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Federal judge in Hawaii expands block on Trump travel ban

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Hawaii extended his halt of U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries.

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Trump to release JFK files, subject to 'further information'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that subject to receipt of further information, he planned to allow the opening of long-secret files on the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy that are scheduled for release next week.

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Trump administration considers pausing U.S. refugee family reunification program

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Trump's administration has drafted a plan to pause a program that allows family members join refugees already settled in the United States until they can undergo increased security checks, two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

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Trump tax cut plan gains momentum after U.S. budget vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's tax reform plans won partial support on Friday when Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he was "all in" for massive tax cuts, but the party was still far from united over how to achieve the main item on its domestic agenda.

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Trump says thinks Republicans have the votes to pass tax reform: Fox Business interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he thinks Republicans have the votes needed to pass a big tax cut package.

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Trump considers Fed's Powell, economist Taylor to lead central bank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is considering nominating Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell and Stanford University economist John Taylor for the central bank's top two jobs, in an apparent bid to reassure markets and appease conservatives hungry for change.

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Tapper: Acceptable to question 4-star generals

CNN's Jake Tapper compares President Donald Trump's tweets to White House press secretary Sarah Sander's remarks on questioning four-star marine generals.

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Partisan feud undercuts Trump-Russia probe, U.S. Democrats charge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on a congressional panel say members of its Republican majority are trying to sabotage an investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, raising concerns the two parties will reach contradictory conclusions.

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Yellen lunches with White House adviser Cohn, day after Trump interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen returned to the White House on Friday to have lunch with President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, a White House official said, describing the meeting as "nothing out of the ordinary."

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Trump says considering having both Powell and Taylor serve at Fed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he was considering tapping both current Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell and Stanford University economist John Taylor to serve in top posts at the U.S. central bank.

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Trump tax cut plan gains momentum after budget vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's tax reform plans won partial support on Friday when Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he was "all in" for massive tax cuts, but the party was still far from united over how to achieve the main item on its domestic agenda.

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Canada granting asylum to U.S. border crossers at higher rates: data

cTORONTO (Reuters) - Asylum seekers who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Canada this year are obtaining refugee status at higher rates, new data shows, as authorities accept claims from people who say they feared being deported by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration.

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Trump's Obamacare shift complicates ability to work with Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's disavowal this week of a bipartisan agreement to stabilize Obamacare has further eroded the already minimal trust congressional Democrats had in him, complicating prospects for gaining their cooperation on a range of issues.

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U.S. House to vote on non-nuclear Iran sanctions next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on new sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program and on Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah militia, senior House Republicans said on Friday, seeking to take a tough line against Iran without immediately moving to undermine the international nuclear deal.

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Senate panel postpones hearing with Trump lawyer Cohen in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Intelligence Committee investigating U.S. allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election said on Friday it had postponed a public hearing with Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's lawyer, and it would be rescheduled.

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Tech companies to lobby for immigrant 'Dreamers' to remain in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters.

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Searching for Trump card, Democrats watch Virginia governor's race

RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Speaking as a folksy physician running for Virginia governor, Democrat Ralph Northam vowed in a recent campaign ad to fight Donald Trump on cuts to education funding, environmental protections and health care access.

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Jefferson Davis school reamed for Obama

An elementary school in Mississippi is switching out the president of the Confederacy for the first black president.

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Trump launches petition against NFL players' anthem protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has stepped up the pressure on the National Football League over protests by its players during the national anthem by launching a petition and asking his supporters to show their patriotism by backing it.

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Trump tax cuts gain momentum as Rand Paul goes 'all in'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican senator Rand Paul on Friday appeared to back the Trump administration's sweeping tax cut plan, saying he was "all in" for massive tax cuts even as the Senate passed a key budget measure without his support one day earlier.

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Trump sees momentum for tax cuts after Senate OKs budget

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signaled optimism for the passage of Republicans' sweeping tax cut plan, saying a key senator who rejected the party's budget blueprint a day earlier would back the proposed tax measure when it comes up for a vote.

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White and male: broader bureaucracy mirrors Trump cabinet's profile

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Donald Trump faced criticism from advocacy groups for not including more women and minorities in his cabinet last January, the incoming administration promised that the lower rungs of the bureaucracy would ultimately look more diverse.

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Jeff Bezos smashes bottle on top of wind turbine

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos christened his company's latest wind farm by smashing a bottle on top of a 300-feet-tall wind turbine.

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Obamacare whiplash leaves states, insurers with dueling price plans

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's reversals in the past week on maintaining Obamacare subsidies to insurers are sowing new confusion over what kind of health insurance will be available to consumers, and at what price, when enrollment for 2018 begins in two weeks.

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U.S. Senate passes budget blueprint, key to Trump tax effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code cleared a critical hurdle on Thursday when the Senate approved a budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year that will pave the way for Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic support.

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Obama blasts 'politics of division' on return to campaign trail

(Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama, back on the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since he left the White House, called on voters to reject a growing "politics of division" that he said was corroding American democracy.

