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Trump teeters on the edge of a familiar North Korean trap

President Donald Trump frequently scorches the last three presidents for leaving him a nightmare scenario on North Korea: the threat that the isolated state could soon deliver a nuclear weapon directly to the US mainland. [Source]

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Texas A&M Swats Second-Seeded North Carolina From Tournament

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How Top Republicans Reacted, or Didn’t, to Trump’s Tweets on Mueller

Some leading Republicans warned the president against firing the special counsel, but many had no response.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump: The Un-American President

He has damaged the American brand.


White House lawyer says Trump is not considering firing Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House lawyer Ty Cobb said on Sunday that President Donald Trump was not considering or discussing firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Efforts to protect the special counsel are stalled in Congress as Trump poses serious threat to Russia probe

United States Politics and Government

White House Memo: Newly Emboldened, Trump Says What He Really Feels

Ignoring the advice of aides over how to deal with the special counsel was the decision of a president who ultimately trusts only his own instincts.


Trump to unveil opioid plan seeking death penalty for drug dealers: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will unveil a plan on Monday to combat the opioid addiction crisis that includes seeking the death penalty for drug dealers and urging Congress to toughen sentencing laws for drug traffickers, White House officials said on Sunday.


Forty-five U.S. trade groups urge Trump to avoid tariffs against China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Forty-five U.S. trade associations representing some of the largest companies in the country are urging President Donald Trump not to impose tariffs on China, warning it would be "particularly harmful" to the U.S. economy and consumers.


Security advisers from U.S., South Korea, Japan meet on North Korean summits: Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - The top national security advisers of the United States, South Korea and Japan met at the weekend to discuss North Korea and the "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Monday.

Facebook under fire over how data got into hands of a firm with Trump ties

Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic want answers after Facebook's latest controversy involving the 2016 election.

Facebook probes employee's links to data firm that has ties to Trump

Asia and Australia Edition: Russia, North Korea, Xi Jinping: Your Monday Briefing

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Trump may face challengers in 2020 primary

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Republicans warn Trump

Key Republicans on Sunday warned President Donald Trump not to interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Opinion: Trump's 'great day for democracy' smacks of dictatorship

If the firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe on Friday night felt like something you'd see in a third-world dictatorship, you aren't alone.

Analysis: Trump looks like he's planning to fire Mueller

If President Donald Trump isn't planning to fire special counsel Bob Mueller, he sure is doing a good job of faking it.

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Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans

While President Trump had largely sought to avoid alienating the special counsel in recent months, he has shifted his tone in the past two days.

Gowdy to Trump lawyer: If your client is innocent, act like it

Outgoing Rep. Trey Gowdy on Sunday bristled at President Donald Trump's attorney John Dowd calling for the Justice Department to end the special counsel probe.


Republicans to Trump: Let Mueller do his job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican senators warned President Donald Trump on Sunday not to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and said the president must let federal investigators looking into Russian meddling in the U.S. election do their jobs.

Bernstein: Trump determined to stop Mueller

CNN's Carl Bernstein says that people close to President Trump are saying that he is determined to shut down Robert Mueller's investigation.

Sen. Paul vows to filibuster Trump nominees

Republican Sen. Rand Paul said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that he would take all necessary steps to oppose President Donald Trump's nominees for secretary of state and CIA director.


North Korean diplomat heads to Finland ahead of possible U.S. talks

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland on Sunday for talks with former U.S. and South Korean officials, Yonhap News Agency reported, amid a series of diplomatic encounters ahead of a possible U.S.-North Korean summit.

GOP senator says if Trump fires the special prosecutor, it will be 'the beginning of the end of his presidency'

Sen. Lindsey Graham gave a stern warning Sunday to President Donald Trump against firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump's opioid plan may include death for drug dealers

President Donald Trump will roll out new plans to tackle the country's opioid epidemic on Monday in New Hampshire, a senior administration official tells CNN. The plan will likely include stiffer penalties for high intensity drug traffickers, including the possibility of the death penalty.


Republican senator expects Trump to pull out of Iran deal: CBS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expects President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May.

Sweden to help negotiate release of Americans held in North Korea

Sweden is helping negotiate the release of three Americans held captive in North Korea, sources with knowledge of the negotiations tell CNN.

Trump spending spree may lead to higher interest rates

Journalist: The real reason Trump wanted McCabe fired

Investigative journalist Michael Isikoff discusses Trump's reaction to the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

US, North Korea representatives to meet

Representatives of North Korea, South Korea and the United States are set to meet in Finland for talks on denuclearization, according to South Korean and Finnish officials.


Southeast Asia, Australia 'gravely' concerned by North Korean weapons

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Southeast Asian countries and Australia said on Sunday they held "grave concerns" about escalating tension caused by North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and urged "irreversible" denuclearization.

