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May 25, 2018

EPA chief's security bill soars, agency cites death threats
(Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's security detail has cost taxpayers well over $3 million so far, up sharply from his predecessor during an equivalent period, according to details released by the agency, which said Pruitt's life had been threatened.

Reuters Politics
May 25, 2018

U.S. adds 15,000 visas for seasonal non-farm workers
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will make available an additional 15,000 H-2B visas, meant for temporary non-agricultural workers, this fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Friday.

Reuters Politics
May 25, 2018

Trump eases firing of federal workers, cracks down on unions
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed three executive orders designed to make it easier to fire federal government workers and to crack down on the unions that represent them, drawing immediate criticism from a group representing federal employees.

Reuters Politics
May 25, 2018

U.S. judge declines to dismiss ex-Trump aide's false statement charges
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort lost a bid on Friday to have certain criminal charges filed against him by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller dismissed.

Reuters Politics
May 25, 2018

U.S. will add 15,000 visas for seasonal non-farm workers: DHS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will make available an additional 15,000 H-2B visas, meant for temporary non-agricultural workers, for this fiscal year, the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement on Friday.

Reuters Politics
May 25, 2018

Trump administration opposes requiring 'reasonable' airline baggage fees
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Transportation told Congress it opposes a Senate bill that would require new rules prohibiting airline fees that are not "reasonable and proportional," along with many other new consumer protections that the administration deems "unnecessary and wasteful," according to a letter seen on Friday by Reuters.

Reuters Politics
May 25, 2018

EPA spends 30 percent more on Pruitt's security, cites death threats
(Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's security detail has cost taxpayers about $3.4 million so far, up more than 30 percent from his predecessor during an equivalent period, according to details released by the agency, which said Pruitt's life had been threatened.

Reuters Politics
May 25, 2018

U.S. proposes scrapping program aimed at attracting foreign entrepreneurs
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration moved on Friday to end a program that aimed to attract foreign entrepreneurs to the United States, saying the Obama-era effort did not adequately protect American workers and was an inappropriate use of government authority.

Reuters Politics
May 25, 2018

Trial for ex-Trump aide Manafort pushed back to July 24
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A trial date for U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, for alleged financial crimes been postponed to July 24 in the Eastern District of Virginia District Court, according to a court filing on Friday.

Reuters Politics
May 25, 2018

Trump lawyer met Russian oligarch shortly before inauguration: source
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian oligarch with links to the Kremlin met Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen at the Trump Tower in New York City less than two weeks before Trump's inauguration as president, a source familiar with the meeting said on Friday.

Reuters Politics
May 25, 2018

U.S. ambassador skips encounter with sanctioned Russian tycoon
ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. pulled out of an event on Friday that would have required him to be in the same room as Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian metals tycoon subject to U.S. sanctions.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

Democrat running for Iowa governor quits after sex allegations
(Reuters) - A Democratic candidate among front-runners in the race for Iowa governor dropped out on Thursday after accusations of sexual misconduct by three women.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

U.S. conservationists sue Trump administration over migratory bird policy
(Reuters) - A coalition of conservation groups sued the Trump administration on Thursday, accusing the government of slashing protections for migratory birds.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

Tighter foreign investment oversight put in U.S. Senate must-pass bill
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel has put a measure to tighten oversight of foreign investment in the United States into a must-pass defense policy bill, a Senate committee said on Thursday.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

Democrats say briefings did not support Trump's claim of FBI 'spy'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers said on Thursday they heard nothing in classified briefings by the FBI and intelligence officials to support President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated allegation that the agency placed a "spy" into his 2016 presidential campaign to help his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

Former FBI Director Comey says agency cannot fight foreign propaganda
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Former U.S. FBI Director James Comey said that social media companies needed to "worry" about foreign political propaganda on their networks, but he had few ideas on how to counter it.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

Players react to Trump's comments; linebacker Marshall calls them 'disgusting'
Several NFL players responded harshly Thursday to President Donald Trump's comments supporting the league's new national anthem policy, which calls for fines or punishment for any form of disrespect during the anthem.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

U.S. Senate panel targets China, Russia in massive defense bill
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee passed its version of a $716 billion annual defense policy bill on Thursday, joining counterparts in the House of Representatives in labeling China and Russia as threats to the United States and its allies.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

U.S. Senate defense bill would bar Turkey from buying F-35 jets
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee passed its version of a $716 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, including a measure to prevent Turkey from purchasing Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

