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Trump expected to re-certify Iran deal

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US President Donald Trump once promised to rip up Iran's nuclear deal, but now he is expected to re-certify the deal. CNN's Elise Labot reports. [Source]

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Trump's strategy -- troll Sessions to get to Mueller

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Trump call for Clinton investigation 'highly inappropriate': top senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is "highly inappropriate" and threatens to erode the separation between law and politics, a leading Republican senator said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Viacom, Discovery vying for Scripps and deal could come soon - CNBC

* Viacom, Discovery vying for Scripps & deal could come soon; Scripps family said to want 50 pct of deal in cash - CNBC, citing sources

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Former Trump campaign chief Manafort to talk to Senate investigators: NBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort will speak with Senate investigators on Capitol Hill within the next 48 hours, NBC News reported on Tuesday, citing a source close to Manafort.

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Trump, without evidence, cites Ukraine ties to ex-rival Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last year's U.S. election and raised questions, without offering evidence, about Ukrainian support for his Democratic presidential rival.

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Cillizza: 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Trump's speech to Boy Scouts

On Monday night, President Donald Trump jetted to West Virginia to address the annual Boy Scout Jamboree. And oh what a speech it was!

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U.S. home prices for May rise slower than expected

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. single-family home prices accelerated at a slower pace in April, falling short of forecasts, a survey showed on Tuesday.

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Trump praises work on UK trade deal, says EU 'protectionist'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised ongoing work on a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain while criticizing the European Union's trade relationship with the United States, although he provided no other details.

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McDonald's U.S. same-restaurant sales beat estimates

(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp on Tuesday reported a higher-than-expected rise in quarterly sales at established U.S. restaurants, helped by promotions on beverages as well as the launch of signature crafted sandwiches.

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Cillizza: Trump's public bullying of Sessions is embarrassing

At 6:12 a.m. ET, the President of the United States tweeted this:

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Trump Steps Up Attacks on His Own Attorney General

In early morning tweets, President Trump criticized his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and the acting head of the F.B.I.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Fed and Trump keep dollar glum as Greece warms Europe

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) - The dollar sat at a more-than-one-year low while stocks climbed on Tuesday, as investors bet that subdued U.S. inflation and strains in Washington would limit Federal Reserve interest rate moves for the rest of the year.

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House seen passing Russia sanctions bill limiting Trump's power

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote overwhelmingly on Tuesday for a bill that would slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, potentially complicating President Donald Trump's hopes of pursuing improved relations with Moscow.

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Trump slams AG Sessions' 'weak' position on Clinton emails

President Donald Trump continued his recent public shaming of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday, lashing out at his "very weak position" on prosecuting Hillary Clinton's "crimes."

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Trump blasts attorney general, questions Ukraine role in U.S. election with no evidence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued to blast the investigation into alleged Russian meddling into last year's U.S. election, slamming his attorney general for not investigating his presidential rival in the race and raising questions, without offering evidence, about Ukraine's role.

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Russian banker who met Trump son-in-law not acting on our orders: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A senior Russian banker who met President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, did not do so on the Kremlin's orders, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

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House to vote on Russia sanctions bill rebuking Trump

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is expected to overwhelmingly approve a bipartisan bill giving Congress the authority to block any effort by President Donald Trump to ease sanctions against Russia.

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UPDATE 2-Akzo Nobel chairman to leave after opposing PPG deal

* Akzo Nobel Q2 results fall short of expectations (Adds CEO quotes, more information and reaction from Elliott Advisors)

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Michael Kors to Buy Jimmy Choo in $1.2 Billion Deal

The agreement comes as upscale brands grapple with plummeting sales and tepid profits, particularly in the so-called middle market.

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India swears in Ram Nath Kovind as 14th president

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in on Tuesday as India's 14th president, becoming the first member of a powerful Hindu nationalist movement to assume the highest public office in the world's largest democracy.

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US missile launch expected in Alaska

A missile launch from a Kodiak, Alaska, facility is expected this weekend, according to the US Coast Guard.

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Sri Lanka cabinet approves revised port deal with China: spokesman

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's cabinet approved a revised port deal with China Merchant Port Holdings on Tuesday, cabinet spokesman Dayasiri Jayasekera told Reuters, after terms of the first agreement sparked widespread public anger.

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Polish president signs bill giving justice minister power to hire court heads

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed a bill adopted by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party giving the justice minister the power to hire and fire the heads of courts of general jurisdiction in the country.

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Migrant deal with Turkey working well, says EU official

VIENNA (Reuters) - An EU deal with Turkey to stem the westward flow of migrants is working well, and day-to-day bilateral ties are better than rhetoric might suggest, the bloc's top official for relations with neighboring states said.

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Exclusive: Australia to accept first Central American refugees under U.S. deal - sources

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will accept several dozen Central American refugees within the next few months, two sources familiar with the process told Reuters, the first transfers under a controversial refugee swap arrangement agreed with the United States.

