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US political system 'eats itself,' Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin in a recent interview separated a conciliatory attitude toward US President Donald Trump from his staunch criticism of the US political system, which he said is unwieldy and self-defeating. [Source]

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French ex-president Sarkozy in custody in campaign funding probe: source

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was being held in police custody on Tuesday for questioning by magistrates looking into allegations of Libyan funding for his 2007 election campaign, an official in the French judiciary said.

The special counsel's team gives Trump's lawyers more details on what they want to talk to the President about

As President Donald Trump's reaction to special counsel Robert Mueller grows more irate by the day, attorneys on both sides sat down last week in a rare face-to-face discussion about the topics investigators could inquire of the President. It was the first in-person meeting after several weeks of informal discussions between the two sides, according to two sources familiar with the talks.


Driving With Assad: Syria’s President Tours a Destroyed Suburb

As his soldiers wage a brutal offensive near Damascus, President Bashar al-Assad takes a leisurely drive into the heart of the civil war.


Palestinian President attacks Hamas, calls U.S. ambassador 'son of a dog'

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called the U.S. ambassador to Israel a "son of a dog" because of his support for Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.

WaPo: Trump lawyers trying to get ahead of Mueller interview

Lawyers for President Donald Trump recently provided the special counsel's office with documents in an attempt to limit the scope of an interview between Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller, The Washington Post reported Monday.

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Cambridge Analytica, Trump-Tied Political Firm, Offered to Entrap Politicians

A British TV station sent a reporter to pose as a prospective client, and secretly filmed Cambridge Analytica’s chief executive offering to engage in dirty tricks.


Kremlin Credits the West for Big Turnout for Putin

Officials said Western pressure had galvanized “the consolidation and unification” of support for the Russian president in Sunday’s presidential vote.


Palestinian President threatens to end Gaza reconciliation with Hamas

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday blamed the Islamist Hamas group for a bomb attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, and threatened to end reconciliation efforts with his bitter rivals.


Venezuelan health system decays further, opposition-led survey says

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's health system is sinking into further disarray, a survey led by the opposition-dominated Congress showed on Monday, with most hospitals plagued by water outages, unable to feed patients and lacking even basic devices like catheters.


After landslide re-election, Russia's Putin tells West: I don't want arms race

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a softer tone toward the West on Monday after winning his biggest ever election victory, saying he had no desire for an arms race and would do everything he could to resolve differences with other countries.


Palestinian President Abbas blames Hamas for bomb attack on PM convoy in Gaza

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday blamed the Islamist Hamas group for the March 13 bomb attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, saying it was a "despicable and sinful act."

Trump, Donald J

Trump to Hire Lawyer Who Has Pushed Theory That Justice Dept. Framed the President

The lawyer, Joseph E. diGenova, will serve as an aggressive player on the president’s legal team.


Putin savors record win, securing six more years at Russia's helm

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin basked in his biggest ever election victory on Monday, extending his rule over the world's largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory.

Americans more politically engaged, poll finds

Majorities of Americans expressed concern about government surveillance and the influence of unelected officials on government policy in a new poll released Monday by Monmouth University.


Collateral damage: How Trump threw Canada's refugee system into turmoil

TORONTO (Reuters) - Buffered by three oceans and the United States to the south, Canada has for decades had the luxury of being able to pick and choose its newcomers. So few asylum seekers crossed the U.S. border illegally over the years that Canada didn’t consistently track the numbers.


Putin savors big victory after winning six more years at Russia's helm

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin basked in a landslide re-election victory on Monday, extending his rule over the world's largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory.


China forms new economic team as President Xi kicks off second term

BEIJING (Reuters) - China elevated a key confidante of President Xi Jinping to one of the top positions in government on Monday as Beijing cracks down on riskier financing and a debt build-up that may pose systemic risks to the world's second-largest economy.


China elects new economic team as President Xi kicks off second term

BEIJING (Reuters) - China elevated a key confidante of President Xi Jinping to one of the top positions in government on Monday as Beijing cracks down on riskier financing and a debt to reduce systemic risks to the world's second-largest economy.

Europe Edition: Putin, Brexit, Facebook: Your Monday Briefing

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


Powell's Fed to show policy caution, shun political friction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jerome Powell heads for his first interest rate increase as Federal Reserve Chairman this week with an unanswered question looming above others: could his optimism about the U.S. economy lead to more hikes than markets have prepared for?

Village is a shrine to China's President

Visitors from across China are flocking to see President Xi Jinping's home village.

