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Teens hold 'lie-in' at White House to demand gun reform

A group of teens and more than a hundred supporters staged a "lie-in" outside the White House on Presidents Day to pressure lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws.


UPDATE 2-Brazil's GPA shakes up management, appoints tech-savvy new leaders

SAO PAULO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - GPA SA, one of Brazil's largest food retailers, announced on Monday evening a shake-up of its management team, replacing its CEO and the head of a subsidiary just moments before releasing full-year results.


Trump backs effort to improve gun background checks: White House

PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve federal background checks for gun purchases, days after a shooting at a Florida school killed 17 people.

Porter, Robert R (1977- )

White House Memo: White House Seeks to Move On From Abuse Scandal. But What Did It Learn?

A better-not-to-know approach in the White House allowed the Rob Porter problem to fester and raises questions about whether officials are capable of creating a better system.

Federal Budget (US)

Spending Bill Sets Path to Fix a Looming Pension Crisis

The sprawling agreement to boost government spending quietly included a step toward defusing what could be a financial time bomb for 1.5 million retirees.

Middle East and Africa Migrant Crisis

How the E.U.’s Migrant Crisis Reached the Streets of Brussels

Sudanese migrants are increasingly visible in Brussels, around train stations, in public squares and parks, sometimes sleeping in the streets.


Trump to meet House Speaker Ryan on Sunday in Florida: White House

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will meet Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan at Trump's Florida resort on Sunday to discuss legislative priorities, White House spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said.


Maldives police arrest 25 after protest demanding leader's arrest

MALE (Reuters) - Maldives police arrested 25 people under a state of emergency, opposition legislators said on Saturday, after thousands of protesters gathered a day earlier to call for the detention of the president and release of opposition leaders.

Trump, Donald J

News Analysis: Trump’s Conspicuous Silence Leaves a Struggle Against Russia Without a Leader

President Trump depicted indictments charging Russians with interfering in America’s politics as a vindication for himself rather than a threat to the United States.

Opinion: Trump's carefully built house of lies

No one could be surprised to learn that, according to an article in The New Yorker, Donald Trump allegedly employed an elaborate scheme to hide a betrayal of his wife Melania while carrying on an affair with ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal.

United States Politics and Government

Kelly Orders Overhaul to White House Security Clearance After Abuse Claims

The changes require F.B.I. officials to directly report to the White House counsel concerns that they uncover during the background investigation of the president’s top aides.


White House's Kelly tightens security clearance procedures post-scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, under pressure to act, strengthened the process for security clearances for President Donald Trump's aides on Friday in response to a scandal involving a former official accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives.


U.S. urges Malaysia to protect minority Muslims sought by China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States urged Malaysia on Friday to offer temporary protection to 11 Uighur Muslims whose extradition is being sought by China.The U.S. State Department said it had called on Malaysia to allow the U.N. refugee agency access to the Uighurs - among a group of 20 originally from China who escaped from Thailand last year - to determine their eligibility for international protection and eventual resettlement in a third country.


Malicious cyber activity cost U.S. up to $109 billion in 2016: White House report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Malicious cyber activity cost the U.S. economy between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016, the White House Council of Economic Advisers estimated in a report on Friday.

Washington Post: Embattled VA secretary met with White House chief of staff

Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin met Thursday with White House chief of staff John Kelly amid scrutiny of Shulkin's travel practices during a 2017 European trip, according to The Washington Post.


Minority government better than SPD alliance: top German conservative argues

BERLIN (Reuters) - An influential member of Angela Merkel's conservatives on Friday urged the German chancellor to form a minority government instead of a planned alliance with the Social Democrats (SPD), saying the SPD would not be a reliable partner.


Trump, Israel's Netanyahu to meet at White House March 5: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a meeting at the White House on March 5, two U.S. officials said on Friday.


Thailand decorates Myanmar's army chief amid Rohingya crisis

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand awarded Myanmar's army chief a royal decoration on Friday amid allegations of crimes by Myanmar security forces against Rohingya Muslims that have prompted international condemnation.

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

Right at Home: This Old House Is a Chore

There is a lot to learn when you buy an old house — and what seems like a simple fix can turn into a major project.


Golf: Inconsistent Woods six behind first-round leaders at Riviera

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods "fought hard" in an inconsistent performance to trail first round leaders Tony Finau and Patrick Cantlay by six strokes at the Genesis Open on Thursday.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Gunfire Erupts at a School. Leaders Offer Prayers. Children Are Buried. Repeat.

Deadly shootings in schools have become a sad and distinct American ritual, with familiar images and a familiar response.


White House blames Russia for 'reckless' NotPetya cyber attack

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for the devastating 'NotPetya' cyber attack last year, joining the British government in condemning Moscow for unleashing a virus that crippled parts of Ukraine's infrastructure and damaged computers in countries across the globe.

Florida, White House, Immigration: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Pressure is on Kelly to put Porter crisis to rest

After weathering a week of self-induced crisis, the White House was at an impasse on Wednesday. It had been seven days since Rob Porter, the staff secretary accused of spousal abuse, had resigned. Pressure was mounting on the White House for an explanation of who knew what, and when.


