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Before the White House, Kennedy was a high-school prankster

6 hours 59 min ago
BOSTON (Reuters) - Years before he captained the torpedo boat PT-109, ran for office or set the United States on a path to put a man on the moon, President John F. Kennedy was a troublesome teen whose hijinks nearly got him kicked out of his prestigious boarding school.

Hillary Clinton returns to her alma mater Wellesley for speech

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:04
BOSTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. secretary of state and failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton returns to her alma mater, Wellesley College, on Friday to address its graduating class.

U.S. visas issued to citizens of Trump travel ban nations continue to decline

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States issued about 50 percent fewer visitor visas in April to citizens of seven countries covered by President Donald Trump's temporary travel bans than it did in an average month last year, according to a Reuters analysis of preliminary government data released on Thursday.

U.S. lawmakers reintroduce bill to end restrictions on Cuba travel

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:34
HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators reintroduced legislation on Thursday to repeal all restrictions on travel to Cuba, this time attracting far more co-sponsors in a sign of growing support for U.S.-Cuban detente even as its future looks uncertain.

Trump son-in-law Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe: media reports

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:55
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Russia probe, the Washington Post and NBC News reported on Thursday.

U.S. lawmakers to fight massive Trump Saudi arms deal

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday seeking to stop at least a portion of President Donald Trump's sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Trump officials under fire over vague tax proposals

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:54
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Missing from President Donald Trump's budget proposal this week was an annual report, known as the Green Book, that presidents have issued for many years to spell out their tax goals in detail, an omission that tax experts called telling.

Trump arrives in Sicily ahead of Group of Seven summit

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:22
SIGONELLA, Italy (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Sicily from Brussels on Thursday ahead of a two-day Group of Seven summit at which other leaders are expected to pressure him to soften his stance on trade and climate change.

Civil rights group sues in U.S. court over immigration detention

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:44
(Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in federal court on Thursday, seeking records the civil rights group contends provide accounts of hunger strikes at immigration detention facilities.

FBI director search: back to drawing board for Trump team?

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:17
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U.S. bill would ban American tourist travel to North Korea

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:11
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic U.S. congressmen introduced a bill on Thursday that would ban Americans from traveling to North Korea as tourists and require them to obtain special permission for other types of visits.

House panel chairman says FBI declines to meet request for Comey-linked documents

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has declined to give the House Oversight Committee documents it had requested regarding communications between former FBI chief James Comey and President Donald Trump, the head of the panel said on Thursday.

Congress ends effort to kill limits on debit card fees

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:33
Washington (Reuters) - Banks were regrouping on Thursday, a day after being handed a large defeat in the U.S. House, where Republicans sided with retailers in agreeing to preserve limits on debit card fees.

U.S. appeals court largely upholds block on Trump's travel ban

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:27
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday to keep largely in place a block on President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban for six Muslim-majority nations.

Lieberman withdraws from consideration to be FBI director: Wall Street Journal

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman has withdrawn from consideration to be the next director of the FBI, citing the potential for an appearance of a conflict of interest, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Wilbur Ross seeks bigger budget for trade enforcement

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday that a $5.5 million increase requested for the agency's enforcement budget this year will have a "real impact" in cracking down on unfair trade practices and export security violations.

U.S. Senate committee passes bill to impose new sanctions on Iran

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed legislation on Thursday that would impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile development, support for Islamist militant groups, weapons transfers and human rights violations.

U.S. Treasury sees business taxes as fruitful ground for bipartisan deal

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is particularly hopeful it can reach a bipartisan tax deal when it comes overhauling laws for business taxes, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday.

Trump says intelligence leaks 'deeply troubling'

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:44
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Trump vowed on Thursday to bring anyone caught leaking U.S. intelligence to justice after British police stopped sharing information about the Manchester suicide bombing with the United States.

Key lawmaker says could take up Russia sanctions bill as soon as summer

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Thursday the panel could take up a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia as soon as this summer, if there is no sign of a change of direction on Syria.

Leaks of Manchester bomb probe 'reprehensible,' will stop: U.S. envoy

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:57
LONDON (Reuters) - The most senior U.S. diplomat in Britain condemned media leaks of an investigation into a suicide bomb which killed 22 people in Manchester, saying the U.S. government would take action to identify those responsible.

Trump, Macron engage in a little handshake diplomacy

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:56
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron barely know each other but they seemed to have a hard time letting go when they first met on Thursday.

