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Trump plans to offer Canada, Mexico 30-day tariff exemption: official


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump plans to offer Canada and Mexico a 30-day exemption from planned tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which could be extended based on progress in NAFTA talks, a White House official said on Wednesday night.The move, first reported by the Washington Post, followed comments earlier in the day by a White House spokeswoman that the impending tariffs could exclude Canada, Mexico and a clutch of other countries "based on national security." [Source]

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Iowa family of four found dead in Mexico killed by gas: officials

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An Iowa family of four found dead at their vacation condominium in a Mexican seaside resort suffocated from gas, according to autopsies, local authorities said on Saturday.


Stormy Daniels, Trump’s Unlikely Foe, Is ‘Not Someone to Be Underestimated’

To many in the capital, the pornographic actress has become an unexpected force. But those who know her well view the moment differently.

Students rally in Washington and across US

To hear the National Rifle Association tell it, Saturday's March for Our Lives was orchestrated by billionaires and Hollywood to push an anti-gun agenda.

Trump's midterms rallying cry: 'I need allies'

Fresh off a staggering loss for Republicans in Pennsylvania's deep-red 18th district, President Donald Trump has a message to supporters: "I need allies."

Kushner, Jared

As Ties With Mexico Fray, Kushner Works Quietly to Mend Them

Allies of Jared Kushner and Mexican officials say he has worked, with some success, to preserve a relationship that has been corroded by President Trump’s clashes with his Mexican counterpart.

Opinion: The lawyer Trump wants to represent him has been dead for 32 years

It's becoming increasingly clear who President Donald Trump really wants to represent him in the Robert Mueller investigation -- and there's a good reason he can't have him.

Trump considers expelling Russian diplomats

President Donald Trump is weighing a recommendation from his National Security Council that he expel a group of Russian diplomats from the US in response to the poisonings of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in England, a source with knowledge of the situation told CNN.


Young Migrants’ Return to Mexico Is More ‘Exile’ Than Homecoming

Mexicans who spent much of their lives in the United States can feel lost and scared when they return, either voluntarily or by force. But a growing network of community groups eases the transition.

Schwarzenegger: Trump's feeling on CA is mutual

Arnold Schwarzenegger says the GOP is "dying at the box office" by not having more inclusive messages and policies, and suggests that California doesn't care about President Donald Trump.

Survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting are rallying in Washington for stricter gun control laws

International Trade and World Market

Trump’s Tariffs Keep Allies, Markets and Industry Guessing

A chaotic rollout of steel and aluminum tariffs, including a last-minute list of countries temporarily exempted from them, has left trade experts puzzled.

Students holding March for Our Lives events in Washington and across US

Survivors of the deadly shooting rampage at a Parkland, Florida, high school are set to lead thousands Saturday in a March for Our Lives on Washington, delivering their impassioned pleas for stricter gun control law to the nation.

World wary as Trump turns to hardliners Bolton and Pompeo

President Donald Trump's decision to bring on John Bolton as national security adviser jolted the usually careful diplomatic world enough that a few unusually frank adjectives slipped out.

Transgender and Transsexuals

Trump Approves New Limits on Transgender Troops in the Military

The directive essentially bans service members from identifying as transgender, but it also largely gives the Pentagon the ability to make exceptions.


Trump moves to limit transgender individuals from military service

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on Friday that limits transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, but gives the armed forces some latitude in implementing policies.

Fact Check

Fact Check: Trump’s Objections Require Some Corrections

President Trump said that American troops would receive the largest pay raise in a decade and that Democrats fought against a solution for Dreamers. Neither claim is true.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Biden and Trump Talk Trash

It’s always nice to think about a different president.


Iowa Family of 4 Vacationing in Mexico Found Dead in Condo

Officials said Kevin and Amy Sharp and their two children were found in a condominium on the Yucatán Peninsula. The specific cause of death was not known.

Fact checking Trump's tweets

CNN's Jake Tapper and take a look at a series of tweets President Trump posted after the firing of ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.


UPDATE 1-Mexico oil reserves dip again as private firms begin to contribute

MEXICO CITY, March 23 (Reuters) - Proven oil and gas reserves in Mexico fell again this year as new discoveries failed to keep pace with ongoing production, but officials pointed to the first-ever reserves contributed by private companies operating their own blocks as silver lining.


Iowa family of four found dead in Mexico

(Reuters) - An Iowa family of four on vacation in Mexican seaside resort was found dead inside a condominium, but foul play was not suspected, authorities and a family member said on Friday.

Lawyer to Trump: This is a warning shot

Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti took to Twitter to claim he has a disc containing evidence substantiating his client's allegations of an affair with Donald Trump.


Trump's new security adviser known for clashes with spy agencies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Incoming White House national security adviser John Bolton's history of clashes with U.S. intelligence agencies suggests how he might handle North Korea and Iran, two of the thorniest challenges he and U.S. President Donald Trump face.

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Even by Trump Standards, a Lot Has Happened This Week. Let Us Catch You Up.