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Senate passes budget blueprint key to Trump tax effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to approve a budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year that will pave the way for Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic support.

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CIA's Pompeo asserts Russian meddling did not sway U.S. election result

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday said, apparently inaccurately, that U.S. intelligence agencies had concluded that Russian interference did not affect the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Obama urges New Jersey voters to reject 'politics of division'

(Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama, back on the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since he left the White House, urged voters in New Jersey to reject the "politics of division" by supporting Democrats in next month's state elections.

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Trump concludes Fed chair interviews, could decide next week: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has concluded interviews with the five candidates he is considering to chair the Federal Reserve and could announce a decision as early as next week, a source familiar with the process said on Thursday.

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Bush takes veiled swipe at Trump, defends immigration and trade

(Reuters) - Former President George W. Bush decried "bullying and prejudice" while defending immigrants and trade on Thursday in a New York speech that appeared to be a sweeping, thinly veiled critique of President Donald Trump.

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Trump administration weighs tighter vetting for women, children refugees: sources

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering tightening the vetting process for women and children seeking to enter the United States as refugees, a proposal that if adopted would bring security checks closer to those for adult men, three sources with knowledge of the plan told Reuters.

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Ending Iran nuclear deal would worsen North Korea situation: Kerry

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump risks driving Iran toward nuclear proliferation and worsening a standoff with North Korea if Washington ends a nuclear deal with Iran, former Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

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U.S. lawmakers want crackdown on Facebook, Twitter political ads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers, alarmed that foreign entities used the internet to influence last year's election, introduced legislation on Thursday to extend rules governing political advertising on television, print and radio to also cover social media like Facebook Inc .

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Trump leaning toward Powell for Fed chair: Politico

(Reuters) - Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell is the leading candidate to become the chair of the U.S. central bank after President Donald Trump concluded a series of meetings with five finalists on Thursday, Politico reported, citing three administration officials.

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Trump says he will work with Congress on more aid for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will work with the U.S. Congress to approve grants and loans to help rebuild Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria a month ago.

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Bush takes veiled swipe at Trump, slams 'bullying and prejudice'

(Reuters) - Former President George W. Bush on Thursday decried "bullying and prejudice" in a New York speech that appeared to be a sweeping, thinly veiled critique of President Donald Trump.

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Senator McCain says subpoena may be required to get answers on Niger ambush

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday that he may consider issuing a subpoena because the White House has not been forthcoming with details of an ambush in Niger in which four U.S. soldiers were killed.

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U.S. lawmakers want regulation of Facebook, Twitter political ads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers, alarmed over hackers' use of the internet to influence last year's election, introduced legislation on Thursday to extend the rules that apply to political advertising on television and radio to social media like Facebook Inc .

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U.S. envoy Haley: Russia interference in elections is 'warfare'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday described Russian interference in U.S. elections as "warfare."

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Trump to address Senate Republicans on Tuesday: Senator Barrasso

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Senate Republicans at their weekly policy lunch next Tuesday, a member of the Senate's Republican leadership said on Thursday.

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Senate heads for vote crucial to Trump's tax reform plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code headed for a pivotal moment on Thursday, with Senate Republicans poised to approve a budget measure that would help them pass tax legislation without Democratic support.

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GAO opens door for Congress to review leveraged lending

NEW YORK (IFR) - The investigative arm of Congress has decided that US bank guidelines on leveraged lending are subject to Congressional review, clearing the way for them to possibly be overturned.

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Trump says to work with Congress on more aid for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will work with the U.S. Congress to approve grants and loans to help rebuild Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria a month ago.

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Conservative Republican tries to derail reappointment of Fed's Yellen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A member of the U.S. House of Representatives' Freedom Caucus is mounting a campaign to kill any chance of a second term for Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, the latest sign conservative Republicans want a fresh face at the helm of the central bank.

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Facebook, Twitter lawyers to testify in Congress on Russia meddling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc will send their general counsels to testify on Nov. 1 before two Congressional panels investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the companies said on Thursday.

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Rubio urges Congress to adjust disaster aid bill for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Marco Rubio urged the U.S. Congress on Thursday to make changes to a disaster relief bill so that cash-strapped Puerto Rico can quickly access funds it needs to respond to the basic needs of its 3.4 million residents.

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Senator McCain suggests subpoena to make White House cyber aide testify

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John McCain suggested on Thursday that a powerful congressional committee he controls may consider issuing a subpoena in order to make the White House's top cyber security official testify.

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Facebook general counsel to testify before Congress on Nov. 1

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's general counsel will testify on Nov. 1 before a U.S. House of Representatives panel investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the company said on Thursday.

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Republican Tiberi to leave Congress in January: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Pat Tiberi announced his retirement on Thursday from the House of Representatives, saying he will leave by Jan. 31 and not seek re-election in his Ohio district, becoming the latest in a string of Republican deciding to leave Congress.

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Facebook general counsel to testify before Congress Nov. 1

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's general counsel will testify on Nov. 1 before a U.S. House of Representatives panel investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the company said on Thursday.

