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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.

United States Politics and Government

Army, Struggling to Get Technology in Soldiers’ Hands, Tries the Unconventional

The new Futures Command, breaking the traditional model of an Army department, will aim to get new weapons rapidly from the lab to the battlefield.


Suu Kyi spoke at length about Myanmar troubles: Turnbull

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi spoke at length about her country's troubled western state of Rakhine at a Sydney conference on Sunday and appealed to Southeast Asian neighbors for help, Australia's prime minister said.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

United States Politics and Government

Smuggling of U.S. Technology Is Outpacing Cold War Levels, Experts Say

China, Russia, North Korea and Iran are relying on smuggling rings to secure equipment that can be used for weapons, satellites and fighter jets.

Pennsylvania GOP wants investigation of special election

Pennsylvania's Republican Party is asking for an investigation into Tuesday's special election.

United States Politics and Government

No Heads Rolled at the White House Friday (So Far). But Anxiety Abounds.

The lack of any resolution to the relentless reports of coming firings is leaving many of the president’s top advisers in limbo.

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.

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.

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.

Outspoken councilwoman gunned down in Rio

Thousands of angry and distraught Brazilians have taken to the streets to protest and mourn the shooting death of Marielle Franco, a Rio de Janeiro councilwoman and a prominent critic of police killings in shantytowns.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Burn It Down, Rex

The grown-ups on the way out of Trump’s White House should tell us what they saw.


Lanxess drops out of race for Akzo Nobel speciality chem -sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON/NEW YORK, March 16 (Reuters) - Germany's Lanxess has dropped out of a consortium that includes U.S. private equity firm Apollo in the bidding war for Dulux paint maker Akzo Nobel's specialty chemicals business, two people close to the matter said.

United States Politics and Government

Cyberattacks Put Russian Fingers on the Switch at Power Plants, U.S. Says

Over the last year, Russian hackers have gone from infiltrating business networks of energy, water and nuclear plants to worming their way into control rooms.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Parade watchers told to stop smooching soldiers

Spectators might have to kiss a decades-old tradition goodbye in Savannah's St. Patrick's Day parade.


Special Report: How Europe's taxpayers will bankroll Viktor Orban's friends and family

KESZTHELY, Hungary (Reuters) - In a corner of Lake Balaton, central Europe's largest body of freshwater, the rocky shoreline leads to a leafy park at the city of Keszthely, a resort whose natural beauty contrasts with the dereliction of its hotels.

Specialty toy retailers are pretty much extinct

US diplomats told not to share details on Tillerson firing

Just after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's sudden firing Tuesday morning, American diplomats at posts spanning the globe were then increasingly surprised -- and in some cases disturbed -- to receive guidance from Washington telling them not to post or retweet the statement from Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein on how Tillerson was fired by President Donald Trump, according to multiple diplomats who spoke to CNN about the guidance.

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.

Cyberwarfare and Defense

A Cyberattack in Saudi Arabia Had a Deadly Goal. Experts Fear Another Try.

Petrochemical companies were hit by a series of cyberassaults last year. The worst of them, against a widely used safety system, could have set off an explosion.


China's unspoken compact put to test by Xi power play

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The unspoken compact that has anchored the relationship between China's government and its people - stay out of politics and we'll help you prosper - is being tested like never before by President Xi Jinping's move to extend his power.

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.

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.

Lamb, Conor J (1984- )

Who Is Conor Lamb, Winner in a Special House Race in Pennsylvania?

A Democrat and first-time candidate, Conor Lamb comes from a political family and has a military background — a résumé tailor-made for Southwestern Pennsylvania.

WH trying to distance itself from Pennsylvania special election

The White House is trying to distance itself from a poor showing by the Republican candidate in the Pennsylvania's special election Tuesday night.


Secret trial shows risks of nerve agent theft in post-Soviet chaos: experts

MOSCOW/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The British government says Russia is to blame for poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal with a nerve agent, and most chemical weapons specialists agree.


Game of musical chairs follows Pennsylvania's special election

(Reuters) - The special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District was still too close to call on Wednesday but the winner could soon have to start campaigning all over again - in a different district against a different opponent for the November congressional elections.

'This is a wake-up call,' Republicans are told

House Republicans got a stern warning Wednesday morning to take the results of a Pennsylvania congressional race as "a wake-up call" ahead of November's midterm elections.