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Trevor Noah: Trump, Scaramucci not so different

Late-night hosts Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Fallon all mocked the new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci after Sean Spicer resigned.

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Prospect of Trump tariff casts pall over U.S. solar industry

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. solar companies are snapping up cheap imported solar panels ahead of a trade decision by the Trump administration that could drive up costs and cloud the fortunes of one of the economy's brightest stars.

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House expected to approve Russia sanctions bill limiting Trump's influence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote overwhelmingly on Tuesday for a bill that would slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, potentially complicating President Donald Trump's hopes of pursuing improved relations with Moscow.

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INSIGHT-Prospect of Trump tariff casts pall over U.S. solar industry

LOS ANGELES, July 25 (Reuters) - U.S. solar companies are snapping up cheap imported solar panels ahead of a trade decision by the Trump administration that could drive up costs and cloud the fortunes of one of the economy's brightest stars.

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Trump's political jamboree

New White House communications czar Anthony Scaramucci wasn't joking when he said he wanted Donald Trump to "be himself."

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Trump Gives Scouts an Earful of Politics, and Some Sage Advice

“Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?” the president asked in West Virginia. As it turns out, he did.

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Senate healthcare holdout Collins never got call from Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump exhorted every Republican to vote yes on a healthcare overhaul when it comes before the Senate this week, but one of his party's most vocal opponents of the bill, Senator Susan Collins, said he had made no effort to reach her.

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Trump gives Boy Scouts at jamboree a taste of Washington politics

GLEN JEAN, West Virginia (Reuters) - After another challenging day in Washington, President Donald Trump flew to West Virginia to a field full of 40,000 chanting and cheering Boy Scouts, telling them he was happy to leave Washington behind.

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Rose, Cavaliers agree to one-year deal: report

(The Sports Xchange) - Free agent point guard Derrick Rose and the Cleveland Cavaliers reached agreement on a one-year contract, ESPN reported Monday, citing league sources.

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DealBook: Scaramucci on Trump: ‘He’s My Client’

The new White House communications director is just as brash as his boss — and, it seems, just as willing to kiss and make up with a former foe.

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News Analysis: Trump White House Tests a Nation’s Capacity for Outrage

President Trump has crossed so many lines and done so many things that other presidents would not have that he has radically shifted the understanding of what is standard in the White House.

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'We could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that,' the President tells a huge jamboree in West Virginia

President Donald Trump gave a speech Monday, starting off his remarks by saying he'd put aside the "fake news" and other issues in Washington while addressing the Boy Scouts of America 2017 National Scout Jamboree.

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Unrest bubbles among Trump's key foreign policy aides: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Frustration is mounting among leading foreign policy officials in President Donald Trump's administration as they chafe at some policy and bureaucratic defeats and complain they lack independence to do their jobs, officials say.

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Senator Corker says no deal yet on Russia sanctions bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Long-delayed legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia hit another snag on Monday when the influential Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said the announcement of a deal to move the bill forward was premature.

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'A Better Deal' is more of the same from Dems

Democrats would like voters to believe the party's slogan for its new economic agenda rolled out Monday, "A Better Deal," describes a program aimed at fighting for regular people -- even though it mostly rings like a sales pitch for a discounted item at a shopping mall. Worse, the specifics of the strategy are a path to more electoral failure, because "A Better Deal" embraces falsehoods about economic power while leaving a bankrupt system unchallenged.

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Trump: We could use more loyalty

President Trump, during an address at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree, says that more "loyalty" is needed, while not making clear who he is referring to.

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Trump pleads with Republicans to roll back Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made a last-ditch plea to U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday to "do the right thing" and fulfill seven years of campaign promises to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

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Trump to Tom Price: Get votes or you're fired

President Trump, in a campaign-style speech at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, says if Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price doesn't deliver votes for the GOP's health care bill, he may have to tell Price he's "fired."

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Rep. Meeks: Trump doesn't care about US

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer he thinks President Donald Trump does not care about the United States, and only cares about himself.

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Trump would be wise to sign Russia sanctions bill

Unless something goes terribly wrong, Congress is about to send President Trump a major piece of legislation that imposes tough sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 election, its ongoing human rights violations, its annexation of Crimea and military operations in Eastern Ukraine.

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Democrats Try to Find Economic Message After Railing Against Trump

Democrats gathered in a small town in Virginia on Monday to unveil the economic themes they hope to run on in 2018 as they look beyond President Trump.

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Kushner contradicts Trump team's denials of Russia contacts

For nearly a year, President Donald Trump and several of his top advisers have repeatedly denied that there was any contact between members of the Trump campaign and individuals tied to the Russian government. But the veracity of that story appears to be crumbling under contradictory revelations from the President's son, son-in-law and the current attorney general.

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Officials: It's been days since Trump, Sessions talked

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions haven't spoken in days, according to White House officials.