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Iranian general, Assad discuss joint military strategy: report

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's military chief met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday during a visit to Damascus to set out a joint military strategy, Syria's state news agency reported, a sign of deepening Iranian influence that has alarmed Israel.

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Obama hits campaign trail for first time since leaving White House

(Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama returns to the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since he left the White House, venturing out to support Democrats in two governor's races that could offer a clue about the national mood before next year's midterm elections.

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Senator: Trump met with US attorney candidates for NY posts

President Donald Trump has personally interviewed candidates for US attorney positions in New York and Washington, an unusual action for a president, people familiar with the meetings said Wednesday.

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Senate poised for crucial vote related to tax reform measure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code headed for a pivotal moment on Thursday, with Senate Republicans poised to approve a budget measure that would help them pass tax legislation without Democratic support.

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Settlement proposed in North Carolina transgender bathroom lawsuit

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people would be allowed to use public restrooms in North Carolina that match their gender identity under a settlement agreement filed on Wednesday that aims to resolve the federal lawsuit over the state's widely criticized bathroom law.

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Sessions: I can't commit to not jailing media

Attorney General Jeff Sessions tells Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar he cannot make a "blanket commitment" to not prosecute members of the media.

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Exclusive: Trump selects Washington lawyer Joe Simons to head FTC - official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has selected Joseph Simons, an antitrust attorney from a Washington law firm, to head the Federal Trade Commission, a White House official said on Wednesday.

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Lawmakers urge U.S. to craft targeted sanctions on Myanmar military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 40 lawmakers urged the Trump administration on Wednesday to reimpose U.S. travel bans on Myanmar's military leaders and prepare targeted sanctions against those responsible for a crackdown on the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

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Sessions and Franken go at it again

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Senator Al Franken had a tense exchange today, but it wasn't the first time.

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White House says Trump's check to military family has been sent

That was the message from the White House on Wednesday after the father of a slain U.S. Army sergeant said a generous offer from President Donald Trump had not materialized.

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Proposed settlement reached in North Carolina's transgender bathroom lawsuit

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people would be allowed to use public restrooms in North Carolina that match their gender identity under a settlement agreement filed on Wednesday that aims to resolve the federal lawsuit over the state's widely criticized bathroom law.

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U.S. wants stronger India economic, defense ties given China's rise: Tillerson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said before a visit to India next week that the Trump administration wanted to "dramatically deepen" cooperation with New Delhi, seeing it as a key partner in the face of China's negative influence in Asia.

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Chicago mayor unveils 'gimmick-free' budget for FY 2018

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a fiscal 2018 budget on Wednesday that he said eschews "fiscal smoke and mirrors," but critics said vestiges of those practices remain.

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ACLU, North Carolina governor reach agreement in transgender bathroom lawsuit

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people would be allowed to use public restrooms in North Carolina that match their gender identity under a consent decree filed on Wednesday that aims to resolve the federal lawsuit over the state's widely criticized bathroom law.

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Trump, Puerto Rico governor to discuss hurricane aid at White House

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello are due to meet at the White House on Thursday to discuss rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Maria devastated the island a month ago, the White House said.

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Tillerson to visit Pakistan as well as India: senior U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will Pakistan next week during an Asian trip that will also take him to the country's rival India, a senior official at the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

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Senate Republicans appear to have votes to pave way to tax reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans appeared to have enough votes on Wednesday to pass a budget measure that is crucial to President Donald Trump's hopes of enacting tax reform legislation before the end of the year.

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Trump to announce Fed chair decision in 'coming days': White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will announce his decision on who will be the chair of the Federal Reserve in the "coming days," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday.

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Trump tries to sell tax reform to Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump intensified his efforts to sell Democrats on his tax reform plan on Wednesday even as Senate Republicans edged closer to passing a budget measure that would push forward a tax bill without Democratic support.

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Pentagon chief asks Congress to not hinder cyber defense

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis this week asked Congress to halt pending legislation that would compel the U.S. to alert foreign governments when the Pentagon has decided to combat certain cyber attacks, according to a letter sent to lawmakers.

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Sessions refuses to discuss conversations with Trump on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused on Wednesday to answer lawmakers' questions about his discussions with President Donald Trump on Russia and denied lying to Congress about his own contacts with Russians during the 2016 election campaign.

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Sessions, Franken get heated at hearing: 'The ambassador from Russia is Russian'

Jeff Sessions told Democratic Sen. Al Franken Wednesday that he had no "improper discussions" with the Russians in a tense exchange during the attorney general's hearing with the Senate judiciary committee Wednesday.

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Judge raises doubts over suit against Trump on foreign payments

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in New York voiced skepticism on Wednesday over whether the groups and individuals who allege that President Donald Trump violated the U.S. Constitution by accepting foreign payments through his hotels and other businesses should be able to proceed with their lawsuit.

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Live Nation festival targeted by shooter insured by NY Marine & General-document

Oct 18 (Reuters) - A Live National Entertainment Inc Las Vegas country musical festival that was targeted Oct. 1 in the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was insured by New York Marine & General Insurance Co, according to a permit document filed in September.