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

He has damaged the American brand.

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Op-Ed Columnist: A Winning Political Issue Hiding in Plain Sight

An issue that people care about and doesn’t need to be partisan.

Kidnapping and Hostages

‘We Are Here for Your Students’: Boko Haram Abduction of More Girls Pressures Nigeria’s President

The attack on the Dapchi school, in which gunmen gathered up 110 girls, has left parents asking how the government could let a mass kidnapping happen, again.


Putin wins another six years at Russia's helm in landslide victory

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday, extending his rule over the world's largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory.


Putin says 'nonsense' to think Russia would poison spy in Britain

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday it was nonsense to think that Moscow would have poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who are critically ill in a British hospital.

Putin wins 6 more years in power, exit polls show

Vladimir Putin is set to extend his power in Russia for another six years after winning Sunday's presidential election with the majority of the vote, exit polls show.

The West must find courage to stand up to Putin

After the weekend's election in Russia and the expected coronation of Vladimir Putin as president yet again, some 20% of the world's population and 17% of its entire land mass will could be ruled by two individuals serving, unchallenged, for life.


Burundi to hold referendum on extending presidential terms in May

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza on Sunday set May 17 as the date for a referendum that could extend his rule for at least a decade.

Expect more trouble from Putin after the election

Modeled on the President's Daily Briefing, which the director of national intelligence prepares for the President almost daily, I am providing a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across the desk of the President of the United States this week.


Mexico leftist says he would try to halt energy auctions if president-elect

MEXICO CITY, March 18 (Reuters) - Mexico's leftist presidential front-runner said on Sunday that if he wins the July election, he will ask President Enrique Pena Nieto to stop at least two energy auctions scheduled to take place before the new president takes office.


Peru president says he used offshore firm to legally avoid U.S. taxes: audio

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's embattled President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski told a congressional investigative committee that he used a company in the British Virgin Islands to legally avoid paying U.S. taxes, according to audio heard by Reuters on Sunday.

The President lashed out at the special counsel's team, seeming to suggest it has a partisan bias

President Donald Trump started his Sunday morning by lashing out at special counsel Robert Mueller's team, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and former FBI Director James Comey.

Africa's only female president to resign

The president of Mauritius will resign this week over claims she used a credit card provided to her by an NGO for personal expenses, her lawyer said.

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Presidential Vote in Russia Sure to Give Putin 6 More Years

Vladimir V. Putin’s popularity, and firm grip, will assure him a fourth term. The size of the turnout will be seen as the strength of Mr. Putin’s mandate.


Maduro challenger shakes up Venezuela's presidential vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - At each other's throats for two decades, militants of Venezuela's socialist state and opposition seldom agree on anything. Yet mention the name of presidential candidate Henri Falcon, and both are liable to spit.


China propaganda kicks into overdrive as 'helmsman' Xi re-anointed president

BEIJING (Reuters) - With pictures of ecstatic citizens standing in applause, tearful legislators and even a social media game, China's propaganda drive has kicked into high gear following Xi Jinping's unanimous reappointment as president.


Putin on track for commanding win as Russians head to polls

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, Russia (Reuters) - Russians began voting in a presidential election on Sunday set to give Vladimir Putin a commanding victory that could only be blemished if large numbers do not bother taking part because the result is so predictable.

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?

Russian polls open as Putin seeks tighter grip

Russians vote Sunday in a presidential election widely expected to cement President Vladimir Putin's power for another six years.


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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News Analysis: The Poison Putin Spreads

The long-serving Russian leader, who is about to be re-elected for a six-year term, has become a model for the modern autocrat.

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.

Attorney John Dowd told CNN he's speaking for himself, but earlier said he was speaking for the President

President Donald Trump's attorney John Dowd is calling for the end of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling.

#MeToo Movement

President of Steven Cohen’s Investment Firm Quits Amid Gender Bias Lawsuit

Douglas Haynes stepped down as president of the $11 billion investment firm, a month after being named as a defendant in a gender discrimination lawsuit.


China's parliament re-elects Xi Jinping as president

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largely rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday unanimously re-elected Xi Jinping as the country's president.


EMERGING MARKETS-LatAm currencies seesaw on U.S. political woes

(Adds detail on Argentina intervention, closing prices) By Bruno Federowski BRASILIA, March 16 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies seesawed on Friday as speculation that more top Trump administration officials could be replaced and concerns U.S. trade tariffs could hurt the global economy weighed on demand for risky assets. U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to replace his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. At the same tim


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Op-Ed Columnist: The Rise of Euro-Putinism

Putin’s victory on Sunday is a certainty, but what other victories might he win in Europe?