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Trump claims 'complete power to pardon'

CNN's Brian Todd looks into the debate over whether President Trump has the power to pardon himself and his family members.

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UPDATE 1-After $50 bln deal spree, China's HNA moves to clear ownership concerns

* Says recently got $300 mln unsecured loan from Morgan Stanley

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Trump to study tougher Russia sanctions bill: White House

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will examine whether a bill toughening sanctions on Russia is offering the "best deal" for the American people, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Monday.

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Kenyan president fails to show up for election debate

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Monday fielded questions alone on stage after his rival, President Uhuru Kenyatta, failed to show up for a debate between the two.

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How the Trump-Sessions ties fell apart

Playing pundit again on Monday morning, President Donald Trump delivered a bleak assessment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' standing in his administration.

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Attorney General Sessions visits White House, not Trump

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was at the White House on Monday but did not meet with President Donald Trump, who referred to him in a tweet as "beleaguered" earlier in the day, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

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Trump pleads with Republicans to keep their promise, roll back Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made a last-ditch plea to U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday to "do the right thing" and fulfill seven years of campaign promises to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

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The President turns up the heat on Senate Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare

President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering critique of the Affordable Care Act at the White House on Monday and ratcheted up the pressure on Senate Republicans to keep their campaign promise to repeal and replace the law.

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Congressman proposes ban on Trump hotels use by U.S. government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives proposed legislation on Monday to bar the U.S. government from renting rooms at President Donald Trump's hotels for official business.

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Eric Holder: Trump voter fraud panel led by 'fact-challenged zealot'

Former US attorney general Eric Holder on Monday assailed President Donald Trump's voting commission and unsubstantiated claim that voter fraud is widespread, calling the commission "another frightening attempt to suppress the votes of certain Americans."

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U.S. judge allows Trump election commission to seek voting data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a bid to prevent President Donald Trump's commission on alleged election fraud from requesting voter roll data from states.

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Trump makes last-ditch plea to Republicans to roll back Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump pleaded with U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday to "do the right thing" on healthcare and allow debate to begin on a measure to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Trump urges GOP to support repeal

Speaking at the White House, President Donald Trump turned on the pressure for Senate Republicans to keep their campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Polish president halts justice reforms after days of protests

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda unexpectedly announced on Monday he would veto two of three judicial reform bills passed by parliament that have triggered nationwide protests and raised EU and U.S. concerns about a politicization of the courts.

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Trump aide Greenblatt heading to Jordan for talks after Israel visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, is heading to Jordan for talks about the Mideast peace process after meetings in Israel, a senior administration official said on Monday.

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What we know about Ivanka Trump's finances

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Conway offers alternative fact to explain why Trump isn't lying

Here's an exchange on Sunday between CNN "Reliable Sources" anchor Brian Stelter and counselor to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway:

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Mexico's Pemex says $5 bln bond deal covers needs through 2018

MEXICO CITY, July 24 (Reuters) - Mexico's national oil company Pemex said on Monday that recent bond placements totaling about $5 billion would cover its minimum financing needs through the end of 2018.

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Why Youngstown voters still support Trump

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Organic ranchers eye Amazon distribution ahead of Whole Foods deal

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc plans to meet on Wednesday with a dozen U.S. ranchers, seeking to expand distribution of organic and grass-fed meats as it takes over Whole Foods Market Inc, according to the meeting's organizer.

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Campaign group Avaaz calls on EU to block Bayer's Monsanto deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Online campaigns group Avaaz has called on European Union antitrust regulators to block Bayer's purchase of Monsanto, saying it would hurt innovation and competition and push up prices.

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UPDATE 1-Campaign group Avaaz calls on EU to block Bayer's Monsanto deal

BRUSSELS, July 24 (Reuters) - Online campaigns group Avaaz has called on European Union antitrust regulators to block Bayer's purchase of Monsanto, saying it would hurt innovation and competition and push up prices.

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Cillizza: Trump doesn't want to fire the AG. He wants him to quit

Donald Trump's most famous line is "You're fired," which is funny because, as president, Trump has repeatedly shown that he doesn't actually like to fire people.

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Luxottica on track with targets and Essilor deal after steady H1

MILAN, July 24 (Reuters) - Italian eyewear group Luxottica is on track to meet full-year targets and win regulatory approval for its planned merger with France's Essilor, it said on Monday, after its first-half underlying operating profit came in just ahead of forecasts.

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In nod to Hollywood, Italian bank robbers don Trump masks for heists

ROME (Reuters) - Italian police said on Monday they had arrested two brothers suspected of robbing dozens of cash machines while wearing masks of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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UPDATE 3-KKR to buy WebMD in $2.8 bln deal

July 24 (Reuters) - Private equity firm KKR & Co has agreed to buy WebMD Health Corp in a deal valued at about $2.8 billion, bringing a slew of popular online health information websites under one umbrella.