'SNL' spoofs Trump camp firings

John Goodman and Bill Hader made appearances on "Saturday Night Live" to poke fun at notable firings from the Trump administration.


Now North Korean diplomat heads to Finland amid new diplomatic flurry

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland on Sunday for talks with former U.S. and South Korean officials, Yonhap News Agency reported, amid a series of diplomatic encounters ahead of a possible U.S.-North Korean summit.

Opinion: Trouble for Trump if Mueller meets Stormy

Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, has a talent for stirring the publicity pot relating to his controversial porn star client. He dropped his latest morsels Friday during a drive-by of CNN and MSNBC's morning shows. In an interview with Chris Cuomo of CNN's "New Day," he said six additional women had come forward alleging sexual relationships with President Donald Trump and that his office was in the "early stages of vetting those stories." Avenatti also claimed two of the women have nondisclosure agreements.

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Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign Talked Business With Russians

Cambridge Analytica, a company that developed technology to target voters, has denied having connections to Russia. But evidence suggests otherwise.

United States Politics and Government

White House Memo: Trump and the Truth: A President Tests His Own Credibility

The president’s latest made-up statement renewed the question: When does he know the things he says are false and when is he simply misinformed?


Former FBI No.2 McCabe fired; says Trump administration targeted him

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the FBI's former No. 2 official Andrew McCabe on Friday, prompting McCabe to say he was targeted for being a witness into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

United States International Relations

North Korea-Sweden Talks Focus on ‘Peaceful Solution’ to Nuclear Conflict

The Swedish and North Korean foreign ministers concluded three days of talks, discussions which may help facilitate a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Mueller Wants Trump’s Business Records. What’s the Russia Connection?

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents related to Russia. The company has a three-decade relationship with Moscow.


Trump critics attack firing of FBI's McCabe as political move

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats and other Trump administration critics on Saturday attacked the firing of No. 2 FBI official Andrew McCabe as a politically motivated and vindictive move, while some Republicans praised U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for decisive action.

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Opinion: Don’t Run From Trump

The Republican Party has gotten where it is because of the president, not in spite of him.

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Opinion: Chris Hayes: What ‘Law and Order’ Means to Trump

It is about the preservation of a certain social order, not the rule of law.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Andrew McCabe, Fired F.B.I. Deputy, Is Said to Have Kept Memos on Trump

The memos could corroborate the testimony of James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director who said President Trump had pressured him to shut down an investigation.

Fox News Channel

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump, Flush With Power

The president wants to bring the Fox cast into the White House, fully merging with the source of his ideas, tweets and gratification.

McCabe has memos documenting talks with Trump

Much like fired FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote memos documenting his conversations with President Donald Trump before he was fired Friday, a source with knowledge of the matter told CNN.

Former CIA chief calls Trump 'a disgraced demagogue' after McCabe firing

Former CIA Director John Brennan responded Saturday to President Donald Trump's tweet about the firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, calling the President "a disgraced demagogue."


Sweden, North Korea talks end, may help pave way for Trump-Kim encounter

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - North Korean and Swedish foreign ministers ended three days of talks on Saturday on the security situation on the Korean peninsula which may help prepare the way for a planned meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

United States Politics and Government

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Rule-Cutting E.P.A. Chief, Plots His Political Future

Mr. Pruitt may be using his position as an environmental deregulation czar to position himself to run for office in Oklahoma — or perhaps the presidency.


Trump consultants harvested data from 50 million Facebook users: reports

(Reuters) - Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook users in developing techniques to support President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, the New York Times and London's Observer reported on Saturday.

Facebook suspends firm with Trump ties

Facebook has announced it is suspending Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump's campaign, over concerns about violations of the social media site's policies.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Lawyer Says Special Counsel Inquiry Should Be Ended

The lawyer, John Dowd, said he was speaking on behalf of President Trump, only to backtrack shortly afterward and say he was speaking only for himself.

Presidential Election of 2016

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from a huge swath of the electorate to develop techniques that were later used in the Trump campaign.

Trump rewards loyalty and shows his power over GOP

Last summer when Sen. Dean Heller was considering bucking President Donald Trump on health care, the president issued a not-so-subtle threat to the vulnerable Nevada Republican.

Trump celebrates McCabe firing on Twitter

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe late Friday, less than two days shy of his retirement, ending the career of an official who had risen to serve as second-in-command at the bureau.

O.J. Simpson has strong opinions about Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick

O.J. Simpson is sharing his thoughts on some of the nation's most controversial figures.


Car bomb kills at least three in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least three people and wounded two in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday in an apparent attack on a foreign contractor company, officials said.

Monasteries and Monks

Surfacing: The World Is Changing. This Trappist Abbey Isn’t. Can It Last?