U.S. Senate approves bill to address Capitol Hill sexual harassment
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would step up protections for congressional staffers facing workplace harassment, including requiring lawmakers to use their personal funds to cover the cost of settlements if they were the alleged harassers.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

Trump fundraiser expands U.S. lawsuit accusing Qatar of hacking his emails
(Reuters) - A fundraiser for U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday added several defendants to a lawsuit claiming the Persian Gulf state of Qatar hacked his email accounts and shared the contents with news organizations.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

U.S. lawmakers confer with intelligence officials on FBI Russia probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior U.S. lawmakers attended classified briefings on Thursday on the FBI's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election after President Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims about a "spy" being used against his campaign.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

U.S. House starts recess as immigration battle rages
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives broke on Thursday for an 11-day recess with majority Republicans deadlocked over legislation to protect "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation while President Donald Trump insisted that Congress meet all his hard-line immigration demands.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

U.S. House panel approves work requirement for welfare
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Welfare beneficiaries would have to work or get job training under legislation approved by a U.S. Congress committee on Thursday, part of a broader Republican effort to impose work rules on Americans getting public assistance.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

Republicans in Congress slam Trump probe of auto imports
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans in the U.S. Congress said on Thursday that his administration's national security investigation of car and truck imports amid a trade spat with China is being pursued under false pretenses and could hurt U.S. consumers.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

Adviser to Justice Dept's No. 2 named interim U.S. Attorney in Virginia
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top adviser to the Justice Department's No. 2 official in charge of overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election was tapped on Thursday as the new Interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

U.S. Senate confirms former banker McWilliams to lead FDIC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to confirm former banker Jelena McWilliams to serve as chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), completing President Donald Trump's team of key banking regulators.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

U.S. intelligence officials brief lawmakers on Russia probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers, including a senior Democrat, went to the Justice Department for first of two planned classified briefings on Thursday from FBI and intelligence officials on an FBI probe into Russian election meddling after President Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims about a "spy" being used against his campaign.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

Trump signs bill easing U.S. bank rules into law
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law on Thursday a bill that would ease rules on most banks for the first time since the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

U.S. lawmakers were briefed on China's ZTE: senator
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said on Thursday that he and other lawmakers had been briefed on Wednesday evening about the Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE Corp.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

With gratitude, ailing John McCain looks back in HBO documentary
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At age 81, and with a terminal cancer diagnosis, U.S. Senator John McCain is looking back on his life, not with rancor or to settle old scores, but with immense gratitude.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

Trump rejects moderate immigration deal, wants 'whole package'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected a push by moderate congressional Republicans for a "Dreamer" immigration deal, saying he would only back sweeping immigration legislation that met all of his demands, including a U.S-Mexico border wall.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

Trump rejects push for moderate immigration deal, wants 'whole package'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected a push by moderate congressional Republicans for a 'Dreamer' immigration deal, saying he would only back sweeping immigration legislation that met all of his demands, including a U.S-Mexico border wall.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

U.S. intelligence officials to brief lawmakers on Russia probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers, including some Democrats, will receive briefings from FBI and intelligence officials on Thursday on the FBI probe into Russian election meddling after President Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims about an informant being used against him.

Reuters Politics
May 24, 2018

Trump urges a new 'structure' for U.S.-China trade deal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has signaled a new direction in U.S.-China trade talks and said any deal would need "a different structure," fueling uncertainty over current negotiations.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Trump fundraiser launches subpoena blitz in Qatar legal fight- sources
(Reuters) - Lawyers for Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for U.S. President Donald Trump, have sent out more than 40 subpoenas to internet service providers, lobbying firms and others in an escalating legal fight against Qatar for allegedly hacking into his emails, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Bipartisan U.S. election probe briefing expected in June: White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of congressional leaders will receive a briefing on the FBI probe into Russian election meddling, likely in early June, the White House said on Wednesday, following one planned for Thursday to which no Democrats were invited.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner gets security clearance back
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, has had his security clearance restored, allowing him access to classified information after losing the privilege in the fallout over a fired White House aide, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