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In tweet, Trump calls House intel's top Democrat 'sleazy'

President Donald Trump traded insults with the House intelligence committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, in a sharp exchange on Twitter Monday morning -- calling the California congressman "sleazy," while Schiff hit back over Trump's TV habits.

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Trump Asks Why ‘Beleaguered’ Sessions Isn’t Investigating Clinton

In a tweet on Monday, President Trump returned to campaign rhetoric, suggesting that Hillary Clinton should be the subject of an investigation into Russian ties, not him.

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Congressman: Kushner confirms news Trump called 'fake'

Democratic Congressman Jim Himes said, what the President has been calling 'fake news' has been confirmed time and time again in an interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota.

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Trump calls Sessions 'beleaguered' days after slamming him

President Donald Trump on Monday described Attorney General Jeff Sessions as "beleaguered" as he tweeted about his frustration with the Russia probe.

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India's antitrust regulator approves $23 bln Vodafone India-Idea deal

MUMBAI, July 24 (Reuters) - India's antitrust regulator has approved the merger of Vodafone Group Plc's Indian unit with Idea Cellular, a lawyer representing Vodafone in the matter said on Monday.

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Libertarian leader says Trump helped party

CNN's Chris Moody covered the annual Libertarian and conservative leaning conference called 'FreedomFest', six months into Trump's presidency.

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Sabra investors urge REIT to drop Care Capital deal

July 24 (Reuters) - Two shareholders of Sabra Health Care REIT Inc on Monday opposed the company's proposed acquisition of Care Capital Properties Inc, calling the deal too costly.

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Democrats: Our plan for a better deal

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Exclusive: Spotify, Warner hope to clinch royalty deal by September - sources

LONDON (Reuters) - Music streaming company Spotify is close to agreeing a new licensing pact with Warner Music Inc, the last big music royalty deal it needs before pushing ahead with a U.S. stock market listing, four sources familiar with the situation said.

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Trump's son-in-law Kushner says 'I did not collude' with foreign government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner said on Monday that he "did not collude" with Russia and had roughly four meetings with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign and presidential transition.

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Polish president blocks judiciary reforms after days of protests

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday that he would veto two of three bills passed by parliament in a judicial reform that has triggered nationwide street protests and raised EU and U.S. concerns about a politicization of the courts.

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Trump may be only politician who isn't sure Russia meddled

President Donald Trump hasn't been terribly consistent about much during his two-year political career. But one place where he has never wavered is in his skepticism that Russia actively meddled in the 2016 election.

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After $50 billion deal spree, China's HNA sets out to clear ownership questions

(Reuters) - Privately-owned conglomerate HNA Group, one of China's most aggressive dealmakers, is shaking up its shareholding structure with a new, charitable foundation, part of efforts to quash long-standing concerns over its ownership.

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Democrats to pitch 'A Better Deal' agenda

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Polish President to veto judicial reforms

Polish President Andrzej Duda said Monday he will veto a bill that would have given his populist government the power to force out all of the nation's Supreme Court judges.

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Poland’s President Vetoes 2 Laws Limiting Courts’ Independence

The decision by President Andrzej Duda was a surprising setback for the far-right governing party.

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Polish president unexpectedly vetoes judiciary reform

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday he will veto two of three bills reforming the country's judiciary system, easing worries that the ruling Law and Justice party will undermine the division of powers.

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UNHCR accuses Australia of backtracking on asylum seeker deal

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency accused Australia on Monday of reneging on an agreement to settle some vulnerable asylum seekers held in controversial offshore detention centers, but Canberra said no such agreement existed.

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President Bachelet of Chile Is the Last Woman Standing in the Americas

It seems nearly certain that soon only men will lead governments in the Americas, underscoring the elusive quest for gender parity in politics.

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Trump's son-in-law faces Capitol Hill grilling over Russia contacts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, faces two days of closed-door questioning from Congress this week as lawmakers try to determine whether Trump's campaign enlisted Russia's help to win the White House in last year's election.

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White House Memo: Anthony Scaramucci, New Communications Chief, Woos Trump on TV

Mr. Scaramucci, the hedge fund investor turned message strategist, took his tailored suits and butter-smooth style on his first official TV outing on Sunday.

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Trump administration transfers foreign terror suspect to US for trial

The Trump administration has transferred an Algerian terror suspect from Spain to the United States to be tried in federal court rather than at the Guantánamo Bay naval prison.

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Donald Trump Jr. adds Washington lawyer to legal team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The president's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has added a lawyer with congressional experience to his legal team, the lawyer told Reuters on Sunday.

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News Analysis: For Trump and Putin, Sanctions Are a Setback Both Sought to Avoid

The expansion of American sanctions against Russia can be viewed as a result of two world leaders’ overplaying their hands.

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Trump Jr.'s legal team adds another lawyer

Donald Trump Jr.'s legal team has a new member.

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Nigeria releases first photo of ailing president in almost 80 days

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria released a photograph of President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, the first in almost three months after he left the country on May 7 for medical leave in Britain.