Here are six of the biggest stories driving American politics this week.


Trump should insist on Libya-style denuclearization for North Korea: Bolton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, said Trump should insist that any meeting he holds with North Korea's leader must be focused squarely on how to eliminate that country's nuclear weapons program as quickly as possible.


Trump should insist on Libya-style denuclearization for N.Korea -Bolton

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) - John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, said Trump should insist that any meeting he holds with North Korea's leader must be focused squarely on how to eliminate that country's nuclear weapons program as quickly as possible.

Melania Trump rides solo to Air Force One, again

The day after a CNN interview with a former Playboy model who claims to have had a 10-month affair with her husband, first lady Melania Trump opted to leave President Donald Trump alone for the ride from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base.

Trump used to criticize Bush over the Iraq War. Now he's bringing Bush-era officials back into power.

Fifteen years and a few days after the war began, the Iraq hawks are flying high again -- thanks mostly to President Donald Trump, who has called the invasion a mistake but on Thursday night made one of its leading proponents, John Bolton, his national security adviser.


Justice Department to ban bump stocks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department is proposing rule changes that will effectively ban bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like a machine gun, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday.

Analysis: The 26 oddest lines from Trump's spending bill signing

After threatening a veto via Twitter on Friday morning, President Donald Trump -- flanked by several of his favorite (for now) Cabinet secretaries -- announced he had signed the $1.3 trillion budget bill that will keep the government funded and open through September.

Vacationing Iowa family found dead in Mexico

An Iowa family vacationing in Mexico was found dead Friday inside their condominium, according to police.

United States Politics and Government

After Another Week of Chaos, Trump Heads to Palm Beach. No One Knows What Comes Next.

President Trump prepared to leave the White House for Florida after a head-spinning series of moves on national security, trade, the budget and with his legal team.


Republican lawmaker seeks Trump Cabinet secretary's pricey door fix details

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican head of a government oversight panel in Congress asked U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke this week to provide details on a contract to replace doors in his office that initially ran to $139,000, one of several inquiries by lawmakers of spending by Trump administration officials.


New Trump lawyer in Russia probe yet to be hired

(Reuters) - A Washington lawyer and Fox News guest who was expected to join U.S. President Donald Trump's legal team this week in the special counsel's Russia probe has yet to be retained, another of Trump's lawyers said on Friday.

International Trade and World Market

The Interpreter: Trump’s Tariffs: Another Retreat From the Postwar World Order

Whether a return to 19th-century-style geopolitics and great-power rivalry will help or hurt China’s global position is unclear.


Trump says will sue drug companies over opioids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration will be suing some drug companies as part of its fight against the opioid drug crisis, without giving more detail.

Trump: 'We had no choice but to fund our military'


Trump signs budget deal after raising government shutdown threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed Congress' newly passed $1.3 trillion spending bill on Friday, ending suspense over a surprising threat he made hours earlier to veto the budget and shut down the federal government.

Trump: I'll never sign a bill like this again

President Trump says he signed the spending bill but also criticizes part of the bill and Democrats.


Canada calls end to trade case positive for 'longstanding' Boeing ties

MONTREAL, OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada on Friday welcomed as a "positive development" in its long ties with Boeing a decision by the U.S. planemaker to end a trade dispute over sales of Bombardier CSeries jets in the United States.


McCain presses Trump CIA nominee over her record on interrogations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain on Friday pressed President Donald Trump's nominee to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, for information about her ties to the agency's past use of harsh interrogation techniques, underscoring challenges she faces winning confirmation.

Opinion: Playboy model shows more honesty than Trump

In this, the era of Trump, it is no surprise that the former Playboy model who told of an affair with the man who became president has shown herself to be more honest, empathetic, courageous, and decent than the President of the United States.

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Harry Reid Bids Washington Goodbye: ‘Shake My Head Is All I Can Do’

The former Senate Democratic leader plans to pull up stakes in the capital, saying that his “life’s not the Senate any more.”


Mexico regulator decides in Televisa's favor on pay TV question -company

MEXICO CITY, March 23 (Reuters) - Mexican broadcaster Televisa said on Friday that the country's telecommunications regulator has reversed an earlier decision and determined that it lacks evidence to find that the company has "substantial power" in the market for pay TV.

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Trump Says He May Veto Spending Bill, Risking Government Shutdown

The president complains the spending bill fails to address immigration issues and the border wall. A presidential veto could shut down the government.


'Zionist hawk', 'stalwart friend': strong words greet Bolton nomination

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's choice of John Bolton as national security adviser provoked strong reactions worldwide on Friday - and few stronger than in the bitterly-divided Middle East.


Trump threatens to veto spending bill, raising government shutdown risk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprising threat to veto Congress' newly passed $1.3 trillion spending bill, a move that raised the specter of a possible government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline to keep federal agencies open.


Trump on Twitter (March 23): DACA, Omnibus spending bill

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Trump: I'm considering vetoing spending bill

President Donald Trump threatened Friday to veto the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress just after midnight, citing concerns on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Kellyanne Conway chimes in on Biden-Trump feud

Counselor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway, discusses distractions at the White House.