House backs measure to clamp down on Myanmar over Rohingya rights
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday in favor of legislation to pressure Myanmar, also known as Burma, to improve its record on human rights.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Trump threatens aid cut to countries that do not stop MS-13 gang migrants
BETHPAGE, N.Y. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday he was working on a plan to reduce U.S. aid to countries he says are doing nothing to stop MS-13 gang members from crossing into the United States illegally.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Trump's blocking of critics on Twitter violates Constitution: U.S. judge
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in New York on Wednesday ruled that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users from his account on the social media platform based on their political views.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Trump blocking critics on Twitter violates Constitution: U.S. judge
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in New York on Wednesday ruled that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users from his account on the social media platform based on their political views.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Trump threatens to cut aid to countries that do not stop MS-13 gang migrants
BETHPAGE, N.Y. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday he was working on a plan to reduce U.S. aid to countries he says are doing nothing to stop MS-13 gang members from crossing into the United States illegally.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Senate Democrats want Trump to prod OPEC to lower oil prices
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to try to prod OPEC to take steps to lower oil prices and suggested that millions of Americans will see tax cut proceeds canceled out by higher fuel costs.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Head of USA Gymnastics apologizes to sex abuse victims
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top executive of USA Gymnastics apologized during a congressional hearing on Wednesday to hundreds of female athletes who were sexually abused by longtime team doctor Larry Nassar and declared that "those days are over."

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Trump mulls cutting aid to countries over illegal immigration
BETHPAGE, N.Y. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his administration was working on a plan to cut U.S. aid to countries that do not do enough to stem illegal immigration into the United States.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Ukraine paid Trump lawyer Cohen to arrange White House talks: BBC
(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 to arrange talks between Trump and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko last year, the British Broadcasting Corp reported on Wednesday.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Trump blocking critics on Twitter violates Constitution: judge
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in New York on Wednesday ruled that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users because doing so violates their right to free speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Judge questions ex-Trump campaign chief's bid to suppress evidence
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge expressed skepticism on Wednesday toward a request by lawyers for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to suppress evidence seized by FBI agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

U.S. Olympic Committee may not have followed own abuse rules: lawmaker
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional committee on Wednesday questioned whether the U.S. Olympic Committee had followed its own rules in investigating complaints of sexual abuse of athletes in a scandal that shook the country's Olympic sports to the core.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Hearing delayed in Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's New York court case
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York federal judge has postponed to next week a hearing in the case brought by President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen to limit prosecutors' review of documents seized from his home and office.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Democratic voters challenge Ohio congressional district map
(Reuters) - A group of Democratic voters asked a federal court on Wednesday to throw out a Republican-drawn map of Ohio's 16 U.S. House of Representatives districts, saying the boundaries were devised to entrench Republicans in power in violation of the voters' constitutional rights.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Trump calls for new 'structure' for U.S.-China trade deal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signaled a new direction in U.S.-China trade talks, saying the current track appeared "too hard to get done" and that any possible deal needed "a different structure."

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Trump says 'immune' from 'Apprentice' contestant lawsuit, seeks delay
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has asked New York state's highest court to delay a defamation lawsuit by a former contestant on his reality television show "The Apprentice" who said he sexually harassed her, claiming immunity and denying the allegations.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

U.S.-China trade deal 'too hard to get done,' Trump says
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signaled a new direction in U.S. and China's trade talks, saying the current track appeared "too hard to get done" and that any possible deal needed "a different structure."

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Trump says 'immune' from 'Apprentice' contestant lawsuit, seeks delay
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has asked New York state's highest court to delay a defamation lawsuit by a former contestant on his reality television show "The Apprentice" who said he sexually harassed her, claiming immunity and denying the allegations.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Teacher defeats rising Republican star in Kentucky's state house race: media
(Reuters) - A high school math teacher in Kentucky rode a wave of discontent among educators on Tuesday when he defeated a rising Republican star in a primary for a seat in the state's House of Representatives.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

U.S. Congress panel to grill Olympic officials on preventing sex abuse
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressional panel on Wednesday will grill top executives from the U.S. Olympic Committee and the governing bodies of four sports on whether they have done enough to protect athletes from sexual abuse.