Bakeries and Baked Products

Food Matters: Vive le Croissant!

For years, no chef dared try to improve the most iconic French pastry. Now, though, a new generation of bakers is trying.

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.

Lamb rejects suggestion that special election was about Trump

Democrat Conor Lamb rejects the idea that his strong showing in the Pennsylvania special election is a referendum on President Donald Trump, who won the district by 20 percentage points in 2016.

Pennsylvania special election heads into Day Two. Democrat claims victory. CNN isn't projecting a winner.

Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone are locked in a neck and neck battle to decide who will represent Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.

United States Politics and Government

In California, Trump Attacks Jerry Brown and ‘Sanctuary Policies’

In his first visit as president to California, President Trump attacked the Democratic governor and called on Congress to punish jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

United States Politics and Government

Republican Leading House’s Russia Inquiry Softens a Key Finding

Representative K. Michael Conaway of Texas had said the Russians hadn’t favored Donald J. Trump’s candidacy. But on Tuesday, he said it was a matter of interpretation.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Eyes Replacing His Veterans Affairs Secretary With His Energy Chief

President Trump, looking to broaden the shake-up of his cabinet, has spoken to Energy Secretary Rick Perry about taking over the Department of Veterans Affairs.


BRIEF-Aberdeen Singapore Fund, Inc. Announces Postponement Of Special Stockholder Meeting


United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: As White House’s Revolving Door Whirls, Chaos Is the Only Constant

Anyone looking for a pattern should focus squarely on the man behind the desk in the Oval Office. “I like conflict,” President Trump said.

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

John McEntee, Trump Aide, Is Forced Out Over Security Issue, but Joins Re-election Campaign

Mr. McEntee, who was President Trump’s personal assistant, was forced out after his security clearance was revoked, but he will join the campaign as a senior adviser.

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.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Answers Questions on Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo: Full Transcript

President Trump answered questions about the shake-up in his administration.

Elections, House of Representatives

Pennsylvania’s Special House Election: What to Watch For

The race for a vacant House seat in a red district near Pittsburgh has evolved into the latest test of whether Democrats can make inroads with Trump voters.

PA special election: What to watch

Voters in southwest Pennsylvania are heading to the polls Tuesday for a special election. Democrats, looking to take back the majority in Congress next year, are hoping a high-profile win in Pennsylvania's 18th District will give them a boost in the heart of Trump country. Republicans are hoping to avoid an embarrassing defeat in a district that has voted Republican since 2002.

ICE spokesman resigns, slams Trump admin officials

James Schwab, a spokesman for the San Francisco Division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has resigned, citing what he says are falsehoods being spread by members of the Trump administration including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

United States Politics and Government

Editorial: Democrats Can’t Win if They Don’t Run

Tuesday’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district is a reminder of why it’s important to run candidates in every race.

United States Politics and Government

Despite Mueller’s Push, House Republicans Declare No Evidence of Collusion

House Intelligence Committee Republicans are ending their investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, saying the Trump campaign did not collude with the Kremlin.

United States Politics and Government

White House Aides Blur the Legal Lines Between Partisans and Public Servants

At least eight complaints have been filed against White House officials since President Trump’s inauguration for potential violations of the Hatch Act.

A poll released ahead of Pennsylvania's special election shows the Democratic candidate holding a slight lead

Republicans are in the final hours of their frantic, all-out bid to save a Pennsylvania congressional district in the heart of Trump country from falling into Democratic hands in Tuesday's special election.


Impax broke U.S. antitrust law by delaying generic drug, jury told

BOSTON (Reuters) - Impax Laboratories Inc went to trial on Monday over allegations by major retailers and consumers that the company agreed to delay launching a generic version of acne medication Solodyn in exchange for millions of dollars from the manufacturer.

United States Politics and Government

U.S. Braces for Return of Terrorist Safe Havens to Afghanistan

Officials have justified the war in Afghanistan as necessary to stopping extremists who targeted American interests. But the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and the Taliban all have a foothold.


Argentine soy scorched beyond return, season 'dead': experts

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Hope has withered for any recovery in Argentine soy yields hit by a four-month drought that shows no signs of abating, farmers and analysts said on Monday, prompting China to step in to fill the gap in soymeal exports from the world's No. 1 supplier.

United States Politics and Government

Conceding to N.R.A., Trump Abandons Brief Gun Control Promise

After a made-for-television moment in which he appeared to embrace expansive gun control, President Trump completed his walk-back on Monday.