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Sessions refuses to discuss Trump conversations on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused on Wednesday to answer lawmakers' questions about his discussions with President Donald Trump on Russia and denied lying to Congress about his own contacts with Russians during the 2016 election campaign.

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Jeff Sessions to senator: 'Give me a break'

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions gets heated while being questioned by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) about his accounts of his meetings with Russian officials.

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Attorney General Sessions says not interviewed by Special Counsel Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Wednesday he has not been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in connection with an investigation into whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russians in the 2016 campaign.

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House Democrats seek documents on former Trump aide Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic lawmakers called on Wednesday for a congressional committee to issue subpoenas to the White House and three companies for documents about fired national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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Second federal judge blocks Trump's curbs on travel to U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A second U.S. federal judge has blocked parts of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on people entering the United States from eight countries, dealing another legal blow to the administration's third bid to impose travel restrictions.

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Trump backs away from bipartisan Senate healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from a bipartisan deal on healthcare reached by two senators a day earlier, saying he could never support legislation "bailing out" insurance companies.

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Factbox: Who will Trump pick to lead the Federal Reserve?

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has interviewed several top prospects for the post of Chair of the Federal Reserve. A nomination could come within weeks as the term of current Chair Janet Yellen ends in February 2018.

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Sessions set for Senate grilling

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will once again be in the hot seat in front of his former colleagues Wednesday, when he testifies before the Senate judiciary committee.

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Live Briefing: Sessions Is Likely to Face Questions That He Has Refused to Answer

Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes his first appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee as the nation’s top law enforcement officer on Wednesday.

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Kaepernick's attorney: We will have a smoking gun

Colin Kaepernick's attorney Mark Geragos said Tuesday he has a "high degree of confidence" that he will be able to prove National Football League team owners colluded to keep Kaepernick from being signed.

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Hillary Clinton says threats to start war with North Korea 'dangerous, short-sighted'

SEOUL (Reuters) - Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that "cavalier" threats to start war on the Korean peninsula are "dangerous and short-sighted", urging the United States to get all parties to the negotiating table.

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U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare, Trump indicates support

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday reached a bipartisan agreement to shore up Obamacare for two years by reviving federal subsidies for health insurers that President Donald Trump planned to scrap, and the president indicated his support for the plan.

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Top General’s Grief Becomes Political Talking Point for Trump

President Trump is testing the reluctance of his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, to discuss the death of his son Second Lt. Robert Kelly, who died in combat in 2010.

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Senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare, Trump voices support

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday announced a bipartisan breakthrough to shore up Obamacare for two years by reviving federal subsidies for health insurers that President Donald Trump planned to scrap, and the president voiced support for the deal.

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Justice Department to create post overseeing asset forfeiture program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the agency on Tuesday to hire an asset forfeiture oversight chief, just months after he reinstated a program shut down by the Obama administration that lets police seize cash from crime suspects.

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Trump administration again declines to name China currency manipulator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday declined to name China as a currency manipulator although it remained critical of the Chinese government's economic policies ahead of a planned visit to Beijing by President Donald Trump.

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Trump tax plan hits bump in Senate as Rand Paul weighs 'no' vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans scrambled on Tuesday to ensure support for a budget resolution vital to President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code, as one Republican fiscal hawk announced he might vote against the measure.

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CIA says mistakenly 'shredded' U.S. Senate torture report then did not

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency thought for months that it had mistakenly shredded a massive U.S. Senate report on its use of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" before suddenly discovering that its copy had not been lost after all, an agency official said on Tuesday.

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Judge blocks latest Trump curbs on people entering United States

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's latest bid to impose restrictions on citizens from several countries entering the United States, which would have taken effect this week.

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Senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare backed by Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday announced a bipartisan breakthrough to shore up Obamacare for two years by reviving federal subsidies for health insurers that President Donald Trump planned to scrap, and the president voiced support for the plan.

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Instead of U.S. midterms, Sanders focuses on smaller races

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will focus on getting liberal candidates elected to state and local offices ahead of next year's midterm elections rather than on higher-profile U.S. congressional races, to help build a national progressive movement from the ground up.

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House panel sets Puerto Rico recovery hearing for Oct. 24

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives panel said on Tuesday that it has scheduled an Oct. 24 hearing to examine Puerto Rico's hurricane recovery efforts and the role of a financial oversight board in those efforts.

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CIA says mistakenly 'shredded' Senate torture report then did not

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency thought for months that it had mistakenly shredded a massive U.S. Senate report on its use of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" before suddenly discovering that its copy had not been lost after all, an agency official said on Tuesday.

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Lt. General: Trump's Obama comment 'shameful'

Retired Lieutenant General and CNN Contributor Mark Hertling says President Trump's false assertion that President Obama didn't call families of fallen troops is "shameful."

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Senate presses ex-Trump aide's son for documents in Russia probe: source

(Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the son of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser to provide documents and testimony as part of the panel's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, a source familiar with the congressional matter told Reuters.