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Exclusive: KKR nears deal to acquire WebMD - sources

(Reuters) - Private equity firm KKR & Co LLP is nearing an all-cash deal to acquire WebMD Health Corp , a U.S. online health publisher with a market capitalization of $2.1 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

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Trump open to signing Russia sanctions legislation: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump was open to signing legislation toughening sanctions on Russia after Senate and House leaders reached agreement on a bill for stronger action against Moscow.

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New Trump communications director promises crackdown on media leaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Anthony Scaramucci, President Donald Trump's new communications director, said on Sunday that one of his first tasks will be to halt leaks and that staff on his team would be fired if the leaks do not stop.

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Opinion: What's the real story on Trump and Russia?

The news about President Donald Trump and Russia just keeps on coming. After the President had to deal with the fallout from his son's controversial June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer, we keep learning that there were more and more people in the room. The meeting is beginning to feel like a clown car -- one more person keeps jumping out just when you think the vehicle is empty.

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What Trump's team is saying on pardons

President Donald Trump's new communications director and a member of his legal team said Sunday that Trump has no need to use his pardoning power as it relates to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Franken: Trump's Russia stance 'bizarre'

In an interview with Jake Tapper, Sen. Al Franken responds to President Trump's continued doubts over the Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Fact Check: How Trump Got It Wrong in Saying The Times ‘Foiled’ ISIS Leader’s Capture

An Army general said a leak had cost a chance to capture the head of the Islamic State. But a Pentagon announcement weeks earlier would have tipped the militant off.

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White House communications director says President still doesn't accept US intelligence conclusion on Russia

Newly minted White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that President Donald Trump still does not accept the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 election.

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In 2016 op-ed aimed at Trump, WH communications director wrote 'America deserves better'

Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, wrote a scathing column in early 2016 aimed at then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, warning that the abandonment of "common decency out of primeval fear" echoed some of the worst examples of US history.

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Rand Paul: Trump can probably pardon himself, but I'd caution against it

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says that President Trump most likely has the power to pardon himself, but he would caution against it.

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Scaramucci: Trump unsure of Russia meddling

CNN's Jake Tapper presses White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci about a source that still doubts Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

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U.S. Cuba tour operators gird for Trump travel crackdown

HAVANA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. tour operators that send Americans to Cuba are banding together to try to limit damage to business from tighter restrictions on travel to the communist-run island expected in September from the Trump administration.

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French President Macron's popularity rating drops

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity rating has slumped by 10 percentage points this month, according to an Ifop poll on Sunday - the biggest decline for a new president since 1995.

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Britain needs transitional deal with EU, to end before next election: minister

LONDON (Reuters) - British trade minister Liam Fox said on Sunday that he backed a transition agreement to smooth Britain's departure from the European Union, but it would have to come to an end before the next election due in 2022.

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Trump’s ‘Great National Infrastructure Program’? Stalled

Everyone agrees that America’s bridges, roadways and waterworks are in bad need of repair. But the president has yet to deliver on his promised plan.

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UPDATE 1-Dubai Aerospace raises $2.3 bln in bonds for AWAS deal

DUBAI, July 23 (Reuters) - Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has priced $2.3 billion in senior bonds split across three tranches, the company said on Sunday.

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President tweets about media and presidential pardons

President Donald Trump mentioned his presidential pardoning powers and condemned intelligence leaks in a string of tweets Saturday morning, a day after The Washington Post reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke about the Trump campaign in meetings with the Russian ambassador last year.

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Layoffs start at factory Trump helped save

Donald Trump helped convince Carrier not to move its Indianpolis furnace plant to Mexico, but now the company is eliminating hundreds of jobs. CNN's Martin Savidge has the story.

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U.S. lawmakers reach deal on Russia sanctions bill, creating limits for Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on legislation that allows new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, leading congressional Democrats said on Saturday, in a bill that would limit any potential effort by President Donald Trump to try to lift sanctions against Moscow.

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Congress Reaches Deal on Russia Sanctions, Creating Bleak Choice for Trump

White House officials acknowledge that the president would all but have to sign legislation punishing Russia for its election interference.

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The many unearthed interactions between Trump-world and Russia

The White House acknowledged this week that President Donald Trump met Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 dinner for an hour -- a meeting that went undisclosed for weeks until it came out in press reports. This non-disclosure follows a pattern when it comes to some meetings between Trump associates and Russians. The interactions span back to the in-person meeting at Trump Tower in the summer of 2016 between senior Trump campaign officials and a group of well-connected Russians.

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Poles Hope to Sway President From Curtailing Court’s Independence

President Andrzej Duda is expected to sign new laws passed by Parliament giving the governing party more control over the courts. But protesters still hope to dissuade him.

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Free Iranian citizens, Iran tells U.S. in response to Trump

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran demanded on Saturday that the United States release Iranians detained there, a day after U.S. president Donald Trump called on the Islamic Republic to release three U.S. citizens.