Central banks told to think twice before boarding Bitcoin bandwagon

LONDON (Reuters) - Central banks should think hard about potential risks and spillovers before issuing their own cryptocurrency, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) said in a report on Monday.


EU experts' fake news report draws false conclusions: consumer group

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A consumer group on Monday said experts appointed by the European Commission to advise on tackling fake news had ignored the business model that gave the likes of Google and Facebook a motive for disseminating it.

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.”

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.


Casey savours extra special victory, beating Tiger at Valspar

(Reuters) - Paul Casey was always going to savour his second win on the PGA Tour, but beating Tiger Woods made Sunday's victory at the Valspar Championship even more special.


UK officials told that Aramco IPO unlikely until 2019 -FT

March 11 (Reuters) - British officials have been informed by their Saudi counterparts that oil giant Saudi Aramco's initial public offering is likely to be delayed until 2019, the Financial Times reported.

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.


‘I Cheated,’ Says Woodworker Who Fooled the Antiques Experts

Harold Gordon took a piece of furniture and converted into a phony Civil War antique that ended up in a prominent museum.

United States Politics and Government

The Man Who Knew Too Little

The most ignorant man in America knows that Donald Trump is president — but that’s about it. Living a liberal fantasy is complicated.

United States Politics and Government

The Little-Known Trade Adviser Who Wields Enormous Power in Washington

President Trump has threatened to blow up global trade rules. Robert Lighthizer is the one who knows where to plant the explosives.

Sexual assault survivor creates specialized yoga to heal

During her senior year at the University of California, Irvine, Zabie Yamasaki was sexually assaulted by a stranger.

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?

Deputy told officers to stay back as FL shooting was taking place, calls show

The armed resource officer for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who didn't enter the building where an active shooting was taking place said through his attorney that he thought the shots were coming from outside. But in dispatch audio of the incident, he said he had heard that it was "by, inside the 1200 building."

Trump's trade moves may not matter in Pennsylania special election

When President Donald Trump heads to western Pennsylvania on Saturday, he'll be trying to save a struggling Republican congressional candidate locked in a tough special election race.


South Africa's Tiger Brands calls in experts to identify listeria cause

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African food producer Tiger Brands said on Friday it had appointed an expert team to identify the causes of a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people in the past 14 months and which has been traced to one of its factories.


Britain sends specialist troops to city where Russian double agent poisoned

SALISBURY, England (Reuters) - Britain deployed specialist troops on Friday to help remove potentially contaminated objects from the small English city where a Russian double agent and his daughter were poisoned.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Trump’s Meeting With Kim Jong-un Is Another Pledge to Do What Nobody Else Can

President Trump has claimed that he can achieve what has eluded his predecessors through the force of his own personality, but so far, he has little to show for that.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Accepts North Korea’s Invitation to Discuss Its Nuclear Program

No sitting American president has ever met a North Korean leader, and the meeting with Kim Jong-un would be a breathtaking gamble.


TV special to show 'charismatic' but 'manic' O.J. Simpson

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The O.J. Simpson double murder case returns to U.S. television on Sunday with a 2006 interview that producers say will give viewers an unprecedented glimpse into the mind of the former football star.


Arming Florida school staff could expose them to suits: experts

(Reuters) - A bill passed by Florida lawmakers empowering some personnel in public schools to carry firearms to guard against attacks like last month's massacre near Miami could expose these employees to potentially costly civil lawsuits, legal experts said.

Flu experts call for new vaccines, drugs and diagnostics

Though no new ground was broken at Thursday's congressional hearing about national influenza preparedness and response, several less-familiar points were underlined by officials testifying on behalf of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: With the Embassy Move to Jerusalem, a Biblical Trump?

Evangelicals who see the president as a successor to an ancient Persian king, Cyrus, are part of an old American tradition.


Experts offer advice for extreme allergic reaction

(Reuters Health) - Parents and caregivers should know what to do when an extreme allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis occurs, according to a new resource published in the medical journal JAMA.

She spoke out about harassment in tech. Now, she's helping VCs 'move forward'

Full history of women's leadership hasn't been told

I'd always thought of myself as a feminist, well-versed in women's history. But I discovered my knowledge of it was more limited than I realized when I met Laura Liswood in 2015.