Miami, Louise Slaughter, Putin: Your Friday Evening Briefing

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

No one is stopping Putin from stoking a war in Syria

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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.

Politics and Government

Putin ‘Likely’ Ordered Russian Ex-Spy’s Poisoning, Britain Says

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made the remarks just hours before the police in London said they were treating the death of another Russian expatriate as a murder.


Putin Is Certain to Win Re-election, but His Support May Be Slipping

A protest figure, the Communist Party candidate, has shown growing strength in the Russian presidential vote, particularly in the cities.


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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.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Op-Ed Contributor: What Makes Putin So Popular at Home? His Reputation Abroad

The truth is, Russia’s president would win this weekend’s election even without manipulating the ballot.


Nike brand president resigns; company probes workplace complaints

(Reuters) - Nike Inc's namesake brand President Trevor Edwards has resigned and will retire in August, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Europe Edition: Vladimir Putin, Eastern Ghouta, Unilever: Your Friday Briefing

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


Asian shares slip as new U.S. political worries sour mood

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks slid on Friday as reports of more chaos in the Trump administration tested investors' nerves, already frayed by fears that U.S. tariffs could hurt the global economy and trigger a trade war.


Stormy Daniels Interview to Air on ‘60 Minutes’ This Month

Last week, Anderson Cooper interviewed Stephanie Clifford, who said she had an affair with Donald J. Trump.

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.


Asian shares on defensive as new political worries sour mood

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks were on the defensive on Friday as worries over the U.S. investigation into the Trump Organization tested investor nerves, already frayed by fears U.S. tariffs could hurt the global economy and trigger a trade war.

White House won't say if Putin is a friend or a foe

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders wouldn't say Thursday whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was a friend or a foe, telling reporters: "Russia is going to have to make that determination."


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.


U.S. sanctions Russians for meddling, but not Putin's oligarchs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States slapped sanctions on Russian individuals and entities for U.S. election meddling and cyber attacks but put off targeting oligarchs and government officials close to President Vladimir Putin, prompting lawmakers in both parties to say President Donald Trump needs to do much more.

White House won't say if Putin is friend or foe

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says it is up to Russia to determine whether they are a friend or foe.

Women and Girls

Exposures: Babushkas for Putin

Russian women, who outlive men by more than a decade on average, are among the president’s biggest fans, especially older women.

Embargoes and Sanctions

Op-Ed Contributor: Hitting Putin Where It Hurts

To get back at Moscow for attempting an assassination on British soil, Prime Minister Theresa May should go after the oligarchs.

No, Mr. President. The US doesn't have a trade deficit with Canada


Putin rides 'Russia First' wave toward election victory

MOSCOW/YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian voters are set to propel Vladimir Putin to another term as president in an election on Sunday, giving him credit for standing up for Russia against Western governments that view him as a dangerous autocrat.

Human Rights and Human Rights Violations

Victims of Political Violence Want More Than Handshake From Kenyan Leaders

The country’s political rivals have pledged to work together, but the people who suffered violence during their prolonged battles feel forgotten and betrayed.


Slovak president supports PM's resignation condition: government party

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak President Andrej Kiska supports Prime Minister Robert Fico's offer to resign on condition that his party be allowed to pick the next government leader, a junior party in the ruling coalition said on Thursday.


Japan's Osaka Gas has not bought LNG to replace Papua New Guinea outage - President

TOKYO, March 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Osaka Gas has so far not bought liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes to replace supplies from the shutdown of ExxonMobil Corp's Papua New Guinea project following a powerful earthquake in the country's remote highlands last month, its top executive said on Thursday.


UK's Johnson says corrupt Putin allies may be targeted

LONDON (Reuters) - British foreign minister Boris Johnson suggested on Thursday that corrupt Russians who owe their wealth to their ties with President Vladimir Putin could be targeted by British police in retaliation for a nerve attack on a Russian ex-spy.

Politics and Government

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Welcome to the Era of Presidents for Life

Xi Jinping’s abolition of term limits will reverberate far beyond China’s borders.


Thai auto heir launches new party, promises to heal political rift

BANGKOK, March 15 (Reuters) - A scion of Thailand's biggest auto parts group launched a new political party in Bangkok on Thursday as an alternative to established parties, promising to bridge a festering political divide in the country.

Senator: House Intel outcome gift to Putin

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut slammed Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee for ending their probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying that this conclusion was a gift to both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.