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Trump talks pardons amid probes of Russia role in U.S. election

NORFOLK, Va. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday declaring that he has "complete power to pardon," as his administration continued to be bogged down by ongoing investigations of possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia.

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News Analysis: Trump’s Attack on Russia Inquiry Is From Familiar Playbook: The Clintons’

The president’s strategy for navigating the inquiry is adopted from the Clintons’ approach to the Whitewater and Lewinsky investigations.

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Congress strikes deal that would slap Russia with new sanctions

The House and Senate have struck a deal that could send a new bill to President Donald Trump's desk before the end of the month that would slap Russia with new sanctions and give Congress new veto power over easing sanctions against Moscow.

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Maglione wins third term as FINA president after bitter campaign

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Julio Maglione, president of swimming's world governing body FINA, was re-elected for a third term on Saturday following a bitter campaign which threatened to overshadow the start of the world championships.

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U.S. lawmakers reach deal on sanctions bill for Russia, Iran, North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on legislation that allows new sanctions against Russia, Iran and now also North Korea, leading congressional Democrats said on Saturday.

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What Watergate and Whitewater tell us about Trump's drip, drip, drip

Clandestine meetings. Special counsels. Congressional probes. Sound familiar? The constellation of headline-driving drama in today's news recalls the machinations that engulfed Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton for years of their respective tenures. Those episodes offer insight to understanding the still fresh events unfolding around the Trump administration.

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Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes

A document from Kenneth Starr’s investigation into President Bill Clinton rejected the view that sitting presidents are immune from being indicted.

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Can Trump stop Mueller?

Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel to lead the Russia probe in May caught President Donald Trump by surprise.

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Trump talks pardons, lashes special counsel about Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to complain about the special counsel investigating possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia while insisting that he, as president, has "complete power to pardon."

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The President has complete power to pardon, Trump says

In an early morning tweetstorm, President Trump derided leaks within the US government, while claiming that the president has the "complete power to pardon."

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Trump Says He Has ‘Complete Power’ to Pardon

The president also attacked the media and Hillary Clinton in a series of early-morning tweets.

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Indonesian President orders officers to shoot drug traffickers

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with a narcotics emergency facing the country.

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One Family, Many Revolutions: From Black Panthers, to Silicon Valley, to Trump

Ben Horowitz is helping define the modern tech age. His father shaped the ’60s radical left — before taking a hard right turn. Family chats get interesting.

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Trump's new hire Scaramucci makes conciliatory debut with media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If President Donald Trump, who refers to the media as "fake news," wants his staff to use a more conciliatory approach with journalists, new communications director Anthony Scaramucci may be implementing such a shift - for now.

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Scaramucci awaits U.S. approval for China deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump administration's new communications director, has yet to get approval from U.S. regulators to sell his hedge fund firm to a group led by Chinese conglomerate HNA, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Trump's new communications chief awaits U.S. approval for China deal

NEW YORK, July 21 (Reuters) - Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump administration's new communications director, has yet to get approval from U.S. regulators to sell his hedge fund firm to a group led by Chinese conglomerate HNA, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Spicer: The President did not want me to go

Sean Spicer said Friday night that President Donald Trump did not want him to resign as White House press secretary but "understood" that it was in the best interest of the administration.

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Ex-CIA head says Trump remarks on Russia interference 'disgraceful'

ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) - Former CIA director John Brennan on Friday criticized as "disgraceful" President Donald Trump's efforts to play down U.S. intelligence agencies' assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election.

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An Over-the-Top New Yorker Will Run Trump’s Communications Shop

Anthony Scaramucci’s smooth style will be a distinct contrast with the southern drawl and sharp edges of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the new press secretary.

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Senate rule deals setback to Republican healthcare bill

(Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Senate were dealt another blow in their effort to repeal Obamacare on Friday when the keeper of the Senate's rules said certain provisions in their healthcare bill, such as defunding Planned Parenthood, could not be included.

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Disclosures: Kushner, Ivanka Trump could be worth $762M

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Trump warns Iran over detained Americans: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned that Iran would face "new and serious consequences" unless all unjustly detained American citizens were released and returned, the White House said in a statement on Friday.

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Trump Jr., Manafort agree to negotiate over interviews by Senate panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Friday President Donald Trump's eldest son and his former campaign manager have agreed to negotiate whether to be interviewed by the panel in its Russia probe.

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Trump Jr. and Manafort will be interviewed privately and avoid public hearing next week before Senate panel

The leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee have cut a deal with President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to avoid a high-profile public hearing next week, with the two men agreeing to provide records to the panel and to be privately interviewed ahead of any public session.

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Ivanka Trump Received at Least $12.6 Million Since 2016, Disclosure Shows

Ms. Trump’s first ethics disclosure shows that she and her husband, Jared Kushner, benefit from an active business empire, an arrangement that poses potential conflicts of interest.