Meet the monks of Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery in South Carolina, who are trying to maintain age-old religious traditions in a rapidly evolving world.

#MeToo Movement

Table for Three: Catharine MacKinnon and Gretchen Carlson Have a Few Things to Say

The two discuss sexual harassment in the workplace, how to change corporate culture in meaningful and sustained ways, and whether Miss America can be relevant in the #MeToo era.

The former FBI deputy director says his firing is part of Trump's war on the FBI and Mueller's Russia probe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe late Friday, less than two days shy of his retirement, ending the career of an official who rose to serve as second-in-command at the bureau.


Facebook suspends data analytics firm that worked for Trump campaign

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday said it was suspending political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, after finding data privacy policies had been violated.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Andrew McCabe, a Target of Trump’s F.B.I. Scorn, Is Fired Over Candor Questions

Lack of candor is a fireable offense at the F.B.I., but Mr. McCabe’s last-minute dismissal from the agency was carried out against a highly politicized backdrop.

Trump attorney joins Stormy Daniels lawsuit

Attorneys defending President Donald Trump and the company of his personal legal counsel, Michael Cohen, have filed to move the lawsuit against their clients by porn star Stormy Daniels to federal court and are claiming she could owe as much as $20 million for violating a nondisclosure agreement.

Latin America

How Trump Can Make the Most of the Summit of the Americas

Before the president’s trip to Lima, the administration should take a close look at why U.S. credibility in Latin America is at historic lows.


Trump lawyer seeks $20 million damages from Stormy Daniels: filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A law firm representing U.S. President Donald Trump and the corporation that paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in what she called hush money over an alleged affair with Trump said in a court filing that it was seeking at least $20 million in damages for multiple violations of a nondisclosure agreement.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill, angering China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views the self-ruled island as a wayward province.

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Trump’s Lawyers Claim Stormy Daniels Violated Confidentiality Agreement at Least 20 Times

In a court filing, the president weighs in for the first time directly on a case in which a porn actress was paid $130,000 to stay silent about an affair she claims she had with him.


Raonic outlasts Querrey, to face Del Potro in semis

(Reuters) - Milos Raonic overcame his frustrations to outlast Sam Querrey and advance to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a 7-5 2-6 6-3 victory on Friday while Juan Martin del Potro found his form late to down Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6 6-3 6-4.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Tariffs Set Off Storm of Lobbying

Corporations and foreign leaders are pressing to meet with White House officials and hiring lawyers and lobbyists to push for exemptions that could be worth billions of dollars in trade.

Pro-Trump group hires Carl Higbie, who shared N-word laden post on Facebook in 2014

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Trump settles in as reality TV producer in chief: 'I like conflict'

Midway through the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump had an idea. Wouldn't it be fun, he told an associate, to revive his hit NBC reality show "The Apprentice" inside the White House, using his own staffers as the contestants and the West Wing as his board room? The idea, conveyed to CNN by two people familiar with the conversation, was quickly squelched by aides.

Central Intelligence Agency

Spies, Not Diplomats, Take Lead Role in Planning Trump’s North Korea Meeting

The C.I.A.’s emergence as the primary player speaks to the influence of Mike Pompeo, the agency’s director, who has been nominated to replace Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson.


Next to exit Trump White House? Odds favor McMaster, online bookie says

(Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is most likely the next official to leave the Trump administration, following a string of firings and resignations, according to an online betting website said which put the odds against him staying at 3/2.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill; China 'strongly dissatisfied'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.


Trump's back-to-back visitors unlikely to solve Gulf dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi, Emirati and Qatari leaders will beat a path to U.S. President Donald Trump's door in the next few weeks for back-to-back visits that are unlikely to solve a long-running dispute among America's Gulf allies.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer says some alleged incidents took place during Trump presidency

The lawyer representing the adult film star Stormy Daniels alleges that some of the accusations she's making against President Donald Trump occurred while Trump was in office.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill that China has opposed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that would allow U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, a move certain to anger China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.

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Trump, the Television President, Expands His Cast

The choice of Larry Kudlow as chief economic adviser, a position with real influence over Americans, crosses a threshold in an administration that has already blurred the line between it and the media.


Corn-state senators seek Trump meeting as U.S. biofuel changes loom

(Reuters) - A group of senators from U.S. corn states have asked President Donald Trump for a meeting about the nation's biofuels law, amid expectations the administration will soon act to lower the regulation's costs to the oil refining industry.

Fact Check

Fact Check: How Trump Has Split With His Administration on Russian Meddling

The administration has been far tougher on Russia than the president himself, whose pattern of diversion has steadily increased since he took office.

Source: Trump enjoying staff speculation

President Donald Trump fuels speculation of more White House turnover as he aims to get closer to having the cabinet that he wants. CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports.