U.S., Mexico working to set up Trump, Pena Nieto meeting: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Officials are working to arrange a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto "in the near future" to review progress on trade talks, a border wall and other issues, the White House said in a statement on Thursday.


White House blames Russia for 'NotPetya cyber attack

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for the devastating 'NotPetya' cyber attack last year, joining the British government in condemning Moscow for unleashing a virus that crippled parts of Ukraine's infrastructure and damaged computers in countries across the globe.


UPDATE 3-White House blames Russia for 'NotPetya cyber attack

* U.S. vows attack will be met with "international consequences"


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Golf: Inconsistent Woods five back of clubhouse lead at Riviera

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods finished five shots back of clubhouse leader Tom Hoge after mostly struggling off the tee in the first round of the Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades, California on Thursday.


White House cancels Trump trip to Orlando set for Friday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will not be traveling to Orlando, Florida to promote his infrastructure plan on Friday, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said on Thursday.


Sinn Fein leader says there will be more Northern Ireland talks

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said on Thursday there would be more talks on restoring devolved government in Northern Ireland, but the timing was uncertain.

White House tries to stop bipartisan immigration deal

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: The White House Flouts the First Rule of Crisis Communications: Get the Facts Out Fast

Its handling of Rob Porter’s resignation has become a case study in how shifting stories can make matters worse.


House Speaker Ryan: Florida shooting shouldn't threaten right to own guns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan, in a round of interviews with conservative radio shows on Thursday, said the Florida school shooting that killed at least 17 people on Wednesday should not threaten citizens' rights to own guns.


North Korean cheerleaders appear at South Korean men's game

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - North Korea's cheerleading squad made an unexpected appearance at the South Korean men's hockey game against the Czech Republic on Thursday, marking their first attendance at an Olympic event not featuring a North Korean athlete.

Financial Aid (Education)

Senate Leaders Reconsider Ban on Pell Grants for Prisoners

The Senate’s top education leaders will consider reinstating Pell grants for incarcerated students, a move that would restore a federal lifeline to the country’s prison education system.

Politics and Government

Maldives Crisis Could Stir Trouble Between China and India

Opposition leaders want India to intervene against the nation’s president, who declared a state of emergency this month, and who is seen as an ally of China.


Trump-Russia probe muddies House hearing on U.S. threat assessment: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans are resisting requests by Democrats for U.S. intelligence chiefs to present their annual global threat report to a congressional panel so they can avert a likely showdown with the head of the FBI over aspects of the Trump-Russia investigation, two Democratic sources said on Wednesday.

House panel weighs holding Bannon in contempt if he fails to show

The House Intelligence Committee has scheduled a Thursday meeting to hear testimony from Steve Bannon -- but it's an open question whether President Donald Trump's former chief strategist will even show up.


Austrian far-right leader pledges to take on public broadcaster

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's vice chancellor and leader of the far-right Freedom Party pledged on Wednesday to force a shift in reporting standards at national broadcaster ORF, which he accuses of leftist bias, and to scrap the license fee that funds it.


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* GREENLIGHT CAPITAL INC UPS SHARE STAKE IN BRIGHTHOUSE FINANCIAL INC BY ABOUT 62 PERCENT TO 11 MILLION SHARES - SEC FILING (Source For the quarter ended Dec 31, 2017 (Source For the quarter ended Sept 30, 2017 Further company coverage:


Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai dies in South Africa

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, casting his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party into the unknown less than three months after the army ousted long-time ruler Robert Mugabe.

Elections, House of Representatives

How an Abundance of Democratic Candidates Could Help the G.O.P. Hold the House

In a lesson in unintended consequences, a voting reform put in place in California could end up keeping Democrats off the ballot in two battleground districts.

H&M can't become a digital powerhouse overnight

House panel investigates White House handling of Rob Porter

The House Oversight Committee is investigating the White House's handling of Rob Porter's employment, chairman Trey Gowdy told CNN Wednesday.


White House says it opposes McCain-Coons bipartisan immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday it opposed a bipartisan immigration measure proposed by Senators John McCain and Chris Coons, saying it would boost illegal immigration and fail to fix other immigration practices opposed by President Donald Trump.


White House faces new pressure from Congress over aide's departure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump faced new pressure on Wednesday from his Republican allies in Congress over domestic abuse allegations against a former aide as lawmakers questioned whether his administration has properly vetted top staffers.


Muslim leader urges Macron not to meddle too much in French Islam

PARIS (Reuters) - A leading representative of French Muslims urged Emmanuel Macron not to meddle in the organization of France's second-largest religion, days after the president said he would try to redefine relations between Islam and the state.


House Speaker Ryan says immigration action needed in March

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday his chamber "clearly" must address legislation next month to deal with young, undocumented immigrants who face deportation after President Donald Trump announced an end to a program providing them temporary protections.