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Trump just gave Russia a 'beautiful' gift

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Miners call off strike in Peru after deal with government

LIMA (Reuters) - Striking mining workers in Peru agreed to return to work by Monday after the government of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski promised to name a task force to discuss labor laws with them, the Labor Ministry said on Friday.

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Trump orders review to strengthen U.S. defense industry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday initiating a government-wide review of the U.S. defense industry and suggest changes to strengthen it.

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UPDATE 2-Trump orders review to strengthen U.S. defense industry

WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday initiating a government-wide review of the U.S. defense industry and suggest changes to strengthen it.

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Man whose firm was behind Trump dossier won't testify to Senate: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The co-founder of the firm that commissioned a dossier on Donald Trump during the presidential campaign last year is on vacation and will not testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Russia probe next week, his lawyers said in a letter released on Friday.

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Trump warns of 'serious consequences' unless Iran releases detained Americans: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned that Iran would face "new and serious consequences" unless all unjustly detained American citizens are released and returned, the White House said in a statement on Friday.

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Trump administration seeks to sidestep border wall environmental study: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol plans to use a 2005 anti-terror law to sidestep an environmental impact study for a section of President Donald Trump's border wall that will pass through a Texas national refuge for endangered ocelots, according to two government sources familiar with the matter.

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Scaramucci once called Trump a 'hack politician'

Anthony Scaramucci once called then presidential candidate Donald Trump a "hack politician" who is "anti-American." Now he is the Trump administration's communications director.

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Trump’s Communications Orbit

President Trump's communications machine has had a major shake-up. Here's a rundown of the people that promote his message.

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Scaramucci sorry for calling Trump a 'hack' in 2015

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Cillizza: As the Russia investigation grinds on, the President surrounds himself with loyalists

Sean Spicer is out of the White House. Anthony Scaramucci is in.

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Can Trump Pardon Himself? Explaining Presidential Clemency Powers

The answer is not clear because no president has ever tried to pardon himself. Some experts say a presidential abuse of pardons could invite prosecution.

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Trump to host Lebanon's Hariri on July 25: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will host Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri at the White House on July 25, the White House said in a statement.

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Scaramucci apologizes for insulting Trump

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci apologized for a comment he made about President Trump on television in 2015.

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Palestinians suspend official contacts with Israel: president

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel until it removed new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site.

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Democrats in U.S. Congress urge review of Amazon's Whole Foods deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of Democrats in Congress urged the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission in a letter this week to conduct a more in-depth review of online retailer Amazon.com Inc's plan to buy grocer Whole Foods Market Inc.

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UPDATE 1-Democrats in U.S. Congress urge review of Amazon's Whole Foods deal

WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) - A group of Democrats in Congress urged the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission in a letter this week to conduct a more in-depth review of online retailer Amazon.com Inc's plan to buy grocer Whole Foods Market Inc.

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Breaking From Campaign Rhetoric, Trump Brings Terrorism Suspect to U.S. for Trial

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has adamantly favored holding suspects in Guantánamo Bay. That rhetoric is meeting the reality of fighting terrorism in 2017.

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Trump to nominate non-scientist to head science at USDA

President Donald Trump plans to nominate his longtime campaign aide Sam Clovis to head science at the US Department of Agriculture, despite the fact that Clovis lacks a background in science and a congressional rule maintains that the role must be filled "from among distinguished scientists."

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Zelizer: Why Trump and Mueller aren't Clinton and Starr

President Donald Trump has sent some pretty strong signals that his next target is special counsel Robert Mueller. During his recent New York Times interview, the President suggested that there are conflict-of-interest problems in Mueller's office. Both The New York Times and The Washington Post reported Thursday evening that Trump's revamped legal team is exploring ways to undercut Mueller by pursuing these allegations of conflicts of interest and exploring how the President could use his pardoning powers.

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Trump hires new chief of communications

President Donald Trump offered the job of White House communications director to Anthony Scaramucci on Friday morning, according to a senior administration official, a White House official and a source with knowledge. Scaramucci accepted.

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Sean Spicer resigns as Trump seeks to repair public image

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House spokesman Sean Spicer resigned on Friday, ending a brief and turbulent tenure that made him a household name, amid further upheaval within President Donald Trump's inner circle.

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Special counsel asks White House to save Trump Jr., Russian meeting documents

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The special counsel investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia has asked White House officials to preserve any records of a meeting last year between the president's son and a Russian lawyer, according to a source with knowledge of the request.

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Hedge fund stung by unusual ruling over Sprint-Clearwire deal

WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) - A Delaware judge ruled Friday that wireless carrier Clearwire Corp was sold in 2013 for more than twice its fair value, a decision that dealt a stinging loss to the Aurelius Capital Management hedge fund which spent years battling to prove Clearwire was vastly underpriced.