Celebrity cash, kudos boost 'March for Our Lives' gun control campaign

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey calls them "warriors of the light," actor Bill Murray says the young Florida gun control campaigners remind him of the students who rallied to end the Vietnam War, and George Clooney has donated $500,000 to their cause.


Maryland Republicans take electoral map fight to U.S. high court

THURMONT, Md. (Reuters) - When Maryland Democrats drew new U.S. House of Representatives district maps in 2011, long-time Republican voter Bill Eyler found himself removed from a conservative rural district and inserted into a liberal one encompassing Washington suburbs.

The AT&T and Time Warner trial could change the media industry

International Trade and World Market

Trump Just Pushed the World Trade Organization Toward Irrelevance

In announcing tariffs on Chinese goods, President Trump bypassed the body founded 23 years ago to keep the peace in global commerce.

Wages and Salaries

Trump Administration Retreats on Tip-Sharing Plan in Compromise

A Labor Department proposal would have given employers control over redistribution of tips, but the congressional spending bill would establish strict limits.


Exclusive: Trump official quietly drops payday loan case, mulls others - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top cop for U.S. consumer finance has decided not to sue a payday loan collector and is weighing whether to drop cases against three payday lenders, said five people with direct knowledge of the matter.


China urges U.S. away from 'brink' as Trump picks trade weapons

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China urged the United States on Friday to "pull back from the brink" as President Donald Trump's plans for tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese goods moved the world's two largest economies closer to a trade war.

Civil War (US) (1861-65)

Op-Ed Columnist: The White Southern Anti-Trump

Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans defends the values Trump trashes.

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Best of Late Night: Seth Meyers on Trump vs. Biden: ‘Can You Imagine That Fight?’

Meyers and other hosts had fun speculating about how actual fisticuffs between the tough-talking political septuagenarians would play out.


UPDATE 1-Norsk Hydro sees limited impact from U.S. aluminium tariffs

OSLO, March 23 (Reuters) - Norwegian aluminum-maker Norsk Hydro said on Friday new U.S. tariff barriers on aluminium would have little direct impact on the firm.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Macron-Trump, a Friendship that Must Deliver

As Trump surrounds himself with hawks, Macron may be a bulwark against disaster.

United States International Relations

Trump’s Appointment of John Bolton Raises Concern in Asia

“We will have to see if Bolton opens his mouth and launches his verbal attacks against the North,” said one South Korean analyst, fearing that talks with Kim Jong-un would be derailed.

An ex-Playboy model told CNN she had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump. Next up is a '60 Minutes' interview with Stormy Daniels

The question now is whether President Donald Trump can hold his tongue -- or his tweets -- amid a gathering storm of televised allegations and court gambits about his sexual conduct.

Roseanne Barr and Kimmel talk Trump

Roseanne Barr and John Goodman appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to discuss the reboot of the show "Roseanne" and Barr's decision to make her character a Trump supporter.

Tariffs show Trump doesn't want China's help with North Korea

The US and China hit each other with billions of dollars in tariffs this week as the two countries edge closer to a trade war, a dramatic shift in a relationship which seemed to be growing stronger under President Donald Trump as he relied on Beijing for help with North Korea.


Congress approves $1.3-trillion spending bill, sends to Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress voted early on Friday to approve a $1.3-trillion government funding bill with large increases in military and non-defense spending, sending it to President Donald Trump, who was expected to sign it into law.


China urges U.S. to 'pull back from brink' as Trump unveils tariffs

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China urged the United States on Friday to "pull back from the brink" as President Donald Trump's plans for tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese goods brought the world's two largest economies closer to a trade war.

International Trade and World Market

Responding to Trump, China Plans New Tariffs on U.S. Goods

China proposed tariffs on $3 billion worth of American fruit, pork, wine and other goods, striking back just hours after President Trump’s announcement.

Europe Edition: Tariffs, Strikes, Facebook: Your Friday Briefing

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UPDATE 1-Petronas says involved in TransCanada's proposal to build gas pipeline extension

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 (Reuters) - Malaysia's Petronas said on Friday it is one of the producers involved in TransCanada's proposal to expand a pipeline system that would open up more markets for the energy company's gas produced in Western Canada.


UPDATE 2-Oil rises more than 1 pct as Saudi says production curbs could last into 2019

* Brent to rise to $75/b by Q3 on strong demand - Morgan Stanley (Updates prices)


Kentucky Senate passes bill restricting abortion procedure

(Reuters) - The Kentucky Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on Thursday to ban a common abortion procedure once the patient reaches her 11th week of pregnancy, in what would amount to one of the strictest abortion limits yet in the United States.


Ex-Playboy model tells CNN she 'was in love' with Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims to have had a 10-month affair with U.S. President Donald Trump starting in 2006, told CNN’S Anderson Cooper 360 in an interview broadcast on Thursday night that she was in love with Trump.