Rohingya (Ethnic Group)

Besieged Rohingya Face ‘Crisis Within the Crisis’: Deadly Floods

More than 100,000 refugees live in Bangladeshi camps prone to high water and landslides. “Their lives are greatly at risk,” a top U.N. official said.


German SPD leader invokes Europe to sell coalition deal with Merkel

VILSHOFEN, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) must seize the opportunity to reform the European Union in a new governing alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the party's interim leader said on Wednesday in appealing to members to back their coalition deal.

Air Force Academy leader: Why diversity?

A few months ago, I stood in front of more than 4,000 Air Force Academy cadets and delivered a simple message in response to a racist incident that occurred at our preparatory school: If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect -- get out.

United States Politics and Government

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: What the White House Knew About Rob Porter

Maybe he was a great staff secretary. You can’t separate that from the allegations against him.


Ukraine leader gives Putin condolences over plane crash: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone to his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.


Chinese province says former leader's graft case involves huge sums

BEIJING (Reuters) - The corruption case against former senior Chinese official Sun Zhengcai involves massive sums rarely seen in the country's modern history, the government of one of the provinces he used to run said in comments published on Wednesday.


Danish Queen's husband Prince Henrik dies: Royal House

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark's Prince Henrik, husband of Queen Margrethe, died on Tuesday night at Fredensborg Castle, the Royal House said in a statement.

Republicans fret over White House's inability to move past Porter

Republicans are growing increasingly concerned at President Donald Trump's inability to quiet the Rob Porter abuse scandal, which has engulfed the administration even as it works to capitalize on recent successes.

Porter, Robert R (1977- )

The F.B.I., Domestic Abuse and the White House: A Timeline of the Rob Porter Scandal

The White House has shifted its story about how and when members of the administration learned about the domestic abuse allegations that forced a top aide to resign.

Russia, White House, Benjamin Netanyahu: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Tapper: White House misled and lied to us

CNN's Jake Tapper takes aim at the White House's response to allegations of domestic violence against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

Sanders: White House, FBI are both telling the truth

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defends the White House's timeline about when it learned of domestic abuse allegations leveled against former aide Rob Porter.

White House won't say if Trump believes the women


German SPD leader quits in bid to calm party after coalition deal with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Social Democratic leader (SPD) Martin Schulz resigned on Tuesday, hoping to end turbulence that has rocked the center-left party since it agreed a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.


Trump to tap Georgette Mosbacher as ambassador to Poland: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump plans to name Florida businesswoman and Republican fundraiser Georgette Mosbacher, whose husband served as U.S. Commerce Secretary under former President George H.W. Bush, as the U.S. ambassador to Poland, the White House said on Tuesday.

Artificial Intelligence

As China Marches Forward on A.I., the White House Is Silent

Last summer, China unveiled a plan to become the world’s leader in artificial intelligence, challenging the longtime role of the United States.


FBI's Wray contradicts White House on Porter background check

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday contradicted the White House version of events surrounding the background check for a former top aide accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives, triggering more disarray around the controversy.

The record turnover at the Trump White House

Donald Trump is breaking records! Just not in a good way.

FBI chief contradicts White House on Rob Porter timeline

FBI Director Chris Wray upended the White House's stated timeline of information about disgraced aide Rob Porter on Tuesday, as he outlined when the agency briefed officials on the matter.

United States Politics and Government

White House Was Warned of Rob Porter’s Background Months Earlier Than Acknowledged

The F.B.I. told White House officials last March about problems in the background of Rob Porter, the aide who resigned in a domestic abuse scandal. The White House has said it learned of the issues in July.

Porter's ex-wives: White House has not reached out

The two ex-wives of disgraced former aide Rob Porter tell CNN on Tuesday that they have not heard from anyone at the White House since they went public with stories of abuse, even as the administration insists that President Donald Trump "supports victims of domestic violence."


Senate Republican leader embraces Trump immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday turned up the heat on Democrats seeking protections for young "Dreamer" immigrants as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell embraced President Donald Trump's demands for broad changes to the country's immigration policies.

White House shifting timeline on Porter

CNN's Chris Cuomo fact-checks the White House's timeline of what was known about the domestic abuse allegations against Rob Porter.

The Daily

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Democrats’ Identity Crisis

The House minority leader took to the floor for eight hours to protest a spending bill that she now says she wanted to pass. What’s the risk for the party?

Sexual Harassment

Leader of Latino Business Group Steps Down Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said that its president and chief executive, Javier Palomarez, would step aside immediately.


A Night Out With North Korea’s Cheerleaders: Matching Snowsuits, Military Discipline and Chaperoned Bathroom Trips

They have garnered more attention than most athletes competing at the Winter Games. “Goodbye!” they called out to an empty arena before boarding buses back to their condos.

Trump, Donald J

A Whirlwind Envelops the White House, and the Revolving Door Spins

The White House turnover rate in the first year of Donald J. Trump’s presidency has been 34 percent. That’s a modern record.

United States Politics and Government

Accusations Against Aide Renew Attention on White House Security Clearances

More than a year after joining the White House as a senior adviser, the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is among those without a permanent security clearance.