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Instead of midterm elections, Sanders focuses on local, state races

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Bernie Sanders will focus on getting liberal candidates elected to state and local offices ahead of next year's midterm elections rather than on higher-profile U.S. congressional races, to help build a national progressive movement from the ground up.

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Republican Cochran back in Senate, says ready for tax debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran said he had returned to Washington on Tuesday and was looking forward to "continuing work on the 2018 appropriations bills and to taking part in the debate on the budget and tax cuts."

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Senators reach bipartisan deal on short-term Obamacare fix

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday announced a bipartisan breakthrough to shore up Obamacare, an agreement that would revive federal subsidies for health insurers, and President Donald Trump voiced support for the deal.

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Trump favors ex-pharma executive Azar for health secretary: Politico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is leaning toward naming former pharmaceutical industry executive Alex Azar as his pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Politico reported on Tuesday, citing two White House officials.

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U.S. judge blocks latest Trump travel restrictions

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's latest bid to impose restrictions on citizens from several countries entering the United States, which had been set to take effect this week.

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U.S. mulls potential F-16 sale to Greece: Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that his administration has informed Congress of a potential sale to upgrade the F-16 aircraft in Greece's Air Force, a deal could be worth $2.4 billion.

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Republican senator says bipartisan deal reached to stabilize Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said on Tuesday he had reached a deal with Democratic Senator Patty Murray to stabilize Obamacare, including reinstating federal subsidies that President Donald Trump jettisoned last week.

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Trump likely to name Fed chair by early November: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has a pool of five candidates to choose from for the next chair of the Federal Reserve and is likely to announce his choice before going to Asia in early November, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.

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Trump says he believes block-grant healthcare bill will pass

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he believed Republicans had enough votes to pass a healthcare bill that would allocate block grants to states.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Oct 17) - Tom Marino

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

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Trump likely to name Fed chair by early November: source familiar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has a pool of five candidates to choose from for the next chair of the Federal Reserve and is likely to announce his choice before going to Asia in early November, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.

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Republican Senator Paul threatens 'no' vote on budget plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Rand Paul on Tuesday threatened to vote 'no' on a budget resolution Republican leaders aim to bring up for a vote this week unless they decide to stick with spending caps, potentially putting the party's tax cut plans at risk.

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Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws from consideration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Tom Marino, his pick as the U.S. drug czar, has withdrawn after it became public that the congressman advocated for legislation undermining the government's ability to crack down on pharmaceutical companies that play a role in the nation's opioid crisis.

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Obama aides slam Trump over claim about past presidents, fallen soldiers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Aides to former U.S. President Barack Obama fired back on Tuesday as criticism mounted over President Donald Trump's claim that past U.S. presidents did not contact family members of soldiers who died in combat during their time in the White House.

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As the President tries to undo Obama-era policies, progressive lawyers are seeking national injunctions

As the Trump administration seeks to obliterate Obama-era policies, progressive lawyers are racing to court asking for an extreme form of relief, urging judges to reach deep into their judicial tool kits and issue national -- even global -- injunctions.

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NFL weighs protesting players' passion against Trump rebukes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - National Football League officials will weigh the fervor of players who protest racism by kneeling for the national anthem against the anger of U.S. President Donald Trump at their two-day autumn meeting beginning on Tuesday in New York City.

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Senate Republicans gain moment on tax reform budget measure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday gained crucial support for a vote on a budget resolution that is vital to President Donald Trump's hopes of signing sweeping tax reform legislation into law before January.

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Trump keeping options open as Republican feud rages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Like the deal-maker he says he is, U.S. President Donald Trump appears to be keeping his options open as his Republican Party threatens to erupt into full-scale war.

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Key Republican says Trump must work with Europe on Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged President Donald Trump's administration on Monday to work closely with European allies as it develops its new Iran policy.

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Trump declares Obamacare 'dead,' urges Democratic help for short-term fix

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday declared Obamacare "dead" and "gone," but urged Republicans and Democrats in Congress to craft a short-term fix of healthcare markets under the 7-year-old law that critics say he has effectively sabotaged.

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Senate Republican Murkowski leaning yes on tax reform budget

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Monday that she was leaning toward a "yes" vote on a Senate budget resolution intended to facilitate the passage of tax reform legislation later this year.

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U.S. judge questions government on Trump's latest travel ban

GREENBELT, Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday questioned attorneys defending the Trump administration about a classified report the government is using to justify its latest ban on citizens of some countries from entering the United States.

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Senate confirms Callista Gingrich as U.S. Ambassador to Vatican

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday voted to confirm President Donald Trump's nomination of Callista Gingrich to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.

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U.S. judge questions challengers of Trump's latest travel ban

GREENBELT, Maryland (Reuters) - A U.S. judge lobbed tough questions at attorneys representing refugee groups and immigrant advocates seeking to overturn the Trump administration's latest policy banning citizens of some countries from entering the United States.