Trump talks trade with EU, varied differences remain

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:51
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A smiling Donald Trump offered European Union chiefs assurances on security in Brussels on Thursday but EU officials did not conceal lingering differences with the U.S. president over Russia, trade and climate change.

Democrats hope to send Trump, Republicans a message in Montana vote

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 02:07
MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - A Democratic political novice hopes to pull off a surprise victory in Republican-leaning Montana on Thursday in a special congressional race roiled on the eve of voting by allegations that the Republican candidate physically assaulted a reporter.

Republican congressional candidate in Montana accused of assaulting reporter

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 21:13
MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was accused of physically assaulting a reporter on the campaign trail on Wednesday, the eve of a special election to fill the state's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Trump faces rougher reception in NATO, EU meetings

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:05
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - After a warm welcome in the Middle East and a "fantastic" visit with the pope, U.S. President Donald Trump walks on shakier ground on Thursday when European Union and NATO leaders will press him on defense, trade, and environmental concerns.

Forget Trump White House, Belgium shows Melania the surreal

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:29
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - As her reality TV star husband meets many of his Western allies for the first time as U.S. president on Thursday, Melania Trump will be offered a different take on the surreal by her hosts in Brussels.

Russians talked about influencing Trump through advisers: NY Times

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. spies learned last summer that Russian officials discussed influencing Donald Trump through his advisers Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, The New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing three current and former U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence.

Exclusive - Hate the tweets, love the agenda: U.S. Senate's McConnell on Trump

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the U.S. Senate, says he could live without the drama surrounding President Donald Trump's White House, but from a policy standpoint sees the new commander-in-chief as a solid ally in the mode of any president from his party.

Estimated 23 million would lose health insurance under Republican bill: CBO

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:38
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An estimated 23 million people would lose health coverage by 2026 under Republican legislation aimed at repealing Obamacare, a nonpartisan congressional agency said on Wednesday in the first calculation of the new bill's potential impact.

Vermont governor snuffs legal pot, tells lawmakers to 'get it right'

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:35
(Reuters) - Vermont's governor on Wednesday halted, at least temporarily, efforts to become the ninth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but offered to work with state legislators to resolve what he cited as the bill's shortcomings.

On trip abroad, Trump stays on script, but will it last?

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:50
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - He still has a chance for missteps, but so far on his maiden international trip, Donald Trump has managed to avoid major stumbles and has stuck to the script in a way his advisers have wanted him to do for months.

U.S. to boost sanctions on Iran, Syria, North Korea: Treasury's Mnuchin

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:46
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on Wednesday that his department would work to increase sanctions pressure on Iran, Syria and North Korea and is reviewing licenses needed for Boeing Co and Airbus to sell aircraft to Iran.

FBI director search: back to drawing board for Trump team?

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:41
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A week after President Donald Trump said he was close to picking a new FBI director to replace the one he fired, the White House has decided to renew its search, CNN reported on Wednesday.

Former Trump campaign adviser Page to testify in Russia probe on June 6: ABC News

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:48
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, will testify on June 6 before a House committee investigating alleged efforts by Russia to influence the U.S. election, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

Senior U.S. lawmakers call to condemn Turkey after Washington street brawl

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:20
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior U.S. lawmakers want the House of Representatives to formally condemn Turkish security forces' violent response to a street protest in Washington during a recent visit by President Tayyip Erdogan, a congressional aide said on Wednesday.

Exclusive - Hate the tweets, love the agenda: U.S. Senate's McConnell on Trump

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the U.S. Senate, says he could live without the drama surrounding President Donald Trump's White House, but from a policy standpoint sees the new commander-in-chief as a solid ally in the mode of any president from his party.

Exclusive: McConnell expects bipartisan support for bill reauthorizing FDA user fees

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told Reuters on Wednesday he expects bipartisan support for approval of a bill authorizing taxpayer and industry funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Exclusive: U.S. Senate's McConnell sees tough path for passing healthcare bill

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said he has yet to hit upon a formula for repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a new healthcare program, but he expressed some optimism on another top priority, overhauling the tax code.

Trump organization not tracking all profits from foreign government entities

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's businesses will donate profits from customers who self-identify as representatives of foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury, according to a pamphlet from the Trump Organization obtained by a Congressional committee.