Senate GOP leaders want to end immigration debate by Thursday

Senate Republicans on Monday night declared they would only allow immigration to be on the Senate floor for one week -- pressuring Democrats to show their hand as the Senate inched closer to opening its debate.

Hope Hicks' pinch hitter is taking a bigger role when the White House is in crisis

When Hope Hicks is entrenched in the Oval Office battling the communications crisis of the day, Mercedes Schlapp steps up to the plate.


After Porter scandal, White House leaves clearance changes up to FBI

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Grappling with the fallout over a former aide accused of domestic abuse, the White House on Monday said any changes in how security clearance investigations are conducted on President Donald Trump's team would be up to the FBI and intelligence agencies.

Trump, Donald J

What’s in the White House Budget Request?

Largely a political statement, the $4.4 trillion budget request includes a host of cuts across domestic programs while increasing the deficit over the next decade.

Despite Trump's comments, White House says he takes 'domestic violence very seriously'

The White House maintained on Monday did not know the "extent" of the allegations against Rob Porter until last Tuesday evening, when they were first reported in the Daily Mail.


White House dismisses idea of U.S.-Israel discussing settlement annexation

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States dismissed as false an Israeli assertion on Monday that the two countries were discussing the possibility of Israel annexing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, in a rare display of discord between U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Top U.S. diplomat urges action on harassment as issue roils White House

CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday urged department employees to intervene if they witness sexual harassment, two days after U.S. President Donald Trump expressed sympathy for those accused of harassment and not given due process.

Federal Budget (US)

White House Proposes $4.4 Trillion Budget That Adds $7 Trillion to Deficits

The White House released a proposed budget that is largely irrelevant, given Congress passed a spending bill last week that outlines priorities.


EU's Tusk speaks to Cyprus leader, tells Turkey to avoid threats

BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) - European Council head Donald Tusk told Turkey on Monday "to avoid threats or actions against any EU member and instead commit to good neighbourly relations, peaceful dispute settlement and respect for territorial sovereignty".


White House releases 2019 budget proposal, seeks funds for wall, military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump released his second budget on Monday, seeking to bolster military spending and requesting funds for infrastructure, construction of a wall along the border with Mexico and opioid treatment programs.

White House officials baffled by Trump's conflicting stances on Rob Porter

Several White House officials have expressed confusion over President Donald Trump's conflicting remarks on the allegations made against his former staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned last Wednesday after his two former spouses accused him of physical and verbal abuse.


Ukraine deports opposition leader Saakashvili to Poland

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili was deported to Poland on Monday, the Ukrainian border service said, after he was detained in a Kiev restaurant by law enforcement agents in camouflage.


Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili 'kidnapped' in Kiev: his Facebook page

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili has been detained in Kiev by unknown "kidnappers", according to a post on the former Georgian leader's official Facebook page.

Midterm Elections (2018)

Big Republican Advantages Are Eroding in the Race for House Control

Retirements and reversals in gerrymandering give Democrats a clearer path to a majority.

White House, Winter Olympics, New York Fashion Week: Your Monday Briefing

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


Philippine leader threatens to close 'sewer pool' holiday island of Boracay

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered an urgent cleanup of the country's most famous tourist hotspot, Boracay, calling it a "sewer pool" that he would not hesitate to shut down completely.

Sources: ISIS leader injured in airstrike last May

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was wounded in an airstrike in May last year and had to relinquish control of the terror group for up to five months because of his injuries, according to several US officials who spoke exclusively to CNN.

Politics and Government

Election Losses Test Sri Lanka’s Leader, and the Country’s Direction

The party of President Maithripala Sirisena, who has not delivered on promises to curb corruption and the military, lost badly in votes for local councils.

Domestic Violence

Abuse Case Exposes Fissures in a White House in Turmoil

Aides to President Trump said they remained confused and upset over the handling of the accusations against Rob Porter, the staff secretary who stepped down.

GOP senators introduce version of White House immigration plan

A group of Republican senators on Sunday night released a version of President Donald Trump's immigration proposal ahead of a floor debate on immigration this week.


With Gaza in Financial Crisis, Fears That ‘an Explosion’s Coming’

A standoff between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority is ravaging Gaza’s economy, pushing it to the verge of collapse, and escalating the risk of a violent confrontation with Israel.

Olympic Games (2018)

What Ban? Patriotic Fervor Grips Russia’s Celebration House in South Korea

While Russia’s first Olympic medal winner was barred from celebrating with his nation’s flag, nationalist enthusiasm was in full effect at a nearby venue.


Trump supports Kelly despite White House departures: aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House advisers on Sunday tried to quash speculation that President Donald Trump may seek to replace Chief of Staff John Kelly over his handling of domestic abuse accusations against an aide who resigned last week.

Pelosi, Nancy

Nancy Pelosi Wants to Take Back the House. But She Faces a More Urgent Test.

At 77, Ms. Pelosi remains a dominant figure in Washington. How she bridges Democrats’ factions on immigration may help determine whether she can lead her party to a majority.