Exclusive: European powers propose new Iran sanctions to meet Trump ultimatum

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria's war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.


Missing worker feared dead after Texas chemical plant blasts

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A worker was missing and feared dead after explosions destroyed a chemical plant in Cresson, Texas, and rescue personnel were searching for the man, officials said on Friday.

United States Politics and Government

Despite Speculation, Trump’s Cabinet Remains Intact

Two embattled cabinet secretaries — Ben Carson and David Shulkin — remained in their jobs Friday. The absence of any formal announcements suggested an effort to tamp down the anxiety in the West Wing.

Panelists erupt over Trump-Stormy Daniels saga

Trump Advisory Board member Paris Dennard and Republican strategist Rick Wilson clash while discussing Stormy Daniels and President Trump.

Analysis: Trump's staffing upheavals come in spurts

Things seem to happen in spurts. Reince Priebus resigned on July 28, but the cards really started to fall a week and a half earlier.


London court rules UK spy behind Trump dossier must give evidence in U.S. libel trial

LONDON (Reuters) - Former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled a "dossier" of allegations linking U.S. President Donald Trump to Russia, must give a deposition in a U.S. libel case, lawyers for the Russian businessman involved said on Friday.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump Was Elected to Govern Without These People

The duty of the president’s team is not to second guess him or the outcome of the last election.

Trump is creating a dangerous echo chamber

Just as Trump urged, Tarkanian drops Senate challenge to run for House seat

Danny Tarkanian is dropping his bid to unseat Nevada Sen. Dean Heller in the Republican primary and running for a House seat instead.


Seoul aims for more talks about talks with North Korea this month

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korea said on Friday it was seeking high-level talks this month with North Korea to prepare for a summit and that the South Korean president may meet Donald Trump before the U.S. president's planned meeting with the North Korean leader.

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United States Economy

Most Americans Produce Services, Not Stuff. Trump Ignores That in Talking About Trade.

The president’s outlook on service workers could have real economic consequences.

Embargoes and Sanctions

Wine and Diamonds: How North Korea Dodges Sanctions

With smuggled luxury goods and illicitly purchased oil, Kim Jong-un’s government maneuvers around measures meant to inhibit its nuclear program.


Porn actress Stormy Daniels physically threatened over Trump: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels was physically threatened and warned to remain silent about her relationship with President Donald Trump, her lawyer told MSNBC and CNN on Friday.


Trump asked South Korea officials to show flexibility in trade talks: Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump asked South Korean officials to show flexibility in trade negotiations with the United States in a phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the Blue House said in a statement on Friday.

The President's personal lawyer and the White House deny allegations of an affair between Daniels and Trump

The lawyer representing Stormy Daniels, the porn star suing President Donald Trump, claimed Friday that she has faced physical threats.

Analysis: Trump's very public embarrassment of H.R. McMaster

President Donald Trump has apparently grown sick of H.R. McMaster and is preparing to jettison his national security adviser in the not-too-distant future. That news was first broken by The Washington Post on Thursday night but subsequently confirmed by CNN. It appears to now be a matter of when, not if, McMaster will leave.


Trump's tariffs head for a legal minefield

GENEVA (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's announcement last week of a 25 percent tariff on U.S. imports of steel and 10 percent on aluminum caused a global outcry.


A decade later, three lessons from the financial crisis

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South Korea aims for high-level talks about talks with North

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will seek high-level talks with North Korea this month as preparations for a summit began on Friday, the presidential chief of staff said, while officials in the South expressed interest in a separate summit with the United States.


ASEAN, Australia reject protectionism amid fears of Trump trade war

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia reject protectionism, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Singapore counterpart said on Friday, amid fears about a possible trade war sparked by U.S. plans to raise tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The latest bombshell: Mueller has subpoenaed Trump Organization records, including some about Russia

If President Vladimir Putin's aim was to become the most incendiary, corrosive influence on American politics, he succeeded spectacularly.


Trump has decided to remove his national security adviser: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to replace his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, but the move is not expected to be made immediately, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.


South Korea gears up for summit, report shows North Korea testing reactor

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean officials began preparations on Friday for a summit next month with North Korea aimed at reducing tensions on the peninsula, as a report showed the North had probably begun testing a nuclear reactor as recently as late February.

Anderson Cooper: Hard to fact-check Trump's fairy tale

CNN's Anderson Cooper looks at President Trump's claims of a US trade deficit with Canada, despite a recent economic report with Trump's signature on it that says the opposite.

Opinion: Why is Trump like a pussycat when it comes to calling out Putin?

Things move fast in President Trump's Washington. You can hardly keep up with the news. Unless, that is, you are waiting for Trump to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government. Then it requires a great deal of patience. And the world has taken notice.

