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort did not violate a court gag order when he helped edit an opinion piece about his political work in Ukraine, his defense lawyer Kevin Downing said in a court filing on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Exclusive: White House doesn't foresee shutdown, Trump wants 20 percent corporate tax
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is confident it can craft a deal to avoid a government shutdown and foresees a compromise with lawmakers that will include increases in defense and non-defense spending, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Trump open to biofuel policy reform, senators say after meeting
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is open to reforming the country's biofuels policy if it can be done in a way that protects jobs in both the refining and agriculture industries, senators said on Thursday after a meeting with Trump on the issue.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Libya says pushing to be removed from Trump travel ban list
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's internationally recognized government has appealed to the United States to drop or ease a travel ban imposed on its citizens by U.S. President Donald Trump, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Trump open biofuel policy reform, senators say after meeting
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is open to reforming the country's biofuels policy if it can be done in a way that protects jobs in both the refining and agriculture industries, senators said on Thursday after a meeting with Trump on the issue.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Pelosi says Democrats will not back short-term funding bill on Thursday
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday her party would not support a short-term funding bill being brought up for a vote later in the day because it did not include any key Democratic priorities.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Pentagon wants 12 month procurement time for major weapons programs, official
(Reuters) - The Pentagon's acquisition chief said on Wednesday she wants to cut the time for major procurements to 12 months from an average of 2.5 years, speaking during a congressional hearing on the reorganization of the Defense Department's procurement system.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Exclusive: Trump wants 20 percent corporate tax rate, shutdown not expected - White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump wants the U.S. corporate tax rate to be 20 percent and the White House is confident that it can craft a deal to avoid a government shutdown, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

President's son had legitimate reasons to not answer House panel questions: White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that Donald Trump Jr. was on solid legal ground when he refused to answer questions from a congressional committee about a conversation he had with his father, President Donald Trump, about emails relating to a meeting he attended with Trump associates and Russians.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Senate confirms top EPA enforcement official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Thursday confirmed the Environmental Protection Agency's third high-level official after Administrator Scott Pruitt, approving Susan Bodine to become the agency's top enforcement official.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Trump, Democrats face off over potential government shutdown
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will face off with Democratic leaders of Congress on Thursday in a high-stakes White House meeting intended to bridge differences over a spending bill and preventing a government shutdown.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

White House says focused on getting lowest possible corporate tax rate
(Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday it was focusing on getting the lowest corporate rate possible in tax reform legislation being considered on Capitol Hill.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Democratic Senator Franken says he will resign over sexual misconduct allegations
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken announced his resignation from office on Thursday, bowing to pressure from party colleagues after a series of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

U.S. lawmakers propose ban on arbitration of sexual misconduct claims
(Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has introduced a bill that would ban agreements to keep sexual harassment and discrimination claims out of court, amid a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Op-ed on Manafort's work in Ukraine to be published: Kyiv Post
(Reuters) - A Ukrainian newspaper will publish an opinion article about Paul Manafort's work in the country that U.S. federal prosecutors have accused the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump of helping draft in violation of bail terms, chief editor Brian Bonner told Reuters.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Democratic Senator Franken resigns over sexual misconduct allegations
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken resigned from office on Thursday, bowing to pressure from party colleagues after a series of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

FBI Director Wray defends bureau in wake of Republican criticism
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation defended his employees on Thursday against a growing chorus of accusations by Republicans, including President Donald Trump, that its agents were allowing political bias to seep into their investigations.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Ryan feels good about spending bill, wants budget cap talks
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said he felt good about the vote count on a government spending bill coming before House on Thursday afternoon that is aimed at keeping the government from shutting down this week.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Senator Franken resigns after sexual misconduct allegations
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Al Franken announced his resignation on Thursday, a day after a majority of his Democratic Senate colleagues called for him to step down following a string of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Pelosi says Democrats won't back short-term funding bill in Thursday vote
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday her party would not support a short-term government funding bill being brought up for a vote later in the day because it did not include any key Democratic priorities.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Lawmakers press FBI on alleged bias in Clinton, Trump cases
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee lambasted the FBI on Thursday over how it handled an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and questioned whether Justice Department officials gave her preferential treatment over President Donald Trump.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Trump and Democrats face off over potential U.S. government shutdown
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will face off with Democratic leaders of Congress on Thursday in a high-stakes White House meeting intended to bridge differences over a spending bill and preventing a government shutdown.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

U.S. lawmakers press FBI on alleged bias in Clinton, Trump cases
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee lambasted the FBI on Thursday over how it handled an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and questioned whether Justice Department officials gave her preferential treatment over President Donald Trump.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Trump to meet senators to discuss biofuels policy
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will lead a delegation of lawmakers in a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday to argue for changes to the nation's biofuels policy to protect oil refining jobs.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Dec 7) - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Trump and Democrats face off over potential government shutdown
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will face off with Democratic leaders of Congress on Thursday in a high-stakes White House meeting intended to bridge differences over a spending bill and prevent a government shutdown.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Democratic Senator Franken to address calls to resign
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Al Franken, facing pressure from his fellow Democrats to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct, will announce his decision on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Trump to meet senators to discuss renewable fuels program
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will lead a delegation of lawmakers in a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday to argue for changes to the nation's biofuels policy, which they say threatens oil refining jobs.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Democratic U.S. Senator Franken to address calls to resign
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Al Franken, facing pressure from his fellow Democrats to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct, will announce his decision on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Trump faces off with Democrats over potential government shutdown
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will face off with Democratic leaders of Congress on Thursday in a high-stakes White House meeting intended to bridge differences over a spending bill and prevent a government shutdown.

Reuters Politics
Dec 07, 2017

Under pressure, Democratic Senator Franken to address calls to step down
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Al Franken will announce his decision to remain in or resign from the U.S. Senate on Thursday after facing intense pressure from members of his own party to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Reuters Politics
Dec 06, 2017

Democratic Senator Franken faces pressure to resign, announcement looms
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Al Franken faced intense pressure from members of his own party on Wednesday to resign from the U.S. Senate over accusations of sexual misconduct.

Reuters Politics
Dec 06, 2017

Trump administration sides against unions in high court fees case
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday said it would oppose public sector unions in a major case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, reversing the view taken by the Obama administration in an identical dispute.

Reuters Politics
Dec 06, 2017

Democratic U.S. Senator Franken faces pressure to resign, announcement looms
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Al Franken faced intense pressure from members of his own party on Wednesday to resign from the U.S. Senate over accusations of sexual misconduct.

Reuters Politics
Dec 06, 2017

Trump's eldest son questioned in Congress about Russia
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., declined to discuss with lawmakers on Wednesday a conversation he had with his father about emails related to a June 2016 meeting he attended with Trump associates and Russians, a congressional panel member said.

Reuters Politics
Dec 06, 2017

Democratic lawmakers question Kushner on New York property: letter
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday wrote to Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, asking whether in his talks with foreign officials he had ever discussed financing for a deeply indebted Kushner Companies property in Manhattan.

Reuters Politics
Dec 06, 2017

U.S. appeals court hears arguments on Trump travel ban
SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday wrestled with a bid by President Donald Trump to show that his latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries is legal.

Reuters Politics
Dec 06, 2017

Bill letting people bring concealed guns across state lines passes U.S. House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People would be able to bring legal, concealed guns into any U.S. state under legislation the House of Representatives approved on Wednesday that would also bolster the national background check system and require a study of the 'bump stocks' used in October's Las Vegas mass shooting.

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