Phys Ed: How Exercise Can Keep Aging Muscles and Immune Systems ‘Young’

Older cyclists are not like most of the rest of us. They are healthier. They are, biologically, younger.


British PM May expels 23 Russian spies but stops well short of bothering Putin

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May's response to Russia after a nerve agent attack on British soil is unlikely to trouble Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin unduly, despite the expression of outrage that greeted it in Moscow.


Russia's Putin, in home straight of election campaign, visits Crimea

THE KERCH STRAIT/SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Crimea on Wednesday, touting his annexation of the peninsula to voters days before an election all but guaranteed to deliver him a second consecutive term in power.

Reporter confronts Putin about poisoning

A BBC reporter confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin about the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.


Broadcom ends bid for Qualcomm after President Trump nixes deal

(Reuters) - Singapore-based Broadcom Ltd withdrew its $117 billion bid to acquire Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday, two days after U.S. President Donald Trump blocked the attempt citing national security concerns.

Hawking's rare interview with Larry King

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking talks about the creation of the universe in a 2010 interview with Larry King.


Exclusive: China's regulators compete to look tough as political pressure mounts

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's financial watchdogs are pushing for harsher rules and stepping up action against miscreants, spurred on by official pressure on them to curb risk in the financial system, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

Stranded American mother of eight issues urgent plea to President Trump

Deana Lynn is a 44-year-old mother from Michigan and she has been trapped in Ghouta, Syria, since 2000 with her husband and eight children. She is calling on President Trump to help Syrian citizens.


Japan political longevity likely elusive in a post-Abe world

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made some lasting changes to bolster the power of the premier's office, but his political longevity is mainly due to strong allies, weak enemies and good luck - a hat trick successors may find hard to emulate.

Bribery and Kickbacks

Now Two Former Presidents of South Korea Are Under Investigation

Lee Myung-bak is the fifth former South Korean president to be questioned by prosecutors on corruption accusations since the 1990s.


Former South Korean president Lee appears for questioning over graft charges

SEOUL (Reuters) - Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak appeared for questioning on Wednesday over allegations he took bribes when he was in office, following months of investigations into his family and acquaintances over the graft charges.


Woods and Els named as Presidents Cup captains

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Tiger Woods and Ernie Els shifted their decades-long friendly rivalry onto the international stage as they were officially named captains for the 2019 Presidents Cup on Tuesday.

President tells Marines they 'wouldn't be going to Mars' if Clinton had won


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United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Under Pompeo, a Foreign Policy That Fits the President’s Worldview

The man who would become secretary of state opposes the nuclear deal with Iran and doubts North Korea will give up its nuclear arsenal through negotiations.

United States Politics and Government

Mike Pompeo, a Hawk Who Pleased the President, Moves From Spying to Diplomacy

In his short tenure at the C.I.A., Mike Pompeo has brought a more openly political approach. But his clout at the White House was welcomed at the agency.


Britain gives Putin until midnight to explain nerve attack on former spy

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain gave President Vladimir Putin until midnight on Tuesday to explain how a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union was used to strike down a former Russian double agent who passed secrets to British intelligence.


Putin faces midnight deadline to explain nerve attack on former spy to UK

LONDON (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin faces a midnight deadline to explain to Britain how a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union was used to strike down a former Russian double agent who passed secrets to British intelligence.


GM president says 'shared sacrifice' needed to fix GM Korea

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co President Dan Ammann said on Monday the automaker's troubled South Korean operations can be a "sustainable, profitable business," if unions and the South Korean government agree quickly on a restructuring.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: Vladimir Putin’s Toxic Reach

President Trump must get NATO to forcefully respond to the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil.

Espionage and Intelligence Services

As Putin’s Opponents Flocked to London, His Spies Followed

Russia now has more intelligence agents in London than during the Cold War. The poisoning of a retired Russian double agent has put pressure on the British government to rein them in.


President Trump halts Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blocked microchip maker Broadcom Ltd's proposed takeover of Qualcomm Inc on national security grounds, ending what would have been the technology industry's biggest deal ever amid concerns that it would give China the upper hand in mobile communications.


UPDATE 9-President Trump halts Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm

March 12 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blocked microchip maker Broadcom Ltd's proposed takeover of Qualcomm Inc on national security grounds, ending what would have been the technology industry's biggest deal ever amid concerns that it would give China the upper hand in mobile communications.


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A Visit Behind the Lines: President Trump Heads to California

Mr. Trump is making his first visit as president to California at a time of extraordinary tensions between these two governments.