The push for a replacement comes after months of tension between Trump and his national security adviser, sources say

Dana Bash: McMaster's briefing style grated on Trump

CNN's Dana Bash discusses President Donald Trump's decision to remove his national security adviser H.R. McMaster, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.


Donald Trump Jr.'s wife files for divorce in New York

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The wife of Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, has filed for divorce in New York, according to court records.

Trump looks to cable news for new hires

Multiple media personalities have close ties to President Trump's administration. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: Finally, Trump Has Something Bad to Say About Russia

And, not surprisingly, it still falls short.

Kudlow, Lawrence A

In Larry Kudlow, Trump Finds His Economic Evangelist

The new National Economic Council director could help the president sell his agenda, but critics say he could be blinded to bad economic news.

Divorce, Separations and Annulments

Vanessa Trump, Donald Trump Jr.’s Wife, Files for Divorce

The president’s daughter-in-law filed for an uncontested divorce in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday.

Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump are separating

Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa Trump are separating, they announced in a joint statement Thursday.


Chamber of Commerce warns Trump against China tariffs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the most influential U.S. business lobbying group warned the Trump administration on Thursday that unilateral tariffs on Chinese goods could lead to a destructive trade war that will hurt American consumers and U.S. economic growth.

Trump uses 'bowling ball test' to make odd point

President Donald Trump accused Japan of using a "bowling ball test" to cheat US auto companies out of selling cars to Japanese consumers. CNN's Jeanne Moos looks at how social media reacted.


Mexico's No. 2 presidential candidate calls Trump policies 'crazy'

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican presidential candidate running in second place said on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump's economic policies were a "crazy" bid to turn back the clock on advancing technologies that will eliminate manufacturing jobs.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Readies Sweeping Tariffs and Investment Restrictions on China

Before the dust has settled on a plan to introduce sweeping tariffs on foreign metals, the White House is readying another major trade action.


North American 2026 World Cup bid picks 23 potential host cities

(Reuters) - The New York/New Jersey area, Los Angeles, Toronto and Mexico City are among the 23 candidate host cities for the joint United States, Canada and Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, bid officials said on Thursday.


U.S. envoy says he urged North Korea to release Americans before summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department's recently retired envoy for North Korea said on Thursday he has urged North Korea to send a positive signal by releasing three American prisoners before a possible summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Aurora Borealis

Trilobites: Steve, a Famous Northern Light, Stays Mysterious (and Keeps His Name)

Steve is a glowing strip in the night sky, not far from the northern lights. It was named after a cartoon. Now scientists have learned more.

White House: Trump was joking about Japanese bowling ball test

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump was joking when he said Wednesday that Japan uses bowling balls to test the safety of imported cars.

Former US North Korea envoy calls Trump's acceptance of Kim meeting 'a great outcome'

The man who spearheaded US diplomatic efforts on North Korea until his surprise retirement earlier this month said he welcomes plans for a meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which is expected to take place in May.


North Korean foreign minister visits Sweden amid summit speculation

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - North Korea's foreign minister landed in Sweden on Thursday for talks, prompting speculation that the two-day trip could lay the groundwork for a possible meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

How Trudeau copes with Trump lies

In one bizarre, unguarded moment at a private fundraiser in Missouri, Donald Trump showed why months of trade negotiations between Canada, Mexico and the United States have been fitful, frustrating, and fruitless.

Trump pick for UN migration job shared tweets warning of creeping Sharia

The Trump administration's pick to head the United Nations organization that coordinates assistance to migrants worldwide regularly pushed anti-Muslim sentiment, including claims that Muslims were trying to impose Sharia law in the US.


Mueller subpoenas Trump business for Russia, other documents: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents, including some related to Russia, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing two people briefed on the matter.

Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization records

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for business documents, a source familiar with the matter told CNN on Thursday.


U.S. judge says AT&T-Time Warner merger trial may last 8 weeks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said on Thursday a trial to decide if AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc is legal under U.S. antitrust law may last six to eight weeks, significantly longer than previously forecast.

Analysis: Did Mueller just cross Trump's red line?

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for business documents -- some of which are related to Russia, according to The New York Times -- a move that represents the latest evidence that the probe seems to have widened to include far more than simply Russia's attempts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.


Democrats accuse Republicans of stalling on Trump administration records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on a congressional oversight panel accused Republicans on Thursday of failing to insist that U.S. President Donald Trump's administration comply with requests for records in an investigation of security clearance practices, use of private jets and private email accounts.

United States Politics and Government

White House Memo: ‘There Will Always Be Change,’ Trump Says as More Personnel Shake-Ups Loom

The president, who is famously fickle, appears to have soured on additional members of his senior leadership team, and some people around him are convinced he could make more moves soon.