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Ex-Playboy Model Karen McDougal Details 10-Month Affair With Donald Trump

In a lengthy television interview, Ms. McDougal said she was hurt when the president offered her money after sex, but added that they ended up in love.


House Republicans vote to release Russia report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines on Thursday to adopt a Republican report on the panel's investigation of Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, formally ending a probe marred for months by bitter partisan conflict.


China strikes back in trade spat, aims tariffs at $3 billion U.S. goods

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China unveiled plans on Friday to impose tariffs on up to $3 billion of U.S. imports in retaliation against U.S. tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum products, as the world's two largest economies stood on the brink of a trade war.


Trump picks hardliner Bolton to replace McMaster as national security adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump shook up his foreign policy team again on Thursday, replacing H.R. McMaster as national security adviser with John Bolton, a hawk who has advocated using military force against North Korea and Iran.


UPDATE 4-EU leaders await final word from Trump on tariffs

* U.S. Trade Representative says EU to get "pause" on tariffs

United States International Relations

News Analysis: With Bolton, Trump Creates a Hard-Line Foreign Policy Team

There is little in John R. Bolton’s past to indicate he has much time for the diplomatic process, where to get something the United States also gives something.

McDougal says Trump compared her to Ivanka

Karen McDougal tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that Donald Trump said she was beautiful like his daughter, Ivanka Trump.

China plans to respond with tariffs on US imports

McDougal: Trump was sweet, respectful

Karen McDougal tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that the man people see on TV is not the man she knew Donald Trump to be.

International Trade and World Market

Editorial: Trump‘s Half-Baked China Tariffs

He’s right to accuse it of stealing American technology, but has no idea how to fix the problem.

Trump replaces H.R. McMaster with John Bolton as national security adviser

President Donald Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster has agreed to resign, a White House official announced on Thursday.

Stelter: President Trump hires a talking head - again

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: Would You Want to Be Donald Trump’s Lawyer?

We didn’t think so.

Federal Budget (US)

Spending Plan Moving Through Congress Is a Rebuke to Trump. Here’s Why.

Even with Republicans in charge, the measure increases funding for many programs the president had sought to cut or kill, and in some cases bars him from pursuing his goals.


Government funding bill hits snag in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to fund the government beyond Friday, which was on a fast track toward passage by the U.S. Congress, hit a bump on Thursday as Republican Senator Rand Paul employed procedural delays while he hunkered down to read the 2,232-page tome.

Divorce, Separations and Annulments

Unbecoming a Trump

After a dozen years, Vanessa Haydon Trump says she is leaving the first family.


Wisconsin governor ordered to hold special elections after Democratic outcry

(Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker must hold special elections in two state districts, a judge ruled on Thursday, after Democrats said he was putting off the votes over fears of losing the formerly Republican-held seats.


Stocks tumble to worst day in six weeks after Trump tariff action

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks slumped on Thursday as President Donald Trump's move to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports drove fears about the impact on the global economy, fueling the biggest percentage declines in Wall Street's three major indexes since they entered correction territory six weeks ago.


House sends $1.3 trillion spending bill to Senate as Friday deadline looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill on Thursday to fund federal agencies and avert a government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline, sending it to the Senate despite a revolt by fiscal conservatives worried by what they called runaway spending.


Tillerson bids farewell to 'mean-spirited' Washington in speech to staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left the State Department on Thursday, calling Washington a "mean-spirited town" but saying nothing about President Donald Trump in his farewell remarks to department employees.

Woman suing over Trump affair story to appear on CNN tonight

Karen McDougal, who reportedly signed an agreement in 2016 compelling her silence about an affair with President Donald Trump years prior, is scheduled to appear on CNN Thursday night.

More anti-Muslim, conspiratorial tweets emerge from Trump's pick for top UN migration job

Ken Isaacs, the Trump administration pick to head the international organization that coordinates assistance to migrants worldwide, once wrote on Twitter that Austria and Switzerland should consider building a wall in the Alps to keep refugees out.


Trump edges closer to China tariffs, appears to avert trade war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday that could impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of imports from China, although his action was far removed from threats that could have ignited a global trade war.

President Trump shakes up legal team

President Donald Trump's lead lawyer, John Dowd, has resigned from the President's personal legal team handling the response to the Russia investigation. CNN's Ryan Nobles reports.


Trump's lead lawyer in Russia probe resigns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the special counsel investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, John Dowd, resigned on Thursday, the same week Trump added another Washington lawyer to his team.

Asia and Australia Edition: Tariffs, Facebook, Joe Biden: Your Friday Briefing

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New York, New Jersey airport workers could get hike in minimum wage

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The board that oversees major airports in New York and New Jersey voted on Thursday to consider phasing in a minimum wage increase to $19 per hour by 2023, affecting about 20,000 workers.

Don't run for president, says Trump

President Trump jokingly said he would advise his 25-year-old self to not run for president.

Analysis: Why Trump's China tariffs are likely to be bad for him

On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced a series of tariffs totaling $50 billion against China, the second time this month he has instituted tariffs. (The first were on steel and aluminum and not specifically directed at China.)