U.S. House Democrats seek info from Deutsche Bank on Trump accounts

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:51
(Reuters) - Democrats on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee said on Wednesday they have asked Deutsche Bank to provide information on whether any accounts connected to U.S. President Donald Trump have ties to Russia.

House intelligence committee Democrat says panel to subpoena Flynn

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:35
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee will subpoena retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn in its Russia probe after the former national security adviser declined to appear before the panel, its top Democrat said on Wednesday.

Trump budget proposal would make it 'impossible' for U.N. to work

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 09:54
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's bid to slash funding for the United Nations would make it "impossible" for it to continue its essential work, a spokesman said on Wednesday, adding that the organization was ready to discuss reform with Washington.

Paul Ryan says confident tax reform will pass in 2017: Axios

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 09:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans will be able to push through tax reform by the end of this year even as they continue to debate whether or not a final plan will include a border adjustment tax, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said an interview with Axios news outlet on Wednesday.

Texas House approves new voter ID bill after setbacks in court

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:02
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas House of Representatives gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a new bill on showing identification when voting after a previous voter ID law was struck down by U.S. courts which said it discriminated against black and Hispanic people.

Trump set to exchange views with Pope Francis at Vatican

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:05
ROME (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump visits the Vatican on Wednesday for talks with one of his most high-profile critics, Pope Francis, after the two men exchanged sharp words during the presidential campaign last year.

Illinois Senate Democrats pass budget plan, hurdles seen in House

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:28
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday voted in favor of a budget and tax package that includes hikes to income and sales taxes in a go-it-alone effort to break the state's long-running budget impasse eight days before the end of the legislative session.

U.S. lawmakers gear up to block Trump plan to slash oil stockpile

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Trump administration plan to sell off half the U.S. emergency crude oil stockpile to help balance the budget faces opposition in Congress, with lawmakers from both parties worried the proposal would undermine the drilling industry and make the country vulnerable to supply shocks.

Trump retains Marc Kasowitz as private attorney for Russia probe: Fox Business

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:40
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has retained Marc Kasowitz as his private attorney for the special counsel's probe of alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow, a Fox Business Network reporter said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Senate panel says it will subpoena Michael Flynn businesses

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they would subpoena two of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's businesses after Flynn declined to comply with a subpoena for documents in the panel's Russia probe.

Trump budget cuts may stir backlash in rural America

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 17:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash federal aid to the poor, the sick and people living in rural areas reflect conservatives' demands for a smaller federal government but target many of the very people who voted for him last November.

Trump proposes deep U.S. spending cuts in Mexico, Central America

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:56
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday proposed drastically slashing U.S. foreign aid spending in Mexico and Central America, which are struggling with drug violence, graft and poverty that prompts many from the troubled region to migrate north.

Congress hearings show no Trump campaign-Russia collusion: White House official

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hearings in the Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday showed there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and that President Donald Trump never jeopardized intelligence sources, a White House spokesman said.

Trump budget proposal would dramatically cut foreign aid

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed budget would slash nearly a third in funding for diplomacy and foreign aid including global health and food aid, peacekeeping and other forms of non-military foreign involvement.

Amid opposition, Trump makes low budget request for Mexico border wall

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is asking Congress for $1.6 billion to begin building a wall along the border with Mexico, far short of the amount needed for a project sharply criticized by Democrats and even some conservative Republicans.

Moderate House Republican steps aside over healthcare divisions: Politico

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the leaders of a group of moderate House Republicans resigned as co-chairman of the caucus on Tuesday, citing divisions over efforts to overhaul the nation's healthcare system, according to a Politico report.

White House budget slashes 'countering violent extremism' grants

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:51
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The budget proposal unveiled by the White House on Tuesday cut all funding to a Department of Homeland Security program known as 'countering violent extremism,' which provides grants to communities to counter radicalism through outreach.

CIA ex-chief cites signs of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:18
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former CIA Director John Brennan said on Tuesday that he does not know whether President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia but that he saw "information and intelligence that was worthy of investigation."

U.S. Defense budget sees modest increase despite hawkish rhetoric

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:57
(Reuters) - While U.S. President Donald Trump's budget proposal for national defense increases spending, it falls short of campaign promises to rebuild the U.S. Navy and a "historic" increase in military spending.