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Woman accusing Trump of misconduct subpoenas presidential campaign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A woman who has said that U.S. President Donald Trump groped her during a 2007 meeting has subpoenaed his presidential campaign for any documents concerning similar allegations, according to a subpoena filed in New York State Supreme Court.

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Trump to meet Yellen Thursday in search for new Fed chair: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Thursday as part of his search for a new candidate for her position, a source familiar with the planned meeting said.

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Big drop in asylum seekers illegally crossing into Canada in September

TORONTO (Reuters) - The number of asylum seekers walking across the U.S. border into Canada illegally dropped by more than two-thirds in September from August, government data showed on Monday, as officials seek to dispel myths around the country's refugee system.

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Trump says he believes Cuba responsible for attacks that hurt U.S. diplomats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Monday that he believes Havana is responsible for a series of incidents that Washington thinks hurt at least 22 U.S. diplomats over a period of months in Cuba, prompting Washington to scale back its presence there.

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U.S. condemns Venezuelan elections as neither free nor fair

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday condemned Venezuela's weekend gubernatorial elections as neither free nor fair and vowed to use its economic and diplomatic power to support Venezuelans in restoring democracy in the oil-exporting nation.

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U.S. 'not taking sides' in Iraqi-Kurdish dispute: Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said the United States will not take sides in the clash between independence-seeking Kurds and the Iraqi government but expressed disappointment the two sides were in conflict.

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Trump upbeat on bipartisan U.S. healthcare fix

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump expressed optimism on Monday that Republicans and Democrats in Congress will craft a short-term fix for healthcare insurance markets after he last week scrapped Obamacare subsidies to insurers.

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Trump, McConnell show Republican unity at White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell tried to move past the tensions that followed the collapse of the healthcare reform effort on Monday with a show of unity that focused on tax reform and other items on the Republican agenda.

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EPA head seeks to avoid settlements with green groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a directive to his agency on Monday seeking to end the practice of settling lawsuits with environmental groups behind closed doors, saying the groups have had too much influence on regulation.

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U.S. Senator Menendez's corruption trial to proceed: judge

NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - The bribery case against U.S. Senator Bob Menendez survived a key test on Monday, as the federal judge overseeing his trial rejected a defense motion to throw out the most serious charges.

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Trump says Republicans, Democrats working on short-term healthcare fix

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that Republicans and Democrats in Congress are working on a short-term fix for healthcare insurance markets after he last week scrapped subsidies to insurers.

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Trump says working on welfare reform proposals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he is weighing recommendations for welfare reform as his government looks for ways to cut costs.

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Firm behind Trump dossier declines to respond to House panel's subpoena

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. political research firm that commissioned a dossier on Donald Trump while he was running for president said on Monday it would not comply with a subpoena issued by the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee.

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Trump administration imposing new email security protocols for agencies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday will order federal agencies to adopt common email security standards in an effort to better protect against hackers, a senior Department of Homeland Security official said.

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Trump administration to order agencies to adopt new email security standards

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday will order federal agencies to adopt common email security standards in an effort to better protect against hackers, a senior Department of Homeland Security official said.

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Republican U.S. Senator Cochran postpones return to Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Thad Cochran has delayed his return to Washington following a medical procedure, his office said on Monday, possibly complicating passage of a budget blueprint that is needed to push through the Republicans' plan for tax reform.

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Trump, Democrats spar over whether tax plan will help middle class

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Middle-class Americans' incomes would eventually rise more than $4,000 if corporate tax cuts were enacted, the Trump administration said in an analysis released on Monday to counter Democratic criticisms that its tax proposals overwhelmingly benefit the rich.

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Corruption case against U.S. Senator Menendez may fall apart

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The heart of the bribery case against U.S. Senator Bob Menendez could collapse mid-trial on Monday, after the judge overseeing the trial suggested he might throw out the most serious charges in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting the definition of corruption.

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Kirkuk, Jeff Sessions, Somalia: Your Monday Briefing

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

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White House pitches corporate tax cut as win for workers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration said in an analysis released on Monday that middle-class Americans would see incomes eventually rise more than $4,000 if President Donald Trump's corporate tax cuts were enacted, seeking to counter Democratic criticisms that its tax proposals overwhelmingly benefit the rich.

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Jeff Flake’s Lesson for Republicans: Cross Trump at Your Own Risk

The Arizona senator is in political peril as the 2018 election approaches, but he says he has no regrets in taking on President Trump.

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California Senator Dianne Feinstein to face Democratic challenge in 2018 race

(Reuters) - Democrat Kevin de Leon, president of the California State Senate, announced on Sunday he would run for the U.S. Senate in 2018, challenging incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein.

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Aiding Transgender Case, Sessions Defies His Image on Civil Rights

In an unusual move, the attorney general has sent a federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student.

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Tillerson plays down tensions with Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday minimized tensions with his boss, President Donald Trump, and brushed aside comments from an influential lawmaker, who compared Trump's undermining of his top diplomat to a public castration.

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Trump reelection campaign raised $10 million in third quarter, spent $1.1 million on legal fees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's reelection campaign raised more than $10.1 million in the third quarter of 2017 and spent $4 million, including $1.1 million on legal fees.