John Dowd steps down as President Trump ramps up his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller

President Donald Trump's lead lawyer, John Dowd, has resigned from the President's personal legal team handling the response to the Russia investigation, according to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

United States Politics and Government

John Dowd Resigns as Trump’s Lead Lawyer in Special Counsel Inquiry

Mr. Dowd’s departure is the latest change among President Trump’s legal team as the president has begun directly attacking the special counsel in public.


House approves government spending bill despite conservative revolt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill to avert a government shutdown and fund federal agencies through Sept. 30, despite a revolt by fiscal conservatives worried about what they called runaway spending.


Mexico's wholesale mobile network launches without major carriers

MEXICO CITY, March 22 (Reuters) - Mexico's landmark wholesale national mobile network launched this week, but without a single major wireless carrier on board, renewing debate about how best to boost competition in the telecom sector dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim.


House Republicans vote to release Russia report, ending probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House Intelligence Committee voted on Thursday to release a Republican report on the panel's Russia probe, the leader of the investigation said, a decision that formally ends the panel's examination of Russia and the 2016 U.S. election.

Opinion: Trump sticks two thumbs in China's eye

Donald Trump is poised to stick a second thumb in the eye of China and its newly ordained President for life, Xi Jinping. On Thursday, it was $50 billion worth of ill-advised tariffs against a country fully able to retaliate with a devastating tariff war of its own. Last week, the first thumb was in the form of a simple two-line note from the White House. Sandwiched between three congressional bills renaming post offices, Trump signed into law the Taiwan Travel Act, which encourages "visits between officials of the United States and Taiwan at all levels."


Trump sets China tariff plan, edges away from global trade war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday that could impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of imports from China, although his action was far removed from threats that could have ignited a global trade war.


Exclusive: China to respond to U.S. tariffs, resist protectionism - WTO envoy

GENEVA (Reuters) - China is preparing a range of responses to planned U.S. tariffs and will stand up to protectionism, but still hopes for dialogue, Beijing's ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Thursday.

Trump hits China with tariffs

President Donald Trump launched the next salvo in his widening war on Chinese trade abuses, this time taking aim at China's unfair seizure of US intellectual property.

United States Economy

Trump Hits China With Trade Measures as White House Exempts Allies From Tariffs

President Trump said he will impose about $60 billion worth of annual tariffs against Chinese imports.

Trump: We have largest trade deficit in world

President Trump announces new tariffs against China.

Analysis: This resignation tells you a lot about Trump's mindset

The resignation of John Dowd, Donald Trump's top personal attorney, is the latest -- and largest -- signal that the President of the United States is shifting his strategy in regards special counsel Bob Mueller's ongoing probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

United States International Relations

Trump’s Trade Threats Put China’s Leader on the Spot

President Trump’s latest restrictions on Chinese goods and investments could shake China’s economy and strain the power structure Xi Jinping has created for himself.


Congress poised to pass modest gun control measures in spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With large protests for stricter gun laws planned nationwide on Saturday, the U.S. Congress is expected to approve a massive spending bill this week with grants to help schools prevent gun violence, improvements to background checks and an assurance that a key government agency can conduct related research.


Trump's lead lawyer in federal Russia probe resigns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the U.S. investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election said on Thursday he had resigned.


CFTC 'astounded' as Congress prepares to cut budget

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which has pushed for a budget increase to fund its job of overseeing the multitrillion-dollar derivatives market, said on Thursday it was "absolutely astounded" that the U.S. Congress is preparing to cut its funding.


House committee to invite Facebook's Zuckerberg to testify

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman and top Democrat of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee said on Thursday they will in the coming days formally ask Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to testify, saying the company has left many questions unanswered about its data privacy practices.

Why did Trump's lead lawyer drop out now?

President Donald Trump's lead lawyer, John Dowd, has resigned from the President's personal legal team handling the response to the Russia investigation.


Exclusive: U.S. miners' union to endorse two more Democrats in coal country

(Reuters) - The main U.S. coal miners' union is set to endorse two Democrats running for Congress in West Virginia, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday - a boost for Democrats trying to win over a constituency that voted heavily for Republican Donald Trump in 2016.


CANADA STOCKS-TSX drops as oil rally stalls, trade war fears loom

March 22 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened sharply lower on Thursday, weighed down by energy stocks as oil prices dropped and on fears that the United States' plans to impose import tariffs on China could kindle a global trade war.

Analysis: 3 things revealed by Trump's tweet that he could knock out Biden

On Thursday morning at 6:19 a.m. ET, the President of the United States tweeted this: "Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn't know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don't threaten people Joe!"

Trump, Biden go back and forth with physical threats

Donald Trump responds to former Vice President Joe Biden's reaction to the President's comments on women.

Why Trump's tariffs on China are a big deal

United States Politics and Government

Trump Threatens Biden, Saying He ‘Would Go Down Fast and Hard’ if They Fought

Mr. Trump said Mr. Biden “would go down fast and hard” if the two men fought. Mr. Biden had said that, if he was in high school, he would “beat the hell” out of Mr. Trump for disrespecting women.

