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U.S. State Department appoints Fox News anchor as spokeswoman

43 min 31 sec ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Fox News anchor and correspondent Heather Nauert will be the new U.S. State Department spokeswoman, the State Department said in a statement on Monday.

U.S. top court preserves Alabama campaign finance curbs

3 hours 14 min ago
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by an Alabama black-voter outreach group with close ties to the state's Democratic Party of a lower court's ruling that upheld a state ban on cash transfers between political action committees.

Congress returns as Trump pressures Democrats ahead of funding deadline

6 hours 51 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With a deadline looming this week to avert a U.S. government shutdown, Congress returns to work on Monday as President Donald Trump leans on Democrats to include funding for his promised border wall with Mexico in spending legislation.

Pence trims Asia trip to deal with domestic priorities

12 hours 57 min ago
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has cut short the final leg of his Asia trip to race back to Washington, where the Trump administration faces a critical week on tax reform and a funding plan to keep the government running, an aide said on Sunday.

Trump condemns anti-Semitism on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 19:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said anti-Semitism should be defeated and called the Holocaust the "darkest chapter of human history" in a video address on Sunday, following two missteps by his administration regarding statements about genocide during World War Two.

Trump says Mexico 'eventually' will pay for border wall

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Sunday he expected Mexico to pay for the wall he has promised to build along the southern border, resuscitating a campaign promise that roiled U.S. relations with Mexico in the first week of his presidency.

U.S. Homeland Security not targeting Dreamers: Kelly

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:54
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security will not target immigrants brought to the United States as children for deportation, despite conflicting statements within the Trump administration, its secretary John Kelly said on Sunday.

Trump to sign energy executive orders on Friday: official

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will sign several executive orders on energy on Friday, a White House official said on Sunday.

Hillary Clinton makes surprise appearance at New York film panel

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:04
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton, who until recently had avoided the spotlight in the wake of her election defeat in November, made a surprise appearance at New York's Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday as a panelist to discuss illegal elephant poaching.

Trump warns Democrats Obamacare will die without cash infusion

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 10:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned Democrats on Sunday that Obamacare was in trouble and would die without government funding, apparently referring to the possibility of ending federal subsidies to help lower-income people buy health insurance.

White House official: deal to avoid government shutdown could come today

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 09:44
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said talks between Republicans and Democrats in Congress could reach an agreement to avoid a government shutdown as early as Sunday.

Delays dog 'shovel ready' projects in Trump's infrastructure plan

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 08:23
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump reassured manufacturers gathered in the White House Roosevelt room on March 31 that a massive infrastructure program was coming soon.   “We’re going to make it happen” this year, he said, according to Drew Greenblatt, the president of Marlin Steel in Baltimore, who was present. “That was actually the first thing that he talked about behind closed doors with us,” Greenblatt added.

Sweet home Chicago: Obama re-emerges in city where it all began

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 08:04
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday makes his first major appearance since leaving office, having chosen Chicago, the city where his political career started, to emerge from a three-month hiatus from the public eye.

U.S. defense secretary arrives in Djibouti to visit key military base

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 08:00
DJIBOUTI (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Djibouti on Sunday to visit an important military base at the southern entrance to the Red Sea used as a launch pad for operations in Yemen and Somalia.

Trump tax plan may produce some short-term budget issues: Mnuchin

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 17:39
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday that the Trump administration's tax reform plan would produce some "short term issues" when viewed under traditional "static" budget analysis rules.

Trump's 'big announcement' on tax to be broad principles: official

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 13:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's promised "big announcement" next week on overhauling the U.S. tax code, a top campaign pledge, will consist of "broad principles and priorities," an administration official said on Saturday.

Trump says to visit wounded U.S. veterans at Washington-area hospital

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:29
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he would visit wounded U.S. veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the armed forces hospital located in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington.

U.S. states realign in legal battle over Trump's travel ban

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 21:09
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations faces its second challenge at a U.S. appeals court next month, and this time more Republican states are backing the measure, while one Democratic state attorney general dropped out of the legal fight this week.

Trump to name National Labor Relations Board chairman: White House

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 20:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump intends to designate Philip Miscimarra as the chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the White House said on Friday.