Analysis: There's a lot of smoke around Trump on the Stormy Daniels story

The legal and political storm around Stormy Daniels -- and her allegations that she had an extramarital affair with President Donald Trump in the mid-2000s -- just keeps growing.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributors: Is Trump Giving Authoritarianism a Bad Name?

Support for a “strong” leader has dropped in America — but retains a foothold in the G.O.P.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Says He Made Up Deficit Claim in Talk with Trudeau, Baffling Canadians

The president boasted that he was just improvising when he insisted to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the U.S. had a trade deficit with Canada.

United States Politics and Government

Mueller Subpoenas Trump Organization, Demanding Documents About Russia

The court order is the first known time the special counsel has ordered that documents directly related to the president’s businesses be turned over.


Weathering Trump's skepticism, US officials still fighting global warming

WASHINGTON/OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has bashed international efforts to combat climate change and questioned the scientific consensus that global warming is dangerous and driven by human consumption of fossil fuels.

Analysis: Trump's fib to Trudeau is totally predictable -- and scary

In a speech at a Republican fundraiser on Wednesday, President Trump revealed that he made some stuff up when talking with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

International Trade and World Market

After Admitting Uncertainty Over Trade Figure, Trump Repeats False Claim About Canada

The U.S. had a trade surplus with Canada of $12.5 billion in 2016. But during a fund-raiser in Missouri on Wednesday evening, the president recounted ignoring that reality in a meeting with the Canadian prime minister.

Maryland's state song calls Northerners 'scum.' That may change soon

For almost eight decades, the official state song of Maryland has been a Confederate ballad whose lyrics call Unionists "Northern scum" and President Abraham Lincoln a "despot" and a "tyrant."


Key senator wants documents on Trump CIA nominee's 'black site' record

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lawmaker behind a landmark congressional torture report on Thursday demanded the release of classified documents on past CIA interrogations before the U.S. Senate considers President Donald Trump's nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the spy agency.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Administration Sanctions Russians for Election Meddling and Cyberattacks

The actions came at the same time the Trump administration joined a collective statement with Britain, France and Germany denouncing Russia for its apparent role in a nerve-gas attack.

Trump: 'It certainly looks like' Russia was behind UK spy attack

President Donald Trump, during a meeting Thursday in the Oval Office with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, told reporters that "it certainly looks like" Russia was behind the nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom.

Barron Trump's school doesn't want armed teachers

The school attended by President Donald Trump's youngest son joined an open letter demanding the President pass gun legislation to protect students.

Bill Gates to meet with Trump

Porn star's mom: I would vote for Trump every time

The mother of Stormy Daniels, a porn star in the center of a controversy roiling President Donald Trump's second year in office, said she is a staunch supporter of the President.

See Trump react to cabinet rumors

Donald Trump speaks amid cabinet chaos and rumors of more firings within his administration.

Trump dodges question about Russia sanctions

Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office after announcing sanctions against Russia over election meddling.


Trump administration seeks swift action on Alaska oil leases

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The Trump administration is seeking to sell leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as quickly as possible – drawing fire from opponents of drilling in the sensitive area, who are warning against a rushed process.


U.S. lawmakers: Trump administration risks losing the information war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Influential Republican U.S. lawmakers joined Democrats to urge President Donald Trump on Thursday to take action - including spending millions of dollars allocated by Congress and staffing a key "information warfare" unit - to stop Russian efforts to undermine American national security in cyberspace.


Norway's Scatec Solar says three projects caught in South Africa row

OSLO (Reuters) - Three solar plants planned by Norway's Scatec Solar were among 27 energy deals blocked by a South African court on Tuesday when it agreed to hear a legal challenge by a group loyal to ousted President Jacob Zuma, the firm said on Thursday.

Trump says he made up facts in meeting with Trudeau

President Donald Trump boasted at a private fundraiser Wednesday of making up trade claims during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before knowing whether they were true, according to The Washington Post.


U.S. three-month LIBOR/OIS spread widens beyond 50 bps

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gauge of stress in the U.S. money markets grew to its highest level in more than six years on Thursday, bolstering the risk of further increase in the costs for banks and other...


The lives of three men show why Syria’s rebels are losing

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The war has cost one man part of his liver and intestines. Another his home and work. A third his homeland and studies.

GOP's top Senate brass warn of Trump's Cabinet reshuffle

President Donald Trump's appetite for an ambitious shake-up of his Cabinet and other key advisers is already facing headwinds from inside his own administration and some Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Trump hints at withdrawing US troops from South Korea over trade

President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to threaten to withdraw US troops from South Korea if he can't get a better trade deal with Seoul,


Trump touts new White House economic adviser Kudlow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday named conservative commentator Larry Kudlow as his choice to lead the National Economic Council, one day after the CNBC contributor made the announcement on-air.