Stormy Daniels' attorney says Trump lawyers behave like thugs

The attorney for Stormy Daniels accused President Donald Trump's legal team Thursday of "engaging in thuggish behavior."


China blames U.S. for staggering trade surplus as tariffs loom

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China blamed U.S. export restrictions for its record trade surplus with the United States, but expressed hope that a solution can be found to settle trade issues between the world's two biggest economies as U.S. tariffs loom.


Congress scrambles to pass funding bill before Friday deadline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress was racing on Thursday to approve a massive spending bill and send it to President Donald Trump for enactment before a midnight Friday government shutdown deadline, in a move that would significantly boost defense and non-military funding through Sept. 30.


House Freedom Caucus rejects $1.3 trillion U.S. spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans' conservative Freedom Caucus said on Thursday it would not vote for the $1.3 trillion government spending bill before Congress, citing the measure's "massive price tag," the group said in statement.


Thousands to march in U.S. gun protests, but will they vote?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As hundreds of thousands of young people protest for stricter gun laws at "March For Our Lives" demonstrations across the United States on Saturday, the Democratic Party and nonpartisan groups plan to register first-time voters.


After Florida massacre, pockets of NRA country weigh gun law reform

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Reuters) - Vermont, a mostly rural New England state with a passion for hunting, has a reputation as a pro-gun stronghold, but the rising specter of school gun violence has shaken that longstanding political tradition.


BHP sees limited impact on steel market from U.S. new tariffs -exec

TOKYO, March 22 (Reuters) - Global miner BHP anticipates planned new U.S. steel import tariffs will have a limited impact on both the steel market and the firm, and doesn't foresee a chain reaction from other countries, a senior official said on Thursday.

Conservatism (US Politics)

Op-Ed Contributor: Will Canada Elect a Tin-Pot Northern Trump?

Doug Ford’s rise to power in Ontario signals the Conservative brand is now principally a marker of contempt for political order itself.

International Trade and World Market

Trump Says Getting Tough on Chinese Trade Will Empower U.S. He Risks the Opposite.

By alienating allies, the United States could undermine the potential for collective action among countries nursing shared grievances with China.

China: We will hit back if US announces new tariffs

Jake Tapper: Trump nastier to me than to Putin

CNN's Jake Tapper recounts Donald Trump's frustration over White House leaks and outlines the President's infrequent criticism of Vladimir Putin.

Anderson Cooper to Trump: Where is Putin's nickname?

CNN's Anderson Cooper discusses US President Donald Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


China calls U.S. repeat abuser of world trade rules as tariffs loom

BEIJING (Reuters) - China accused the United States of "repeatedly abusing" trade practices, as Beijing braced on Thursday for an imminent announcement from U.S. President Donald Trump slapping more tariffs on Chinese imports.

Trump attorney will appeal judge's decision in Summer Zervos defamation case

President Donald Trump's attorney plans to appeal a New York Supreme Court judge's decision to allow a defamation lawsuit against the President to go forward.

Analysis: The peril lurking in Trump's deepening legal mire

Robert Mueller's Russia investigation looms larger for President Donald Trump every day, but when it comes to legal jeopardy, the President has far more to worry about than just the special counsel.


Facebook scandal could push other tech companies to tighten data sharing

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Big internet companies and small software developers alike are likely to face scrutiny over how they share customer information in the wake of the scandal involving Facebook Inc and the British election consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.


Trump defends congratulatory phone call to Putin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump defended his congratulations to Vladimir Putin on the Russian president's disputed re-election victory on Wednesday, saying he wants Putin's help in solving crises from North Korea to Syria and beyond.


Measure to limit Palestinian aid over 'martyr payments' due to pass U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to sharply reduce the annual $300 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it take steps to stop making what lawmakers described as payments that reward violent crime is set to be passed by the U.S. Congress this week as part of a major spending bill unveiled on Wednesday.


Congress unveils $1.3 trillion spending bill as shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress late on Wednesday unveiled a $1.3 trillion bill to fund the government through September, which includes an additional $80 billion in national defense spending but fails to fund some of President Donald Trump's immigration initiatives.


Republican concedes to Democrat in close U.S. House race in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican candidate in a close U.S. House of Representatives special election on March 13 in Pennsylvania conceded to his Democratic opponent on Wednesday, cementing a Democratic upset in a long-time Republican area that President Donald Trump handily won in 2016.


Trump set for China tariff announcement on Thursday, trade war fears grow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will announce tariffs on Chinese imports on Thursday, a White House official said, in a move aimed at curbing theft of U.S. technology and likely to trigger retaliation from Beijing and stoke fears of a global trade war.


EPA chief's security detail joined him on first-class flights, agency tells lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's private security detail accompanied him on first-class flights, the agency confirmed on Wednesday to U.S. House Democrats, who requested details on his travels amid growing scrutiny of Cabinet members' spending.