Washington threatens funding cut to California, other 'sanctuary' areas

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 17:16
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice threatened on Friday to cut off funding to California as well as eight cities and counties across the United States, escalating a Trump administration crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

U.S. Homeland Security probes possible abuse in Twitter summons case

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 17:14
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Homeland Security Department's inspector general said on Friday he was investigating possible abuse of authority in a case that triggered a lawsuit against the department by Twitter Inc.

Trump sets U.S. tax reform announcement, orders tax rule review

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 16:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday promised a big announcement about tax reform next week and ordered an administration review of Obama-era tax rules written to discourage U.S. companies from relocating overseas to cut their tax bills.

Florida state senator resigns after racial slur

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 15:59
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Trump greets Egyptian-American freed from Egyptian detention

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 15:34
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed back to the United States Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American charity worker whose release from jail in Egypt was sought by Trump when he met Egypt's president early this month.

Trump says he plans tax reform announcement on Wednesday

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 15:24
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, signing executive orders calling for a re-examination of some Obama-era financial regulations, said on Friday he would have a major tax reform announcement next week.

Waiting for green cards, Indian visa-holders see hope in Trump review

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 14:25
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When Gokul Gunasekaran was offered a full scholarship for a graduate program in electrical engineering at Stanford University, he saw it as the chance of a lifetime.

Uphill battle looms as Trump seeks revamped healthcare plan

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 14:21
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, striving to make good on a top campaign promise, is pushing his fellow Republicans who control Congress to pass revamped healthcare legislation but the same intraparty squabbling that torpedoed it last month could do it again.

U.S. Treasury says it will not issue drilling waivers to Russia sanctions

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 14:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury will not give permission to U.S. companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp, to drill in areas prohibited by U.S. sanctions on Russia, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday.

U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin: Trump to order reviews of financial rules

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will order the U.S. Treasury Department on Friday to examine two powers given to regulators after the 2008 financial crisis to police large financial firms, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

U.S. House committee sets more hearings in Trump-Russia probe

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:28
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's involvement in the 2016 U.S. election, said on Friday it had invited the directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency to appear at a closed hearing on May 2.

Indian techies, IT firms fret as Trump orders U.S. visa review

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:13
MUMBAI (Reuters) - For Grishma, an Indian software designer, President Donald Trump's review of the visa programme for bringing highly skilled workers into the United States comes at a bad time.

Ex-Illinois governor Blagojevich's 14-year prison term upheld

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:35
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday rejected former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's bid to shorten his 14-year prison term in a public corruption case.

U.S. retailers bet on Congress over Bolivia to thwart Trump border tax issue

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:28
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Target Corp , Wal-Mart Stores Inc and other retailers are shelving considerations to move supply bases closer to the United States in the face of a possible border tax, banking instead on killing support for the tax idea in Congress.

Trump, Republicans face tricky task of averting U.S. government shutdown

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress face their first major budget test next week, with the threat of a U.S. government shutdown potentially hinging on his proposed Mexican border wall as well as Obamacare funding.

Trump administration may change rules that allow terror victims to immigrate to U.S.

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 07:52
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Raj, a Sri Lankan fisherman, sought refuge in the United States in 2005, he had precisely the kind of fear of returning home that U.S. asylum laws require.

U.S. judicial panel finds Texas hurt Latino vote with redrawn boundaries

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 00:44
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A special federal judicial panel ruled for the second time in two months on Thursday that the Republican-led Texas Legislature deliberately redrew political boundaries so as to unfairly diminish voter clout of the state's growing Latino population.

Global finance leaders find a more temperate Trump in Washington

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 20:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump took power in January pledging to overhaul a global order that he said cheated middle-class Americans with a promise to tear up trade agreements and impose tariffs on China and Mexico.

Group sues Trump for repealing U.S. wildlife rule in rare legal challenge

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 19:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An environmental group sued President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday over the repeal of a U.S. rule intended to protect wildlife, in the first court challenge to a law being used by Republicans to ease federal regulation.

Trump to sign two financial executive orders on Friday: CNBC

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 18:35
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will sign two executive orders on Friday related to the financial industry, CNBC reported on Thursday.

Trump administration, world financial officials clash over trade

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 18:34
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration had a simple but stark message for world financial leaders who gathered in Washington on Thursday amid worries about rising U.S. protectionism: fair trade means tit-for-tat tariffs.