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U.S. officials try to ease concerns Trump may quit Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Trump administration officials said on Sunday that the United States was committed to remaining part of the Iran nuclear accord for now, despite President Donald Trump's criticisms of the deal and his warnings that he might pull out.

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U.S. diplomacy with North Korea to continue until 'first bomb drops': Tillerson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that President Donald Trump had instructed him to continue diplomatic efforts to calm rising tensions with North Korea, saying "those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops."

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Haley says U.S. to stay in Iran nuclear deal 'right now'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States for the time being will stay in an international nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Sunday, adding that the Trump administration wanted to weigh a "proportionate" response to Tehran's actions on the world stage.

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Republican Senator Collins likely 'yes' vote to advance tax reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Susan Collins, who helped torpedo President Donald Trump's effort to repeal Obamacare, said on Sunday she was leaning towards a 'yes' vote on the Senate budget resolution to advance tax reform.

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Hundreds march in Sydney for asylum seekers ahead of PNG camp closure

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters marched through Sydney on Sunday to call for detainees, being held in controversial centers for asylum seekers on remote Pacific islands, to be allowed to stay in Australia as a resettlement deadline approaches.

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On Baseball: 21 Years Later, Jeff Maier Gets to Relive His Big Moment

He is now the father of three. And yes, he was keeping tabs on the Yankees on Saturday when another 12-year-old fan got involved in a postseason home run.

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General Motors reaches tentative deal with striking Canada workers

TORONTO (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Friday it reached a tentative labor agreement with striking workers at its CAMI plant in Canada, ending an almost month-old dispute.

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UPDATE 1-General Motors reaches tentative deal with striking Canada workers

TORONTO, Oct 13 (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Friday it reached a tentative labor agreement with striking workers at its CAMI plant in Canada, ending an almost month-old dispute.

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General Motors reaches tentative agreement with striking Canada auto workers

TORONTO (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Friday it has reached a tentative labor agreement with its striking workers at CAMI plant in Canada though the agreement is subject to member ratification.

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In a sudden flurry, Trump looks to deliver for his voters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For the moment, U.S. President Donald Trump is going it alone.

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Russia probe special counsel interviews ex-Trump chief of staff Priebus

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was interviewed on Friday by the special counsel investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 U.S. election.

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Exclusive: Trump administration reduces support for prisoner halfway houses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The administration of President Donald Trump has been quietly cutting support for halfway houses for federal prisoners, severing contracts with as many as 16 facilities in recent months, prompting concern that some inmates are being forced to stay behind bars longer than necessary.

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Green groups criticize Trump pick for White House environmental policy post

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Green groups on Friday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump for choosing a nominee for White House environmental panel who wrote in an opinion article last year that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.

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Bid to 'fix' Iran nuclear deal faces uphill climb in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's call for Congress to toughen the Iran nuclear deal faced opposition on Friday from among the ranks of his fellow Republicans as well as from Democrats, narrowing the chances any legislation could pass.

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Mattis says U.S. working to ensure situation around Kirkuk does not escalate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that tensions between Kurdish and Iraqi authorities around Kirkuk had the full attention of the United States and was working to ensure it does not escalate.

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Pentagon identifying new areas to pressure Iran, reviewing plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Friday it was identifying new areas where it could work with allies to put pressure on Iran in support of President Donald Trump's new strategy, which promises a far more confrontational approach to Tehran.

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House Speaker Ryan says 'more to come' for Puerto Rico aid

(Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Friday that the federal government would provide more funding for Puerto Rico's long-term rebuilding, although he did not say when that funding would be approved.

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Trump strikes blow at Iran nuclear deal in major U.S. policy shift

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on Friday in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal and warning he might ultimately terminate it.

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France's Azoulay wins UNESCO director general election: sources

PARIS (Reuters) - The United Nations' cultural agency has selected France's Audrey Azoulay as its new director general, two diplomatic sources said on Friday.

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Trump strikes blow against Iran nuclear deal in major U.S. policy shift

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on Friday in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal and warning he might ultimately terminate it.

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Republican Collins will stay in U.S. Senate, focused on healthcare

(Reuters) - U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate Republican who helped block her party's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act this year, said she planned to remain in her current office rather than run for governor.

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Treasury's Mnuchin: Difficult not to cut taxes for top 10 percent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that it was difficult for the Trump administration's tax plan not to cut taxes for the wealthiest earners.

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Maine Republican who stood up to Trump to stay in U.S. Senate

(Reuters) - U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate Republican who helped block her party's efforts to repeal Obamacare this year, said on Friday that she would not run for governor of her state next year, keeping her focus on Washington.

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Republican U.S. senator from Maine who stood up to Trump to reveal plans

(Reuters) - U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate Republican who helped block her party's efforts to repeal Obamacare this year, plans to reveal on Friday whether she will keep her focus on Washington or make a run for governor next year.