President Trump tweets typos ... again

Why is President Trump tweeting about castrated sheep? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on a flurry of typos.

New Tesla pay package could make Elon Musk the richest man alive

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Who’s Worse — Trump Lawyers or Their Client?

Here’s help making sense of the president’s legal team.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Suggests Putin May Have Compromising Information on Trump

John O. Brennan said Russia may have compromising information on President Trump, setting off furious speculation about whether the former spy chief was basing that assertion on inside information.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: Why Is Trump So Afraid of Russia?

Nary a bad word about Vladimir Putin can the U.S. president find.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Plans to Slap Stiff Tariffs and Investment Restrictions on China

The president, denouncing China’s trade practices, will announce a range of stiff penalties on Chinese imports and investment, sparking concerns of a trade war.

4 things Mueller wants to hear from Trump

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has so far discussed with President Donald Trump's lawyers four main topics they want to talk about with the President.

United States International Relations

Trump, Defending Call With Putin, Attacks ‘Crazed’ Media and His Predecessors

The president argued that the conversation in which he congratulated President Vladimir V. Putin could help relations with Russia and, in turn, national security interests.

United States International Relations

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump’s Talk Worries Me, Like the Talk Before the Iraq War

His cavalier approach reminds me of Cheney’s 15 years ago.

Analyst says Trump should worry about Zervos case

Donald Trump's attorney says he intends to appeal a judge's decision to allow the defamation lawsuit against Trump to go forward. The suit was filed by former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos and alleges Trump defamed her after she publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2007. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Law and Legislation

Sex Trafficking Bill Heads to Trump, Over Silicon Valley Concerns

The Senate gave final passage to a bill to combat sex trafficking, disregarding concerns in Silicon Valley that it could chill internet content and harm free speech.

Trump's calls should be secret, but congratulating Putin is like praising boots when they crush ants

The revelation that President Donald Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his, um, hard fought re-election has set off a firestorm of criticism -- from a Twitter scolding by Sen. John McCain on the right to reproach by foreign policy experts connected to former Vice-President Joe Biden on the left.

Lawmaker slams Trump on Senate floor

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) says President Donald Trump's decision to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election win was "foolhardy" and weakened the United States.

United States International Relations

Over 20 People Were at the Table When Trump Met the Saudis. None Were Women.

Photos from Tuesday’s meeting show that the dynamics at the table remained relatively unchanged — even amid White House staff shake-ups — and male.


BRIEF-UPS To Invest $500 Mln In Canada And Create More Than 1,000 New Jobs



Senate passes bill to penalize websites for sex trafficking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Wednesday aimed at penalizing website operators that facilitate online sex trafficking, chipping away at a bedrock legal shield for the technology industry.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

While Putin Meddles, Trump Congratulates Him

Punishing Russia for election interference is not a partisan issue.


Deere & Co fears hit from Trump tariffs, retaliation: CEO

GRANADERO BAIGORRIA, Argentina (Reuters) - U.S. tractor maker Deere & Co is bracing for a negative financial impact from U.S. tariffs on steel imports and worries that retaliatory tariffs on American agricultural exports could follow, Chief Executive Samuel Allen told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.


Trump supports massive U.S. funding bill as shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, in talks with congressional leaders on Wednesday, backed a $1.3 trillion spending bill meant to avert a U.S. government shutdown, even though it is expected to exclude some of his specific immigration-related funding requests.


U.S. lawmakers want China's Confucius Institutes to register as foreign agents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three U.S. Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday they want China's Confucius Institute cultural centers in the United States to register as foreign agents, and to require all U.S. universities to disclose major gifts from foreign sources.


In Canada, driverless cars learn to see in the snow

STRATFORD, Ontario (Reuters) - A Canadian town known for its annual theater festival is emerging as a hub of "snowtonomous" research, as automakers face demands to produce self-driving cars that can perform in snow and sleet.

Inside the Trump campaign's ties with Cambridge Analytica

Top Trump campaign brass spent the summer of 2016 grappling with how to build a digital operation for the general election and came upon a possible solution: Cambridge Analytica.

Analysis: It's not just that Trump was told DO NOT CONGRATULATE, it's that everyone else was too

The fact that President Donald Trump either didn't read or ignored a warning in his briefing papers not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on a phone call between the two men Tuesday is a sexy story. But, it is not the real story here.


Trump defends congratulatory phone call to Russia's Putin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump defended his congratulations to Vladimir Putin on the Russian president's disputed re-election victory on Wednesday, saying he wants Putin's help in solving crises from North Korea to Syria and beyond.


House panel passes bill handing Federal Reserve control over 'Volcker Rule'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A committee in the U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to name the Federal Reserve as the primary regulator for the "Volcker Rule," which bars banks from speculative trading.

Biden: I'd 'beat the hell' out of Trump if in school

Former Vice President Joe Biden said he disliked Donald Trump's comments about women so much that he would have "beat the hell" out of him if they were still in high school.