U.S. sees increased activity by Chinese bomber aircraft: officials

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 17:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is aware of a higher-than-usual level of activity by Chinese bomber planes, signaling a possible heightened state of readiness, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday, but downplayed concerns and left open a range of possible reasons.

Trump says strong Europe is important for U.S

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 17:21
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was in favor of a strong Europe, as France gears up for an election where European unity is a key issue and Britain negotiates its departure from the European Union.

Exxon probe is unconstitutional, Republican prosecutors say

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 17:01
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of 11 Republican state attorneys general are protesting an investigation into whether Exxon Mobil Corp. violated consumer protection laws when selling fossil fuel products, according to a court filing.

Trump says only role for U.S. in Libya is defeating Islamic State

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he does not see a role for the United States in Libya apart from defeating Islamic State militants.

Trump administration will not ignore white collar crime: Justice official

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:02
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration will be persistent in prosecuting white collar crimes despite giving a higher profile to tackling violent crime, a senior Justice Department official said on Thursday.

Tillerson to meet with Southeast Asian foreign ministers in May

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with the foreign ministers of Southeast Asian countries on May 4 in Washington ahead of planned regional summits in November, a State Department official said on Thursday.

Highlights: The Trump presidency on April 20 at 1:50 p.m. EDT/1750 GMT

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 13:56
(Reuters) - Highlights for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday:

Chaffetz may not finish term, Utah prepares special election: WSJ

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 13:53
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, said on Thursday he has not ruled out leaving before his term finishes, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Treasury's Mnuchin says will unveil tax reform plan 'very soon'

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 13:42
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will unveil a tax reform plan very soon, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday.

Canada's Trudeau defends dairy system after Trump blast

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:19
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday brushed off an attack by U.S. President Donald Trump against Canada's system of dairy protections, saying every nation defended its agricultural industries.

Trump and Cuba should start dialogue: Mississippi governor says

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 21:41
HAVANA (Reuters) - The Trump administration and the Cuban government need to start a dialogue, the Republican governor of Mississippi said on Wednesday during a trip to the Communist-led island to scout trade opportunities for his state.

EPA chief visits Indiana waste site amid proposed budget cuts

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 21:32
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (Reuters) - The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toured his first hazardous waste site on Tuesday amid proposed budget cuts that could devastate efforts to clean up contaminated land and water around the country.

Defense, finance, telecoms donated heavily to Trump inauguration: U.S. filing

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 20:17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Large U.S. companies and their executives helped President Donald Trump raise a record-setting $106.7 million for inauguration festivities in January, according to a U.S. government filing released on Wednesday.

Trump asks for probe into imports of foreign-made steel: officials

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 19:59
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday will sign a directive asking for a speedy probe into whether imports of foreign-made steel are hurting U.S. national security, two administration officials said on Wednesday.

Tillerson accuses Iran of 'alarming provocations' as U.S. reviews policy

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 19:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday accused Iran of 'alarming ongoing provocations' to destabilize countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy toward Tehran.

U.S. House banking chairman unveils Dodd-Frank replacement

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:56
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. House of Representatives' banking panel has unveiled the Republicans' most ambitious plan so far to loosen financial regulations, a 600-page bill to replace the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.

House Speaker Ryan sees long battle over tax reform

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:53
LONDON (Reuters) - The United States' first tax overhaul in decades may not pass Congress until well into 2017, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday, in a sign the timetable for the legislation has been pushed back.

Trump extends program allowing some veterans to use local doctors, hospitals

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:24
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday moved a step closer to fulfilling his campaign promise to reform the troubled Veterans Affairs department, but some veterans groups are concerned that the administration may be working toward privatizing their healthcare.

U.S. considers restoring Pyongyang to terror sponsor list: Tillerson

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:53
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States is looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear program, including whether Pyongyang should have been removed from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

NY, NJ senators invite transportation secretary to view decaying train tunnels

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:31
NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - To preserve federal funding for critical rail projects, New Jersey and New York senators on Wednesday asked U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to examine firsthand the decaying train tunnels that threaten to cripple regional travel if they fail.