Freedom of the Press

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: One Thing Donald Trump Would Like Is Freedom From the Press

The president dreams of living in a world with “Fox & Friends” and almost no one else.

North Korean foreign minister heads to Sweden amid US summit speculation

North Korea's foreign minister is visiting Sweden Thursday and Friday, the Swedish government announced, in the first significant diplomatic move by Pyongyang since a momentous summit with the US was announced a week ago.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Vow on Welfare Faces an Uncertain Future

Disagreement among Republicans as well as the president’s ambivalence have helped thwart a favorite conservative proposal.

Daniels' lawyer says other women are considering legal cases against Trump

The lawyer representing Stormy Daniels says that, on the heels of her lawsuit against Donald Trump, several other women are now exploring the possibility of legal action against the President.


Weathering Trump's skepticism, U.S. officials still fighting global warming

WASHINGTON/OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has bashed international efforts to combat climate change and questioned the scientific consensus that global warming is dangerous and driven by human consumption of fossil fuels.


Senators to grill Trump's pick for NSA chief on Russia, privacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators will grill President Donald Trump's pick to lead the National Security Agency on the government's surveillance reach and a range of cyber security issues on Thursday, when he faces his second confirmation hearing to lead the electronic spy agency.


INSIGHT-Weathering Trump's skepticism, US officials still fighting global warming

WASHINGTON/OSLO, March 15 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has bashed international efforts to combat climate change and questioned the scientific consensus that global warming is dangerous and driven by human consumption of fossil fuels.


Former Trump campaign manager Manafort files to dismiss charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on Wednesday filed a motion in federal court seeking to dismiss charges against him, saying that the special counsel had exceeded his authority by charging Manafort with crimes not related to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Don Lemon: Voters sent a strong message to Trump

CNN's Don Lemon says President Trump wants to replace the staffers that he chose with peoples that won't restrain him and "let Trump be Trump."

Trump voter: I stopped believing 6 months ago

The nationally watched congressional battle in Pennsylvania was viewed as a referendum on President Trump. CNN's Gary Tuchman went searching for some voters in that race.

Stormy Daniels crowdfunding her legal fees in suit against Trump

The porn star suing President Donald Trump is using a crowdfunding effort to cover her legal fees and other related expenses.

Trump would call Daniels 'all the time' during affair, her friend says

Keith Munyan, a close personal friend of Stormy Daniels, confirmed to CNN he listened in on several private phone conversations between the porn actress and the man who would become president.

New documents raise questions about Michael Cohen's claim that neither the Trump Organization nor campaign 'was a party to the transaction'

New documents obtained by CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" on Wednesday suggest a deeper link than previously known between the Trump Organization and the company that Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, established in 2016 to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels in exchange for silence about her alleged affair with Trump.

Lawyer says Trump Organization wanted a muzzle on Daniels

The attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, says it's clear the Trump Organization is linked to the arbitration agreement with his client and wanted to put a "muzzle" on her.


Halep prevails in three sets to advance to semi-finals

(Reuters) - Romanian world number one Simona Halep overcame strong winds and a determined Petra Martic of Croatia to advance to the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a three-set victory on Wednesday.

Opinion: Trump's Saccone spin won't work

The White House and Republican leaders are struggling to paper over the failure of their candidate for the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, painting the strong showing of his Democratic challenger as a kind of victory for President Donald Trump's agenda.

Friend: Trump called Daniels all the time

Keith Munyan, a close personal friend of Stormy Daniels, confirmed to CNN he listened in on several private phone conversations between the porn actress and Donald Trump, noting that Trump "would call all the time." CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Elections, House of Representatives

In Pennsylvania Election Shaped by Trump, Candidates Still Mattered

Some voters in a special House race supported Conor Lamb to express their dislike of the president. Others just liked Mr. Lamb better than his Republican opponent.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Want to Dive Into the Trump Job Pool? Ask Me Anything

The career counselor has the answers.


Differences on North Korea key to Trump's Tillerson decision: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Differences over how to deal with North Korea's nuclear challenge were a key factor in President Donald Trump's decision to replace Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state, according to sources familiar with the internal deliberations.


Trump picks TV commentator Kudlow to succeed Cohn as economic adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. television commentator and conservative economic analyst Larry Kudlow will replace Gary Cohn as President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, the White House and Kudlow said on Wednesday, adding another loyalist to Trump's inner circle.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Dictators Love Trump, and He Loves Them

The United States used to stand up for human rights, but that was before the Trump administration.


Trump Will Name Larry Kudlow as Top Economic Adviser

The CNBC commentator, who would replace the former Wall Street executive Gary D. Cohn, said Mr. Trump “regards himself as a free trader.”