U.S. special counsel probes Seychelles meeting with Russian: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special counsel investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election has gathered evidence that a secret meeting in the Seychelles in January 2017 was an attempt to set up a back-channel between the incoming Trump administration and the Kremlin, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Analysis: Why Sarah Sanders' non-answer on Stormy Daniels matters

Sarah Sanders was asked a simple question by CNN's Jeff Zeleny on Wednesday afternoon: Did President Donald Trump know that his personal lawyer made a $130,000 payment to silence a porn star alleging that she had engaged in an extramarital affair with Trump?

United States Politics and Government

In Trump’s White House, the Adviser Who Really Matters Sits in the Oval Office

As aides head for the doors in record numbers, President Trump increasingly relies on his own judgment, in effect operating a presidency of one.


Trump spoke to witnesses about discussions they had with special counsel: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special counsel in the Russian election meddling investigation has learned of two conversations in which President Donald Trump asked witnesses about matters discussed with investigators, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Spoke to Witnesses About Matters They Discussed With Special Counsel

Experts say the conversations likely do not constitute witness tampering, but people who were told about them considered the discussions potential problems and told the special counsel.

United States Politics and Government

Trump to Sign Tariffs on Thursday but Some Countries Could Escape Them

Advisers to President Trump emphasized the timing of the move could change, and that Canada and Mexico may be exempted for national security reasons.

United States Politics and Government

How the Spoils Were Doled Out to Trump Campaign Workers and Allies

Presidents have 4,000 federal jobs to fill. Mr. Trump has turned to campaign staff, lobbyists and conservatives, some lacking relevant experience, a ProPublica tally shows.

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.

United States Politics and Government

On Washington: Republicans Had Worries About Trump. His Tariff Plan Reminds Them Why.

On guns and now trade, President Trump’s public positions have reminded G.O.P. leaders that they can never be 100 percent certain of what they’re going to get with him.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Administration Sues California Over Immigration Laws

Three state laws make it impossible for federal immigration officials to deport criminals born outside the United States, the Justice Department said in a lawsuit.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Adviser to Emirates With Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating With Special Counsel

The special counsel has asked about the role of the adviser, George Nader, in a January 2017 meeting in the Seychelles involving a Russian investor and a Trump transition adviser.

United States Politics and Government

Editorial: Gary Cohn’s Exit Won’t Make This Administration Any Better

What credible financial leader will join the Trump White House now?

A Middle East specialist who attended secret meetings between Trump associates and the UAE during the transition is cooperating in Russia probe, sources say

A Middle East specialist with ties to Donald Trump's team attended secret meetings during the presidential transition between the United Arab Emirates and Trump associates, and is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, two people familiar with the matter say.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Trade Plan Threatens to Derail Korean Security Talks

President Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel could antagonize South Korea when the United States most needs its ally.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: An Important Voice for Free Trade Proponents Goes Silent

Gary D. Cohn in effect served as a proxy for the business wing of the Republican Party as it fought what may be a losing battle against new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

United States Politics and Government

No Chaos in White House, Trump Says, ‘Only Great Energy’

President Trump pushed back against reports that his White House is in chaos after the resignations of senior staff members.

United States Politics and Government

In Battle Over Future of Veterans’ Care, Moderation Wins, for Now

A fight over the privatization of veterans’ health care pitted the Veterans Affairs secretary against more ardent conservatives. For now, the secretary has won.


White House aide Conway violated Hatch Act: Office of Special Counsel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump's top advisers, violated federal law in two televised 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.


U.S. Embassy in Ankara to reopen Wednesday: spokesman

ANKARA (Reuters) - The U.S. Embassy in Ankara will reopen on Wednesday and will provide all regular services, a spokesman said, after the mission was closed for two days due to a security threat.

'Mister Rogers' special offers a lot to like

The timing seems right to celebrate "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," not only because it's the show's 50th anniversary, but thanks to its symbolic place as one of those programs PBS -- a service perpetually under siege, but certainly more so now -- has uniquely championed. Enter "Mister Rogers: It's You I Like," an incredibly warm, at times unexpectedly moving trip down memory lane.


Special Report: By rewriting history, Hindu nationalists aim to assert their dominance over India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - During the first week of January last year, a group of Indian scholars gathered in a white bungalow on a leafy boulevard in central New Delhi. The focus of their discussion: how to rewrite the history of the nation.