The White House adviser says she has 'no reason not to believe' women who accused ex-aide Rob Porter of domestic abuse

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says she has "no reason not to believe" the women who accused White House aide Rob Porter of domestic abuse.

UK's universal health care system may be at a crisis point

The idea is simple: You are feeling unwell. You go to your local medical office or hospital, and within a few hours, you're seen by a doctor, given a diagnosis and prescribed the necessary treatment.

'House of Cards' actor Reg E. Cathey dies

Actor Reg E. Cathey, known for his roles in the hit Netflix drama "House of Cards" and the HBO series "The Wire," has died. He was 59.


North Korean cheerleaders sing 'We are one!' in Games culture clash

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - As Switzerland demolished a unified Korean hockey team at the Pyeongchang winter Olympics on Saturday, despondent home fans at least had another contest to distract them - a clash of cultures featuring North and South Korean cheerleaders.

Northern Ireland

Sinn Fein Gets a New Leader, Mary Lou McDonald

After 34 years, Gerry Adams passed the presidency of the party to his deputy, who becomes its first female leader.

'House of Cards' and 'The Wire' actor Reg E. Cathey is dead at 59

Actor Reg E. Cathey, better known for his roles in the hit Netflix drama "House of Cards" and the HBO series "The Wire," has died.


Republican Pennsylvania leaders submit plan for redrawing congressional map

(Reuters) - Republican leaders in Pennsylvania's legislature submitted a plan for redrawing the state's congressional districts just hours before Friday's court-ordered deadline, but Democratic Governor Tom Wolf questioned whether the proposal will pass legal muster.

North Korea

Who Is Kim Yo-jong, Sister of North Korean Leader?

As part of the ruling family, Ms. Kim wields singular clout. She met with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea on Saturday, the highest-level contact between the two Koreas in years.

United States Politics and Government

White House Speechwriter Resigns Amid Abuse Accusations

He is the second Trump administration aide to resign this week after being accused of physical and emotional abuse toward a former wife.

Trump holds up Schiff memo that seeks to undercut GOP claims of FBI misconduct because it contains 'numerous' classified passages, White House says

President Donald Trump won't release the Democratic rebuttal to the Republican intelligence memo alleging FBI abuses of its surveillance authority at this time, and has sent it back to the House Intelligence Committee for changes.

Read the White House letter denying release of Democratic memo

President Donald Trump on Friday denied the request to release the Democratic memo that seeks to undercut Republican claims of FBI surveillance abuses and has sent it back to the House Intelligence Committee for changes.


Trump to nominate White House aide for drug czar: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate White House aide Jim Carroll to serve as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a post popularly known as the drug czar, the White House said in a statement on Friday.

Sources: Many White House officials lack full security clearance

Sources tell CNN's Jim Sciutto that dozens of Trump administration officials, including Jared Kushner, are still working without full security clearance.


Fight Over Cambodian Leader’s Facebook ‘Likes’ Reaches a U.S. Court

An opposition politician argues that Hun Sen, the Asian country’s authoritarian premier, has used social media to spread fake news and strengthen his hold on power.


Trump says White House to issue letter on Democratic Russia memo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday the White House would soon release a letter regarding the possible release of a classified memo written by Democrats to rebut a Republican document claiming FBI and Justice Department bias against him in the federal probe of Russia and the 2016 U.S. election.


Exclusive: Amazon eyes new warehouse in Brazil e-commerce push - sources

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Inc is looking to lease a 50,000-square-meter warehouse just outside Sao Paulo, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, as it steps up its push into Latin America's biggest retail market, Brazil.


Trump to sign spending bill into law on Friday: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will sign a stopgap funding measure into law later on Friday morning in a move to re-open the federal government after it shut down at midnight, White House spokesman Raj Shah said.


Facebook launches $10 million community leader awards

LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook launched a community leadership program on Friday that will award $10 million in total to more than 100 people who have successfully built groups on the social network as part of its push to create "meaningful" interactions.


Turkey orders arrest of pro-Kurdish party leader: agency

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has ordered the arrest of 17 people including pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader Serpil Kemalbay over their opposition to Turkey's military operation in Syria, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Friday.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Attacks White House Over Rob Porter Allegations

Colbert said the White House seemed unconcerned about domestic abuse, and called accusations against a top aide “horrible” and “sickening.”


At Russia fan house, country colors fly high

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Russian athletes cannot wear their national colors, flaunt their country's symbols or be serenaded by its anthem at the Pyeongchang Olympics.


Sister of North Korea leader arrives in South Korea

INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in South Korea on Friday, landing at Incheon International Airport in a private jet with the rest of her entourage of senior officials, including the North's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam.

Olympic Games (2018)

Sister of North Korean Leader Arrives in South Korea for Highly Symbolic Trip

Her three-day trip is to include a meeting with President Moon Jae-in, the highest-level inter-Korean contact in more than a decade.