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

Editorial: Trump Was Right to Block a Merger

The attempted Broadcom-Qualcomm deal would have hurt competition.

United States Politics and Government

Conor Lamb Wins Pennsylvania House Seat and Shows Democrats the Way Into Trump Country

Democrat Conor Lamb’s performance in a Southwestern Pennsylvania House race rattled Republicans and showed Democrats how to win back Trump voters.

Six ways Trump can help stop Russian meddling

The controversial draft report from the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee, revealed this week, purports to conclude that Russia did not undertake active measures to help President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. In so doing, the report is directly at odds with the US intelligence community, which concluded just the opposite: that Russia did intervene to help elect Trump.


Kudlow says Trump to name him top White House economic adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. television commentator and conservative economic analyst Larry Kudlow said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump had picked him to replace Gary Cohn as the top White House economic adviser.

Stranded mom issues urgent plea to Trump

Despite news of civilian evacuations taking place in Eastern Ghouta, hundreds of thousands of people remain trapped and under the Russian-backed Syrian government's military campaign that has killed more than a thousand in less than three weeks. A trapped American mother of eight has a message for US President Trump and for the world. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh reports.

700 students at his school in North Carolina. He stood alone

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Justin Blackman got up from his desk and calmly walked out of Mr. Mendez's Spanish class. When he got outside, he discovered he was the only one.

Trump signals wider West Wing shake-up

A day after firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, sources indicate President Trump may not be done with his West Wing shake-up. CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports.

Opinion: Trump right to purge his Cabinet

Having sacked Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, President Donald Trump has signaled that other heads could be meant for the guillotine. Perhaps as many as nine. Cabinet massacres of that scale are usually a sign of instability, even failing leadership. It wasn't Jimmy Carter's Crisis of Confidence speech in 1979 that destroyed his credibility so much as the mass Cabinet firing that followed it.


FBI official scorned by Trump may be fired days before retirement: media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The former FBI deputy director scheduled to retire on Sunday, Andrew McCabe, may be fired over allegations that he misled investigators about sharing sensitive information with the media, which would make him ineligible for full retirement benefits, according to the Washington Post and New York Times on Wednesday.

Democrats want no part of Clinton's diss on Trump voters

Hillary Clinton's frustrated critique of her rejection by a portion of the American electorate has drawn criticism from fellow Democrats who need to win those parts of the country to keep their jobs in November.

Trump's new top economic adviser hates tariffs

Larry Kudlow, President Trump's pick to run the National Economic Council, has been vocal in his criticism of the President's tariffs.


Trump taps Kudlow to be top economic adviser: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has picked television commentator and economic analyst Larry Kudlow to replace Gary Cohn as the top White House economic adviser, the Washington Post and CNBC reported on Wednesday.

Trump eyes purging Cabinet 'deadweight'

President Donald Trump is openly wondering what happened to the collection of officials he described only five months ago as the "finest group of people ever assembled" as members of his Cabinet find themselves embroiled in ethics scandals or woefully at odds with the White House.


In warning for Trump, Democrats claim win in Pennsylvania

CANONSBURG, Pa./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans sounded alarm bells on Wednesday after Democrats claimed victory in a Pennsylvania congressional election seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump's performance, although the final vote result remained officially too close to call.

Democratic Party

Op-Ed Contributor: How a Democrat Succeeds in Trump Country

Conor Lamb shows that it can be done.

Kudlow to become Trump's top economic adviser

President Donald Trump will name Larry Kudlow, the conservative media analyst who served as his informal economic adviser during the 2016 campaign, the next head of the White House National Economic Council, a source familiar with the decision tells CNN.

Trump, Donald J

Trump, Pressured to Criticize Russia for Poisoning, Leaves Comment to Aides

The president, who was visiting California before heading to Missouri, came under pressure to join a NATO ally, Britain, in taking action in response to the attack on its soil.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Andrew McCabe, a Symbol of Trump’s F.B.I. Ire, Faces Possible Firing

Mr. McCabe faces accusations that he was not forthcoming about F.B.I. media contacts. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing a recommendation that he be fired, just days before his retirement.

Hearing set in Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump

A hearing date has been set for the lawsuit adult film actress Stormy Daniels filed against President Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen's company to dissolve their non-disclosure agreement.


Trump would sign Republican bill on school safety, White House says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is ready to sign a bill aimed at preventing school violence like the mass shooting that killed 17 in Florida last month, which would boost funding for coordination between schools and law enforcement and which the House of Representatives is poised to pass later on Wednesday.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Strong Performance by Democrat Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania Shakes Trump and G.O.P.

Voters who turned out for Donald Trump in 2016 appeared to turn on his chosen House candidate Tuesday, helping Conor Lamb, the Democrat, take a slight lead.