Reuters Politics
May 23, 2018

Ex-Trump campaign chief seeks to suppress evidence seized by FBI
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is set to ask a federal judge on Wednesday to suppress evidence seized by FBI agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying they violated the U.S. Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Black candidate makes history as women advance in U.S. midterms
(Reuters) - Democratic voters rallied on Tuesday for the chance to make history in November by selecting a ticket filled with female candidates, including a bid to elect the first African-American female governor in the United States.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Congress eases post-crisis bank rules in victory for Trump
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed on Tuesday bipartisan legislation that would ease bank rules introduced in the wake of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, giving President Donald Trump a major legislative victory.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

African-American Abrams leads charge as women advance in U.S. midterms
(Reuters) - Democratic voters in Georgia nominated a candidate on Tuesday who could make history as the first African-American female governor in the United States.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Seeking history, women advance in U.S. midterm elections
(Reuters) - Democratic voters in Georgia nominated a candidate on Tuesday who could make history as the first African-American female governor in the United States.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

U.S. House passes bipartisan prison reform bill
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan bill to reform the federal prison system by helping inmates prepare for life after their release and reduce recidivism rates passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, paving the way for it to be considered by the Senate.

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May 22, 2018

Congress reviewing sale of precision munitions to Saudis, UAE: sources
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration, working to increase exports of U.S.-made weapons, has asked the U.S. Congress to review the sale of more than 120,000 precision-guided munitions to allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sources said on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Trump says he will propose new tax cuts prior to November
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he will propose new tax cuts sometime prior to November, when Republicans look to hold on to their majorities in Congress in midterm elections.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Congress votes to ease post-crisis bank rules in victory for Trump
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed on Tuesday bipartisan legislation that would ease bank rules introduced in the wake of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, giving President Donald Trump a major legislative victory.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Trump lawyer Cohen's business partner cooperating with prosecutors: NY Times
(Reuters) - A business partner of U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in investigations, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

House votes to ease post-crisis bank rules in victory for Trump
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed on Tuesday bipartisan legislation that would ease bank rules introduced in the wake of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, giving President Donald Trump a major legislative victory.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Obama administration too slow to probe Russian meddling in 2016: Senate sources
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate investigators have concluded that President Barack Obama's administration was too slow to investigate suspected Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, two sources familiar with their inquiries said.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

House passes bipartisan prison reform bill
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan bill to reform the federal prison system by helping inmates prepare for life after their release and reduce recidivism rates passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, paving the way for it to be considered by the Senate.

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May 22, 2018

Trump set to sign bill easing post-crisis bank rules after House passage
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed on Tuesday legislation that would ease bank rules introduced in the wake of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, clearing the bill to be signed into law by President Donald Trump.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Senators urge Trump to take hard line in dealings with China
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At least 27 of the 100 U.S. senators, both Democrats and President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans, urged his administration on Tuesday not to soften restrictions on the transfer of U.S. technology to China.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Republicans, no Democrats, invited to see documents on U.S. election probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Republican lawmakers, and no Democrats, are expected to attend a meeting scheduled for Thursday to review classified information relating to U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion the FBI might have used an informant to gather information on his 2016 election campaign, the White House said on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Pompeo says confident U.S. can develop common approach with Europeans on Iran
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday the changes Washington has demanded that Iran make are not difficult to implement and he is confident a common diplomatic approach can be developed with European countries.

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May 22, 2018

Senate panel OKs bill to tighten foreign investment oversight
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee voted on Tuesday to approve a bill that would tighten oversight of foreign investment to slow China's acquisition of sensitive U.S. technology.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Republicans, no Democrats, to attend meeting on FBI campaign surveillance: White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Republican lawmakers, and no Democrats, are expected attend a meeting that has been scheduled for Thursday to allow them to review classified information relating to claims the FBI used an informant to gather information on Trump's presidential campaign, the White House said on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Trump floats management changes instead of sanctions for China's ZTE
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday floated a plan to fine ZTE Corp and shake up its management as his administration considered rolling back more severe penalties that have crippled the Chinese telecommunications company.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Trump administration to publish proposed rule changes for gun exports: official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is preparing to publish on Thursday long-delayed proposed rule changes for the export of U.S. firearms, a State Department official said on Tuesday.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Trump floats large fine, management changes for China's ZTE
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday floated a plan to fine ZTE Corp and shake up its management as his administration considered rolling back more severe penalties that have crippled the Chinese telecommunications company.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

U.S. officials warn Congress on 2018 election hacking threats
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Trump administration officials warned Congress on Tuesday of ongoing efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2018 midterm congressional elections as the federal government prepares to hand out $380 million in election security funding to states.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Republicans want new special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia probe 'misconduct'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of U.S. President Donald Trump's closest conservative allies in Congress called for the appointment of a second special counsel on Tuesday to investigate the probe into Trump's campaign, Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, as Trump ramped up his own criticism of the Department of Justice.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Trump floats large fine, management changes for Chinese firm ZTE
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday floated a plan to fine ZTE Corp $1.3 billion and shake up its management, as U.S. lawmakers vowed to keep sanctions that crippled the Chinese telecommunications firm.