White House wasn't fully aware of allegations against ex-aide: spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House was not fully aware of the extent of the domestic abuse allegations against former White House aide Rob Porter until photographs of an ex-wife with a black eye emerged on Wednesday, a White House spokesman said on Thursday.

It was a disastrous White House press briefing

Raj Shah didn't have an easy job on Thursday.


Trump, Modi discuss Afghanistan, Myanmar, Maldives, North Korea: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump spoke by phone with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, and the two leaders discussed the war in Afghanistan, the political crisis in the Maldives, the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and North Korea's nuclear program, the White House said.


Golf: Johnson two shots behind leaders at Pebble Beach

(Reuters) - World number one and twice winner Dustin Johnson birdied five of his first 11 holes to sit two strokes behind the opening-round leaders on Thursday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

House Committee on Intelligence

How Partisan Has House Intelligence Panel Become? It’s Building a Wall

Since taking up its Russia inquiry last year, the committee, once an oasis of country-first cooperation in a divided Congress, has descended into dysfunction.


Colombia, Brazil tighten borders as Venezuelan crisis deepens

CUCUTA, Colombia/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Colombia and Brazil tightened border controls with Venezuela on Thursday as both nations grapple with a mounting influx of hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants fleeing a worsening economic crisis.

Opinion: How 'Cheddar Man' flips British identity

This week, researchers from the Natural History Museum in London revealed a facial model of a fossilized Stone Age hunter-gatherer who died around what is now the English town of Cheddar, in Somerset -- for which he is named "Cheddar Man."

Porter, Robert R (1977- )

White House Regrets Its Handling of Rob Porter Case: ‘We All Could Have Done Better’

White House officials conceded that they regretted the way they handled accusations against the staff secretary who resigned Wednesday after two ex-wives publicly accused him of abusing them.


Brazil to deploy more troops on Venezuela border amid refugee crisis

BOA VISTA, Brazil (Reuters) - The Brazilian government will deploy more troops on its border with Venezuela and start relocating tens of thousands of Venezuelan refugees who have fled into northern Brazil, Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said on Thursday.

Trump was 'surprised' and 'saddened' by Rob Porter abuse allegations, White House says

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Thursday the White House "could have done better" over the last few days when it came to "dealing with" the domestic violence allegations against former top aide Rob Porter.


White House: Kelly became 'fully aware' of allegations against ex-aide on Wednesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly became fully aware of allegations of domestic abuse against former aide Rob Porter on Wednesday, White House spokesman Raj Shah said on Thursday.


White house says it will release budget on Monday that will include spending caps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House will release on Monday a federal budget plan that will incorporate spending caps, a White House spokesman said on Thursday.


Amtrak CEO to testify before U.S. House in wake of accidents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amtrak Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson will testify next week before a U.S. House of Representatives panel on the adoption of anti-crash technologies in the wake of a number of fatal accidents involving the U.S. passenger railroad.


House Democrats ask Sessions for White House documents about AT&T deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four Democrats in the House of Representatives wrote the Justice Department on Thursday to request documents related to its decision to file a lawsuit to stop AT&T from buying Time Warner .

Ryan thinks House has the votes to pass budget deal

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday morning he believes he has enough votes in the House to pass the bipartisan spending deal reached in the Senate that would significantly raise domestic and defense spending and avert a government shutdown.

Analysis: 6 questions the White House needs to answer

The resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter after accusations that he abused both of his ex-wives raised lots -- and lots -- of questions about who knew what and when, and why no one acted before pictures emerged of his then-wife with a black eye.


House speaker says will move on immigration bill after budget

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday said Republicans will move on immigration legislation backed by President Donald Trump after lawmakers finish with the current budget deal.

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Subdued Prayer Breakfast Message by Trump Amid White House Turbulence

The president on Thursday delivered a brief and uncharacteristically subdued message of faith and American values to religious leaders.

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South Korean Leader to Meet Kim Jong-un’s Sister in Highest-Level Contact in Years

In Kim Jong-un’s dynastic regime, his sister, Kim Yo-jong, wields clout that cannot be matched by any other member of the political elite.


Leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran to discuss Syria in Istanbul: Turkish source

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and Russia agreed on Wednesday that their next three-way summit with Iran to discuss the conflict in Syria will be held in Istanbul, a Turkish presidential source said.

House passes scale-back of Obama-era menu calorie count rules

The way restaurants and other food establishments in the United States label calorie counts on their menus could look different starting this spring, and while some politicians and industry groups are applauding this potential change, some public health experts are raising concerns.

Olympic icon: I wouldn't visit White House

Olympic diving gold medalist Greg Louganis talks about his hesitation to visit the White House if he were still competing.


Pence says U.S. wants peaceful solution to North Korea crisis, but warns not to underestimate U.S.

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday the United States wants to peacefully dismantle North Korea's nuclear program but warned Pyongyang not to underestimate U.S. military strength or resolve.

Omarosa: 'Big Brother' co-stars want to 'stab her in the back' like at White House

During the season premiere of "Celebrity Big Brother" Wednesday night, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman did not hide her true feelings when it came to her recent stint in Washington.