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UPDATE 2-Siemens, Bombardier near deal on transportation tie-up, sources say

FRANKFURT/MONTREAL, July 21 (Reuters) - Canada's Bombardier and Germany's Siemens are in the final stages of talks to combine their rail operations, several sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, in a deal that would give the two added heft to compete against Chinese rail giant CRRC.

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Iran skips opportunity to upset nuclear deal over U.S. sanctions: sources

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran decided on Friday for the second time since January not to upset its nuclear pact with six world powers, two informed sources said, despite public statements by Tehran accusing the United States of violating the deal.

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Trump picks financier Scaramucci to head White House communications: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump picked Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci, a long-time supporter, to be his White House communications director on Friday, a White House official said.

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Trump to order review of U.S. defense industrial base: official

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump intends to sign an executive order initiating a broad "whole of government" review of the defense industrial base including labor and the defense supply chain, a White House official told reporters on Friday.

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BRIEF-Prism Resources says deal to sell certain Ontario properties to AuRico Metals terminated

* Prism Resources Inc. agreement in respect of the sale of a 7.5% net profits interest not proceeding

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Putin says yet to decide whether to run for president again

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he had not yet decided whether to run for re-election in 2018, but promised not to change the constitution to allow him to keep on running for Russia's top political post indefinitely.

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Trump's legal team weighs how to curtail special counsel: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyers are reviewing ways to limit or undermine the special counsel investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including by examining the backgrounds of the investigators, according to newspaper reports.

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Cillizza: For Trump, it always comes back to the tax returns

The key line in the Washington Post's new reporting on President Donald Trump upping the pressure on special counsel Robert Mueller amid his increased agitation over the Russia probe is this one: "He has told aides he was especially disturbed after learning Mueller would be able to access several years of his tax returns."

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Can President Trump pardon himself?

Late Thursday, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump is seeking to understand his pardon power, a development that seems directly linked to the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the foreign power.

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Exclusive: Moscow lawyer who met Trump Jr. had Russian spy agency as client

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. after his father won the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election counted Russia's FSB security service among her clients for years, Russian court documents seen by Reuters show.

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Trump's legal team spokesman resigns amid reported shake-up

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's outside legal team spokesman has resigned amid media reports the team is being reorganized as investigations continue into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

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President's comments raise questions about whether he has thought deeply about his office or duties

Donald Trump is the no-limits President.

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Spokesman for Trump's outside legal team resigns: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mark Corallo, the spokesman for U.S. President Donald Trump's outside legal team, said on Thursday that he has resigned.

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Late-night comics poke fun at Trump comment on Sessions

Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah poke fun at President Trump telling The New York Times that he would not have chosen Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself over matters related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

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CNN poll: Most say Trump Jr. shouldn't have taken that meeting

Almost 6 in 10 Americans say President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort should not have taken a meeting last summer with a Russian lawyer who they thought would be providing negative information about Hillary Clinton, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

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Donald Trump, AlphaBay, Linkin Park: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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The President has a unique way of talking about history

Donald Trump often discusses history, and he has a unique way of talking about it.

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Vodafone reports better-than-expected 2.2 percent growth in firs quarter

LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone, the world's second largest mobile operator, reported better-than-expected 2.2 percent revenue growth in its first quarter, reflecting a robust performance in Italy and Spain and an acceleration in demand in Turkey.

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BRIEF-BATS to add three non-exec directors to board after Reynolds deal closure

* Lionel L. Nowell, Holly Keller Koeppel, Luc Jobin will join as independent non-executive director

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Coons: Trump will pay price if Mueller fired

Democratic Senator Chris Coons told Jake Tapper that the President would pay a heavy price if he followed special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Trump May Turn to TV Defender for White House Communications Post

Anthony Scaramucci, who successfully rebutted a CNN story about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, may lead the White House’s communications strategy.

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WaPo & NYT: Trump legal team trying to undercut Mueller

President Donald Trump's legal team is looking at ways to push back against the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Thursday evening.

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Trump weighing Scaramucci for White House communications director

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is considering appointing Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci, a long-time supporter, to be his White House communications director, a senior White House official said on Thursday.

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Trump offers job of German ambassador to Richard Grenell

President Donald Trump has offered Richard Grenell the job of ambassador to Germany, according to two sources familiar with the conversation between Grenell and Trump.

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Trump legal team's spokesman resigns

Mark Corallo has resigned from his position as spokesman and communications strategist for President Donald Trump's legal team, a senior administration official told CNN Thursday night.

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Spokesman for Trump's legal team resigns

Mark Corallo has resigned from his position as spokesman and communications strategist for President Donald Trump's legal team, a senior administration official told CNN.

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During 'Made in America' week, Trump's club seeks more foreign workers

Though the White House launched its "Made in America" initiative earlier this week to promote American jobs and products, President Donald Trump's businesses have again taken steps to hire foreign workers.

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Trump picks former U.N. spokesman Grenell for ambassador to Germany

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has picked former U.N. spokesman Richard Grenell as U.S. ambassador to Germany, a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity said on Thursday.