Mueller cleared by U.S. government ethics experts to oversee Russia probe

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:44
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been cleared by Department of Justice ethics experts to oversee the federal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, a department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Trump budget to increase growth by boosting investment, labor force: Mnuchin

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:39
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration believes its budget plan will boost economic growth by fostering capital investment and creating jobs for workers who gave up their job hunts during tough times, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday.

CEOs of Target, ADM to square off on U.S. border tax at hearing

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:44
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief executive officers of two major American companies - retailer Target Corp and agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland Co - will offer countering views in a hearing before U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday on a proposed border adjustment tax.

Former CIA director says discussed election hacking with Moscow in summer 2016

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former CIA Director John Brennan said on Tuesday it became clear in summer 2016 that Russia was attempting to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, and that he discussed the issue with Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia's FSB security service.

U.S. intel chief declines comment on any Trump request about Russia

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats declined to say whether President Donald Trump asked him to help deny any collusion between his campaign team and Russia, as reported by the Washington Post, saying his talks with Trump were private.

U.S. Labor Secretary says fiduciary rule to take effect on June 9 with no more delays: Wall Street Journal

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 00:52
(Reuters) - The "fiduciary rule" aimed at preventing brokers from recommending inappropriate retirement investments, will take effect on June 9 with no further delays, U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said on Monday in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal.

Chicago launches ad campaign to counter Trump's immigration efforts

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:08
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago is starting an advertising campaign to reassure immigrants that they are welcome in the third-largest U.S. city, in a show of defiance to a crackdown by President Donald Trump on people who have entered the country illegally.

Justice Department asks U.S. judge to reconsider ruling against Trump sanctuary order

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:38
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday asked a federal judge to reconsider a ruling which blocked President Donald Trump's attempt to cut off federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities.

Texas border county of El Paso sues to halt 'sanctuary cities' law

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:35
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The heavily Hispanic Texas border county of El Paso filed suit in federal court on Monday to halt a new law backed by the state's Republican leaders to punish "sanctuary cities," saying the measure was vague, cruel and unconstitutional.

Senate confirms Iowa Governor Branstad as ambassador to China

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 18:59
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to confirm Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, one of the U.S. politicians most closely acquainted with China, as President Donald Trump's ambassador to Beijing.

Trump asked two top intelligence officials to deny Russia collusion: Washington Post

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 18:44
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump urged two senior intelligence officials in March to publicly deny there was any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing current and former officials.

Former FBI chief Comey postpones testimony before House committee

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 18:29
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Director James Comey is delaying an appearance before the U.S. House Oversight Committee that had been planned for Wednesday, the panel's chairman said on Monday.

Trump close to picking outside counsel for Russia probe: Washington Post

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 18:17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is seeking outside counsel to help him during investigations into his campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, and has narrowed the search to four prominent attorneys, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

Trump can't stop American progress on climate, Al Gore tells Cannes

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:25
CANNES, France (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump cannot stop momentum to tackle climate change, former U.S. vice-president Al Gore said on Monday as he promoted his latest film on global warming at the Cannes Film Festival.

Mississippi lawmaker 'sorry' he urged lynching for statue removal

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:19
(Reuters) - A Mississippi state lawmaker who called for the lynching of Louisiana officials for removing pro-slavery era monuments apologized on Monday after his comments sparked a firestorm of criticism.

Texas House set to pass 'bathroom bill' targeting public schools

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:42
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas House of Representatives is expected to give formal approval on Monday to a bill that would restrict bathroom access for transgender students in public schools, a measure that critics say promotes discrimination against such children.

Trump budget poised to slash healthcare for poor, other programs

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is set to release President Donald Trump's first full budget on Tuesday, a plan that will include a cut of more than $800 billion from the Medicaid program for the poor and reductions in other social spending.

Trump administration asks for time to weigh Obamacare subsidies

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:21
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration and U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Monday told a federal court they have not yet decided on how to proceed in a major case that could end cost-sharing subsidies paid to insurers that are vital to the functioning of the Obamacare healthcare law.

Trump sets out Mideast vision: backing Arab strongmen against Iran

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:16
DUBAI (Reuters) - The images from the same night broadcast around the Middle East speak as loudly as the words. On the one hand: the young people of Iran, dancing in the streets to mark the re-election of a pragmatist, men and women together.

In U.S. presidential first, Trump prays at Jerusalem's Western Wall

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 11:14
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made a historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, standing before the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray and saying a few words before inserting a note between the monumental stones.