White House scrambles to contain Porter fallout

Rob Porter will be out as early as Thursday, a senior White House official said Wednesday night, in another signal the West Wing is scrambling to contain the fallout over his continued employment even though officials were aware of the domestic abuse allegations against him.


Congressional leaders forge budget deal that adds to deficit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate leaders, in a rare bipartisan compromise, reached a deal on Wednesday to raise spending on military and domestic programs by almost $300 billion over the next two years, but the agreement infuriated some fiscal conservatives.

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Evangelicals, Having Backed Trump, Find White House ‘Front Door Is Open’

As President Trump prepares to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast, conservative religious leaders have hailed the president’s first-year agenda as their own.

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Pelosi Held House Floor in Advocacy of ‘Dreamers’ for More Than 8 Hours

Representative Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, broke records on Wednesday with an extended speech opposing the budget deal because it ignored the “Dreamers.”

Strong fundraising shifts several House races in Dems' favor

An energized Democratic base is translating into a clear fundraising advantage for the party's House candidates in this year's midterm elections.

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Rob Porter, White House Aide, Resigns After Accusations of Abuse

Mr. Porter, the White House staff secretary, said he would leave his job a day after a news account that quoted his two ex-wives accusing him of physical abuse.

White House staff secretary Rob Porter has resigned

White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a top aide to President Donald Trump, has resigned, the White House confirmed Wednesday, following allegations of abuse from his two ex-wives.


White House senior aide to resign following abuse charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. White House staff secretary Rob Porter said on Wednesday he would resign following accusations of domestic abuse from two former wives.

Tapper: White House degrading US values

CNN's Jake Tapper details what he calls the "erosion of standards" in the White House under the Trump administration.


U.S. congressional leaders forge budget deal that adds to deficit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. congressional leaders, in a rare display of bipartisanship, on Wednesday reached a two-year budget deal to raise government spending by almost $300 billion, attempting to curb Washington's fiscal policy squabbling but also widening the federal deficit.


Swiss Re in talks with SoftBank, Japanese firm could take minority stake

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss Re is in preliminary discussions with Japan's SoftBank Group on a potential minority investment in the Swiss reinsurer, the Zurich-based group said on Wednesday.

Dems flip deep-red state House seat

Mike Revis won a state House seat in a Missouri district President Trump won by 28 points, making this the 35th legislative seat Democrats have flipped nationally since the inauguration.


Congress leaders reach $300 billion budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday reached a two-year bipartisan budget deal worth around $300 billion that would lift caps on defense and domestic government spending in an attempt to end the kind of squabbling over fiscal issues that has plagued Washington for years.

Senate leaders unveiled a two-year deal, a victory for both parties that could prevent a government shutdown

Senate leaders unveiled a two-year budget deal Wednesday, a major victory for both parties that could prevent a government shutdown at the end of this week.

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Senate Leaders Reach Deal to Raise Spending over Two Years

The agreement would raise spending caps on military and domestic spending, and it could help ensure passage of a temporary measure to keep the government open past Thursday.


U.S. announces arrests in $530 million cyber identity fraud scheme

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department announced one of its largest-ever takedowns of a global cyber crime ring on Wednesday, saying it had indicted 36 people accused of trafficking in stolen identities and causing more than $530 million in losses to consumers.


Mattis to brief media at White House at 1:30 pm: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is scheduled to brief media at the White House at 1:30 p.m., the Pentagon said, without providing a subject.

DACA state of play: Eyes on House Democrats

As negotiations progress, here's the advice from top aides deeply involved in the DACA process: Don't get caught up in the highs and lows of various comments. At this stage, when things are so far from conclusion, one comment is going to sink things, and no one action is going to lead to a breakthrough.

House Democrats face choice over budget deal

As negotiators are closing in on a budget deal that would address many of the issues stymieing Washington -- with the key exception of immigration -- House Democrats are likely to feel the heat.

Nancy Pelosi, who doesn't support the deal, was the only House Democrat in on the negotiations

Dems win Missouri state House race in district where Trump won big

Democrats on Tuesday picked up a state House seat in a Missouri legislative district that President Donald Trump won easily in 2016.


EU leaders to host Turkey's Erdogan, the estranged uncle they can't shut out

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders are so discomfited by their relationship with Turkey these days that they relegated their summit next month to Varna, a Bulgarian Black Sea port, rather than hold it in Brussels.


Putin and Palestinian leader Abbas to discuss new peace talks format: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas plan to discuss a possible new mediation mechanism to replace the Middle East Quartet, the Interfax news agency said on Wednesday, citing a Palestinian diplomat in Russia.


North Korean leader's sister to visit South Korea for winter Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's 28-year-old sister will make her debut on the world stage when she visits South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.


Puerto Rican Beltran to skip Astros' White House visit

(Reuters) - Recently retired Carlos Beltran will skip the Major League champion Houston Astros' visit to the White House, he said on Tuesday, citing family reasons while also criticising the United States government and agencies.