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Senior U.S. legal official meeting UK leaders to tackle online security issues

LONDON (Reuters) - A top U.S. government legal official has given strong backing to Britain's campaign to force Silicon Valley to compromise on encrypted communications, rebuking tech firms for failing to balance crime-fighting demands with privacy needs.

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Senior U.S. official meeting UK officials to tackle online security issues

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's campaign to force Silicon Valley to compromise on encrypted communications has received strong backing from a top U.S. government legal official, who called out tech firms for failing to balance crime-fighting demands with privacy needs.

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South Korea expects arms, shale gas on U.S. agenda in trade talks

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's trade minister Kim Hyun-chong said on Friday the United States may demand that Seoul guarantees it will step up arms purchases and imports of U.S. shale gas if the two countries renegotiate a free trade agreement.

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Four U.S. 'sanctuary cities' may be violating law: U.S. Attorney General

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department singled out four cities and a county on Thursday for allegedly having so-called "sanctuary policies" that may violate a federal law that says local governments cannot limit information sharing with U.S. immigration officials.

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White House chief of staff not quitting, says job is not to control Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House chief of staff John Kelly slapped down rumors that he was about to resign or be fired and said on Thursday his push to bring more order to the West Wing does not extend to controlling President Donald Trump or his social media habits.

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Michigan governor denies misleading U.S. House on Flint water

(Reuters) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder denied Thursday that he had misled a U.S. House of Representatives committee last year over testimony on Flint's water crisis after lawmakers asked if his testimony had been contradicted by a witness in a court hearing.

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U.S. House approves disaster funds as Trump criticizes Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved $36.5 billion in emergency relief for hurricane-hit Puerto Rico and other areas that have suffered recent disasters.

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How to rebuild Puerto Rico: Rubio asks Trump to call in experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Marco Rubio said on Thursday he has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to create a high-level task force to provide ideas and advice for helping Puerto Rico to rebuild after Hurricane Maria, and that the president was receptive to the idea.

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Four U.S. 'sanctuary cities' may be violating law: U.S. Attorney General Sessions

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States Justice Department singled out four cities and a county on Thursday for allegedly having so-called "sanctuary policies" that may violate a federal law that says local governments cannot limit information sharing with U.S. immigration officials.

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White House chief of staff says he is not so frustrated he wants to leave

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House chief of staff John Kelly told reporters on Thursday he was not so frustrated in his job that he was considering leaving, tamping down reports about tension in the West Wing.

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White House 'committed' to Puerto Rico relief after Trump criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that it was "committed" to disaster relief in Puerto Rico after President Donald Trump said government response teams could not stay in the U.S. territory "forever."

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How to rebuild Puerto Rico: Rubio asks Trump for expert panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Marco Rubio said on Thursday he has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to create a high-level task force to provide ideas and advice for helping Puerto Rico rebuild after Hurricane Maria, adding that the president was receptive to the idea.

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Iran deal's foes in U.S. Congress may be its unlikely saviors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Congress, long the staunchest opponents of the Iran nuclear deal, may be the best hope for preserving it if President Donald Trump declines on Friday to certify that Tehran is complying with the pact.

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Congressman seeks probe of chartered flights by U.S. energy secretary

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic U.S. congressman is asking the Energy Department's watchdog to investigate Energy Secretary Rick Perry's travel on chartered aircraft, the congressman said at a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

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Attorney General says four 'sanctuary cities' may be violating the law

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States Justice Department singled out four cities and a county on Thursday for allegedly having so-called "sanctuary policies" that may violate a federal law which requires them to communicate with federal immigration officials about a person's citizenship status.

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U.S. Attorney General Sessions urges crackdown on asylum policies

FALLS CHURCH, Va., (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday said the policies which allow immigrants to seek asylum in the United States are broken and subject to "rampant abuse and fraud."

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As US House weighs $36.5 billion disaster relief, Trump slams Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed back against federal aid for Puerto Rico as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to weigh $36.5 billion in emergency relief for the U.S. territory and other hurricane-hit areas as well as fire-ravaged California.

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Trump points to Congress on Puerto Rico assistance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said federal assistance cannot stay "forever" on the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico following recent hurricanes, and that Congress must determine how much disaster funding to provide.

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Democrats rising? Early statehouse wins test new faces

(Reuters) - Democrats desperate to rebuild after losing the White House last year have scored a string of election victories for statehouse seats, testing a new generation of candidates and activists eager to resist President Donald Trump's conservative agenda.

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U.S. House to vote on $36.5 billion disaster relief package

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is expected on Thursday to approve $36.5 billion in emergency relief for hurricane-hit areas such as Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as California, struck by devastating wildfires.

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Japan to propose changes to beef import safeguards in talks with U.S.: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will propose changes to its safeguard mechanism on frozen U.S. beef imports that will shorten review periods and allow importers to voluntarily lower import volumes to prevent tariffs from automatically kicking in, two government sources said on Thursday.

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Fiction: Jeffrey Eugenides, Great American Novelist, Turns to the Story

In his debut collection, “Fresh Complaint,” Eugenides explores variations on the theme of failure: marital, creative and financial.