United States Politics and Government

He Turned on Al Qaeda and Aided the U.S. Now He’s on Food Stamps and Needs a Job.

Bryant Neal Vinas, a convicted terrorist, thought he would be rewarded for telling the F.B.I. everything he knew. Instead, he is living unprotected in New York.

United States Politics and Government

Ex-Trump Aide Sam Nunberg Says He Will Refuse Grand Jury Order. Unless He Doesn’t.

Mr. Nunberg set cable news and social media alight after he said he was subpoenaed to go before a grand jury, but was unlikely to appear or provide documents he was ordered to hand over.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Hopes of Being the ‘Neutral Guy’ in the Mideast Seem Long Gone

Hosting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, the president said he still had “a good chance” of forging peace, but a deal seems further away than ever.

United States Politics and Government

Once Outspoken, Paul Ryan Wields His Speaker’s Gavel Gingerly

Paul D. Ryan has modeled himself as the face of a new brand of conservatism. But critics say he has abandoned his principles and is too deferential to President Trump.

United States Politics and Government

Editorial: Donald Trump’s Tunnel Vision

The president has changed his mind about offering federal support for a critical underwater project between New York and New Jersey.


BRIEF-Special Committee Of Nordstrom Board Rejects An Indicative Proposal To Acquire The Company


United States Politics and Government

Ryan Criticizes Tariff Plan as Trump Issues Nafta Threat

The president tweeted on Monday that tariffs of steel and aluminum could be removed from Canada and Mexico if a fair Nafta is signed, while Paul D. Ryan bashed the tariffs.


Paul Ryan urges Trump not to advance with tariffs: spokeswoman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday urged the Trump administration not to move forward on new tariffs on steel and aluminum announced last week, citing the risks to the economy.


Former Netanyahu spokesman signs state's witness deal in graft probe: Justice Ministry

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A former spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signed a state's witness deal in one of the corruption cases revolving around the Israeli leader, the Justice Ministry said on Monday.


UPDATE 1-Former Netanyahu spokesman signs state's witness deal in graft probe-Justice Ministry

* Netanyahu denies wrongdoing in series of graft probes (Adds background)


Special Report: Fidelity puts 6 million savers on risky path to retirement

BOSTON (Reuters) - For three years, the mutual funds in Fidelity's flagship retirement franchise have outperformed at least 85 percent of their competitors, reversing a decade-long trend of subpar performance.


BRIEF-Xiwang Special Steel Clarifies On U.S. Steel Import Tariffs


United States Politics and Government

As Primaries Begin, Divided Voters Weigh What It Means to Be a Democrat

Primary elections in Texas on Tuesday and Illinois this month will test the growing divide in the Democratic Party between bold liberalism and tradition.


Trump has spoken with world leaders, no tariff exemptions: Ross to ABC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken to world leaders about his planned tariff hike on steel and aluminum and is not considering any exemptions to the measure, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Sunday.


'Don't react': trade experts look past Trump noise at NAFTA talks

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Donald Trump may be president of the United States but his words do not necessarily carry the weight of the U.S. government at the biggest trade shake-up he is pushing. Sometimes, it is better to block them out and carry on, participants say.

Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: What the Unspoken in ‘The Insult’ Says About Lebanon’s Politics

The dispute in the film is the stuff of tragedy. Our real-life political disputes are petty quarrels over how to slice the pie.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: A Trump Fawners Almanac

These days, even flattery may get you nowhere.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Tariffs Prompt Global Threats of Retaliation

Be it Europe, Canada or Asia, other countries said they would respond to Mr. Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs with restrictions of their own.

United States Politics and Government

White House Memo: A Week of Policy Surprises Leaves Even Trump’s Supporters Confused

Where other politicians strain for at least the appearance of consistency, Mr. Trump shows no reluctance to think out loud and change his mind.

Seeing your world on screen matters

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Chaos Theory for the Oval Office Is Taking Its Toll

John F. Kelly, the chief of staff, summed up the prevailing mood in the West Wing: “God punished me,” he joked of his move there last summer.

United States Politics and Government

Justice Dept. Report Is Expected to Criticize Andrew McCabe Over Media Disclosures

The leaks contributed to coverage critical of Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration. That does not fit neatly into President Trump’s view of Mr. McCabe as a “deep state” adversary.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Hope or Not, There’s Still Twitter

Hope Hicks said on Wednesday that she is leaving the White House.