O.J. Simpson discusses murders in interview

In a 2006 Fox interview, O.J. Simpson details a "shocking hypothetical account" of the 1994 murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Opinion: Why the OJ Simpson interview is ludicrous

Did O.J. have help? That question has lingered over the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman for more than two decades. The evidence that Simpson himself committed the killing has looked ever more persuasive over the years, but Internet experts and others have long raised the question of possible accomplices, usually pointing to Simpson's son from his first marriage, Jason.


Golf: Els to captain Internationals at 2019 Presidents Cup

(Reuters) - South African Ernie Els will be captain of the International team for next year's Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, a source told Reuters on Monday.


Air Canada: System-wide outage disrupts airport, aircraft operations

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Air Canada on Monday said a system-wide computer outage is affecting the carrier’s operations, including booking, airport operations and aircraft departures.


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White House officials alarmed at education secretary's interview

White House officials were alarmed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' struggle to answer basic questions about the nation's schools and failure to defend the administration's newly proposed school safety measures during a tour of television interviews Sunday and Monday, according to two sources familiar with their reaction.

United States Politics and Government

After Putin Raises Jews, Democrats Implore Trump to Extradite Russians

Democrats on Monday begged President Trump to press the extradition of 13 Russians indicted on a charge of interfering in the 2016 election after Putin blamed “Jews.”

Here's how hard President Trump's steel tariffs could hit Ford and General Motors

Putin says he gave order to shoot down passenger plane in 2014

Russia's Vladimir Putin ordered the downing of a passenger plane that had reportedly been overtaken by hijackers planning to target the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, the President said in a new film.

Daniels to make new claims about Trump in upcoming interview

Analysis: Know who's afraid of the NRA? President Trump

Less than two weeks ago, President Donald Trump was mocking Republican Sen. Pat Toomey for being "afraid of the NRA" due to the fact that his bipartisan gun control proposal didn't include a provision to raise the the age to certain types of guns from 18 to 21.


The O.J. Simpson Interview on Fox: Gripping, Gross or Both?

On Sunday Fox aired “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession,” a special built around a “hypothetical” explanation of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.


Goldman Sachs president Schwartz to retire in April

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc said on Monday that Harvey Schwartz, the bank's president and co-chief operating officer, will retire, paving the way for David Solomon to become sole president and Chief Operating Officer.


UPDATE 1-Goldman Sachs president Schwartz to retire in April

March 12 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc said on Monday that Harvey Schwartz, the bank's president and co-chief operating officer, will retire, paving the way for David Solomon to become sole president and Chief Operating Officer.


Artist Ai Weiwei unfazed by China ending presidential term limits

SYDNEY (Reuters) - China's removal of presidential term limits, effectively letting President Xi Jinping hold office for life, will have no impact on its culture, artist Ai Weiwei said on Monday, as he unveiled a giant artwork in Sydney depicting asylum seekers.

Putin: Maybe Jews or minorities are behind US election interference

Jewish groups are criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin after he suggested Russian minorities such as Jews or Tatars could be behind alleged meddling in the 2016 US Presidential election.


Chinese papers defend removing term presidential limits

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state media on Monday attacked criticism of a vote to end presidential term limits, which effectively allows President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, saying the key to China's path was following the Communist Party.

Putin 'couldn't care less' if Russian citizens meddled in US election

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he "couldn't care less" if Russian citizens tried to meddle in the 2016 US election because, he claimed, the perpetrators weren't linked to the Kremlin.


Colombians pick candidates in two primaries for May presidential election

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque and leftist Gustavo Petro will lead their respective coalitions in Colombia's May presidential election after winning primaries on Sunday.


Chinese state media defends removing presidential term limits

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state media on Monday attacked critics of ending presidential term limits, which effectively now allows President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, saying the key to China's path was following the Communist Party.

United States Politics and Government

As ‘60 Minutes’ Prepares Stormy Daniels Interview, Lawyers Battle

Lawyers for the president and the porn actress sparred over the weekend, as “60 Minutes” prepared to show an interview it conducted with her last week.

Oprah has advice for any 2020 presidential candidates

Oprah Winfrey says she's "not running for office" in 2020, but she's got some advice for anyone who does.

President boasts of special election wins as he works to avoid an embarrassing loss in a blue-collar district

President Donald Trump on Sunday kept up the drumbeat for Republican Rick Saccone ahead of a special election in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, boasting of his party's "5-0" record in House special elections.