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May 22, 2018

Republicans want special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia probe 'misconduct'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of conservative Republicans, including some of U.S. President Donald Trump's closest allies in Congress, on Tuesday demanded the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate the Department of Justice investigation into Trump's campaign, Russia and the 2016 U.S. election.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

U.S. lawmakers say they will try to block possible ZTE deal with China
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday they would try to stop President Donald Trump from easing penalties on Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp, saying the United States should not bow to pressure from Beijing to help the troubled firm as part of a possible trade deal.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

U.S. officials warn Congress on election hacking threats
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Trump administration officials warned Congress on Tuesday of ongoing efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2018 midterm congressional elections as the federal government prepares to hand out $380 million in election security funding to states.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Trump seeks delay in Summer Zervos' defamation lawsuit
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump asked New York state's highest court to delay a defamation lawsuit against him by a former contestant on "The Apprentice" television show who claimed he sexually harassed her.

Reuters Politics
May 22, 2018

Gender, guns, partisan infighting define state nominating contests
(Reuters) - Voters in several states are casting ballots on Tuesday for candidates who could make U.S. political history.

Reuters Politics
May 21, 2018

Farm bill to get second vote in U.S. House in June: Roll Call
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will vote for a second time on a massive farm bill after the measure was defeated last week, the No. 3 Republican in the chamber said, according to Roll Call newspaper.

Reuters Politics
May 21, 2018

Senator Corker turns down Trump's offer to be ambassador to Australia
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump offered Senator Bob Corker the chance to be the U.S. ambassador to Australia, but the Republican lawmaker, currently chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Monday he turned the position down.

Reuters Politics
May 21, 2018

Prodded by Trump, FBI to look into complaint about its 2016 tactics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department agreed on Monday to investigate "any irregularities" in FBI tactics related to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign after Trump questioned whether an FBI informant had been planted into his political organization.

Reuters Politics
May 21, 2018

Senator Corker says turned down position as ambassador to Australia
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump offered Senator Bob Corker the chance to be the U.S. ambassador to Australia, but the Republican lawmaker, currently chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Monday he turned the position down.

Reuters Politics
May 21, 2018

Senator Corker says turned down position as Australia envoy
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump offered Senator Bob Corker the chance to be the U.S. ambassador to Australia, but the Republican lawmaker, currently chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Monday he turned the position down.

Reuters Politics
May 21, 2018

Senate panel delays vote to approve auto safety chief
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Monday delayed a vote on the Trump administration's nominee to be the top auto safety regulator in the face of opposition among Democrats over planned changes to vehicle emissions rules.

Reuters Politics
May 21, 2018

Under pressure from Trump, FBI and Justice agree to expanded Russia probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday agreed to expand its investigation into alleged Russia collusion in the 2016 election to include "any irregularities" in FBI tactics involving Trump's presidential campaign, a White House spokeswoman said.

Reuters Politics
May 21, 2018

Trump willing to walk away from North Korea summit: Pence
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is willing to walk away from an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for next month, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday, after North Korea called into question the meeting last week.

Reuters Politics
May 21, 2018

Trump to meet FBI, Justice officials over campaign spying concerns
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet on Monday with Justice Department and intelligence officials to discuss his order to look into whether his 2016 presidential campaign was infiltrated or surveilled under the Obama administration, a White House official told Reuters.

Reuters Politics
May 21, 2018

Trump signs congressional resolution overturning auto lending rule
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed into a law a congressional resolution overhauling a rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that aimed to bar discrimination in auto lending, the White House said on Monday.

Reuters Politics
May 21, 2018

Trump to meet top Justice, intelligence leaders: official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet on Monday with Justice Department and intelligence officials to discuss his order to look into whether his 2016 presidential campaign was infiltrated or surveilled under the Obama administration, a White House official told Reuters.

Reuters Politics
May 20, 2018

Trump to ask Justice Department to look into campaign surveillance claims
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would ask the Justice Department to look into whether his 2016 presidential campaign was infiltrated or surveilled by the FBI or the department under the Obama administration.

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