Tiger has shown he's a threat again, say experts

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods may only be three starts into his PGA Tour return but some experts feel the former world number one has shown he still has what it takes to make a meteoric rise up the rankings.


Trump says he has spoken with Sessions about suing opioid companies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he had spoken with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about bringing a lawsuit against companies involved in the opioid business.

United States Politics and Government

Senate Intelligence Leaders Say House G.O.P. Leaked a Senator’s Texts

In an extraordinary confrontation, the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee told the House speaker that his troops had leaked a senator’s texts with a Russia-connected lawyer.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: The Root of White House Chaos? A Weak President

Trump is a bystander in his own administration — and that could be more trouble than the woes of Hicks or Kushner.

United States Politics and Government

China Envoy Seeks to Defuse Tensions With U.S. as a Trade War Brews

China has sent a top economic adviser to the United States to restore dialogue and quash a trade war. He faces long odds.

United States Politics and Government

On Washington: Once Again, Push for Gun Control Collides With Political Reality

Despite immense pressure to act, members of Congress are badly divided and prospects for consequential agreement seem slim.

Opinion: An unspoken culprit in school shootings

As politicians and gun control advocates battle it out over the best way to respond to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, shifting the blame from bump stock devices to mental illness to unarmed teachers and back again, one culprit has gone largely overlooked: how we're raising our boys.

Trump: I told NRA, 'It's time. We're gonna stop this nonsense.'

President Donald Trump called on a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House on Wednesday to "turn our grief into action" and move in a bipartisan way "to end this senseless violence" of mass shootings.

United States Politics and Government

Rev. Billy Graham Lies in Honor at U.S. Capitol for Day of Remembrance

Politicians and other well-wishers gathered at the Capitol Wednesday to pay tribute to the Rev. Billy Graham, ahead of his funeral in North Carolina on Friday.

United States Politics and Government

At the Capitol, Tributes to the Rev. Billy Graham

Politicians and other well-wishers gathered at the Capitol Wednesday to pay tribute to the Rev. Billy Graham, ahead of his funeral in North Carolina on Friday.

United States Politics and Government

Hope Hicks Acknowledges She Sometimes Tells White Lies for Trump

Ms. Hicks, the White House communications director, told lawmakers investigating Russia’s election interference that she has not lied about matters relevant to their inquiry.

Erin Burnett grills WH spokesman on Kushner's future

White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah answers questions after White House senior adviser Jared Kushner was stripped of his access to the nation's top secrets.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: A Certain Party’s Gift for Self-Immolation

If you dream about the Democrats restoring national sanity, my advice is to stay away from the race in the seventh congressional district of Texas.

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Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance Downgraded

The president’s adviser and son-in-law lost his top-secret clearance, a White House official and another person familiar with Mr. Kushner’s situation said.

Cyber chief: Trump hasn't told me to confront Russia threat

US Cyber Command chief Adm. Mike Rogers told lawmakers on Tuesday that he has not been granted the authority by President Donald Trump to disrupt Russian election hacking operations where they originate.


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Fed Chair Powell Indicates He’ll Keep Bolstering Growth in Public Debut

Mr. Powell told Congress that the economy is healthy and that he plans to continue the Fed’s current course.

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Melania Trump Parts Ways With Adviser Amid Backlash Over Inaugural Contract

The Trumps were upset when they learned that an adviser to the first lady had won a $26 million contract to help plan the president’s inauguration.


Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker sued for not calling special elections

(Reuters) - An pro-Democratic redistricting group headed by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sued Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker, on Monday for declining to hold special elections for two vacant seats in the state legislature.


Florida Sheriff's Office could be sued over deputy's inaction: experts

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Sheriff's Office in Broward County, Florida, could be sued over the failure of one of its deputies to enter a high school while a gunman was killing 17 people earlier this month, legal experts said.

United States Politics and Government

Justices Turn Down Trump’s Appeal in ‘Dreamers’ Case

In an unusual move, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to hear the case before an appeals court had ruled.


GE names accounting, turnaround experts to board

(Reuters) - General Electric Co nominated top aviation and industrial executives and an accounting expert to its board on Monday, as it seeks to restructure its business and restore investors' confidence in one of the largest U.S. industrial conglomerates.


It’s a Dog’s World, Especially in the Lab. Where Are the Cats?

An inquiry into why research on the nature of dogs gets so much attention raises the question of whether there are actually more studies of dogs.