Organized Labor

My Union or My President? Dueling Loyalties Mark Pennsylvania Race

Working-class voters are the prize in a widely watched special congressional race on Tuesday, as unions try to line up their pro-Trump members behind a moderate Democrat, Conor Lamb.


Majority of Peruvians favor impeaching president: Ipsos poll

LIMA (Reuters) - A majority of Peruvians want President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to resign or be forced from office by Congress, according to a poll by Ipsos published in a local newspaper on Sunday.


Putin order for bomb threat plane to be downed in 2014 canceled after false alarm

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Vladimir Putin in 2014 ordered a passenger aircraft which was reported to be carrying a bomb and targeting the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi to be downed, the president said in a film shown on Sunday.


Conservative Pinera begins second term as Chile's president

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera was sworn in as Chile's president on Sunday, returning to the job after four years of center-left rule with promises to revive investments in the world's top copper producer.


Israel's Elbit to buy state-owned IMI Systems for 1.8 bln shekels

JERUSALEM, March 11 (Reuters) - The Israeli government said on Sunday it was selling weapons manufacturer IMI Systems to Elbit Systems for 1.8 billion shekels ($523 million).


China allows Xi to remain president indefinitely, tightening his grip on power

BEIJING (Reuters) - China removed presidential term limits from its constitution on Sunday, giving President Xi Jinping the right to remain in office indefinitely, and confirming his status as the country's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong died more than 40 years ago.


China allows Xi to remain president indefinitely

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largely rubber stamp parliament on Sunday passed a series of constitutional amendments, including one that removes presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely.

Elizabeth Warren says she isn't running for president in 2020

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn't running for president in 2020.

President Trump mocks being presidential

During a campaign speech for Rick Saccone, the GOP candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, President Trump mocked what "being presidential" would sound like, after recounting criticism on how he speaks.

President says his 2020 slogan will be 'Keep America Great!'

President Donald Trump on Saturday offered a preview of his 2020 campaign, announcing his new slogan will be "Keep American Great!" because 'Make America Great Again' is now outdated.


Op-Ed Columnist: The First Porn President

Can the reckoning reach all the way into the Oval?

President Trump's estranged adviser tells a far-right gathering in France to handle accusations of racism with pride

President Donald Trump's estranged adviser Steve Bannon told a far-right gathering in France on Saturday that they should handle accusations of racism with pride.

United States International Relations

Trump to Make First Visit as President to Latin America

The itinerary will include Peru, where President Trump will attend a summit meeting with leaders who have criticized his policies on immigration, and Colombia.


'No one above law' in Mexico graft fight, says presidential hopeful Meade

ACAPULCO (Reuters) - Mexico's attorney general should be given more autonomy to fight graft so that no one, not even the president, is above the law, the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party's (PRI) presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade said.


Tennis: Kvitova beats Putintseva in marathon match at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - Petra Kvitova survived a marathon second-round match against Dulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan to emerge with a 6-7(4) 7-6(3) 6-4 at the BNP Paribas Open in California on Friday.

Telephones and Telecommunications

AT&T Backs Off Political Argument in Antitrust Case

AT&T has said the government blocked the company’s deal with Time Warner because of presidential politics. But that argument was absent in a filing on Friday.

Trump isn't the 1st US president to get a North Korean invite. But he's the first to accept.

No US president has agreed to sit down with a North Korean leader -- until now.

United States Politics and Government

Washington Memo: The President and the Porn Star: A Story’s Slow Rise Above the Din

For nearly two months, Stormy Daniels has not been the biggest story out of the Trump White House. Is that changing?

Putin responds to election meddling

In an interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly, Vladimir Putin had this to say about the 2016 US presidential election.


Austrian president fumes as police raids set off political storm

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's president has demanded explanations over police raids targeting offices and staff of the main domestic intelligence service, in a case that has stoked concerns about the far right's control of the Interior Ministry.


‘We Should Unite’: Kenya’s Top Political Rivals Hold Surprise Meeting

After months of escalating tension following bitterly contentious elections, the president and the opposition leader promised to work together.

Opinion: Watching 'A Wrinkle in Time' is a political act

Purchasing a movie ticket has become the latest act of political resistance.


Kenya's president, opposition leader pledge to heal divisions

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta called opposition leader Raila Odinga "his brother" on Friday and promised "we will begin a process of bringing our people together" after last year's contentious elections.


In Congo, voting machines raise suspicions among president's foes

DAKAR/NAIROBI (Reuters) - When election officials unveiled voting machines that resemble large tablet computers in Democratic Republic of Congo, they hailed them as the solution to a multitude of problems.