Flynn to decline U.S. Senate subpoena in Russia probe: media

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn will decline to comply with a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, according to media reports on Monday.

U.S. Supreme Court tosses Republican-drawn districts in North Carolina

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Republicans in North Carolina unlawfully used racial considerations when drawing congressional district boundaries, concentrating black voters in a bid to diminish their overall political clout.

Senator asks ethics office to review Trump hotel payments

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:06
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the U.S. Senate committee overseeing pensions on Monday asked the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to assess whether President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution and federal bans on conflicts of interest.

U.S. Supreme Court leaves key campaign finance restriction in place

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 09:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a Republican challenge to a federal campaign finance restriction that prevents political parties from raising unlimited amounts of cash to spend on supporting candidates.

Turkey says summons U.S. envoy over Washington street brawl

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 09:48
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey summoned the U.S ambassador to Ankara on Monday to protest the treatment of Turkish security officials in the United States during a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan last week, the foreign ministry said.

Exclusive: Trump EPA transition chief laments slow progress in killing green rules

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 07:03
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The man who led President Donald Trump's transition team for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Myron Ebell, told a conservative conference last month that the new administration is moving too slowly to unravel climate change regulations.

Trump to visit Israel in search of revived peace process

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 00:34
RIYADH (Reuters) - After an exhausting two days in Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Donald Trump travels to Israel on Monday, attempting to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process with visits to Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Trump tells Middle East to 'drive out' Islamist extremists

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 00:34
RIYADH (Reuters) - President Donald Trump urged Arab and Islamic leaders on Sunday to unite and do their share to defeat Islamist extremists, making an impassioned plea to "drive out" terrorists while toning down his own harsh rhetoric about Muslims.

Pentagon takes step toward transgender hires: memo

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 20:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense is assessing its ability to recruit transgender people as soon as 1 July, according to a memo signed by a top Pentagon official and seen by Reuters.

Medicaid cuts coming in Trump budget: Washington Post

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 18:53
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's budget proposal, set to be unveiled on Tuesday, will include cuts to Medicaid and propose changes to other assistance programs for low-income citizens, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

Trump's FBI comments to Russians were aimed at cooperation: aides

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:55
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump raised the firing of the FBI director in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister to explain why he had been unable to find areas of cooperation with Moscow, two top administration officials said on Sunday.

Trump's FBI comments to Russians were aimed at cooperation: McMaster

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 09:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump raised the firing of his FBI director in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister to explain why he had been unable to find areas of cooperation with Moscow, the White House national security adviser said on Sunday.

Comey to testify to Senate panel in public session

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 14:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump last week amid an agency probe into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election, has agreed to testify before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee at a public hearing, the committee said in a statement on Friday.

Traveling abroad, Trump struggles to escape crisis

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 07:18
RIYADH (Reuters) - President Donald Trump was taking off on Air Force One when the latest bad news pinged into the inboxes of his besieged staff - a report that he had told Russian officials that fired FBI Director James Comey was "a nut job".

At a White House in crisis, Trump looks increasingly isolated

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 21:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the Trump White House, it’s getting lonely at the top.

Trump nominates Callista Gingrich as ambassador to Vatican

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 19:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to nominate Callista Gingrich as ambassador to the Vatican, the White House said in a statement on Friday.

Trump opts to keep Pentagon's top officer for another term

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 17:42
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated Marine General Joseph Dunford to keep his post as his top military adviser for another two-year term.

U.S. senator insists special counsel won't derail Congress' Russia probes

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 17:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior U.S. senator said on Friday that he expects Congress' investigation of Russia and the 2016 U.S. election to go ahead, even after the appointment of a special counsel, and said Congress has a broader mandate that extends to financial conflicts of interest.

White House moving ahead with stiff EPA budget cuts: group, citing document

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 16:44
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration plans deep cuts to state environmental programs, a summary of the Environmental Protection Agency's 2018 budget showed on Friday, even after some Republicans in affected states raised concerns when the agency released an initial outline of the budget in March.

Democrat Sen. Wyden warns of diminishing potential for tax reform

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 15:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Ron Wyden thinks Republican leadership is moving away from trying to implement full-scale tax reform this year and instead are turning their attention to simply cutting rates.

Goldman's Donovan to withdraw from deputy Treasury secretary nomination: source

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 15:13
(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc banker James Donovan who was nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump as deputy Treasury secretary, has withdrawn his name, according to a person familiar with the matter.