Anbang committed to overseas subsidiaries after government takeover: spokesman

BEIJING (Reuters) - Anbang Insurance Group Co Ltd said on Monday it fully supported the Chinese insurance regulator's decision to temporarily take control of the company and remains committed to the development of its overseas subsidiaries.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Left is Energized. Now It Needs to Vote.

Progressives don’t vote as often as conservatives do, which makes turnout the biggest opportunity for the new progressive movement.


Weakened Merkel to give outspoken critic a cabinet job: source

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will promote her most prominent critic from within her conservative party, Jens Spahn, to the cabinet, provided a coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) goes ahead, a party source told Reuters on Sunday.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Outspoken and Precocious, Florida Students Struggle With Loss When the Cameras Turn Off

Even as they raise millions of dollars and plan nationwide rallies to stop gun violence, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School struggle with nightmares.

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2 Weeks After Trump Blocked It, Democrats Release Rebuttal of G.O.P. Memo

House Democrats made public a heavily redacted memo that was drafted to counter Republican claims of surveillance abuses against a former Trump campaign aide.

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Linda McMahon Gets a Ringside Seat for TrumpMania

Perhaps no other member of the president’s cabinet understands Mr. Trump as Ms. McMahon, a former pro wrestling entrepreneur, does.

'Something's going to happen,' caller told FBI tip line weeks before 17 people were killed at Florida school

When a woman close to the Parkland, Florida, school shooter called an FBI tip line in early January, she described a young man with an arsenal of knives and guns who was "going to explode" and said she feared him "getting into a school and just shooting the place up."

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Still Glad You Voted Trump? At CPAC, Conservatives Had an Answer

Conservatives try to look past President Trump’s flaws and see only his policies.

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Trump Says Kelly Will Decide on Kushner’s Security Clearance

“He’s going to do what’s right for the country,” President Trump said of his chief of staff. “I have no doubt he will make the right decision.”

CNN anchor to NRA spokesperson: How dare you

CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota asks NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch why she said "many in legacy media love mass shootings."


May had positive Brexit meeting with ministers - spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May had a positive meeting about Brexit with her ministers, where they agreed upon the basis of her forthcoming speech on the UK's future relationship with the European Union, her spokesman said on Friday.


Special counsel files new charges against Trump ex-aides Manafort and Gates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel in the Russia probe filed new criminal charges on Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, stepping up pressure in a legal battle that started last year.

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Justice Dept. to Prioritize Prosecutions for Lying in Gun Background Checks

The guidance, expected to be announced in the coming days, allows the Trump administration to take action on guns without issuing rules that might inflame gun rights supporters.

Mental Health and Disorders

Opening Mental Hospitals Unlikely to Prevent Mass Shootings, Experts Say

Spree killers may be angry and troubled, but few have shown symptoms that would have landed them in mental hospitals.

Experts: Trump deriding shooter's mental health could be harmful

In a tweet Thursday, President Donald Trump described someone who would shoot up a school as a "savage sicko." At CNN's town hall on the Parkland, Florida, school shootings on Wednesday, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch described the gunman as "an insane monster" who is "nuts" and crazy." And at a White House briefing Thursday, the President again used the term "sicko."

White House spokesman: I haven't asked Trump about Stormy Daniels payment

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah says he has not asked the President about Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's payment of $130,000 to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels leading up to the 2016 election.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

School Safety: What the Experts Say About Preparing for a Shooting

Experts are divided on how to protect students from violence or whether, for that matter, there is anything that can be done to prevent a determined attacker.


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Many in the media love mass shootings, NRA spokeswoman says

A National Rifle Association spokeswoman argued Thursday that "many in legacy media love mass shootings" during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Trump Says He Advocates Arming Only Teachers With Special Training

President Trump took to Twitter to say that he does not want to give all teachers guns to fight mass shootings, but give “concealed guns” to teachers with “military or special training experience.”

Who is NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch?

The victims' families and survivors of the Florida high school shooting have not held back, calling out the National Rifle Association in the days since the massacre.

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Marco Rubio and N.R.A. Jeered on Gun Stance

Senator Rubio and a spokeswoman for the N.R.A. were repeatedly heckled after they refused to back new gun control measures.


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NRA spokeswoman: 'Insane monster' shouldn't have been able to get a firearm

Dana Loesch, the spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, says a shooter who killed 17 people last week at a high school in Florida should not have been able to get a firearm.