UPDATE 3-Oil edges up as U.S. President Trump set to meet North Korea's Kim

* Trump will accept invitation to meet Kim Jong Un -White House

Advisers were preparing details of new tariffs when the President made a stunning decision on North Korea

When White House aides arrived at work Thursday, they were prepared for a market-shaking event that would prompt jitters among US allies and cause heartburn among establishment thinkers, even Republicans.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: President Trump’s North Korea Gamble

Talking is better than bombing, but a summit is not the way to begin.


Oil prices rise as US President Trump set to meet North Korea's Kim

* Trump will accept invitation to meet Kim Jong Un -White House

Defense and Military Forces

Russia’s Greatest Problem in Syria: Its Ally, President Assad

The Syrian leader’s push for a military victory has put the Kremlin in a corner, unable either to risk a withdrawal or to craft the political settlement that would cement its gains in the region.


Colombia Rebel Ends Presidential Campaign, in Blow to Peace Process

Rodrigo Londoño, a former rebel commander known widely by his alias, Timochenko, exited the race after undergoing heart surgery.


Venezuela opposition calls for protest against presidential vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition is calling for a national protest later this month against a "fraudulent" election it says is stacked in favor of President Nicolas Maduro, the first major mobilization since last year's wave of street protests.

Reporter who interviewed Stormy Daniels speaks

Jordi Lippe-McGraw, who interviewed Stormy Daniels for InTouch magazine in 2011, tells CNN's Brooke Baldwin what she learned from her conversations with the former porn star about her alleged affair with Donald Trump.


Former Trump aide interviewed by House committee over Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, arrived at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to be interviewed by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee as it investigates Russia and the 2016 U.S. election.

President's demand for tariffs have rattled US allies and prompted his top economist to quit. He doesn't care.

President Donald Trump signaled on Thursday he was intent on slapping new tariffs on steel and aluminum despite lingering legal questions and steep resistance from members of his own party and major US allies.


Colombia's FARC candidate out of presidential race over ill health

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's former FARC rebels will not run a candidate in the country's May presidential election, the group said on Thursday, as its candidate, Rodrigo Londono, battles heart problems.

The adult movie star has drawn the White House into a politically damaging sexual melodrama

Stormy Daniels is playing Donald Trump at his own game.


Mexico says progress needed before president meets Trump

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - White House advisor Jared Kushner left Mexico City on Wednesday with prospects no nearer for a summit between his father-in-law President Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, as both sides said progress on joint policy concerns was needed first.

What are the chances of another President Kennedy?

Could a Kennedy become president again? That question has hovered over American politics for more than a half century.

President reportedly asked his former chief of staff if investigators had been 'nice'

President Donald Trump reportedly asked his former chief of staff Reince Priebus if special counsel investigators had been "nice" during his interview, according to The New York Times, citing two people familiar with the conversation.


Kushner Meets With Mexican President, Underscoring Shift in U.S. Diplomacy

Public fights with Mexico, vows to end relations with Cuba, and a high-profile exit from a major regional trade deal have signaled a sharp change in America’s approach in the region.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Learning From Israel’s Political Assassination Program

Ronen Bergman’s “Rise and Kill First” examines the violent efforts used to bring an end to terrorism.

US political system 'eats itself,' Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin in a recent interview separated a conciliatory attitude toward US President Donald Trump from his staunch criticism of the US political system, which he said is unwieldy and self-defeating.

Please don't start a global trade war, President Trump

United States Politics and Government

Cohn’s Departure Widens Policy Rift Between Party and President

The loss of Mr. Cohn, who carried the banner for free trade and free markets in the White House, portends more populist trade and economic policies to come.

International Trade and World Market

fact check: President Trump’s Exaggerated and Misleading Claims on Trade

The president’s claims about enormous trade deficits, tariffs and the World Trade Organization are overstated and contradicted by his own economic report.

The President's top economic adviser's abrupt exit from the White House is setting off alarm bells on Wall Street

The porn star says the President didn't sign a hush agreement about an alleged affair between the two

A new lawsuit filed by the porn star known as Stormy Daniels claims President Donald Trump never signed a hush agreement regarding an alleged sexual encounter between the two and therefore the agreement is void.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Memo to the President on Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has a huge upside — and downside. Get to work on the upside.


Venezuela to sell petro cryptocurrency via Dicom forex system

CARACAS (Reuters) - The Venezuela government will start auctioning its new petro cryptocurrency to private companies via its Dicom foreign exchange platform in a few weeks, Vice President Tareck El Aissami said on Tuesday.