Analysis: We keep learning more about what Trump allies did to get him elected

The Russia investigation, the Cambridge Analytica developments and a triptych of lawsuits concerning the President's pre-presidential relationships with and treatment of women don't have anything specifically to do with one other -- other than all of them were part of the effort to elect Trump.

Illegal Immigration

After Trump, an Oratorio About ‘Dreamers’ Changes Key

Jimmy López and Nilo Cruz were asked to write a choral piece about young undocumented immigrants. Then President Trump was elected.


As shutdown looms, Congress crafts massive funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More money for border security and fighting Russian election hacking was expected to be included in a $1.3 trillion U.S. government spending bill taking shape in Congress on Wednesday, along with gun legislation and a fix to a "grain glitch" in last year's sweeping tax law overhaul.


U.S. makes contingency plans in case Iran nuclear talks fail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has had constructive talks about the Iran nuclear deal with Britain, France and Germany but is making contingency plans should they fail, the lead U.S. negotiator said on Wednesday.


Inability to audit U.S. elections a 'national security concern': Homeland chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Not having a verifiable way to audit election results in some states represents a "national security concern," the Trump administration's homeland security chief said on Wednesday, looking ahead to U.S. midterm elections in November.


Federal prosecutors told to seek death penalty in drug cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors on Wednesday to seek the death penalty in drug-related cases whenever it is "appropriate," saying the Justice Department must boost efforts to counter America's epidemic of opioid abuse.


U.S. set for China tariffs by Friday as trade diplomat says has tools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will likely announce tariffs on Chinese imports by Friday, a source in the administration said, as the top U.S. trade diplomat told lawmakers he had the tools to strike back over Chinese theft of U.S. tech know-how.


Trump on Twitter (March 21): Austin bombing, Mueller

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


House Speaker Ryan invites French President Macron to address Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Speaker Paul Ryan has invited French President Emmanuel Macron to address Congress when he visits Washington in April, Ryan's office said on Wednesday.


House lawmaker urges banks to push Senate on further rule-easing: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading U.S. House of Representatives member has privately urged banks to push Senate Democrats to agree to further easing of rules in a bid to end a stalemate over the first rewrite of regulations since the 2007-2009 financial crisis, sources said on Tuesday.


Newman concedes in Democratic Illinois congressional primary

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski held off a stiff challenge from businesswoman Marie Newman to win a nationally watched congressional primary in Illinois that pitted a long-serving centrist incumbent against the party's liberal wing.

Why Trump's tax cuts could backfire

Trump is furious over leak of warning he got about Putin

White House chief of staff John Kelly is furious about the quick leak of a warning to President Donald Trump to not congratulate his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for his re-election, a White House official said.


CANADA STOCKS-Canada's main index edges higher ahead of Fed meeting

TORONTO, March 21 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened lower, before quickly reversing course on Wednesday, led by financials and energy stocks, though investors were on edge ahead of an imminent U.S. interest rate hike.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Criticizes Mueller, Again, as a Former C.I.A. Director Suggests Russia ‘May Have Something’ on the President

John O. Brennan, a former C.I.A. director, speculated that the Russians “may have something on him personally,” referring to Mr. Trump.

Trump keeps up attacks on Mueller

President Donald Trump called out special counsel Robert Mueller in a series of typo-ridden tweets Wednesday morning, continuing his recent aggressive attacks on the Russia probe.


Trump, Saudi leader discuss Houthi 'threat' in Yemen: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the situation in war-torn Yemen during a meeting on Tuesday, including Houthi rebel and Iranian activity and the humanitarian crisis, the White House said.


Record U.S. oil offshore lease sale to test Trump energy push

(Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department will hold the largest lease sale in American history in the offshore Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, in a major test of the oil industry’s appetite for federal acreage being offered by the Trump administration.

What happens if Trump fires Mueller?

When President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973, he failed to drive a stake through the heart of his investigation. Propelled by appointment of a new prosecutor, congressional fortitude and public outrage, the Watergate probe continued.


U.S. spending bill to boost border security, election safeguards: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress' massive federal government spending deal includes additional funding to boost border security, protect the upcoming elections in November and rebuild aging infrastructure, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Wednesday.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Criticizes Trump Administration for Its High Turnover

Kimmel said, “Trump goes through cabinet members like he goes through cheeseburgers and Aqua Net: fast.”

Donald Trump, Snowstorm, Austin: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

Presidential Election of 2016

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump Hacked the Media Right Before Our Eyes

It was television, not Facebook, that made him president.

Late night hosts roast Trump's call

Late night hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, joke about Donald Trump's congratulatory call to Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Democratic Rep. Lipinski wins Illinois congressional primary: AP

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski held off a stiff challenge from businesswoman Marie Newman to win a nationally watched congressional primary in Illinois, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.


Democratic Rep. Lipinski defeats challenger Newman in Illinois congressional primary: AP

(Reuters) - Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski held off a stiff challenge from businesswoman Marie Newman in Illinois, election results on Wednesday showed, in a nationally watched primary battle that pitted a veteran lawmaker against liberal activists who said his conservative views were out of step with the party.