School shooter threatened others with a gun, first host family told police

Just months before Nikolas Cruz killed 17 at his former high school in South Florida, the host family who had taken him in immediately after his mother's death warned local law enforcement that the 19-year-old had "used a gun against people before" and "has put the gun to others' heads in the past," according to records obtained by CNN.

Drama erupts at CPAC after panel told to drop speaker who attacked Florida shooting survivor


Trump-Russia probe counsel to interview ex-Trump aide Nunberg: sources

(Reuters) - Sam Nunberg, a former political aide to Donald Trump, will be interviewed on Thursday as part of a U.S. special counsel's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Gun Control

Florida Students Began With Optimism. Then They Spoke to Lawmakers.

A week after a shooting killed 17 at their high school, students were lobbying state lawmakers to strengthen gun control, and meeting with resistance.

Graham, Billy

Billy Graham, 99, Dies; Pastor Filled Stadiums and Counseled Presidents

Mr. Graham spread the Gospel around the world through a combination of religious conviction, commanding stage presence and shrewd use of advanced communication technologies.

The globe-trotting preacher who reached millions of Christians dies at the age of 99, spokesperson says

United States Politics and Government

Under Trump, Border Patrol Steps Up Searches Far From the Border

The Border Patrol is aggressively using a little-known authority to set up checkpoints and search private property to crack down on illegal immigration.


Entrance of Syrian forces into Afrin to have serious consequences - Erdogan spokesman

ANKARA (Reuters) - Pro-Syrian government forces which tried to enter the Afrin region on Tuesday retreated after artillery fire by Turkish forces fighting a Kurdish militia there, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday.

David Hogg and some classmates, who are outspoken about needing stricter gun laws, have become the subject of conspiracy theories and smear campaigns

David Hogg has become a strong voice among survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and some are calling him a "crisis actor" and a pawn for anti-gun legislation.


Democrat picks up seat in special election for Kentucky legislature

(Reuters) - A Democrat easily won a Kentucky House of Representatives special election on Tuesday, the 37th U.S. legislative seat flipped to the party from Republicans since Donald Trump's 2016 election as president, the Democratic National Committee said.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: Who Needs Congressional Districts?

Requiring candidates for Congress to run statewide could encourage compromise instead of obstruction.

Florida, Special Counsel, Syria: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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

United States Politics and Government

Trump Moves to Regulate ‘Bump Stock’ Devices

The president asked the Justice Department to propose regulations that would ban “bump stocks,” which can convert a semiautomatic gun into an automatic weapon.


Vatican special envoy hears sex abuse victim testimony in Chile

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The Vatican's top sexual abuse investigator said he had started taking testimony on Tuesday from victims in the Chilean capital, where he is looking into accusations that a bishop appointed by Pope Francis covered up crimes against minors.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Missing Conservatism? Just Wait for a Democratic President

Republicans will complain again about overweening government, accelerating social change and American decline.

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For Snowboarders, the Music Matters as Much as the Gear

While many athletes listen to music to pump themselves up before an event, snowboarders often listen to music to boost their mood during competition.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Endorses Mitt Romney’s Run for Utah Senate Seat

Mr. Romney, who has publicly clashed with Mr. Trump in the past, has signaled he plans to serve as a check on the president if he is elected.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

State Officials Say They Are Told Too Little About Election Threats

Federal officials are slow to share with them the specifics they need to guard against Russian hacking and other attacks on voting integrity, state election officials say.

United States Politics and Government

Rob Porter’s Charisma and Ambition Disguised Flare-ups of Anger

The White House aide who resigned in a domestic abuse scandal that engulfed the White House was known for his ambition at Harvard and on Capitol Hill.

The special counsel's interest in Trump's son-in-law includes questions about financing talks with non-Russian foreign investors, sources say

Special counsel Robert Mueller's interest in Jared Kushner has expanded beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes his efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition, according to people familiar with the inquiry.


Three Iranian police killed in clashes with protesters: spokesman on TV

LONDON (Reuters) - Three police officers were killed on Monday in clashes with protesters in northern Tehran, police spokesman Saeed Montazer al-Mahdi said on state television.

Trump open to improving background checks, spokesman says

President Donald Trump "is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system" for gun purchases, a White House spokesman said Monday, less than a week after the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people.