Possible Trump trip to Saudi Arabia being discussed: U.S. official

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump may add a visit to Saudi Arabia to a trip to Europe in May in what will be his first overseas journey since becoming president, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

Exclusive: Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election - documents

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters.

Democrats urge FCC to drop plan to revise TV ownership rules

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday urged the Federal Communications Commission to cancel a vote scheduled for Thursday on a measure to reverse a 2016 rule that limits the number of television stations some broadcasters can buy.

White House defends portrayal of 'armada' push toward Korean peninsula

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:01
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday denied being misleading about a U.S. carrier strike group's push toward the Korean peninsula, saying it never gave an arrival date and that the ships were still on their way.

Trump pick for No. 2 at Commerce Dept withdraws name: source

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 15:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's choice for deputy secretary of commerce, Todd Ricketts, has withdrawn his nomination, a source close to Ricketts said on Wednesday.

U.S. must keep military options open on North Korea: House speaker Ryan

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 15:14
LONDON (Reuters) - The United States must keep military options on the table when it comes to North Korea, but it does not want to use them unless it has to, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said during a visit to Britain on Wednesday.

Highlights: The Trump presidency on April 19 at 14:45 p.m. EDT/1845 GMT

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 15:01
(Reuters) - Highlights for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday:

Trump to hold news conference next week on U.S. veterans issues

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will hold a news conference on April 27 to discuss veterans issues, as he tries to elevate an issue he campaigned on heavily last year.

Trump's EPA to reconsider oil and gas emissions rule

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:35
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it would reconsider a rule on emissions from oil and gas operations and delay its implementation, marking the Trump administration's latest effort to dismantle Obama-era environmental regulations.

House Oversight panel head Chaffetz to leave Congress after 2018

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Oversight Panel Chairman Jason Chaffetz on Wednesday announced his plans to leave Congress after the 2018 midterm elections, saying he had no intention of running for any political office.

U.S. consumers could suffer from Dodd-Frank, CFPB changes: property site

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 00:14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Massive changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - or the financial reform law that established it - could hurt U.S. mortgage borrowers who use the agency to fight erroneous charges and foreclosures, according to Trulia, an online real estate marketplace.

As Trump warned North Korea, his 'armada' was headed toward Australia

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 21:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When U.S. President Donald Trump boasted early last week that he had sent an "armada" as a warning to North Korea, the aircraft carrier strike group he spoke of was still far from the Korean peninsula, and headed in the opposite direction.

Trump vows to back U.S. dairy farmers in Canada trade spat

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 19:09
(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump promised on Tuesday to defend American dairy farmers who have been hurt by Canada’s protectionist trade practices, during a visit to the cheese-making state of Wisconsin.

Trump 'Buy American' edict may have little impact on U.S. steel

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 19:08
DETROIT/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" executive order on Tuesday left questions about how the government would enforce the order and whether it would make a real difference in output and employment, according to steel executives and analysts.

White House meeting on Paris climate deal postponed: official

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 19:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House meeting that was to help determine whether the United States should withdraw from the Paris climate accord has been postponed, an administration official said on Tuesday.

U.S. House panel to begin tax reform hearings next week: chairman

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 16:23
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The tax-writing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will begin holding hearings on a Republican tax reform proposal next week, the panel's Republican chairman said on Tuesday.

U.S. senator raises questions about hospital operator UHS

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 15:08
(Reuters) - A Republican senator said on Tuesday he had written to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) raising questions about reports of "troubling conduct" by psychiatric hospital operator Universal Health Services Inc.

Alabama's new governor orders speedier election to replace Sessions

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 14:48
(Reuters) - Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday moved up the election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to December because she said the original plan to hold it in late 2018 was not soon enough to meet state law.

Highlights: The Trump presidency on April 18 at 1:46 p.m. EDT/1746 GMT

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 13:51
(Reuters) - Highlights for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday:

Lawsuit against Trump over foreign payments expands

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:22
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A nonprofit watchdog expanded a lawsuit accusing U.S. President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution by letting his hotels and restaurants accept payments from foreign governments.

U.S. Democrats aim to 'Make Trump Furious' in Georgia election

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 01:18
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (Reuters) - For U.S. President Donald Trump, an off-year congressional election on Tuesday in the reliably Republican northern suburbs of Atlanta could spell trouble if Democratic upstart Jon Ossoff pulls off a surprise victory.