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Senate Letter Echoes House Republicans’ Accusations of Bias

President Trump is expected to release a classified Democratic memo but is likely to redact parts of it.

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White House Memo: Trump’s Latest Surprise: Shutdown Might Be a Good Idea

The president has said so many outrageous things that his latest outbursts no longer shock, but seem more of the same.


House passes stopgap spending bill to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved another stopgap bill to keep the federal government from shutting down, hours after President Donald Trump said he would "love" to see a shutdown if immigration legislation were not included.

House Democrats move retreat to DC ahead of potential votes

The House Democrats' retreat has been moved from Cambridge, Maryland, to the US Capitol so lawmakers can participate in any upcoming votes this week.


Trump, Britain's May discuss North Korea by phone: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, in a telephone conversation on Tuesday, agreed that "all responsible nations must increase pressure on North Korea until it turns to the path of denuclearization," the White House said.

Pelosi tries to force House vote on Nunes memo

House Democrats attempted and failed to force a vote on the House floor criticizing Rep. Devin Nunes' memo on House floor Tuesday.

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Editorial: Do You Think Donald Trump Is Ready for a Real Financial Crisis?

Talk about volatility.

House sends short-term spending bill to Senate

House Republicans are poised to pass a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded through March 23 Tuesday night, but it's just the first step to avert a government shutdown.


House Republicans to scrutinize narrow, 'extender' tax breaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some short-term U.S. tax policies meant mainly to help narrow business interests could be done away with, under plans disclosed on Tuesday by House of Representatives Republicans.


Temporary funding bill clears key procedural hurdle in U.S. House

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday cleared a stop-gap funding bill for debate and a vote on passage later in the day as Congress maneuvered to avoid government agency shutdowns when existing money expires at midnight on Thursday.


BRIEF-Certain Arcturus Therapeutics Shareholders Expressed Support For Former CEO Joseph Payne's Leadership



House cracks down on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers must pay their own awards and settlements in sexual harassment cases instead of tapping public funds, under a measure approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday which also took other steps to strengthen worker protections for congressional employees.

White House chief of staff says Congress should come up with immigration solution instead

White House chief of staff John Kelly told reporters Tuesday it's not likely that President Donald Trump will extend the March 5 deadline he gave Congress to act on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

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House to Approve Stopgap Bill as Shutdown Deadline Nears

The House’s plan would fund the government through March 23, but it appeared to have no chance of passing the Senate because of Democratic opposition.


House to vote on government funding as deadline approaches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives was set to vote on Tuesday on a short-term budget measure that would avert a rerun of last month's three-day partial government shutdown, as lawmakers continued to grapple with divisive immigration measures.


Trump to unveil infrastructure plan Monday: White House official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump plans to unveil details of his long-awaited plan to generate at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure improvements over 10 years next Monday, a White House official said on Tuesday.


Special Report: In Puerto Rico, a housing crisis U.S. storm aid won't solve

CANOVANAS, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Among the countless Puerto Rico neighborhoods battered by Hurricane Maria is one named after another storm: Villa Hugo. The illegal shantytown emerged on a public wetland after 1989’s Hurricane Hugo left thousands homeless.


U.S. House to vote on government funding as immigration battle simmers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives was set to vote on Tuesday on a short-term budget measure that would avert a rerun of last month's three-day partial government shutdown, as lawmakers continued to grapple with divisive immigration measures.


Hong Kong's top court frees three democracy leaders, but warns against future activism

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's highest court freed three young leaders of the city's pro-democracy movement on Tuesday, including the public face of the protests, Joshua Wong, in a stark reversal of an earlier ruling, but it warned against future acts of dissent.

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Hong Kong Court Throws Out Protest Leaders’ Prison Sentences

The jailing of Joshua Wong and other protest leaders drew international scrutiny over accusations that the government was punishing political opponents.


Indonesia declares Papua health crisis under control

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A measles and malnutrition crisis that killed dozens of children in Indonesia's impoverished province of Papua over the past few months is under control, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

United States Politics and Government

House Pushes Another Stopgap Bill as Government Shutdown Looms

With funding set to expire Thursday, House Republicans were moving ahead with a temporary spending measure, but it did not appear to have the support to pass the Senate.


Bannon will not testify before House committee on Tuesday: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House senior strategist Steve Bannon will not testify before the Intelligence Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, two sources said on Monday, despite a subpoena requiring him to appear.

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Crisis Consumes a Land of Pretty Islands, as Justices and Ex-Leader Are Arrested

The U.S. has condemned the declaration of a state of emergency and other moves by the government.

Bannon not expected to testify before House committee despite subpoena, source says

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon won't appear before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday, risking being held in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena, according to a source close to the process.


House committee votes to release Democrats' Russia memo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives committee voted unanimously on Monday to approve the release of a classified document that Democrats say will rebut a contentious Republican memo alleging FBI bias against President Donald Trump.


China state planner, Samsung Electronics in deal for chip cooperation: China Daily

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's state planner and South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have signed a memorandum of understanding for further cooperation on semiconductors, state media China Daily reported on Tuesday.