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President says he doesn't blame our trade partners for trade imbalances. He blames past US leadership.

President Donald Trump will face reporters on Tuesday amid questions about chaos inside the White House and new prospects for talks with North Korea.

Opinion: Presidential seal on Trump golf tees? A new low.

This week, ProPublica reported that the Trump Organization ordered 12-inch replicas of the presidential seal to be used as tee markers at Trump golf courses. To review: A private, for-profit company -- one where the President's name appears everywhere you look, and one that continues to direct money, to the President's benefit, despite his official position -- is trying to further cash in by using a symbol that represents the chief servant of the American people?


Report finds White House aide Conway violated law in TV interviews

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump's top advisers, violated federal law in two television interviews last year by using her White House position to weigh in on a political race, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said on Tuesday.

Megan Barry steps down after pleading guilty to felony theft of property and a recent admission of an affair

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry announced her resignation at a news conference Tuesday morning after she admitted to felony theft.


White House aide Conway violates law in TV interviews: government report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump's top advisers, violated federal law in two television interviews last year by using her White House position to weigh in on a political race, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said on Tuesday.

Conway violated federal law in TV interviews, agency finds

The US Office of Special Counsel announced Tuesday that White House aide Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on two occasions by "advocating for and against candidates" in last year's Alabama Senate special election.


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New York Times

We Want to Elevate the Voices of College Students and Recent Graduates. 20,000 Responded.

The Edit, a New York Times newsletter, at first sought to find five contributors. Now we’ll bring on even more. Here’s an update on the process.


Op-Ed Contributor: Why I Am Running for President of Venezuela

We can’t boycott the election and let Nicolás Maduro get away with six more years in power.


After Park, former South Korean President Lee summoned over bribery allegations

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors have called former President Lee Myung-bak to appear for questioning over allegations he took bribes when in office, a prosecutor said on Tuesday in the latest top-level political corruption scandal to rock the country.

Report: Trump Organization may have misused presidential seal

A ProPublica report claims that the Trump Organization placed an order for golf tee markers displaying the presidential seal, which may be a violation of federal law.


UPDATE 2-Indonesia president wants to wrap up Freeport talks by end-April

* Government plans to acquire Rio's Grasberg interest -minister

Watch Nunberg's full interview with Erin Burnett

Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg sits down with CNN's Erin Burnett to explain why he refuses to comply with a grand jury subpoena in the Russia investigation.

Analysis: The 23 craziest quotes from Nunberg's CNN interview

Former Trump campaign official Sam Nunberg thought it was a good idea to a) ignore a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller and b) go on CNN and talk all about it.


U.S. pushes NAFTA talks pace, warns of political headwinds

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican and U.S. officials pushed on Monday to speed up NAFTA negotiations, with the United States floating the idea of reaching an agreement "in principle" in coming weeks to avoid political headwinds later this year.

Analysis: Why Nunberg's insane interviews were inevitable

Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg decided two things on Monday: 1) He wasn't going to comply with special counsel Robert Mueller's apparent subpoena in connection with the investigation into Russia's attempted meddling in the 2016 election and 2) He was going to talk all about that decision on cable news.

Politics and Government

Italy’s Surging Populists Run Into a Political Muddle. But for How Long?

Italians faced the prospect of protracted political haggling after the election. But the question for it and all of Europe is how much longer the breaks on populism will hold.

Watch the full interview with Jake Tapper

In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg said he refuses to comply with a grand jury subpoena in the Russia investigation because he believes investigators are trying to get him to impugn controversial Trump ally Roger Stone, who Nunberg called his mentor.

Bewildered White House staff watch Sam Nunberg's interviews

Inside the West Wing, multiple White House officials were watching Sam Nunberg's interviews on Monday about refusing to comply with special counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury subpoena with rapt attention.


Tennis: LTA president steps aside pending investigation of 2004 assault case

LONDON (Reuters) - Martin Corrie, the president of Britain's Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), has stepped aside pending an investigation into the handling of a 2004 sexual assault allegation against a coach.


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BRIEF-Retrophin Announces Appointment Of Casey Logan As Vice President Of Corporate Development


Another anti-business decision by the CEO president


Putin, before vote, says Russia has thwarted hundreds of foreign spies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin boasted Russia had thwarted more than 400 foreign spies last year and on Monday called on the FSB, the domestic intelligence agency, to act to block further foreign attempts to obtain political, economic and military information.