Pence takes message of U.S. resolve against North Korea to Japan

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 22:54
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to reassure Japan of American commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions on Tuesday, after warning that U.S. strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed the strength of its resolve.

Pence says South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement to be reviewed, reformed

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 21:46
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told business leaders in Seoul on Tuesday that the Trump administration will review and reform the five-year-old free trade agreement between the two countries.

Illinois bill would ban passenger removal after UAL incident

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 21:36
CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois lawmaker on Monday introduced a bill to ban the forcible removal of travelers from flights by state or local government employees after a United Airlines passenger was dragged from an aircraft last week.

In Japan talks, Pence to seek market access, investment

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 21:34
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will meet with Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday, kicking off talks in Tokyo that the White House hopes will open doors in Japan for U.S.-made products and attract Japanese investment for infrastructure projects in the United States.

Trump to seek changes in visa program to encourage hiring Americans

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 21:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis to talk Islamic State, Syria in Middle East

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 18:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On his first trip as U.S defense secretary to parts of the Middle East and Africa, Jim Mattis will focus on the fight against Islamic State and articulating President Donald Trump's policy toward Syria, officials and experts say.His trip may give clarity to adversaries and allies alike about the Trump administration's tactics in the fight against Islamic State militants and its willingness to use military power more liberally than former President Barack Obama did.

Mnuchin warns of tax reform delay following healthcare setback: FT

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 16:04
(Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration's timetable for tax reform is set to falter following setbacks in negotiations with Congress over healthcare, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

Highlights: The Trump presidency on April 17 at 13:30 P.M. EDT

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 13:40
(Reuters) - Highlights for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Monday:

Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 13:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's top advisers will meet on Tuesday to discuss whether to recommend that he withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, a White House official said on Monday.

Gorsuch era on U.S. high court begins with his first three cases

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 06:07
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court, back at full strength after being shorthanded for 14 months, gets down to business on Monday with President Donald Trump's appointee Neil Gorsuch hearing arguments in his first three cases as part of a restored conservative majority.

Pence warns North Korea of U.S. resolve shown in Syria, Afghan strikes

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 03:59
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence put North Korea on notice on Monday neither the United States nor South Korea would tolerate further missile and nuclear tests, with U.S. attacks in Syria and Afghanistan showing its resolve.

Wall Street banker Cohn moving Trump toward moderate policies

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 15:45
WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) - In a White House marked by infighting, top economic aide Gary Cohn, a Democrat and former Goldman Sachs banker, is muscling aside some of President Donald Trump's hard-right advisers to push more moderate, business-friendly economic policies.

With Trump pick aboard, top U.S. court tackles religious rights

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 07:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is set this week to hear a closely watched case testing the limits of religious rights, and new Justice Neil Gorsuch's judicial record indicates he could tip the court toward siding with a church challenging Missouri's ban on state funding of religious entities.

Protesters to take to streets to demand Trump release tax returns

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 11:27
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets across the United States and beyond on Saturday to press President Donald Trump to release his tax returns and to dispute his claim that the public does not care about the issue.

In about-face, Trump nominates new head of export bank

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 20:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump nominated former Republican lawmaker Scott Garrett as president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States on Friday, completing an about-face over an institution he had denounced as "featherbedding" for big business.

Trump administration report labels no U.S. trading partners as currency manipulators

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 17:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration declined to name any major trading partners as currency manipulators in a highly anticipated report on Friday, confirming a decision to back away from his key campaign promise to slap such a label on China.

Trump White House will not make visitor logs public, break from Obama policy

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 15:02
PALM BEACH, FLA. (Reuters) - The Trump administration will not make public White House visitor logs, the records that detail who has visited President Donald Trump and his staff on official business, his office confirmed, in a departure from a practice that was established under former President Barack Obama.

Trump administration drops North Carolina 'bathroom bill' lawsuit

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 14:35
(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Friday dropped a lawsuit accusing North Carolina of discriminating against LGBT residents after the state replaced its "bathroom bill", although a key civil liberties group vowed to keep fighting the new law in court.

California judge questions Trump's sanctuary city order

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 14:12
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California federal judge on Friday strongly questioned the U.S. Justice Department over whether to suspend an order by President Donald Trump to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants.